They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but for brides looking for an alternative to solitaires and princess cuts, the pearl engagement ring hits all the right notes. This treasure from the sea in all its polished iterations—creamy white, black and champagne—could be the answer for those seeking easy, understated elegance. A symbol of wisdom, loyalty and luck, pearls not only speak to tradition but hold their own against potentially bling-tastic weighty carats, semaphoring sophisticated taste.
The Oscar-winning actor Emma Stone sparked a rush on beautiful pearls when she got engaged in December 2019. Now, Ariana Grande has upped the ante with her engagement ring, an unusual combination of a diamond and a pearl that many celebrity-watchers are positing may well be a family heirloom, reworked in a contemporary setting.
Feeling suitably inspired? From Tiffany & Co’s simple pearl masterpiece to Delfina Delettrez’s modern take on the spherical gem, Vogue rounds up the prettiest pearl engagement rings to fall in love with now.
Tiffany & Co. Freshwater pearl ring in sterling silver
A tension set fresh water pearl adds an edgy vibe, perfect for modern brides-to-be.
Chanel Perles matelasse ring
The classic Chanel matelassé design made out of diamonds and pearls.
Pomellato M’ama non M’ama ring
18K rose gold set with mother-of-pearl and brilliant diamonds.
Van Cleef & Arpels Bora Bora ring
A white gold ring featuring grey and white cultured pearls, surrounded by diamonds.
Chaumet Josephine Aigrette pave ring
The classic tiara ring design set with Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds.
Irene Neuwirth ring
Studded gumball ring with Akoya cultured pearls and full cut diamonds.
18K rose gold toi-et-moi ring with one South Sea pearl and round diamond.
Cox & Power ring
A single round black Tahitian pearl offering hints of pink and green.
Marei Isis Goddess ring
18K gold with one South Sea pearl and white diamond pavé.
Hum pearl ring
This Japanese jewellery label focuses on traditional handmade craftsmanship.
Mikimoto M collection ring
White South Sea cultured pearl ring in 18K white gold with pave diamonds.
Fernando Jorge ring
Orbit diamond and mother-of-pearl on 18K yellow gold.
Sphere diamond, pearl, and 18K gold ring.
Charlotte Chesnais ring
Pearl Eclipse 18K gold vermeil statement ring.
Moritz Glik ring
Concha freshwater pearl ring in pink gold with white sapphire Kaleidoscope Shaker.
Balance neo diamonds pavé ring in white gold.
Delfina Delettrez ring
Small domino dots ring with pearls and diamonds.
Sophie Keegan ring
Bobble rope ring in 18K yellow gold with golden South Sea pearl.