Visiting Parisian jeweler, Lydia Courteille’s website and seeing her pieces is like stepping into a quirky dream, where skulls and frogs meet flowers and pearls and 18th century princesses sit in the meadow awaiting their prince who valiantly fights serpents and dragons for his lady.
Her images speak for themselves and her rings are nothing short of breathtaking.
We see the solitaire diamond set in platinum quite often, sometimes too often. They’re beautiful and show off a stone brilliantly, but we wanted to showcase some incredibly creative jewelers and artists who have made engagement rings and wedding bands that are unconventional, but stunning in their own unique ways.
1. Canyon Ring by Dawes Design: They are fluid, organic and perfect for the simple but unconventional bride. We think they are just beautiful and fun!
2. Rough Diamond Trio Ring by Sarah Perlis: The first word that comes to our mind is unbalanced (and that’s a good thing), but the ring comes together so beautifully in its own, colorful and organic sort of way and we are big fans.
3. Orchid Princess Ring by Sharon Khazzam: This is an intriguing ring and a definite show-stopper. We love the romantic and earthy feel of the ring, and how it so seamlessly combines natural elements with elegance and sparkle.
4. Isis Goddess Egyptian Ring by Arosha: According to this Etsy artist, this ring is a “Personal homage to women. She represented the magic and creative power of giving life”, where the round shape represents the birth of the diamond. We love the symbolism, and when you see it on the hand, well, you can definitely get it
5. Platinum ring from Malcolm Betts: If Fred Flinstone went to Barney’s (haha), this is the ring he would pick out for his beloved, and its nothing short of prehistoric fabulousness. The intense orange diamond is unique in itself, and really stands out against the rough platinum setting. It’s a great ring for someone looking for something different, colorful and strong.
6. Til Death Do Us Part by Kate Bauman: Well sure it’s a bit much, but nothing says “i’m taken” like a 5 finger engagement ring! Genius!
Being from the Philippines, we love anything bamboo style. It feels ethnic, tropical and fun. So we were particularly enamored with the bamboo rings from Asha. Known for using semi-precious stones set in 14k gold vermeil, Asha pieces are “bold, chic and unique”, and we are huge fans.
Ring details: 14k vermeil enamel rings adorned with white topaz, turquoise or moonstone, $125-135, available at ashabyadm.com
Today’s rings are all about the circles. Judith Jack’s oval and orbit rings are modern and funky and we love everything about them – the air, the angles, the sparkle, the mixture of crystals with stones. Gorgeous!
Rock candy. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Ippolita’s Rock Candy collection is exactly that – delicious and fun and we cannot get enough!
Ring Details: 1. Constellation ring in mother of pearl with diamonds, $2500 2. Constellation ring in blue topaz, $495 3.