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The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings

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Did you celebrate a happy engagement over Christmas or new year? If you are still on the hunt for The Ring, take inspiration from some stylish celebrities who each chose something a little bit more unusual for their rings last year …

Lots of jewellery-minded people were surprised when Emma Stone showed off her engagement ring – a pearl, surrounded by tiny diamonds from designer Kataoka at Brooklyn jeweller Catbird (you too can buy her ring right here).  Closer to home, Belfast-based Isle jewellery stay true to their minimal aesthetic with this sweet option. Their soft shimmering lustre is the complete antithesis to the mega sparkle of a diamond; quietly elegant they make for a beautiful statement in their own right. They’re not often a first choice for an everyday ring, as pearls are delicate and need quite a lot of minding – however, if you’re happy not to wear your ring all the time (or you’re an extraordinarily careful person), take the lead from Stone and Michelle Williams too – she also received a beautiful pearl ring upon her engagement late last year.

CATBIRD

Winter pearl ring, Kataoka, $4,850, at Catbird

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ISLE JEWELLERY

9ct gold Ama pearl ring, £240, Isle Jewellery

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Meanwhile, an antique ring is a wonderful choice for those who love unique style and sustainable design. Zoe Kravitz opted for an antique five stone ring (below), each of the stones a rose cut diamond – one of the oldest cuts of diamonds around. These cuts were made to twinkle by candlelight, and are really rather magical.  Rooney Mara is another actress sporting an older cut – in fact hers, a portrait cut, is perhaps the very first cut to have been devised for a diamond. A portrait cut is entirely flat, without facets – the perfect choice for a woman whose style is understated and self-assured. Look to auctions but also antique jewellery stores; Matthew Weldon has recently taken over Dublin’s Courtville Antiques; he has a beautiful selection and often takes pieces around the country to antique shows so do keep an eye on his Instagram for both a beautiful selection of jewels but also to see where he might be popping up near you.

1ST DIBS

Portrait cut diamond ring, 1st Dibs

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TIFFANY & CO

Emerald cut diamond ring, Tiffany & Co.

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And if all fails – we’d never say no to JLo’s choices! Lopez (above) has always favoured an emerald cut – perhaps because they’re one of the most elegant ways to a wear a very substantial stone on a finger, and hers is definitely what you would call substantial, being in the 10-15 carat mark. Jennifer Lawrence also received an emerald cut ring, although in a slightly more wearable (but still very generous) 4ct-ish size. In terms of the cut, they are wonderfully glamorous, with clean symmetrical lines – because of this, the stone needs to be much cleaner than their round counterparts as there is nowhere for inclusions to hide!

In my mind, a clarity grade of VS or above is essential, no matter the diamond size. Look to classic jewellers, like Tiffany & Co. (above) and Weir & Sons for the best selection; Adam’s Auctioneers also have incredible options in their forthcoming February 11 sale. If nothing but an OTT stunner will do but your accountant disagrees, our eye has been drawn to this zircon (a natural stone, unrelated to cubic zirconia!) stunner, coming up in the February 19 auction at O’Reilly’s Auction Rooms.

ADAM’S

An elongated rectangular-cut diamond weighing 3.31cts, mounted in platinum. Estimate €50,000-70,000, at Adam’s.

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O’REILLY’S

A white zircon single stone ring, mounted in white gold. Estimated; weight of zircon; 18.37 ct. Estimate €1500-2000, at O’Reilly’s Auction Rooms.

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