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Contemporary Diamond Engagement Rings 2013

Contemporary engagement rings feature unique design elements for an exquisitely contemporary look. With their clean lines and graceful curves, contemporary engagement rings appeal to many brides-to-be. Whether adorned with dazzling diamond accents or completely streamlined, our collection of contemporary engagement rings is both fresh and enduring. contemporary engagement rings are wide ranging in style. They may feature bezel or semi-bezel set center gems, or even a contemporary halo design. Other contemporary design elements include wider precious metal bands, matte finishes, smooth curvatures, or channel set diamond accents.

My love for antique jewelry is well established, but I want to be sure I don’t ignore the plethora of beautiful things available from contemporary designers.

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This regal princess of a ring is by Michael M. A very high profile – I’d be worried it would always be getting snagged on things in my purse – but it’s so pretty it’s probably worth it. I know that halos are very big right now, but I think this kind of design can encompass the same ornate feel in a more unique way. Not that I don’t like halos, but there’s something to be said for variety. This versatile setting can hold almost any cut of diamond.
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This beauty is pretty straightforward, but in a glorious way. It features a  2.49 carat cushion cut diamond (color and clarity of H/SI1) within a halo of small white diamonds. Please note how the shoulders taper slightly as they move inwards – I think that’s a really lovely detail. It lends a sense of delicacy and elegance to the ring.


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Don’t you love a split shank? I do. I think it gives a ring such a feeling of delicacy and elegance. This setting, by Coast Diamonds, has pave all along the split shank and a six-prong head that can hold almost kind of diamond (shown here with a round brilliant cut stone).
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De Beers Adonis Rose Pink Gold ring with bezel-set marquise diamonds, pav? round brilliants and a claw-set centre solitaire. This one’s a little different and it wouldn’t be right for everyone – but I suspect that the people this is right for would utterly flip out over it.
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This ring is a bit different from the others – even the website description calls it “petite.” A dainty, well-balanced and extremely lovely setting. I believe this one would look as beautiful with a smaller diamond as with a larger one. The center stone is flanked by two tapered diamond baguettes, which lead to round brilliant cut diamonds and millegraining along the shank. Subtle and enchanting.
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Graff signature pink diamond engagement ring, set with a 5.03ct cushion-cut diamond on a pink diamond rose gold band. I mean…look at it. So fabulous.

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Isn’t this one lovely? So lyrical and delicate, with the gently twisting band of pave. It’s also by Michael M, and is shown here with a round brilliant cut center stone, although the website says that it can be set with almost any diamond shape.

2013 White Gold Chocolate Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

A limited series designed exclusively by Eric V. Stein. The ring is made in 14kt white gold. The band has a professionally hand created knife edge design. This creates natural complexity to the design without being too busy. There are 16 finely cut round brilliant natural Cognac color diamonds surrounding the natural 1ct Round Brilliant White Sapphire. Total diamond weight on the Cognac diamonds is approximately 0.25 carats. On the bottom side of the band there is a classy accent chocolate diamond burnished into the band.

Each ring is custom made to the finger size.


This ring was created by the simple beauty of natural yellow color diamonds. I wanted to showcase the variety of colors that come in color diamonds. The spectrum of color goes from white to black. I now have a series of rings that share the natural beauty.