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Gorgeous Rocks, Simple Elegance or Pure Fun? The Ring Choice is Yours

The very best thing about rings? You don’t need a mirror to admire your own jewelry while wearing one.




FOR CENTURIES, rings have been used to declare identity, mark significant occasions, honor lost loved ones, and celebrate new beginnings. With no tricky clasps to worry about and no need for piercings, anyone can enjoy a ring. Best of all: With rings, you don’t need a mirror to admire your own jewelry while you’re wearing it.



WHY WE LOVE IT: The vivid, cool-colored trio of gemstones and deliciously nubby band are charismatic without being overly complicated.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold with tourmaline, peridot, zircon and diamonds MSRP: $3,969 (212) 874-2346 |

Glorious Gemstones

When it comes to pure joy, there’s no better option than colored gemstones. These rings all feature some of Mother Nature’s most resplendent rocks as their focal points. And oh, what beautiful focal points they are.



WHY WE LOVE IT: Every aspect, from the large, iridescent labradorite to the sprinkle of smaller gemstones and contoured gold setting, is perfectly designed and a delight to behold.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold with labradorite, diamond, emerald and Paraiba tourmaline. MSRP: $4,525 (201) 410-3240 |


Gemstones are the usual suspects for giving jewelry a dose of color, but there’s another contender that’s on the rise: Enamel, with its infinite variety of colors is a perfect medium for giving jewelry a vivid, glossy surface. Black and white patterns with hints of other hues are leading the way to enamel’s resurgence.



WHY WE LOVE IT: A vibrant bounty of unexpectedly colorful cabochons is impossible to resist.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold with citrine, carnelian, topaz and garnet. MSRP: $3,600 (310) 873-3236 |



WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar in shape to a Victorian-era navette ring, this bright beauty’s sexy angles and vibrant colors are thoroughly modern.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold with amethyst cabochon and tsavorite garnet. MSRP: $2,350 (917) 405-7244 |



WHY WE LOVE IT: Two-tone metal and a custom-cut aquamarine will make you do a double take.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow and white gold with a 1.93-carat aquamarine MSRP: $5,170 (323) 954-7436 |


Simple With an Edge

These rings don’t need to be intricate to be noteworthy: Their elegant, restrained designs make minimalist magic with clean lines, unexpected metals and clever geometry.



WHY WE LOVE IT: Many small, unusually set diamonds create more visual interest than a piece twice its size. Bonus: The built-in band means this piece comes prelayered.

DESCRIPTION: 18K yellow gold with diamonds. MSRP: $6,500 (646) 370-4982 |



WHY WE LOVE IT: It reminds us a little of a signet and a little of a solitaire.

DESCRIPTION: 14K yellow gold with diamond (0.50 TCW). MSRP: $6,745 (760) 931-1416 | 



WHY WE LOVE IT: A diamond brushed finish and rose gold interior make this piece special without compromising its simplicity.

DESCRIPTION: 18K rose and white gold with a diamond brushed finish. MSRP: $2,599 (877) 214-7464 |


Fun on the Finger

These rings all take advantage of the finger as a canvas. Using negative space, clever setting styles and carefully balanced construction, these dynamic designs work with the skin beneath them to create a more captivating overall look when worn.



WHY WE LOVE IT: A serious cocktail ring that’s as easy to wear as a simple band.

DESCRIPTION: 18K white gold with blue and white sapphires, and diamonds (0.25 TCW). MSRP: $3,300 [email protected] |



WHY WE LOVE IT: Sensuous curves juxtaposed with sharp points make this piece dangerously compelling.

DESCRIPTION: 18K pink gold with rubies and diamonds (0.18 TCW). MSRP: $4,400 (917) 573-0388 |



WHY WE LOVE IT: Swirling whirls of gold and diamonds twine around the finger like the world’s prettiest ribbon.

DESCRIPTION: 14K white and yellow gold with diamonds (0.25 TCW). MSRP: $1,394 (212) 730-0007 |



WHY WE LOVE IT: Who wouldn’t want three tiny stars orbiting her finger?

DESCRIPTION: 18K rose gold with pink sapphires and diamonds (0.12 TCW). MSRP: $2,000 [email protected] |

This article originally appeared in the November 2016 edition of INSTORE.

Becky Stone writes about jewelry styles for INSTORE. She is founder and CEO of well-known jewelry blog Diamonds in the Library.

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