AN ENGAGEMENT RING LESS ORDINARY
For the woman who is extra ordinary.
Can you feel it? As the rain falls, as fairy lights dance, as Michael Bublé reminds us to look away from our electronic devices and look around — because it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, can you feel that love is, indeed, all around? It’s no surprise then that even Prince Harry has chosen this time of year to propose marriage to Meghan Markle. Surely, if it’s not yet on your mind before, you must be inspired to pop the question yourself right about now. But first, the ring. And, for your really, really special lady, only a really, really special and unique ring will do. We have a few ideas.
THE PERFECT PEAR
There is a famous and extraordinary love story to be told of the pear-shaped diamond. We’re certain it’s not the only one, but surely it has to be The One. After all, it is quite the stuff of Hollywood fairy tales, and a real-life one starring the legendary Elizabeth Taylor and a lovestruck Richard Burton, no less. It is a story that has given hopeless romantics around the world something to ooh and ahh and daydream about: A 69.42-carat diamond eventually named after the protagonists.
This exquisite stone, originally cut by Harry Winston, set in a platinum ring and sold in 1967, was put up for public auction two years later. They say that love makes the world go round. But in Burton’s case, his love for Taylor made him go pear. That bid, which started at US$200,000 was won by Cartier. But a little negotiation and a cheque for US$1.1 million later, he got what he wanted: An extraordinary stone for his extraordinary woman. The diamond has since been named the Taylor Burton Diamond.
You may have heard that the pear-shaped diamond is also known as the teardrop diamond. Sure, turn it the other way around and you’ll see a resemblance. But we’d like to think that it is because it’s such a beautiful rock that those who set eyes on it could not help but shed a tear.
Other extraordinary women who appreciate this unique cut of diamond include Victoria Beckham and Zoe Saldana.
GLOW IN YELLOW
Well, if you’re going to take your relationship to the next step — marriage — then here’s one way to add some extra colour and brilliance into your life as Mr and Mrs. For the unconventional woman — think Rebecca Romijn and Carrie Underwood — a traditional white diamond probably won’t do her personality or style justice. If she is indeed the sunshine of your life and you want to make it official, then you should out a fancy yellow diamond ring on her finger. Diamonds, in general, symbolises relationship strength, clarity and abundance. But a yellow diamond is a shining reminder of “hope”. And of course, love.
LOVE STORY: A TRILOGY
Finally, how can we talk about engagements without talking about THE engagement of the year, and possibly decade? Prince Harry has, no doubt, made Meghan Markle a very happy woman when he proposed (in the Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, as they were roasting a chicken — awww!), but the couple’s engagement and upcoming wedding have definitely been and will continue to be a hot, happy topic of conversation among many all over the world. Not least of all, that stunning and very special trilogy ring, designed by Harry himself featuring diamonds from his mother, Princess Diana’s collection, as well as a 3-carat center stone from Botswana. We have a feeling that, when it comes to engagement rings, it’s the end of an era for the blue sapphire solitaire, and the beginning of a new trend: Three stones a charm.
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