Animal inspired engagement rings

Animal inspired engagement rings

Written by Alice Rochester on 26 May 2017

One of the things I love most about my job as a designer here at Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery is sitting down with someone and finding out what makes them 'tick'. Everyone is different and so talking to them about who they are and what they do is an essential part of the design process. It means we can bring really personal elements into whatever we are making for them, and we can ensure that the design is going to suit their lifestyle.

We often discover that the customer wants to have a piece inspired by something specific, so I thought it might be interesting to have a look at a series of engagement rings which have all been inspired by one thing, but are all unique and personal. I thought I'd start off with animals...

This classic-looking engagement ring has animal references as subtle details which are likely to be missed by the casual observer- the setting has been carefully shaped so that from the side view it is a horseshoe, and the open detail in the side of the band has tiny indents around it so that it becomes a paw print. Unless these are pointed out it looks like a simple diamond solitaire, but these personal touches make it so much more.

This engagement ring also has a classic feel, so that it can be worn for years without feeling dated. The bright pink sapphires are a reference to Charlotte's pink hair, but they have been channel set in such a way that they curve across the ring, creating a simplified paw print when combined with the outline of the tapering band.

In this ring, the design is rather more modern, as bird wings wrap around the central diamond. The sweeping lines surround the stone which is set nice and low, and when this is combined with bright white platinum it means that it's an easy ring to wear. It's the kind of design that people will always ask about its story.

This bird design is also easy to wear, but in a much more low-key way. The straight lines of the band contrast with the beautifully hand engraved feather which the invisibly set diamond seems to nestle into.

This pretty, vine-like engagement ring has a butterfly poised on one side. The rose gold colour draws attention to the insect, meaning that the eye is drawn not only to the amethyst in the centre but to the other details around the ring. There's more to see every time you look!

This engagement and wedding ring set relies on the two rings being worn together to create the full butterfly. The pear shaped diamonds that create the wings have a lovely bright sparkle, and the asymmetric design feels very modern.

What I love about these rings is that it demonstrates such a wide range of possibilities, from the literal all the way through to the abstract, and from classic through to modern. They are all unique and say something special about the wearer. Why don't you challenge us to incorporate your favourite animal into a design for you?