From Cartier’s prickly customer to Chanel’s shooting stars, these
unique rings will make truly original gifts.
Cactus de Cartier emerald and carnelian ring
One of my favourite
new jewellery collections of the year was Cactus de Cartier– a thrilling homage to the succulent plant with a very spiky reputation. All the jewels in the collection are fabulous, but this ring is the piece I love the most, with emerald beads mimicking the barbed skin of the barrel cactus in full bloom, topped with orange carnelian flowers.The bold look is a real departure for Cartier, which has incorporated many blooms into its designs, but never one so non-conformist.
Chaumet Joséphine Rondes de Nuit diamond toi et moi ring
From the new Rondes de Nuit collection, a celebration of the pear shape favoured by Chaumet’s most famous patron, the Empress Joséphine, Chaumet has set sparkling round brilliant diamonds in two white gold pears, with one pointing towards the hand, the other away from it.A classic with the sweetest of sentiments attached, toi et moi rings – “you and me” in French – are very much back in vogue. This Chaumet ring is a beautiful interpretation of this classic design, which places two stones side by side but not touching.
Chanel Entrelacs d’Étoiles diamond ring
If your partner likes her jewels to be as fashion-forward as her clothes, this ring by
will win her over. Celestial is one of the biggest trends in jewellery this winter as designers look up to the sky for inspiration. Always ahead of her time, celestial motifs were a favourite of
– “I wanted to cover women with constellations! Stars! Stars of all sizes,” she said before the launch of the French couture house’s first jewellery collection in 1932 – and the tradition continues at Chanel with this dreamy ring, which sends two diamond-studded stars shooting across the fingers.
Stephen Webster Magnipheasant diamond ring
Stephen Webster launched Magnipheasant in 2014 with a collection of one-of-a-kind couture jewels that were so popular a diffusion line quickly followed. Today, this quirkily named collection is a classic in this much-loved British jeweller’s repertoire, with new designs added frequently. One of the latest is this stylish open ring, which transforms the plumage of a pheasant into a pair of sparkling wings. Covered from top to bottom in pavé diamonds, the feathers fan out down the finger until they reach the knuckle.
David Morris Cherry Blossom long finger ring
Just when I thought I’d seen every variation on the floral ring possible, along comes David Morris with this rare beauty. Bouquets of cherry blossoms stretch from knuckle to mid-finger, the diamonds set in rose gold accentuating the femininity of the design. Handcrafted in London by David Morris’ talented artisans, I can think of no prettier gift to give to the woman you love this Christmas.