When you choose a Cartier engagement ring, you join a long list of legendary couples who have sealed their love and commitment with a diamond ring stamped with the iconic interlocking ‘Cs’ presented in a little red leather box. Prince Ranier gave Grace Kelly a 1carat diamond sparkler, and the Duke of Windsor chose a Cartier engagement ring for his beloved Wallis Simpson. Actually, rumour has it that Ranier had originally planned on giving his princess a comparatively modest ruby ring but, after a trip to Hollywood and seeing the massive amounts of bling sported by her Tinseltown chums, he wisely reconsidered.
Cartier’s Set For You service is a way for brides and grooms to create a tailor-made ring according to a set of criteria. You choose the size and shape of your diamond, your setting, the metal (platinum is most popular), the colour of the stone and the clarity (no less than VS2), then Cartier searches its database of rings and stones and returns results based on your selection and what’s available in the store, in the city or in the vault in Paris.
For a truly bespoke service, you can commission a ring that will be made especially for you, and will never have been on another person’s finger – what’s more romantic than that?
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