February 11, 2011

*Fancy This*

This is so bad of me but I can't help but look at pretty engagement rings x)

1. Cartier 1895 Solitaire in Platinum. 2. Brilliant-Cut D Diamond with Pear-Shaped Diamonds, Leviev. 3. Contessa ring set in platinum, Varna. 4. Cushion-cut diamond with pav band set in platinum (wowoweeewow), Graff. 5. Juliets maiden ring set in platinum, Katharine James, $6,700. 6. Harry Winston, Harry Winston. 7. Royal Asscher deco three-stone engagement ring, Royal Asscher, from $17,000. 

We're sweet on these bold, statement-making rings that aren't afraid to show a little personality. First column from top to bottom: Semi-mount with round diamonds, Peter Storm; Square-cut diamond, Cartier; Round Crisscut center surrounded by round diamonds, Christopher Designs; Oval-cut solitaire, De Beers; Emerald-cut diamond with pink-diamond pave band, Graff, 212-355-9292. Second column top to bottom: "Flora" wedding set from Reale Collection, Varna; Purity Collection pure-platinum semi-mount, Memoire; Round in Tiffany setting, Tiffany & Co., 800-843-3269; Carmella Collection accented with round brilliants, Kirk Kara. Third column top to bottom: Four-prong High Jewelry Collection, Bulgari; "Belle Epoque" band, Damiani Round brilliant-cut center stone surrounded by baguette and round pave-set diamonds, Tacori
Find your perfect diamond, and you'll feel its reflective glow for a lifetime. Top row left to right: "Classic" band with emerald-cut diamonds, A. Jaffe; White gold, Claude Thibaudeau, 877-397-9411; Hand engraving and princess-cut stones, Coast Diamond; Wheat band with princess-cut diamond, by Cathy Waterman, from twistonline.com; "Classic Nouveau" Stardust Diamonds. Second row left to right: White gold with six-prong setting, Stuart Jewelry Designs, 212-966-4833; Diamond flower cluster, Arezzo; Band with round and marquise diamonds, Simon G. Jewelry, 800-627-2661. Third row left to right: Diamond with pear-shaped accents and graduated round diamond sides, OGI Ltd. ogi-ltd.com; "Swan Collection" with diamond pave, Mauboussin, mauboussin.com; Emerald-cut center diamond, Penny Preville, pennypreville.com; Art Deco ring, Stephen Russell New York, 212-570-6900. Bottom row left to right: "Repertoire Select Dream Diamond Solitaire" square brilliant-cut diamond, Hearst on Fire, 877-737-3328; Handmade with cushion-cut diamond, London Jewelers, 516-627-7475; Band with baguette and round diamonds, Gottlieb & Sons, gottlieb-sons.com; Cushion cut, Harry Winston, harrywinston.com; "Bellport," Michael Bondanza; "Juliet's Court Open Fleur de Lis," Katharine James, katharinejames.com.

Just like Romeo and Juliet, these rings were simply meant to be together -- even if you don't buy them that way. 1. The look is simple -- with an understated twist. "Aphrodite" ring, $4,785, and band, $1,585, Penny Preville, pennypreville.com. 2. It doesn't get much more contemporary than pairing two solitaires. Rose-cut diamond rings in pear, $7,600, and marquis, $5,475, Conroy & Wilcox, conroywilcox.com. 3. It's the classic set: a bold solitaire with a twinkling band. Princess-cut diamond ring, $115,000, and "DB Classic" band, $3,200, De Beers, debeers.com. (shout out to Dolly!!) 4. The cusion-cut center stone and stunning round accents are a match made in heaven. Ring, $12,950, and band $1,570, Christopher Designs, christopherdesigns.com. 5. They're not matchy matchy, but this golden couple are perfect together. Ring, by Michael B. from Michael C. Fina, michaelcfina.com. Band, $5,300, Furrer-Jacot, furrer-jacot.ch. 6. This sleek and modern twosome steals the spotlight with blinding bling. ring, from $5,000, and "Bezet" band, from $1,900, Tiffany & Co., 800-526-0649. 7. With its petal-pink diamonds and delicate band, this duo has a distinctly feminine touch. Ring, $25,000, and band, $3,000, Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872. 8. Channel 1940s glamour with this rose-cut diamond. Vintage stone reset in gold and silver, $7,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com. Band, $2,750, by Zoe, from Barneys New York, barneys.com 

What you settle on is a matter of taste (and budget). You might crave a prong-held solitaire or flashing sand-fine pave diamonds. Or maybe a ring with streamlined, Art Deco-like side stones is more your style. First row: Tacori. Second row, from left to right: Kirk Kara; Christopher Designs. Third row, from left to right: Rina Limor Designs; Stephen Russell; Tacori; Kwiat; Tiffany & Co. Fourth row, from left: Christopher Designs; Tiffany & Co.; De Beers; Penny Preville. Fifth row, from left to right: Bulgari; Cartier; Kwiat; Christopher Designs; Chad Allison. Sixth row, from left to right: Stephen Russell; Christopher Designs; Rina Limor Designs; Ritani. Seventh row, from left: Hearts on Fire; Harry Winston; De Beers.

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