It’s hard to go wrong when popping the question with a diamond! However the best engagement rings of 2013 are those that demonstrate both striking design and flawless craftsmanship. Here are the five diamond engagement rings that made Apples of Gold’s list of the best engagement rings of the year.
Floral designs pop up in several of the best engagement rings of 2013, including the stunning 3/4 Carat Three Stone Princess Cut “Floret” Diamond Ring. A 0.28-carat princess-cut diamond serves as the center stone of this Victorian-style engagement ring; this gem is flanked by two smaller princess-cut diamonds, as well as a total of six round channel-set side stones. Adorning both the sides and the outer surface of this vintage style are meticulously-carved leaf and floret motifs that lend this ring an undeniable sense of feminine charm.
Styles from the Victorian Era are also popular for brides who prefer coordinating engagement ring and wedding bands sets, and the Antique-Style 1/3 Carat Diamond Wedding Ring Set is a perfect example. This perfect paring features an engagement ring that’s set with a glittering third-carat round diamond; this gem is surrounded by an intricate vintage setting that’s lavished with openwork and swirl motifs. The slender wedding band in this set matches the pattern of its partner and curves alongside it in perfect harmony.
The designs of the Art Deco period are especially hot this year, and it’s no surprise that Art Deco 1/4 Carat Diamond Ring – 14K Two-Tone Gold made this the list of the best engagement rings of 2013. A glittering round quarter-carat diamond is revealed by the gracefully opening petals of a polished 14K yellow gold lotus flower that instantly gives this ring a personality that’s sophisticated and feminine. This warm, gleaming blossom is set upon a contrasting band of cool, 14K white gold that’s been engraved with an elegant leaf and swirl motif. Together these elements capture the excitement and glamour of the 1920s.
The Art Deco period is also the inspiration behind many of this year’s top bridal ring sets. The 3/4 Carat Art Deco Diamond Wedding Ring Set is a dazzling example as its dozens of dazzling diamonds work together to create a look that’s vintage with a touch of modern flair. A round diamond, just over a quarter carat in weight, is surrounded by two squared-off frames of smaller stones and set upon two matching diamond-studded bands, creating a set with sophistication.
While the 1/4 Carat Engraved Hearts Diamond Engagement Ring is the only engagement ring in this bunch that isn’t specifically inspired by times gone by, its charm is just as enduring. This romantic ring puts a quarter-carat round diamond on display, holding it in a timeless four-prong setting to a band that’s been carved with timeless symbols of affection. Petite hearts point the way to this sparkling gem, while graceful swirls adorn the sides of the band for an elegant touch. Milgrain edges offset these designs with elegance.
If you’re planning a proposal this summer, why not pop the question with one of the best engagement rings of 2013?