Traditionally, a classic engagement ring is a showstopper, with a simple design centred around a dazzling oversized diamond. Over the last few years, a host of jewellers have been quietly challenging this assumption with edgier designs which take the focus off the central stone for pieces both sustainable and understated.

With the end of the bigger is better mentality, a world of offbeat new engagement ring design has opened up. For Spanish jewellery brand, Sansoeurs, an engagement ring design can be elegant. Established in La Coruña in 2010, the brand has quickly established themselves as a minimalist master, with a permanent collection of rings which dot diamonds onto thin gold bands or thread them through intricate golden webbing.

Engagement ring in gold and diamonds by Sanseour
Engagement ring in gold and diamonds by Sansoeur

This year’s new collection picks up on these threads, casting diamonds onto undulating bands of gold which loop around the finger. Optical illusions add a magical and fun element – diamonds appear to hang freely from a wave of gold, attached almost invisibly, with marquise diamonds appearing to tumble over each other while they dangle from the band.

In Ring the Belle, the gold band itself splits in two to hold its marquise diamond which is unusually set - once worn, it appears to rest on the adjoining figure in another trick of the eye. The highly polished band of gold itself becomes fluid in the Miki ring which loops and loops again around the finger. The triple Miki ring threads its way around three fingers, leaving the middle one free to ensure a comfortable fit.

‘We believe in jewellery as art and as a means of personal expression that needs to serve the person wearing it,’ the brand say. ‘Our jewellery is simple, easy to wear and adapts to every occasion.’ §

Engagement ring in gold and diamonds by Sansoeur
Engagement ring in gold and diamonds by Sansoeur