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Get the look: Celebrity-inspired engagement rings

As soon as any celebrity pops the question, the first thing we always want to see is the sparkle. From Paris Hilton’s emerald-cut wonder to Lily Collins’ rose-cut diamond and Millie Mackintosh’s vintage halo flower ring. Want your own celebrity-inspired engagement bling? Then read on…

27 April 2021 Editor - H. Samuel

The thing about celebrity engagement rings is that there are so many to ogle for inspiration, that choosing the style you like is no easy feat. You just need to look at Victoria Beckham’s 14-strong engagement ring collection to know what we mean. They’re also quite the creative bunch – for example, Jamie Jewitt popped the question to Love Island beauty Camilla Thurlow with a ring he designed himself.

For those of us with a more realistic budget, these stunning sparklers are not necessarily out of reach. Whether you’re browsing ring styles or looking for the next big engagement ring trend, we’re always here to keep you ahead of all thing’s diamonds. From solitaires, clusters and pear-cuts, scroll down to find out when engagement rings became a thing and our top picks for rings, inspired by the dazzling gems sported by the stars.

The surprising history of engagement rings

Believe it, or not, engagement rings haven’t always been just about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear on their fourth finger in public and an iron ring to wear in the home. Why the fourth finger? Well, legend has it, that the ring finger (as we know it today) contained the ‘love vein’ (the vena amoris) that ran directly from the heart to the tip of the finger. Who knew?

Today, it’s an unquestioned cultural ritual, to be presented with a ring as a symbol of a promise to marry. With that in mind, we’ve selected some of the most unique engagement and wedding rings to help you narrow down the perfect options for you and your SO. Scroll down to see the dazzler’s up close.

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Design your own

The options can seem endless when it comes to engagement ring designs, making it near impossible to choose a style you love. If you’ve been inspired by Jamie's creativity, and you like the sound of designing your very own bespoke ring, then you can always use the H Samuel engagement ring design tool to create your own. It’s an easy, step-by-step process where you can choose your own style, precious metal, setting and budget to create the piece of your dreams. Or, if you want to follow the journey of your diamond, look to The Diamond Story for a stunning ring, that comes with its own birth certificate (yes, really). Each step in the diamond-finishing and jewellery-making process is captured and documented, so you will know why there is no other ring like yours in the world.

The perfect statement

When Paris Hilton shocked the world by announcing her surprise engagement in February, everyone was focused on her beau. Who is Carter Reum? Us, on the other hand, were much more interested in something else entirely – her engagement ring. The ring design by jeweller Jean Dousset – the great-great-grandson of famed French jeweller Louis Cartier – takes its inspiration from the architectural elements of the iconic Grand Palais and the Champs-Élysées. If a show-stopping engagement ring is your cup of tea, then a bridal set, like this one from Perfect Fit is ideal for a unique engagement and wedding ring combo.

Coloured stones

Ever since 2010, when Prince William proposed to Kate with Princess Diana’s famous blue sapphire engagement ring, coloured gemstones have risen in popularity. So, if you're the type of bride-to-be who's looking for something a little bit outside the traditional realm of bridal bling, you've come to the right place. Like Lily Collins’ colourless diamond, a unique gemstone is a real point of difference. You could even go for rose morganite, like this one from the Enchanted Disney Collection for a unique take on your ring bling.

Cluster muster

From Georgian Fedé rings to the intricate carving of Victorian rings and the geometric shapes of the Art Deco period, is it any wonder that antique-inspired rings are making a comeback? An unconventional style – à la Millie Mackintosh – is perfect to express your unique style. Like this vintage-look cluster ring, it’s a timeless, statement piece, with a unique design.

Discover engagement rings at H Samuel

We hope we’ve given you some inspiration on engagement rings. If you’re ready to start browsing, be sure to check out the full range of bridal jewellery, online at H.Samuel. Or, if you have any questions or need a helping hand to narrow down your options, book a free virtual appointment with one of our friendly team who’ll be more than happy to help. You can also look at our Engagement Ring Buying Guide for more useful information.

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