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.
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.
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. PollyWales.com.
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. Barneys.com.
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.
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. JesMaharry.com.
Russian-born Brooklynite Nora Kogan's edgy, cool designs include this diamond micro-pavé arrow-through-the-heart 18-karat gold ring; $2,672. NoraKogan.com.
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. Kataoka-Jewelry.com.
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. FinnJewelry.com.
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. Barneys.com.
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. ArmentaCollection.com.
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. TwistOnline.com.