Ruth Tomlinson unites the traditional with the modern in a new collection of alternative engagement rings, ‘Paragons’, which puts antique diamonds at its heart.

The five-piece collection cradles white solitaire diamonds, in a multitude of cuts – from round, cushion and oval to pear and emerald – in the jewellery designer’s signature textured yellow gold. ‘The incredible diamonds themselves inspired this collection, five beautiful specimens, from antique to ultra-modern cuts,’ Tomlinson says. ‘It was the first time I have worked with such inherently precious gems, created by the earth, and I found it a real privilege. Here, the cuts are enhanced by granules of yellow gold, suggesting to the wearer that nature has had a hand in the ring’s creation. Paragons means “the best of its kind” and to my eye these stones are paragons of what a white diamond should be.’

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The hand-cut nature of the antique diamonds means every piece is unique. When teased into modern cuts with a laser for guaranteed precision, and then framed against granulated gold, they are given a new lease of life.

For Tomlinson, the time was ripe for this most romantic of releases. ‘Last year we celebrated 20 years in business with an update of one of my most decorative collections, “Midas”,’ she says ‘This rejuvenation saw the use of larger stones in bolder colours which our clients loved and which inspired me to revisit more of the collections that have helped build a reputation for the brand.’

This new collection is inspired by the popular ‘Hoard’ engagement ring collection. ‘It is one close to my heart and it is always cherished by the clients who wear the pieces, so I felt it deserved some dazzling additions. There has been more and more interest in bigger stones from my clients too, so it felt right to move with the times and update the “Hoard” collection for 2022. I love the art of diamond cutting and the history embedded in these unique stones. They are the perfect choice for those who appreciate craftsmanship, timeless design and heritage.’ §

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