We love a power duo—especially when diamonds are involved. Monique Lhuillier has teamed up with Kay Jewelers to create a romantic bridal jewelry collection in a "dream come true" partnership for both industry-leading brands. "Kay is the authority in the [fine jewelry] space," Lhuillier tells Brides. An authority herself, the Monique Lhuillier empire boasts ready-to-wear, lingerie, home décor, fragrance, accessories, and, of course, wedding gowns.
The collection, Monique Lhuillier BLISS, feels like a natural extension of her brand. "The amount of detail I put in my dresses you’ll see in the rings," she says. "I’m very influenced by florals and lace, so you’ll see all that work interpreted in metals and in diamonds." The collection features engagement rings and wedding bands set in white, rose, and yellow gold. There's a center stone option for every style, including round, oval, pear, emerald, marquise, and princess-cut diamonds.
Symbolism is a theme that runs through the collection. "[A ring] symbolizes a huge milestone and also the optimism of building a life together," she says. "You’re going to wear [your engagement ring] every single day leading up to the wedding and for the rest of your life so I wanted it to really be special." She designed the intertwining bands of the rings to represent two becoming one, and each piece features Lhuillier’s iconic “XO” signature, which serves as a little love note to the couple.
I only want to put things out there that will enhance somebody’s life, that’s my design philosophy.
Thinking beyond the jewels themselves, she also designed the ring boxes to be functional and discreet, fitting perfectly in a pocket or suit jacket. She even put thought into the pedestals in the display cases you'll find exclusively at select Kay locations, using inspiration from the natural, twirling movement of a wedding gown. "I only want to put things out there that will enhance somebody’s life, that’s my design philosophy."
Ahead, scroll through some of our favorite designs from the collection.
Round-Cut Engagement Ring
A double halo of diamonds encompasses the round-cut center stone with diamonds along the twisting band.
Marquise-Cut Engagement Ring
A marquise-cut diamond is surrounded by smaller round diamonds flanked by two trillion side stones.
Oval-Cut Engagement Ring
An oval solitaire sits atop a twisting rose gold band dotted with diamonds of various shapes and sizes.
Notched Wedding Band
A notched wedding band of small round diamonds is slightly curved allowing the band to pair perfectly with an engagement ring.
Alternating Diamond Wedding Band
Alternating diamonds create an intricate pattern along the wedding band making a statement on its own or next to an engagement ring.
Rose Gold Wedding Band
A timeless half eternity band gets a modern update in rose gold with diamonds encircling the lower part of the ring, symbolizing unity and eternal love.