What was it Beyonce said? “If you like it you shoulda put a ring on it”? We have to say, that’s only part of the stress of making a proposal. As Ted Mosby once pointed out, the longest moment of your life is when you ask someone for her hand in marriage. But what you definitely want to do is get a spontaneous gush of joy when she sees the ring, and snap out her phone to start spreading some Instagram love, ring-focused. But not only is a proposal a time to give her a rock. Annivarsaries, whimsy, and the celebration of any momentous occasion. Neither is there a need to abide by that crazy rule that a diamond should cost an arm, a leg and a kidney. Every single company has its own variations for those who simply want the right style to go along with their partner’s.
The Cartier Destinée Ring is the French jeweller’s latest line of ladies’ rings, and is inspired by the Solitaire 1895’s architecture. The four-claw setting of the solitaire is a design that fits well with the company’s familiarity with the Art Deco era of architecture. A halo of brilliant-cut diamonds surrounds the solitaire and the ring body is set with a series of diamond gems in diminishing size, following the form of the neck of the crown of diamonds to the ring itself. This scalloped ring is carefully sculpted with tiny cavities that secure the gemstones without an visible claw setting, and each part of the ring’s contours are carefully polished by hand.
The Destinée ring is particularly challenging for the lapidary, who has to select each stone for the jeweller and match the smaller gems in terms of colour and clarity with the solitaire’s in order to ensure a look that is consistent throughout the entire ring. Not only that, it’s essential that the solitaire is of a quality that’s excellent in Cartier’s view.
What She Wants
The Destinée ring is part of Cartier’s Set For You collection that can be specified with the size of the solitaire ranging from 0.40 carats to 2.99 carats, while ready-made pieces include Destinée rings with a solitaire of up to 4.99 carats. Each stone can be specified for its cut, clarity and colour. Additional variations can also be incorporated within Cartier’s maisons. Check out the Destinée ring here. And enjoy the Cartier Rouge magazine to explore more of the jewellery collection here.