Emma Stone isn’t the kind of gal to announce her engagement with a flashy emerald-cut rock, à la J.Lo. But it nonetheless got here as a shock when the actress posed for a low-key engagement announcement — on (now husband) Dave McCary’s Instagram — brandishing a hoop not with a diamond within the middle however a lustrous white . . . pearl.
“I think it’s a very cool and unique look,” says Scott Udell, vp of London Jewelers, referring to Stone’s ring, which was created by Tokyo-based jeweler Kataoka. The $4,780 piece does embody some small diamonds, forming the brand’s signature snowflake motif across the pearl. But its milky-white middle orb is the star.
“That trend is in, but I don’t think the look is for everybody,” says Udell, including that pearls is usually a perilously delicate choice for a hoop that the majority ladies put on day-after-day. (You’ll in all probability wish to take off a bit with a pearl when swimming, figuring out or sleeping.) But he agrees that Stone’s idiosyncratic alternative aligns with developments he’s seen over the previous 12 months.
“It’s just more subtle,” he says of the sorts of sparklers nabbing the highlight since COVID-19 struck. “There’s maybe just a little bit more emotion or content that’s incorporated in [choosing] your engagement ring.”
Forget a diamond as large because the Ritz. Now, brides-to-be are searching for a hoop that’s candy, distinct and deeply private.
“I’m seeing more and more people looking for something unique and special, or wanting to design their own ring,” says Lucrezia Buccellati, co-creative director of Buccellati, who in 2014 designed the 100-year-old jeweler’s first line of engagement rings. While her assortment does function diamonds, she additionally works with shoppers who wish to incorporate, say, a sapphire or ruby because the centerpiece.
“The other day, some customers came in, and [they] wanted a ring with a stone that comes from their country,” she says, including that she’s blissful to oblige. “An engagement ring is an emotional piece that lasts forever and that will be passed down and become an heirloom,” she explains. “There’s a sentimental factor.”
Look no additional than Ariana Grande, whose fiancé Dalton Gomez popped the question with an oval diamond set at an angle subsequent to a radiant pearl. Fans instantly famous that the pearl regarded much like the one included on a hoop Grande’s “nonna” made for her out of a classic tie pin worn by the singer’s grandfather — amplifying the emotional depth of the thing.
“It’s a beautiful, unique ring,” says Udell, including that the oval-shaped diamond actually makes the look.
“There’s nothing like a longer stone and the way it looks on the finger,” he explains. “It looks ‘spreadier’ and bigger and just lays really nicely.”
Jasmine Tookes has additionally been sporting an oval-shaped diamond. The Victoria’s Secret mannequin took to Instagram in October to show off her $250,000 custom Ritani engagement ring, that includes a fragile gold band and the 7-carat jewel with a hidden halo and diamond-enhanced prongs.
“There have been a few celebrities in the past five years that have definitely put ovals on the map,” Udell says. “And it looks like they’re here to stay.”
Another development Udell has seen: bezel settings, like Lily Collins’ engagement ring. The one-of-a-kind piece — designed by Collins’ fiancé, director Charlie McDowell, with jeweler Irene Neuwirth — incorporates a rose-cut diamond surrounded by a gold band that permits you to see by the diamond.
The flat rose minimize isn’t as sparkly — or in style — as an excellent or cushion minimize, however the classic design has a nostalgic vibe that’s notably interesting proper now.
“A lot of people are going back to antique vintage engagement rings,” says Buccellati. “That antique look has a lot of romance to it.”