While indulging in one of my favorite guilty pleasures – gossip magazines – recently, I noticed an increased frenzy surrounding the almost-certainly impending engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It seems logical enough – they’ve been together for quite some time, they’re about that age, and with the economy beginning to see signs of life, throwing a royal wedding won’t carry the same stigma it would have a year ago. So when the time does come, we can all delight in what will most likely be a spectacular event.
On the other hand (no pun intended), the Wall Street Journal recently ran a story describing how calculated an affair the American marriage proposal has become. Couples juggling two careers, perhaps involving graduate school or professional milestones, frequently feel compelled to set time frames during which it would “make sense” to marry. Based on this, they count out months to provide for sufficient planning, finding windows of time in which a ring can be presented.
Certainly, every engagement story is different, and every woman’s thoughts about her dream proposal materialize in a different fashion. What is common, however (at least in this part of the world and this point in history) is the desire for an engagement ring. Whether the ring’s presentation serves as the commencement for wedding planning or is incorporated at a later stage to “make things official,” there’s no denying that a beautiful diamond ring is a wonderful thing. And aside from paying heed to the Four Cs – cut, color, clarity and carats – when selecting a diamond, ring preferences are a very personal thing. So here, in celebration of this fabulous piece of jewelry, are some of my favorite ring designs (you may want to don your shades – these babies pack a lot of sparkle!).
The classic solitaire – in some fun new shapes:
The Tiffany Novo – introduced a few years ago and living up to its name with a clean, modern feel:
The three stone – setting the stage for past, present and future:
The fun stuff – these are just cool: