Modern brides are increasingly eschewing classic engagement rings in favour of unconventional styles. While traditionally-cut diamond rings still wield timeless appeal, unique stones allow a bit more room for personal expression.
When it comes to coloured engagement rings, the emerald gemstone has long been a coveted choice. Jackie O’s engagement ring—a vintage Art Deco design that featured a 2.88 carat diamond alongside a 2.84 carat emerald—is among one of the most iconic iterations. More recently, celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Irina Shayk, Olivia Wilde and Halle Berry have also worn emerald rings; Shayk’s version (rumoured to be an engagement ring from beau Bradley Cooper) bears a strong resemblance to Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring.
The deep-hued emerald gemstone reads just as striking as a glimmering diamond, and comes in just as many settings, cuts and styles.
For the bride-to-be shopping for (or hinting at) a vintage aesthetic, Art Deco and Edwardian-inspired styles set in yellow gold will team beautifully with a lush emerald stone, while modern brides can look to platinum-set stones with surrounding diamonds or a pave band. If you’re looking to incorporate the emerald on a smaller-scale, seek out traditional diamonds set with radiant side stones.
Here, 20 emerald engagement rings with show-stopping sparkle.
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The Vibe: Elegant
Joséphine Aigrette Impériale ring in platinum, set with pear-shaped emerald of around five carats and brilliant-cut diamonds, POA at Chaumet.
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The Vibe: High Shine
Ring in platinum with brilliant-cut diamonds and a round emerald, $18,200 at Tiffany & Co..
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The Vibe: A Hint Of Gold
Round-cut emerald and diamond halo ring set in a fine yellow gold bezel setting, POA at Fairfax & Roberts.
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The Vibe: Unique
Aladdin solitaire, platinum, round diamonds, emerald-cut 3.69-carat emerald, POA at Van Cleef & Arpels.