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Entries in wedding rings (6)

The Best Non-Diamond Engagement Rings

The Knot | Gem Gossip


My latest article for The Knot touches upon a fiercely popular bridal trend that has everyone saying YES I NEED MORE COLOR. Have you noticed brides opting for gemstones other than a diamond for their engagement rings? We have! We decided to explore these non-diamond options and weigh in on the subject with our gemologist expertise. This led us to picking the top gemstones that make the best alternatives, usually based on hardness. Take a look by clicking the link below:


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30 Days of Engagement Rings: The Best of the Best Right Now!

30 Days of Engagement Rings

As my big day is looming closer and closer, I've decided to dedicate all of August to bringing you the best out there in terms of engagement rings! So if you're in the market for an engagement ring or wanting to upgrade/redesign your current one, this is the ultimate engagement ring guide. Thirty breath-taking rings, covering different and unique styles, taking into consideration the top requests of brides-to-be, pulling together all my resources to narrow it down to 30. It should be mentioned that no one has paid me to be included in this list; it is truly a compilation that took several days to put together, focusing solely on choosing a wide variety of timeless rings that I felt every bride would say YES to and treasure for years to come!

So without further ado, the 30 Days of Engagement Rings!!

Day 1: From Craig Evan Small >> Center Old Mine cut diamond 1.25 ct. flanked by smaller diamonds, circa 1910.

Day 2: From Craig Evan Small >> Platinum 1.40 ct. center diamond set with calibre cut sapphire accents, circa 1920s.

Day 3: From Craig Evan Small >> A Victorian cluster ring, clover motif in 18k yellow gold set with three Old Mine cut diamonds totaling 3.00 carats.

Day 4: From Craig Evan Small >> Edwardian dome-shaped in platinum for a low-profile feel set with a 1.23 ct. center Old European cut diamond.

Day 5: From Erstwhile Jewelry >> A cross between a marquise cut and an oval cut--a "moval" 3.25 ct. outstanding diamond with French origin.

Day 6: From Polly Wales Jewelry >> Five pyramid halo ring featuring inverted diamonds for an alternative look.

Day 7: From McTeigue & McClelland >> European Ideal cut diamond Aperta Stretta ring 1.43 carats in 18k & Platinum.

Day 8: From Lang Antiques >> Such a unique Victorian cluster ring with an Old Mine cut center approx. 0.80 ct. center surrounded by bezel set diamonds.

Day 9: From A.Brandt+Son >> This dome of filigree is a popular look from the Art Deco Era, this ring has since sold, however their inventory is large!

Day 10: From Sophie Bille Brahe >> The Escalier de Lune ring in 18k yellow gold would make an awesome alternative engagement ring.

Day 11: From Sarah Swell Jewelry >> The Fern Dell Solitaire ring in 18k yellow gold has such a unique silhouette with a nature-inspired feel.

Day 12: From Karen Karch Jewelry >> The Floating Star Tiara ring fit for a queen--or just a really badass chic!

Day 13: From Filigree Jewelers >> Classic filigree style of the 1920s set with a 1.19 ct. Old European cut diamond.

Day 14: From Sofia Kaman >> The Twiggy Band with a yellow sapphire bezel set for those who don't want a diamond.

Day 15: From Mirlo NY >> Trillion cut white sapphire prong set on a 14k gold band--great option for those who can't afford a diamond right away.

Day 16: From Alison Lou >> Their "Mrs." rings because these would make a cool option for an engagement ring--personalize the gemstone and letter.

Day 17: From Taffin Jewelry >> Try something really different like a shield cut diamond or enamel band.

Day 18: From Gatsby Jewellery >> A spin on a classic solitaire featuring a 1.23 ct. Old European cut diamond in platinum.

Day 19: From Macklowe Gallery >> A gorgeous Art Deco ring in platinum set with 1.59 ct. Old European cut diamond flanked by marquise cut diamonds.

Day 20: From Jade Trau >> The Rae Wrap ring is like a swoop of gold wrapped around your finger with a big diamond sparkling at the end. 

Day 21: From Joden Jewelers >> A truly unique antique ring set with 4 Old European cut diamonds in a cluster of nearly 3 carats total!

Day 22: From Elisa Solomon Jewelry >> A one-of-a-kind antique rose cut heart ring with antique rose cut melee gives off a Bohemain vibe.

Day 23: From Trumpet & Horn >> Named the Cloverdale ring this Edwardian engagement ring is perfect those wanted something no one else has!

Day 24: From Levy's Fine Jewelry >> Emerald accents make this alternative antique ring even more stunning--it has since sold, but click link for more!

Day 25: From Doyle & Doyle >> An Old European cut Victorian ring with black enamel detail for an impeccably stylish bride-to-be.

Day 26: From A La Vieille Russie >> Unique Arts & Crafts domed ring with black enamel filled etched designs, set with three diamonds.

Day 27: From Berganza >> A crossover, bypass style (similar to my personal engagement ring) set with a 2.28 ct. & 2.18 ct. diamonds.

Day 28: From Estate Diamond Jewelry >> Classic three-stone diamond ring, this one set in platinum with Old European cut diamonds and bezel settings.

Day 29: From Excalibur Estate Jewelry >> A nicely decorated BIG European cut diamond, try 3.56 ct., framed by scalloped parenthesis of diamonds.

Day 30: From The Three Graces >> Heart-shaped diamond set in a modern platinum mounting flanked by a rose cut diamond.


Gem Gossip contributes to Etsy blog




Check out the "Guide to Engagement Rings" I wrote for Etsy's blog--I broke down the top five trends I feel are really popular right now.  Here is the post:

Danielle has been a jewelry collector since she was four years old. Her career in the jewelry business officially started in 2008 when she launched her blog, Gem Gossip, which focuses on jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry, and features exclusive designer interviews. Her hopes for the future include a jewelry line and a book documenting her vast collection.

I work at a jewelry store, and every day I hear the same refrain: “There are just too many engagement rings to choose from, and they’re all so pretty! How could someone pick just one?”

Choosing a ring is tough; it’s the one accessory you’ll be wearing every day of your married life. If you’re overwhelmed by the vast array of choices, don’t fret! Allow me to  break down the top five engagement ring trends. Trust me, you’ll love them all.

Halo Style

[Platinum Halo Ring by OroSpot | Shop Halo Rings]

This design features a diamond in the center, surrounded by smaller, full-cut diamonds. It creates the illusion of a bigger diamond, an ode to the illusion setting of the 1940s, except with diamonds rather than more metal or the “boxhead” style.



[White Topaz Split Shank Ring by Onegarnetgirl | Shop Split Shank Rings]

This style takes any shaped diamond in the center and flanks it with a split-shank band, with or without diamonds. The split in the shank can be subtle or dramatic, depending on its width.


Classic Solitaire

[Classic Solitaire Ring by Ldiamonds | Shop Classic Solitaire Rings]

Just as it reads, one diamond set in a mounting with no other diamonds. There are lots of different looks possible for this timeless and versatile concept: a four-prong setting, six-prong setting, or bezel setting. A round, brilliant cut diamond in a four-prong setting is the ultimate classic. The metals can vary as well: white gold, yellow gold, platinum or even rose gold.


[1925 Antique Ring from Erstwhilejewelry | Shop Antique Rings]

I consider an antique ring to be anything pre-1940s. (If I wore my grandmother’s ring from the 1950s, I would categorize it as “vintage.”) There are many styles for antique rings, and many are unique, usually set with Old Mine, Old European, or Transitional cuts.

The Art Deco period (1920s-30s) is popular right now. This style is characterized by a white on white look, provided by white gold or platinum with diamonds. Filigree and/or hand-engraving is evident throughout. Choose this style if you truly want a “one of a kind” sort of ring.


[Egyptian Gold Ring by Arosha | Shop Unconventional Rings]

Why be conventional? Embrace a non-diamond gemstone or a ring with a unique shape. Birthstones are great options for an alternative gemstone; most gemstones are less expensive than diamonds, so this could mean more money in your pocketbook at the end of the day. On the other hand, all gemstones are softer than diamonds, so durability can become an issue — after all, you will be wearing this ring every day! Ultimately, if a ring speaks to you and it doesn’t look like a typical engagement ring, there is one one rule above all: it’s your ring, so do what you want. The importance lies in what the ring symbolizes and the memories you create while wearing that sparkler every day.

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Jewelry Road Trip: When in London...




Berganza prides itself for having an extensive selection of antique jewelry, with pieces representing the best-of-the-best from each time period. Their jewelry is amazing, with rings from the Art Deco period, mourning jewelry from the Victorian era, and even ancient rings from the first century! Located in London, in Hatton Garden...this antique jewelry gallery will make you want to book your trip across the pond! Take a look at the jewelry on their website--it will leave you breathless!


Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring, English, by William Griffith & Sons, circa 1935. £3,000


Pearl, tourmaline and enamel earrings, Russian, circa 1885. £900


Diamond ruby & plique a jour enamel ring, French circa 1905. £7,100


Emerald and diamond buckle ring, American, circa 1950. £6,600


Antique diamond tiara/necklace, English, circa 1880. £27,000


Art Nouveau pearl, diamond and enamel ring, circa 1895. £4,700

Family Heirlooms: My Grandparents' Wedding Rings

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The past week has been crazy, with an unexpected trip back North to where I used to call home. My grandpa has been sick and we finally got a chance to go see him. It was uplifting to get a chance to talk about jewelry with my grandma. Oddly enough she has never showed me her original engagement ring--so when she pulled it out, in all its retro-glory, I was amazed. My grandparents immigrated to the United States in the '50s and they have a unique story. Not having enough money for both of them to journey here, my grandmother came first by herself on a boat--8 long days and nights. Meanwhile, my grandfather served in the Italian Army and saved his money for an entire year before he was able to make the trip and be with his love! Their story involves loyalty, love and sacrifice, important elements that are still a part of their lives today, after 54 years of marriage.


[my grandparents, a true Italian-American family...can you spot my dad?!]