Featuring the garland and ribbon motif indicative of other jewellery of the same period, Edwardian rings were intended to enhance the elegance and perceived femininity of the women who wore it. The colour white, traditionally representing purity and innocence was incorporated within ring designs in the form of metals such as platinum and white gold, and gemstones like diamonds and lustrous pearls. This is also the period in which diamond engagement rings became popular within society, which has remained prevalent to this day.
Influenced by the reigning monarch King Edward's colour preferences; peridots, emeralds, green garnets and amethysts were generously inserted into designs for a vibrant contrast. Innovation in craftsmanship using platinum, pioneered by Cartier, allowed for more elaborate and intricate details, such 'filigree', 'millegrain' and 'fret work', that appear to imitate fine textiles of the era such as lace and silks.