My little sister’s wedding is fast approaching and she’s recently been setting her sights on wedding rings. It’s a piece of the wedding style puzzle that she had almost forgotten about. Though the ring itself may seem simple, there’s a great deal of variation in style and setting. Here are a few of history’s most iconic wedding and engagement rings to swoon over. I'm not sure she's going to be quite so lucky as these ladies though...
Josephine de Beauharnais’ dynamic duo
French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte certainly had money to spare, so when the time came to lavish his bride Josephine de Beauharnais with jewels he did so with a stunning diamond and sapphire wedding ring. The band itself is composed of gold, with two pear-shaped stones (a blue sapphire and diamond) showcased side by side to symbolize their love.
Scarlett Johanssons’ Art Deco style
Known for her unique, classy sense of style, Scarlett Johansson’s engagement ring has helped usher in the hot vintage trend in engagement and wedding rings. When she got engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, he exhibited his excellent taste by presenting ScarJo with a beautiful piece of Art Deco style jewellery. This featured three round diamonds set in a vintage rectangular shape. Love the look? You’ll see the geometric shapes of the Art Deco era featured in a number of wedding rings from modern retailers like these at Vashi who collaborated with me on this piece, showing the versatility of this iconic style.
Audrey Hepburn’s stackable rings
Stackable rings are a practical trend in wedding bands – they let you mix and match your everyday jewellery to suit your daily outfit. Mel Ferrer gifted Audrey Hepburn a stackable wedding ring, containing two different bands in rose gold and white gold. Always a trendsetter, she helped make this the popular style that it is today.
Marilyn Monroe’s baguette diamonds
Speaking of style icons, it’s hard to imagine the style of the 50’s without mentioning Marilyn Monroe! Are you in search of a simple wedding band style that still sparkles? You might want to take a look at Monroe’s baguette-cut diamond eternity band. It was given to her during her wedding ceremony to Joe DiMaggio in 1954.
The famous blue sapphire
However, when you imagine blue sapphire rings, you probably don’t immediately think of Josephine de Beauharnais and Napoleon. A more modern blue sapphire ring was the one given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles in February 1981, more recently sported by the Duchess of Cambridge after being given to her by Prince William. This iconic ring has been sparked many imitations, with the original featuring 14 solitaire diamonds encasing a brilliant blue Ceylon sapphire. Crafted by Garrard, it’s set in 18-carat white gold and will remain an icon of wedding ring design for years to come.
Jacqueline Kennedy’s emerald sparkler
Coloured gemstones can enliven the wedding ring, giving it a splash of irresistible colour that’s just right for a more playful look. Jacqueline Kennedy, classy as ever, sported an engagement ring featuring 2.88 carats of diamonds as well as elegant emeralds.
Amal Alamuddin’s ethically sourced blingAmal Alamuddin specialises in human rights law, so it makes sense that when George Clooney shopped around for an engagement ring he looked for one that was ethically mined. Although it may be responsibly sourced, the 7-carat diamond in a platinum setting is certainly every bit as glamorous as the other rings on this list, proving that you can have it all!
This post was written in collaboration with Vashi.