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Here Are the Winners of the INDESIGN Awards (Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)






1ST PLACE (Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)

Michelle Fantaci

1.70-carat double-sided checkerboard rose cut diamond in 18K green gold with round diamonds (0.45 TCW)



Many brides want the cleanest, shiniest diamond they can get for their engagement ring. This ring is not for those brides.

Designer Michelle Fantaci chose this particular diamond precisely because of its imperfections, and then designed the ring around it. “This trillion is a Canadian diamond that has some interesting ribbons of mineral inclusions in an otherwise very clear and white body, which reminds me of veining in Calacatta marble,” she says.

Like all the rings in this collection, this one is made in green gold, which Fantaci says gives the diamonds a more neutral setting than yellow or rose and looks more modern. And like a lot of her other designs, it balances polish with soul, doing more with less. Most of the diamonds in the collection are rose cuts like this one or step cuts — “more about light and clarity than sparkle and fire,” says Fantaci.

It’s the designer’s personal favorite piece. And if your client is drawn to a minimalist, asymmetrical aesthetic, it might be hers, too.


“An innovative interpretation of a classic design and category.” – Jenny Luker


“The rose cut diamond is the perfect choice for this non-traditional engagement ring. The shape is flattering on the finger and would be a statement piece for the woman who wants something different.” – Amanda Gizzi

“I love this stone and the way it is offset on the eternity band. Seems like it would play well with others …” – Tara Silberberg

“A perfect alternative wedding ring.” – Paul Schneider

“Alternative bridal at its finest!  There's some geometric vibes going on too, which I love! Best part, pairing a wedding band with it will be SO easy!” – Danielle Miele





(Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)

K. Mita

Crown Ring from the Sand Dune collection in 18K yellow gold featuring a 0.85-carat champagne rose cut diamond and brown diamonds (0.21 TCW)



“I like this wide sculptural statement wedding band. A very dynamic design.” – Tara Silberberg

“This diamond is soft and subtle, which pairs beautifully with the textured finish of this 18K yellow gold setting.” – Amanda Gizzi



(Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)

Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry

An 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 3.39-carat pear shape ruby cabochon framed by diamond pavé and a single bezel-set diamond for balance (0.22 TCW)



“A pretty adaptation for a non-traditional engagement ring.” – Amanda Gizzi

“Great alternative engagement ring. Hammered gold and pear shaped ruby. No wedding band needed.” – Paul Schneider

“A ring fit for a queen. Beautiful ruby cabochon.” – Tara Silberberg


(Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)

Christopher Designs

18K white gold ring featuring 1.81-carat L’Amour Crisscut diamond center with Crisscut baguettes (1.38 TCW) and round cut diamonds (0.92 TCW)



“Intricate and carefully crafted. There is a lot going on in the ring, but it is definitely a statement ring.” – Amanda Gizzi


RETAILER’S CHOICE (Engagement and Wedding Jewelry Category)


Classico engagement ring in platinum with baguette diamonds (approx. 0.60 TCW) on the shank


“I love baguettes on a curved plane. Elegant and understated, yet a dynamic look to those who can appreciate it.” – J. Dennis Petimezas, Watchmakers Diamonds and Jewelry, Johnstown, PA





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The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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