Love is often sealed with an engagement ring, and although it’s true that the size of the diamond doesn’t really matter as long as there’s a promise of forever, it also feels nice to browse through things that are overly beautiful and luxurious.
Below are three of the world’s most prominent and expensive jewelers that have made huge marks in designs and standards of engagements and weddings all over the world. Putting on any of their creations will surely take your breath away, not just because of their value, but because they have managed to perfect beauty in a way that separates them from the rest of the brood.
1. Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. has been an iconic jewellery brand since its beginnings in 1886, when founder Charles Lewis Tiffany developed the Tiffany Setting, in which six prongs lift the diamond off the band to maximize light bouncing off the stone. Before an engagement ring even gets placed in its iconic Tiffany blue box, craftsmen take up to one full year to cut, mount, and polish it to perfection. This is why it is said that the brilliance of a Tiffany diamond can be seen across any room.
“The classical idea of beauty in symmetry defines the design of the Tiffany Setting”, says Melvyn Kirtley, chief gemologist of Tiffany & Co. Now on its 130th year, this luxury brand continues its shining homage to excellence.
Another well-known jewellery brand hailing from the 1800s is Cartier. Aside from being known for its high-end watches, Cartier, which has its roots in France, is one of the top choices of royalty for jewelery-setting, and was even coined by King Edward VII of England as "the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers."
Many a princess bride have had their love stories sealed by a Cartier diamond, including Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, who was given a ring adorned by a 10.4 carat emerald-cut diamond by Prince Rainer III.
3. De Beers
What started as a mining company in 1888 has transformed itself into one of the world’s premiere brands of jewelery. De Beers was the first to introduce today’s diamond grading system, which consists of 4Cs – carat, color, clarity, and cut. In 1947, it released the iconic slogan “A Diamond is Forever," which bolstered the tradition of giving a diamond ring to seal an engagement.