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IF YOU LIKE IT, PUT A RING ON IT — BUT MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE RING, TOO

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | CLOSET - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON Look 1: Michael Hill Grand Ar­peg­gio .87 Carat 14ct Rose Gold En­gage­ment Ring, $4999, michael­hill.com.au Look 2: Natalie Marie Jew­ellery, Wil­low Ring, $315, Three Stone Di­a­mond Sun Ring, $1750, and Di­a­mond Sun Ring, $2100, na­tal­iem

An en­gage­ment or wed­ding ring is a piece of jew­ellery you’ll likely wear more of­ten than any other, so it’s im­por­tant you adore it or risk a su­per awk­ward con­ver­sa­tion with your sig­nif­i­cant other.

Michael Hill bri­dal buyer Emily Vuko­vac says modern brides-to-be are opt­ing for more orig­i­nal styles to lock down their love.

“Brides are grav­i­tat­ing to­wards non-tra­di­tional rings for a va­ri­ety of eth­i­cal, fi­nan­cial and expressive rea­sons,” Emily says.

“Many brides are look­ing for an en­gage­ment ring that rep­re­sents their per­son­al­ity, whether that be a di­a­mond ring or a coloured ring.”

A pop­u­lar style that’s popped up in the modern era is a nod to the past, with in­tri­cate vin­tage shapes a strong choice among the soon-to-be-be­trothed.

“Vin­tage hues have time­less el­e­gance,” Emily says. “Fea­tures will in­clude unique el­e­ments such as hand en­grav­ing, mil­grain or or­nate em­bel­lish­ment.

“The ro­mance of a vin­tage ring could also be sen­ti­men­tal.” Teardrop or pear-cut shapes are other non-con­ven­tional ring styles seen on the fin­gers of fi­ancees.

“Pear cuts have ex­tra im­pact,” Emily says.

“Celebri­ties such as Ari­ana Grande and Katherine Heigl have all been spot­ted with a pear-shaped ring.”

Coloured gems and bands are also prov­ing pop­u­lar, with sap­phire or ruby stones and rose gold bands adding a per­sonal touch.

“Coloured stone rings have gained pop­u­lar­ity and are per­fect for the modern-day bride,” Emily says. “It’s some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent and unique — the coloured stone rings are per­fect for this as they’re dif­fer­ent to a tra­di­tional di­a­mond.”

Of course, Emily says there’s al­ways the el­e­gant soli­taire ring — a sin­gle rock on a sim­ple gold or white gold band. “A soli­taire is a clas­sic, time­less look,” she says.

If you’ve been talk­ing mar­riage with your part­ner for some time, Emily says there are ways to drop sneaky (or not-so-sub­tle) hints to your loved one to let them know what kind of ring is your thing.

“(You can) cir­cle de­signs in a cat­a­logue and leave it ly­ing around, send a dummy text that you were ‘meant to’ send to a friend, or tell your best friend to tell him in a sub­tle way,” she says.

“Not so sub­tle, tell him straight: ‘We are go­ing to the shops to browse’.”

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