After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
We all love a good proposal story, and if you’re in your late 20s – like me – there are plenty of them to go around. Whenever someone announces “We’re engaged”, the words “Show us your ring” come out of our mouths quicker than we can think of a more appropriate reaction.
Of course, a big, expensive diamond ring is
crucial not necessary to prove one’s love and commitment, but it doesn’t hurt either.
Sorry, guys, we just can’t help it – for some reason we’re drawn to anything sparkly, and we’ve been perfecting the engagement rock hand-flip since we were little girls. So if you want to secure a ‘yes’ (and give us the chance to be the envy of all our friends), invest in one of these to-die-for rings…
1. Diamond Emporium
This custom clover-shaped 18-carat white-gold beauty features 73 channel-set diamonds ranging from one to three carats.
2. Larsen Jewellery
This radiant-cut yellow one-carat diamond is surrounded by 62 brilliant-cut diamonds in an 18-carat white gold band and double halo.
3. Tiffany & Co.
This one-carat round diamond is framed by two diamond ribbons resembling wedding rings.
This platinum trinity ring set with brilliant-cut diamonds wraps around a five-carat diamond, representing an eternal bond. Aww!
5. Gabriel & Co.
This one-carat diamond ring is all about the details; visible from the side is its rose gold fleur-de-lys setting.
6. Monique Lhuillier for Blue Nile
If you’re not into white gold, these marquise-shaped diamonds in a floral garland-inspired pattern set in 18-carat rose-gold might be more to your liking.
7. Schwartz Jewelers
…or have a mix of both with this 14-carat white-and rose-gold number with a round one-carat diamond.
8. Colin Cowie
This halo ring features baguette-cut diamonds that scale down to the shank of the ring, all set in platinum – it’s the perfect match for art-deco lovers.
9. Tiffany & Co.
This classic heart-shaped 2.5-carat diamond (shown with its matching wedding band) is bliss, but be aware: heart-shaped diamonds aren’t cheap.
10. Brilliant Earth
This unconventional white-gold number features a round bezel-set diamond surrounded by intricate ‘latticework’.
This fit-for-a-royal stunning six-carat cushion-cut sapphire and diamond ring.
12. Fred Leighton
This vintage mine-cut diamond solitaire ring features a 4.61 carat stone.
This Valentin diamond ring featuring a pink radiant cut diamond set amongst a frame of claw set diamonds.
14. Jan Logan
Nothing says ‘I love you’ more than a five-carat pink diamond, don’t you think?
Comment: Do you think women should have a say in what engagement ring they’re given, or should it be a surprise?
Nadine is a beauty writer who's always on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick and the best Instagram filter. She has a weakness for handbags and never says no to a cup of strong coffee. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.