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Sunflower engagement rings are inspired by their floral namesake, and they can be halo or double halo rings. They capture the cheery silhouette of the flower, yet the design may go in many creative directions. Sunflower engagement rings typically center around a round diamond, but they may sometimes center gemstones in other shapes.
According to acclaimed jeweler Donna Distefano, “The center stone is not necessarily larger than the rest, although it can be. The gemstone settings can be layered in such a way that they read as three-dimensional flowers. A sunflower ring can also be a literal translation created by a metalsmith to replicate the shape of an actual sunflower fabricated in gold. Instead of a large center stone, the center is made of smaller stones like a sunflower’s seeds with petals made of gold.”
Meet the Expert
Donna Distefano is an experienced jeweler and the founder of Donna Distefano Ltd., a bespoke jewelry brand that was founded with a simple message: love.
Celebrities like Katy Perry and Nikki Reed love the floral design, too. Perry has an eye-catching yellow gold floral halo ring, while Reed has an engagement ring resembling a flower. “A sunflower ring is a romantic nod to an old era, allowing for a big look in a delicate and charming way,” says Distefano, pointing out the Harry Winston sunflower ring design from the 50s as an example.
Sunflower engagement rings are timeless and have a pleasing design. Distefano also reveals that you can go large for a fraction of the cost, allowing budget-conscious couples to focus on high-quality gemstones.
Is a sunflower engagement for you? See the 15 prettiest ring designs on the market, plus what to know while you shop.
Lafonn Sunflower Wedding Set
This stunning wedding set showcases an engagement ring with a pear-shaped simulated diamond. The matching wedding band is set with seven round Lassaire simulated diamonds. The smaller diamonds are arranged to form a semicircle around the center diamond, and the two rings fit perfectly together. Both rings are made of sterling silver bonded with platinum.
Camellia Yellow and White Gold Sunflower Engagement Ring
This sunflower engagement ring provides bold contrasts just as a natural sunflower does. The yellow gold of the sunflower on the ring is beautifully set apart by the white gold and lab-grown diamonds on the engagement ring and accompanying wedding band. A beautiful lab-grown diamond is at the center of the sunflower.
Donna Distefano Sunflower Giordana Ring
This gorgeous sunflower ring is created by classical goldsmithing, and it features a round brilliant-cut diamond center stone. You may also opt to have a ruby center stone instead. The centerpiece jewel is surrounded by 0.32 ct. tw. diamond accent stones and the ring is also available in white gold.
Brilliant Earth Sunburst Diamond Engagement Ring
This ring’s shimmering diamonds show how much pizazz a sunflower engagement ring can have. It has a center diamond and 12 smaller diamonds that surround it to form the sunflower shape. The diamonds are set in three-prong settings, and the ring has a tapering band.
Denver Studio Sunflower Shaped Moissanite Ring
This sweet and simple sunflower engagement ring is great for those who want elegance along with a ring that’s affordable for small budgets. It centers the round-cut moissanite stone that’s encircled with simulated diamond side stones to create a floral design.
Armante Sunflower Black Diamond Rose Gold Engagement Ring Set
This jaw-dropping sunflower engagement ring showcases a black diamond. The rose gold ring also features natural round white diamonds that are set in a floral pattern. White diamonds adorn the wedding band that comes as part of a perfectly matched set.
What to Look for When Buying a Sunflower Engagement Ring
Look for quality first. “Choose a jeweler known for their craftsmanship. If the ring is made with many prongs, you wouldn’t want them to become loose or catch on fabric,” explains Distefano.
“Whether or not budget is an issue, now is your chance to choose fine quality gemstones because they are smaller. Rare rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds are lower in cost per carat when they are small. A ring with a total carat weight of one carat of the finest sapphires is a fraction of the cost of a ring with a single one-carat sapphire of the same quality.”
“Invest in 18K gold or platinum as it brings more value to the jewel, especially if you wish to pass it to a new generation,” continues Distefano. “If sterling silver is in your budget, celebrate that precious metal but keep in mind that it tarnishes so don’t mix it with pearls. It’s OK to set diamonds, rubies, and sapphires into sterling silver.”
Distefano says, “If you are looking for a ring that you plan to wear each day and forever, choose the more durable gemstones. Rubies and sapphires are nine on the Mohs scale and diamonds are 10.”
Here is a list of frequently asked questions shoppers have when looking at sunflower engagement rings.
- How much should I spend on an engagement ring? While some say you are expected to spend three months of your salary on an engagement ring, this is just a myth. How much you spend depends on you and your fiancé-to-be's financial situation and your ring design preferences. In 2020, the average couple spent $3,756 on an engagement ring.
- How do I clean a sunflower engagement ring? Distefano cautions that sunflower engagement rings can be harder to clean because there are more gemstones. She says, “With so many settings, your hand cream or dust from daily activities can get trapped in more places. Dawn liquid dish soap and a soft toothbrush will keep them sparkling.”
- Why are sunflower engagement rings so popular? Distefano says there is a simple reason that so many people adore sunflower engagement rings: “By nature, we are drawn to the inherent Fibonacci patterns of flowers. That’s what makes them so pleasing to the eye. It’s a joy to create patterns and colorways are powerful and unpretentious.”