Put an engagement ring on it that goes outside the circle

When it comes to engagement rings, women increasingly are eschewing the traditional diamond solitaire for something more personal and even provocative. Here, designers offer a small sampling of creative rings that can seal a betrothal.

Cathy Waterman


Angeleno Cathy Waterman's delicate gold romantic dome ring is set with pink tourmaline and amethyst and a vibrant all-over pavé diamond surround; price on request. Barney's Beverly Hills, (310) 276-4400.

Polly Wales

Brit Polly Wales' medieval-style one-of-a-kind diamond Beetle ring has rose cut black and white diamonds and a red sapphire Rapunzel band with a sweet white sapphire cluster setting; $5,850.

Nak Armstrong

Austin, Texas, designer Nak Armstrong's blend of 18- and 14-karat gold showcases a bold uneven band set with rows of rainbow moonstones and gray rustic and white pavé diamonds; $13,345.

Cynthia Bach

Los Angeles designer Cynthia Bach's sumptuous 18-karat yellow gold Gitan filigree ring has a large white South Sea pearl and a circle of diamonds atop her signature crown; $9,550. Available at select Neiman Marcus precious jewels salons. (314) 567-9811.

Jes MaHarry

Ojai-based designer Jes MaHarry's smooth heart-shaped aquamarine rests in a 14-karat rose gold bezel surrounded by a rose gold all-around-hearts band; $3,200.

Nora Kogan

Russian-born Brooklynite Nora Kogan's edgy, cool designs include this diamond micro-pavé arrow-through-the-heart 18-karat gold ring; $2,672.


Tokyo designer Yoshinobu Kataoka's circles ring has eight 18-karat gold balls and a round center rose cut diamond, with a gold chain to connect; $2,800.



Candice Pool's Finn jewelry's signature Love Knot ring is covered in white diamond pavé. It comes in a multitude of other stones including pink, yellow or blue sapphire, black diamond or green tsavorite; $3,650.


The late Munnu Kasliwal's modern oxidized-silver ring has rows of white rose cut and pavé diamonds and an intricate filigreed 18-karat gold interior band; $7,500.


Texan Emily Armenta's old world baroque Spanish-influenced stack ring utilizes her signature "midnight" dark oxidized sterling silver, set off by a squared swirl of 18-karat gold with white diamonds; $1,245.

Sylva & Cie

Sylva & Cie's bright and confident white gold band has white diamonds in an oxidized black gold setting and a rose and rustic-cut diamond framed by a scallop setting; $11,500.

Olivia Collings

A circle of cut diamonds make up Olivia Collings' feminine Carnation antique ring set atop a gold filigree band; $10,500. and