The term “designer” is thrown around a lot to describe jewelry—but what does “designer engagement rings” really mean? In many cases it means just what it sounds like: engagement rings created by designers rather than mass-produced in a factory. “Designer” can also signify that a piece of jewelry is unique and exclusive, not something you’d find in every jeweler at the mall.
Susan Helmich, president of The American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) says that the AJDC defines designer jewelry as “something that is created outside of the trends.” She also explains that:
“Designers try to create ideas that are acceptable to those who appreciate and want fine art. The piece must embody integrity of craftsmanship, knowledge of art, transcend into timelessness and be valued as art beyond its intrinsic value of metal and gems. A designer’s goal is to create work that transcends time and can always be worn as a stylish piece of jewelry at any time.”
Designer engagement rings are no exception to this timelessnesss. They’ll look just as gorgeous decades from now as they do today.
When better to invest in a piece of jewelry that transcends time than when you’re proposing to the love of your life? Designer engagement rings are art that symbolizes your love every day. Here are two gorgeous styles to consider:
- Apples of Gold’s 1 Carat Three Stone Princess Cut “Floret” Diamond Ring calls to mind the Victorian Era as seen through modern eyes. A floral design carved into the sides of the band combines seamlessly with the three princess-cut diamonds and six round stones on each side; a ½ carat style is also available. It embodies an essential quality of designer engagement rings: it’s decidedly NOT run of the mill.
- The Art Deco 1/2 Carat Diamond Ring in 14K two-tone gold recalls the Art Deco period with a petal and flower motif that swirls on the band of white gold and a brilliant diamond revealed by an open yellow gold lotus flower. Although it’s inspired by the past, like all quality designer engagement rings, it transcends time.
- Apples of Gold’s Antique-Style Diamond Engagement Ring is vintage designer style at its best. This ring is made from an actual Victorian-era mold left over from the period.
King Solomon described his bride as “Like a lily among thorns” (Song of Solomon 2:2a, NKJV)—uniquely beautiful above all others. Whether you choose a ring with retro flair or one oozing with Victorian femininity, designer engagement rings communicate exclusive love for the bride, a love that’s greater than love for anyone else.