Today marks the debut of Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewelry, a 23-piece collection available exclusively at Blue Nile. Here, the designer dishes on the inspiration behind her dazzling new collection, her favorite engagement ring style, and the single most important thing to remember when planning the perfect proposal.
BRIDES: What was the inspiration behind Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewelry?
Monique Lhuillier: I was inspired by the designs of my bridal gowns. Above all, I wanted my jewelry collection to be delicate, romantic and refined, qualities that define my bridal aesthetic.
BRIDES: What is your favorite engagement ring cut?
ML: I love the simplicity and elegance of a round-cut diamond enveloped in romantic setting.
BRIDES: What factors should a bride consider when choosing her engagement ring?
ML: A bride's engagement ring should be a true reflection of her personal style. Similar to my bridal designs, the engagement ring should be as unique as the bride herself.
BRIDES: Can you provide a nervous groom-to-be with some tips on proposing?
ML: Proposing should be one of the most unforgettable moments for a couple, however, the groom shouldn't over think it. He should keep it light and fun—not staged and formal.
BRIDES: Why did you decide to work with Blue Nile? Do you do a lot of online shopping?
ML: As the premiere online jewelry destination for diamonds and engagement jewelry, Blue Nile is the perfect partner. Not only did I want the highest quality product for my collection, but I also was looking for a retailer that understood the Monique Lhuillier DNA. With my busy lifestyle, I find myself online quite a bit, whether I'm just researching or making purchases.
From top: Diamond-and-platinum ring from the Antiquity Collection, $2,480; Diamond-and-platinum ring from the Romantic Collection, $4,550; Diamond-and-platinum ring from the Modern Collection, $3,200.