Say ‘Yes’ to an AENEA Engagement Ring
April is not only the birthstone month for diamonds — it also marks that special time of year when the first flurry of springtime engagements and weddings begin to take place.
At AENEA, April has been dedicated to diamonds. We have revealed several sparkling new engagement ring designs in our Candy and Sarpa collections, and some truly spectacular diamond rings, as shared by The Jewellery Editor earlier in April.
To mark this exciting time of year, we have chosen three of our most-adored engagement ring styles, sharing with you some of our own proposal stories.
The Contemporary Classic
Cushion-cut, emerald and princess cut diamond engagement rings truly embody the notion of contemporary-yet-classic. The clean lines and angles of these diamond shapes are instantly elegant when set into a fine white metal such as platinum.
Set with a central 1.55 carat E colour VS1 cushion-cut diamond, the Candy engagement ring is as sweet as its name suggests, in a timeless style that will sit flush alongside a complementing diamond wedding band. Sharper in its finish, the Candy emerald cut diamond ring makes a dazzling statement. Set with a 4.51 carat E colour VS1 diamond, this classic ring is a style that will turn heads again and again.
AENEA partner Birgit Tomka said ‘yes’ to a contemporary classic engagement ring. At its centre, a dazzling chocolate-brown diamond complemented by four white diamonds in each corner; she and her partner Stefan also have matching wedding bands. “This is a special month for me, as I got engaged in April,” Birgit explains. “We were in Rome, it was the evening and we were overlooking a stunning Roman Forum.” Birgit and Stefan married on Khao Lak beach in Thailand, an intimate ceremony with 50 friends. And to match her classic contemporary ring? A chic wedding dress of traditional Thai style.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding highlighted the inimitable beauty of blue sapphires, and undoubtedly reignited the vogue for gemstone engagement rings. Saying a graceful ‘yes’ to what was formerly Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring, Kate Middleton has helped to inspire modern brides to wear colour.
As notable in our springtime launch of pastel gemstone jewellery, here at AENEA we aren’t afraid to get creative with colour. Handpicking each gemstone, we have added alluring, teal-blue tourmalines to our Sarpa collection of engagement rings, complementing our special star sapphire design in the romantic Love Letters collection.
Our international business manager Lidwine "Winzi" Clary und Aldringen is herself a fan of breathtaking blue sapphires, having recently said ‘yes’ to her very own AENEA blue sapphire engagement ring.
Her proposal took place on the beautiful peninsula of Istria, which is shared between Croatia, Italy and Slovenia, with stunning waterfalls as the backdrop. “We are now planning a traditional Austrian church wedding, sharing our day with family and many of our wonderful friends,” Winzi says.
Elegant and Rare
For some, a diamond engagement ring should be two things: elegant and rare. A simple, precious platinum setting should securely embrace and showcase the diamond, while the stone itself be a thing of rare beauty.
AENEA’s very special 5.21 carat D colour VS2 round brilliant-cut diamond ring was recently described as a ‘marvel’ by one of our favourite jewellery writers, Maria Doulton of The Jewellery Editor. Showcasing this ring in all its elegance, Maria outlines that its rarity it does to its bold fluorescence — only one in 100 D colour stones bear this characteristic, which makes the diamond appear a subtle shade of blue in bright sunlight.
“Round brilliant diamonds are many a bride’s expectation for their engagement ring, and so they remain one of the most popular styles,” says AENEA founder and creative director Costan Eghiazarian. “Yet equally elegant is the oval cut, as captured in the Candy oval diamond ring. At just over 4 carats, this D colour VS2 diamond is a rare and elegant ring, brimming with poise yet positively pretty.”
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