Cover Stories INSTORE Design Awards 2018 – Engagement/Wedding Rings Published 3 years ago on May 25, 2018 By INSTORE Staff Instore June 2018 Issue Share Tweet 1ST PLACE: TAP by TODD POWELL Free In A Cage I8K yellow gold ring set with mixed round diamonds placed in a darkened 14K white cage $5,680 Every jewelry retailer knows the thrill of sifting through loose cut diamonds, watching the glint and flash of clear facets. As such, they can identify with Pownell and Rosen, who took inspiration for this engagement ring from the experience of opening up a diamond paper and gazing into the parcel of stones gathered inside. “Our caged rings and pendants come from the desire to capture a group of random loose diamonds into a combined cluster,” says Rosen. “There is a magic potential of loose gems, and the constructed cage is an attempt to capture that initial thrill of viewing.” The inspiration became finished concept in the form of a “top gem with many gems.” “The construction of the arbitrary cage that holds fast a cluster of loose diamonds while simultaneously showing them from all angles forms its own implied facets. The ring conveys the multi-faceted emotions of excitement, beauty and love,” she adds. But why a bridal piece? Because a single “gem” is formed from many, says Rosen. “We felt that the uniqueness of the design and the metaphor of one jewel from many made it a dramatic, heartfelt choice for the bridal category.” WHAT THE JUDGES SAY EH: In the world of “alternative bridal”, this ring reigns supreme! It is definitely not for the traditionalist or shy woman. Rather, this ring is for a woman who isn’t afraid to say, “Look at me and listen to what I’m saying.” I love it! JJ: Innovative and aptly named, the pristine sparkle of the diamonds is offset beautifully by the darkened cage. Someone is going to be thrilled to say YES to this one of a kind treasure. JG: A truly original ring for a client who is unconventional, confident and chic. RS: Love the surprise of this engagement ring: a juxtaposition of yellow gold, darkened gold and diamonds. It has the element of “this ain’t no ordinary engagement ring”! 2ND PLACE: Sethi Couture Enchanted Garden ring with white, black and burnt orange diamonds set in 18K white gold with black rhodium finish $6,789 WHAT THE JUDGES SAY EH: I love the idea of stacking rings for an engagement/wedding ring statement. It’s unique, it’s versatile, and it really let’s the wearer’s personality show — especially when there are flowers and burnt orange diamonds in the mix! Beautiful. JJ: This has all the elements of a good stack: texture, ratio, sparkle, color and contrast. Personally, I love a well-placed channel band against a prong or pavé for definition. RS: A beautiful stack of rings. Love the burnt orange — it’s that fire adding to the spark! 3RD PLACE: Page Sargisson The Perfect Ring 18K hand-carved diamond ring, featuring 3.32-carat G VVS2 GIA-graded emerald cut diamond $75,000 WHAT THE JUDGES SAY JJ: The ratio of the stone to the bezel and then to the band is magnificent in this piece. Equally as lovely is the hand-carved detail against the clean setting and emerald cut. JG: It can be tough to interpret a classic, but the texture of the band updates the look really well! RS: Stunning handcarved emerald cut diamond-just wonderful. RETAILERS’ CHOICE: Uneek Jewelry 14K rose gold Us Collection wedding set with tapered baguette diamonds (0.76 TCW for both ring and band) $3,528 (center stone not included) HONORABLE MENTION: MEGAN THORNE Evergreen solitaire in 18K yellow gold with horizontal set emerald cut diamond (1.00 TCW) and hand carved detail. Evergreen diamond eternity band in 18K yellow gold with diamonds (0.12 TCW) and hand-carved detail. $9,975 engagement ring, $1,430 wedding band HONORABLE MENTION: JEWELYRIE Orchard three-ring set from the Allongé collection featuring rose-cut diamond eternity band three-ring stacking in 18K yellow gold with rose cut diamonds (0.492 TCW) and brilliant cut white diamonds (0.33 TCW) $4,234 (14K), $4,594 (18K) Related Topics: click to Comment(Comment) Up Next INSTORE Design Awards 2018 – Cindy Edelstein Emerging Designer Award Don't Miss INSTORE Design Awards 2018 – Silver INSTORE Staff Over the years, INSTORE has won 80 international journalism awards for its publication and website. Contact INSTORE's editors at [email protected]. Continue Reading Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO Wilkerson Testimonials Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson 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. 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