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Modern Engagement Rings

Modern Engagement Rings

Elegant contemporary designs

If your partner favours contemporary styles in fashion, art, and music, then a modern engagement ring might well be the right choice. But what does this mean in practice?

Previous eras are typically associated with specific styles: vintage-style engagement rings from before World War One were often elaborately set with many small diamonds; Art Deco rings from the interwar era tend to be much simpler, featuring straight edges, geometric shapes and bold lines; while solitaire and trilogy styles are timeless classics, spanning many decades.

By definition, contemporary engagement rings don’t fall into any of these categories - but while it’s easy to say what they aren’t, it’s harder to define what they are.

Simple designs with clean lines

While there isn’t a single technical feature common to all modern style engagement rings, it is true to say that most of them are stripped back, simple designs that feature clean lines. Beyond that, there are a handful of features that are often associated with contemporary style rings.

Tension settings (or alternatively faux-tension settings) are one of these. In a tension set ring, the gemstone is held in place by compression, or merely appears to be in the case of a faux-tension setting. The shank tends to be as wide or wider than the gemstone, giving the ring a chunky, modern appearance. The tension setting was pioneered within the last forty years by the German manufacturer Niessing, and is perhaps the archetypal modern engagement ring.

A swirl style setting is a variation on a faux-tension setting. In both instances, metal is pushed over the girdle of the gemstone to secure it, and the culet or tip of the diamond is recessed into a bridge (sometimes replaced by a bezel). The difference is that with a swirl setting, the shoulder of the ring extends to ‘swirl’ around the gemstone.

Another popular contemporary configuration is to set a single gemstone in a rub-over setting (where a rim of metal extends all the way round the gemstone). This gives a simpler, cleaner finish than the traditional claw setting.

Unconventional alignment of gems

Finally, the alignment of the gemstone itself can give a clue as to whether you are looking at a contemporary style engagement ring. Traditionally elongated gems (like oval cuts, emerald cuts, and marquise cuts) have typically been set with the long side of the stone running along the length of the finger, the idea being that this configuration is most flattering to the hand. Recently, however, it has been increasingly common to see diamonds and gemstones set the other way, running across the finger for a modern look, or offset, perhaps at forty-five degrees.


In the gallery below, you can view a selection of some of the modern rings that we've made to order for previous clients. Alternatively, you may wish to browse our Engagement Ring Collection for the modern designs that we have in stock.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, or to discuss commissioning your own bespoke design.

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  • Emerald Engagement Ring

    Emerald Engagement Ring

    This stunning split-shoulder engagement ring was crafted in Fairtrade 18ct yellow gold. Set with a vibrant 0.64ct octagonal emerald.

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  • Sapphire & Diamond Ring

    Sapphire & Diamond Ring

    A striking platinum engagement ring, set with a pale blue 0.69ct sapphire. Small Canadian diamonds are grain-set on the shoulders.

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  • Pear Cut Diamond Ring

    Pear Cut Diamond Ring

    A fabulous engagement ring in platinum. Set with a 0.76ct pear cut Canadian diamond, with small diamonds grain-set on the shoulders.

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  • Diamond & Emerald Ring

    Diamond & Emerald Ring

    A distinctive platinum ring, set with a 0.55ct round brilliant cut Canadian diamond, a small emerald, and a small diamond.

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  • Contemporary Diamond Ring

    Contemporary Diamond Ring

    A striking contemporary design, crafted in Fairtrade 18ct white gold and featuring two small round brilliant Canadian diamonds.

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  • Yellow Diamond & Blue Sapphire Ring

    Yellow Diamond & Blue Sapphire Ring

    A unique ring, crafted in Fairtrade 18ct white gold, set with a 0.52 cushion-cut fancy intense yellow Australian diamond.

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  • Sapphire, Turquoise & Diamond Ring

    Sapphire, Turquoise & Diamond Ring

    An astonishing engagement ring in Fairtrade 18ct yellow gold, set with a 0.70ct diamond, an oval sapphire and a small turquoise.

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  • Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

    Split Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

    A stunning engagement ring in platinum, set with a 0.40ct round brilliant diamond. Small diamonds are cutdown set on the shoulders.

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  • Platinum Engagement Ring

    Platinum Engagement Ring

    A dazzling engagement ring in platinum. Set with a 0.52ct oval cut Canadian diamond, and six small round diamonds.

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  • Diamond & Sapphire Infinity Ring

    Diamond & Sapphire Infinity Ring

    A unique engagement ring in platinum, set with a 1.18ct round sapphire and featuring an infinity symbol on each shoulder.

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  • Platinum Flower-Inspired Ring

    Platinum Flower-Inspired Ring

    A beautiful flower-inspired engagement ring in platinum. Featuring a 0.40ct diamond, with small diamonds grain-set into the shoulders.

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  • Watermelon Tourmaline Trilogy Ring

    Watermelon Tourmaline Trilogy Ring

    A charming Art Deco style engagement ring in 18ct white gold. Set with a 1.02ct watermelon tourmaline and matching emerald cut diamonds.

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  • Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring

    Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring

    A striking platinum engagement ring, featuring a 1.13ct pear cut sapphire with small diamonds cutdown set into the shoulders.

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  • Seashell Engagement Ring

    Seashell Engagement Ring

    This unique design in Fairtrade 18ct white gold was inspired by the shape of a seashell. Set with a 0.48ct oval cut diamond.

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