As you well know, we are in love with Tacori designs. When we received this submission from a newly married RingSpotters fan, we jumped for joy because not only was it from Tacori’s Dantela’s collection (one of our favorites), but the stunning ring photos arrived with a beautiful story.
Setting: Tacori Dantela with a cushion halo of 20 round diamonds surrounding the center Asscher.
Engagement story: My husband and I met on a blind date in Chennai, India – he was finishing his final year of medical school, and I was there for a 10 month fellowship. It was a whirlwind romance from the start. One of the things we loved about each other was our mutual fascination for all things vintage – books, architecture, antiques, furniture. He took this love to new heights when he proposed. He surprised me with a plane ticket to New York City, our favorite city. We stayed in the famous Library Hotel, had front row seats to the Phantom of the Opera, and then went to The Metropolitan Museum of Art to supposedly “check out an exhibit.” We stopped at the Balcony Bar for a drink, and he handed me a handwritten note on the Library Hotel’s stationary with the words, “My darling, today is the day our lives begin… for before you, there was no beginning and with you alone, there is life.” He got down on one knee, and out of nowhere, a photographer appeared! He had taken candid shots of the entire proposal.He knew how much I loved the vintage elegance of an Asscher cut, and that the style was very popular in the 1920s (one of my favorite eras of American fashion!) The delicate filigree work on the basket and the milgrain trim reminds me of a different time and place, romantic and graceful, and I love that. After an impromptu photo session in and among the beautiful columns of The Met, we had dinner at Le Colonial, a Vietnamese and French fusion restaurant with an ambience reminiscent of the French colonial era. It was spectacular! Knowing our love for vintage, my mother in law gave me a tiny silver jewelry box that belonged to her. I use it to put my rings in every night, and I love the special history!
What a stunningly unique ring with its pave diamonds and pink gold setting. Available at Cartier boutiques worldwide (in case you have upwards of $30k to spend!).
Who isn’t fascinated with the lavish (and sometimes scandalous) lives of the Royals family? There is nothing more fabulous than a royal engagement and a fairytale wedding to ooh and aah over and we’ve got a roundup of our favorite royal engagement rings – from the classic Grace Kelly and Princess Diana to the latest breed of princess brides.
WALLIS SIMPSON, the twice divorced American, received this 19.77 carat emerald engagement ring from King Edward VIII in 1937, who famously gave up his crown to be with Simpson.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II was presented with this 3 carat diamond solitaire engagement ring from Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, which came from his mother’s tiara. They married in 1947.
GRACE KELLY‘s Cartier 10.47 carat emerald cut engagement ring from Prince Ranier III of Monaco is simply stunning, as was her 1956 fairytale wedding.
QUEEN BEATRIX of the Netherlands married German aristocrat Claus Von Amsberg in 1966, wearing this gorgeous solitaire engagement ring in a double halo setting.
PRINCESS MARGRETHE of Denmark wears one of our favorite royal rings – two six carat square cut diamonds set in yellow gold from Van Cleef and Arpels. She married french diplomat Count Henri de Laborde de Monpezat in 1967.
PRINCESS DIANA received this 18 carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds in 1981, when she married Charles, Prince of Wales.
SARAH FERGUSON‘s engagement ring from Prince Andrew, who she wed in 1986, was a fiery red Burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds from Garrards.
PRINCESS MATHILDE married Belgium’s heir apparent Prince Philippe in 1999. He proposed with a large oval cut ruby engagement ring.
SOPHIE RHYS JONES received this beautiful 2 carat oval cut diamond with heart shaped side stones from Garrards when she married Prince Edward (the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II) in 1999.
PRINCESS MAXIMA, originally from Argentina, married Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2002. She received a very unique engagement ring – an orange oval shaped diamond flanked by two tear-drop shaped diamonds and set in two diamond encrusted bands.
MARY DONALDSON married Frederick, the Crown Prince of Denmark in 2004 and wears a massive 8 carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring with ruby side stones. Her Uffe Frank designed wedding dress is one of our absolute favorites.
PRINCESS LETIZIA married Prince Felipe of Spain (then, one of the most eligible bachelors) in 2004. Instead of a traditional engagement ring, she wears a large white gold and diamond eternity band.
CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES wears a massive eight carat emerald cut heirloom ring with three stair-stepped baguettes on each side. She married Prince Charles in 2005.
CROWN PRINCESS VICTORIA of Sweden married Daniel Westling (who was her personal trainer) in 2010 and wears this simple and elegant round brilliant diamond solitaire engagement ring set in white gold.
KATE MIDDLETON was famously presented with Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring when William proposed in 2009. Their 2010 wedding was one for the record books.
ZARA PHILLIPS, the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, married rugby player Mike Tindall in 2011 and wears a diamond solitaire engagement ring set in a platinum pave band.
CHARLENE WITTSTOCK, a former South African olympic swimmer and now wife to Prince Albert II of Monaco (married in 2011), wears a simply exquisite 3 carat pear shaped diamond engagement ring embellished with round brilliant diamonds.
COUNTESS STEPHANIE DE LANNOY of Belgium became Princess Stephanie of Luxembourg in October of 2012 when she married Prince Guillaume. She wore a fabulous lace Elie Saab dress, which is almost as incredible as her 4 carat emerald cut engagement ring in a rectangular halo setting.
PRINCESS MADELINE of Sweden (younger sister of Victoria) recently announced her engagement to US-British boyfriend Christopher O’Neil.
TATIANA SANTO DOMINGO of Colombia is finally engaged to Andrea Casiraghi of Monaco (Princess Caroline’s son) after dating for seven years.
We’ve heard time and again that engagement ring shopping is no easy task. There are thousands of styles to choose from, but after awhile they all start to look the same. So for those of you who are looking for something completely unique, expertly made and affordable, look no further than the ultra-talented designers selling their gorgeous pieces on Etsy. Today, we feature nine of our favorite handmade Etsy engagement rings.
See something you like? Just click on the above images to be directed to the Etsy shop.
Diamond Solitaire Halo, Adam Foster Jewelry | Rose Cut Diamond Ring, Samantha McIntosh | Bezel Set Solitaire, bmjnyc | Leaf & Vine Engagement Ring Set, anjaydesigns | Tear Drop Sapphire, Eidel Precious | Asscher Cut Engagement Ring, OneGarnetGirl | Pear Shaped Diamond Ring, LaurieSarahDesigns | Rose Lotus Engagement Ring Set , beautifulpetra | Leaf Diamond Engagement Ring Set, ValerieKStudio
This Danhov engagement ring from their Abbraccio collection (style AE108) is perfectly exquisite. We love their unique take on the halo setting combined with their modern yet delicate spherical elements. It’s definitely a stunner.
Jennifer Lopez has a lot of entries here on RingSpotters and now that she is dating dancer Casper Smart, the engagement rumors (naturally) are floating around. We personally don’t think she is engaged or planning on it, but she was photographed at Paris Fashion week sporting this very large diamond engagement ring on her left hand.
By the way, Jennifer – love the nails, love the purse and, of course, love the ring. Love Love Love.