Choosing an engagement ring has to be one of the most important jewelry decisions you’ll ever make. Not only does it represent the biggest commitment most of us make, it’s the one piece of jewelry that doesn’t come off. You look at it every day and everything else you put on has to work with it.
That sparkle on the left hand should reflect more than just light. It should reflect the bride’s taste and principles. If fair trade and ethical practices are important, for example, it’s worth buying from a source that guarantees ethically-mined diamonds. If quality craftsmanship and originality matter, your ring should be handmade, preferably close to home.
Last but never least, a wedding or engagement ring should be an extension of the wearer’s personal style and a constant source of pleasure.
Fortunately, there has never been such a wide variety of diamond rings to choose from, at all price points. Here are a few beauties from Best Brilliance, a trusted New York-based jeweler specializing in ethically-sourced diamonds set in unique handmade rings. You can find every gem cut imaginable on their site, from round to radiant, and every style from sleek and modern to delicate and feminine. Here are just a few to come off their bench in recent weeks.
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For lovers of simple classics, with a twist…
Four solitaires set in rose and white gold, two with oval-shape diamonds, one with a square diamond, one with a round diamond
Classic round-cut diamond on an 18k gold diamond-set shank
Round-cut champagne diamond in platinum
Delicate, feminine design featuring a round diamond surrounded by seven smaller round diamonds
Round diamond on a diamond-set split shank
Triple halo 18k white gold diamond ring with 114 diamonds set in concentric circles radiating from a 0.70-carat round center diamond ($4,700)
Radiant-cut diamond in a sleek, modernist setting
Marquise-shape diamond of 2.20 carats set in a floral halo of round diamonds in 14k white gold ($6,000)
For those who love the perfect stack…
Bridal set in platinum with engagement ring of 2.82ct round diamond ($12,800)
Bridal set in 14k white gold with halo engagement ring with 1ct round diamond (VS2) center stone and 1.20 carats of side diamonds ($5,000)
To see their latest designs as they come off the bench,