Since 1847, the name Cartier has become synonymous with exquisite diamond jewellery. Founded in Paris by Louis-François Cartier, Cartier remained a family company until 1964. With its headquarters still in the heart of Paris, Cartier has long been one of the leading luxury jewellers in the world. Cartier engagement rings have earned an almost mythical status, as the French jewellery line has been a favourite choice for celebrities and royalty alike.
Cartier engagement rings are immediately recognisable. Considered by many to be the finest pieces available, their bridal collection is indisputably elegant. They are produced by a combination of outstanding craftsmanship and Cartier’s characteristic use of large diamonds. Some of Cartier’s designs have enjoyed popularity since 1925, and among their many pieces of stunning jewellery their rings have become legendary engagement pieces. Cartier’s diamond rings are typically quite thick with low settings, making them extremely durable and able to last a lifetime, and beyond.
The Love, Lanières and Déclaration designs are among Cartier’s most popular engagement collections. The Love ring is part of the “LOVE” range, which was originally created in New York during the 1970s. According to Cartier these rings have “sealed the passionate romances of a host of iconic couples”. The Love ring is distinctive for its thick metal band and engraved screw motifs, which symbolize inseparable love. Although the design is unisex, there are numerous variations on the style. The Love ring is also available in yellow, pink or white gold. When studded with coloured diamonds, it quickly becomes feminine. The Lanières ring, with its simple diamond solitaire is also a classic favourite, while the Déclaration ring is a more contemporary piece. The Déclaration ring showcases the beauty of the diamond with a slender, four-pronged setting.
Cartier Engagement Rings of the Rich and Famous
Cartier engagement rings are well known as the choice of the rich and famous, and their designs have graced the fingers of many iconic names. Grace Kelly wore a 10.5 carat emerald cut Cartier ring, coupled with two baguette diamonds, when she became engaged to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. In 2011, when Charlene and Prince Albert of Monaco got married, they too exchanged 18 carat, white gold, platinum Cartier rings, following in the footsteps of their royal predecessors. British royalty also continue to favour Cartier: the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore a Cartier halo on her wedding day. Cartier was also a favourite of the Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson, and Edward VIII.
All Cartier engagement rings come in a distinctive dark red leather pill box, making the moment of proposing with a Cartier ring even more unforgettable. The engagement rings vary in price and size, as the cost of a Cartier ring will depend on its diamond and setting. Although there are a wide range of designs to choose from, Cartier also offer a service where they will set a unique engagement ring of your choice. If you request the “Set For You By Cartier” service, you can select the diamond and setting, and they promise that the ring you create is “yours alone, crafted to the exacting standards of Cartier.”