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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, pavé 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.

Are Vintage Engagement Rings Trending in 2013?

It is rare for there to be a lull in the amount of brides choosing to have a vintage engagement ring, and present day is no exception. Though there is no way to recreate or mimic the beauty of a genuine vintage engagement ring, several companies are manufacturing reproduction rings to fuel the need in the current marketplace. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough vintage rings to go around in the most popular styles that brides-to-be are craving. In the absence of a genuine artifact, a ring made to look like it is vintage is the next best thing and makes a very nice substitute.

Why Are Vintage Rings Popular?

vintage engagement ringsVintage style engagement rings are so popular because they embody the elegance and charm of a timeless era long gone by. While most brides would prefer to own a genuine vintage diamond ring, they can be expensive and hard to find. This huge spike in demand has caused many jewelers to design and craft rings done in the style of vintage rings but for a much more reasonable price.

Is It Always Diamonds?

Though diamonds are certainly the most common and popular choice for the main stone in any engagement ring, you don’t always need to opt for a diamond in your vintage engagement ring. Like any other style of ring, there are literally dozens of great gemstones that are perfectly suitable for such an elegant piece. In fact, many couples choose to have rubies, sapphires, emeralds, or other beautiful stones instead of diamonds to match their birthstones or the month in which they are married. If you are on a budget or are looking for something unique and colorful, gemstones are a great way to make your vintage engagement ring special.

Custom Vintage Rings

vintage diamond engagement ringWhile there are certainly thousands of classic styles of vintage engagement rings that many jewelers model their reproduction rings after, many quality jewelers are more than happy to create you a custom ring in a vintage style. Also called bespoke rings, a custom engagement ring allows you to add family diamonds, birthstones, and custom intricacies that you can’t find in a mass-produced ring. If you find a skilled jeweler with experience in making vintage style rings, they can work with your concepts and blend them into a design that harkens back to a previous era.

Whether you’re obsessed with the original Hollywood elite or just adore the look of vintage items, there is simply no substitute for a vintage-style engagement ring. With so many great designs and styles available on the market and the ability to have a custom ring made to your specifications in a vintage style, finding the perfect ring that looks much older than it is will be a labor of love.