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If you love the look of heirloom jewelry but don't exactly have any heirlooms, these bands are for you. The rings in this gallery, a mix of antique and vintage inspired styles, get their appeal from bygone jewelry trends such as oxidized metal, cabachon stones, and old European cuts like rose and old mine. From left to right: 1. Edwardian platinum ring with cushion-cut diamond and blue sapphires (Style 7RL-1024), $12,500, available at Empire Antiques, empireantiques.net. 2. Natural Burma star ruby, diamond, and platinum ring, $63,000, circa 1930s, available at Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872. 3. Vintage European cushion-cut diamond cluster 18k yellow gold ring, $7,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com. 4. Yellow diamond ring, $6,700, Zoe, available at Barneys New York, barneys.com. 5. 22k old gold, diamond, and white topaz "Narnia" ring, $4,530, Cathy Waterman, available at twistonline.com. 6. "Florea" diamond ring with one old European-cut diamond set in 18k yellow gold and platinum, $14,500, McTeigue and McClelland, mc2jewels.com. 7. Heart-shaped diamond and platinum ring, $15,000, available at Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872. 8. Diamond "Thread" ring with old European-cut diamonds set in platinum/noir, $12,500, by McTeigue & McClelland, mc2jewels.com. 9. 18k yellow gold hand-crafted "Single Stone" ring with five vintage cushion-cut diamonds, $28,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com. 10. Fancy brownish-yellow Emerald-cut diamond set in platinum, $7,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com.
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Star PowerRules, what rules? Say "Yes," "I Do," or both with a versatile, supersize, statement-making sparkler. From left to right: 1. Get the luxe, layered look of stacked bands with just one row of baguettes flanked by rounds. $6,800, Rina Limor Bridal Collection, rinallimor.com. 2. With this band of lyrical leaves, nature is at your fingertips. "Leaf," $10,600, Jack Kelege, 877-653-5343. 3. Modern yet fanciful, this band's bezel setting guarantees a snag-free surface. "Endless Love," $4,752, Ritani, ritani.com. 4. This endless infinity design sets your love in stone. "Loop" ring, $15,500, Harry Winston, harry winston.com. 5. Clearly gorgeous, these teardrop-shaped diamonds put the spotlight where it belongs: on your finger. Kwiat, kwiat.com. 6. Delicately clustered baguette and round diamonds create a brilliant circle of blooms. $11,490, Tacori, tacori.com. 7. "Oui" love! Why simply say it when you can spell it out and display it with this cheeky, charming stunner? "Oui" ring, $2,580, Dior Fine Jewelry, diorjoaillerie.com. 8. This side diamond dazzler makes a statement, but its floral flourish keeps things soft. $2,850, Chad Allison, chadallison.com. 9. This micropave-set chain-link diamond band is sleek, simple, and symmetrical -- it's a modernist's dream. Varna, varna.com.
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Star BrightsExpress your commitment in joyful shades of pink, blue, yellow, green -- and everything in between. From left to right: 1. Go bold and blue with a stately sapphire and old-mine-cut diamond side stones, $2,500, from Doyle & Doyle, doyledoyle.com. 2. A yellow diamond engagement ring is as bright and uplifting as the sun. $2,457, Michael M., 213-489-4341. 3. Mixed metals -- white, yellow, and rose gold -- provide a rainbow backdrop for dazzling diamonds. "Two for Trinity" ring, price upon request, Cartier, cartier.com. 4. Dotted with magenta rubies, this vintage-inspired oxidized band is anything but garden variety. Band, Cathy Waterman, from Twist, twistonline.com. 5. This yellow gold and yellow diamond band has an otherworldly glow to match yours. $55,000, Christian Tse, christiantse. 6. A colorful array of gem-packed bands stacks up nicely, with diamonds, aqua-blue topazes, intense rubies, orange and dark-blue sapphires, and green savorite garnets. $2,400-$2,500, Martin Katz, martinkatz.com. 7. Not a diamond person? Celebrate your love with a simple but striking band of vibrant sapphires. "Desire" band, $4,950, Royal Asscher of America, royalasscher.com. 8. Why pink? Why not -- it's the color of love! Pink quartz and channel-set diamond ring, $2,720, and Rhodolite and channel-set diamond ring, $2,213, Pomellato, pomellato.com.
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Star-CrossedJust like Romeo and Juliet, these rings were simply meant to be together -- even if you don't buy them that way. From left to right: 1. The look is simple -- with an understated twist. "Aphrodite" ring, $4,785, and band, $1,585, Penny Preville, pennypreville.com. 2. It doesn't get much more contemporary than pairing two solitaires. Rose-cut diamond rings in pear, $7,600, and marquis, $5,475, Conroy & Wilcox, conroywilcox.com. 3. It's the classic set: a bold solitaire with a twinkling band. Princess-cut diamond ring, $115,000, and "DB Classic" micropave band, $3,200, De Beers, debeers.com. 4. The cushion-cut center stone and stunning round accents are a match made in heaven. Ring, $12,950, and band $1,570, Christopher Designs, christopherdesigns.com. 5. They're not matchy matchy, but this golden couple are perfect together. Ring, by Michael B. from Michael C. Fina, michaelcfina.com. Band, $5,300, Furrer-Jacot, furrer-jacot.ch. 6. This sleek and modern twosome steals the spotlight with blinding bling. Ring, from $5,000, and "Bezet" band, from $1,900, Tiffany & Co., 800-526-0649. 7. With its petal-pink diamonds and delicate band, this duo has a distinctly feminine touch. Ring, $25,000, and band, $3,000, Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872. 8. Channel 1940s glamour with this rose-cut diamond. Vintage stone reset in gold and silver, $7,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com. Band, $2,750, by Zoe, from Barneys New York, barneys.com.
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Perfect PairsLike you and your hubby, these sets are soul mates -- they complement each other, fit perfectly together, and are meant to remain partners for life. Whether your style is traditional (a simple solitaire with a matching gold band) or more modern (a bezel set stone with a sparkling pave band), there's a twosome here to suit your taste. From left to right: 1. Cabochon moonstone set in 18k white gold and diamond pave band (Caramelle collection), $17,780, Pomellato, pomellato.com. 2. "Envelop" band in 18k white gold, $3,500, and "Envelop" twist solitaire, $4,900, both by Hearts on Fire, heartsonfire.com. 3. 18k white gold set with French pave-set diamonds (J1509/J2509), $4,145, Stardust Diamonds, stardustdiamonds.com. 4. 18k white gold pave diamond engagement ring, $4,350 (center stone included), and 18k white gold pave diamond wedding band, $1,275, both by Memoire, memoire.com. 5. Cushion and micropave diamond ring in white gold, $90,000, and DB Classic Micropave band set in platinum, $3,200, both by De Beers, debeers.com. 6. Round brilliant-cut diamond ring set in platinum, $100,000 and Allegria band set in platinum with diamonds, $18,000, both by De Beers, debeers.com. 7. "1895" diamond ring in 18k yellow gold and band in 18k rose gold, Cartier, cartier.com. 8. "Skipping Stones" in platinum with rose-cut diamonds, $23,340, and small Twig ring in 18k white gold with rose-cut diamonds, $10,640, both by K. Brunini, available at Roseark, roseark.com.
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Look on the bright side! The warmer metal -- with its sunny finish -- is back. From left to right: 1. Put two bands together -- one rose gold, one yellow gold -- for a dazzling duo. $1,520 and $1,650, Christopher Designs, christopherdesigns.com.. 2. This extra-wide knockout mixes round and baguette shapes. $35,400, David Webb, davidwebb.com. 3. Word alone or together, these fabulous fluted bands stack up brilliantly. Gold, $2,800, and platinum, $3,200, McTeigue & McClelland, mc2jewels.com. 4. This Milky Way-inspired blins is about as magical as it gets. $1,500, Nina Basharova, ninabasharova.com. 5. The folded gold and see-through pave setting makes this band stand out, $725, Doyle & Doyle, doyledoyle.com. 6. These raw, textured circles look like diamond-dusted rose petals. "Ashley," $2,900, Melinda Maria, melindamaria.com. 7. Want a fresh take on an antique style? Try this scroll ring on for size. $5,910, by Cathy Waterman, from Barneys New York, barneys.com.
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If tradition is a word you vow never to utter, colored wedding baubles -- think emeralds, pink and blue sapphires, and yellow diamonds -- are just the bling, er, thing for you. The options are endless: Choose a bright stone as a solitaire, work them into your band, or combine them with classic diamonds. Need inspiration? 1. Sapphire and diamond band (D-980), Samuel Jewels, samuel-jewels.com. 2. 18k yellow gold rose-cut diamond and raw diamond cubes (trdr604-large), $8,750, Todd Reed, toddreed.com. 3. Black diamond 5-row band, $5,000; blue sapphire 5-row band, $2,750; yellow sapphire 5-row band, $2,750; all by Asprey, asprey.com. 4. Platinum or 18k ring with diamonds and sapphires, Varna, varna.com. 5. Yellow diamond ring, white diamond trillion side stones, set in platinum and gold, Harry Winston, harrywinston.com. 6. 18k white gold part-way band with channel-set green emeralds and round brilliant-set diamond accents, $3,870; platinum and 18k yellow gold band with round channel-set fancy yellow diamonds and pave white diamonds, $17,510; both by Sasha Primak, sashaprimak.com. 7. 18k yellow gold, emerald, and diamond "orchard" ring, $3,000, Alex Sepkus, alexsepkus.com. 8. 18k rose gold and white diamond pave band, $5,500, and yellow 18k gold and yellow diamond pave band, $7,450, both by Daniel K, danielk.net. 9. 18k yellow gold with sapphires and diamonds, $2,500, Single Stone, 213-892-0772. 10. 18k white gold old European-cut diamonds with old pear-shaped diamond and garnet (By Pass ring), $11,600, circa 1930, available at Platt Boutique Jewelry, plattboutiquejewelry.com. 11. Yellow band with radiant center and pave yellow diamonds, $55,000, Christian Tse, christiantse.com. 12. "Desire" band with yellow sapphires in 18k white gold, $4,950, Rocks and Jewels by Royal Asscher of America, royalasscher.com. 13. 18k rose gold ring with brown navette diamonds, $3,550, by Rettore, from Barneys New York, barneys.com. 14. 18k gold and fancy yellow diamond band (R584), $4,000, and 18K pink gold and pink diamond single-row pave band, $12,000, by Gumuchian, gumuchian.com. 15. Diamond and sapphire band (D-1962-5) and diamond and pink sapphire band (D-1963-PS), Samuel Jewels, samuel-jewels.com.
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There is no rulebook that says you must wear your engagement ring and your wedding ring on the same hand. (And if there is, we don't want to read it!) These shop-stopping bands can be anything you want them to be -- an engagement ring and wedding band in one, a wedding band that's worn on your right hand, or an engagement ring that's worn on your left. Interested? Read on! 1. Diamond wedding band, $19,000, Bulgari, bulgari.com. 2. Allegria band with 3.78cts diamonds set in platinum, $18,000, De Beers, debeers.com. 3. Platinum 3ct channel-set emerald-cut diamond band with round pave diamond accents, $13,140, by Sasha Primak, sashaprimak.com. 4. Diamond wedding band, $13,475, Beaudry, michaelbeaudry.com. 5. Snowflake diamond band, $49,000, Van Cleef & Arpels, vancleef-arpels.com. 6. 18k white gold pave diamond ring, $4,350, Memoire Boutique, memoire.com. 7. Platinum diamond band with 1.68cts of white round diamonds and 0.82cts of fancy round yellow diamonds, $16,000, Jack Kelege, 800-653-5343. 8. Interlocking bands of diamonds (Crossover ring), $18,000, Harry Winston, harrywinston.com. 9. Fancy knot ring, diamonds in 18k white gold, Kwiat, kwiat.com. 10. Platinum, rose gold and diamond eternity band with nine baguettes and nine round bezel-set diamonds accented with pave-set diamonds (Crescent Silhouette Collection, #2706PK), starts at $5,390, Tacori, tacori.com. 11. Everlon pave "love knot" ring in 14k white gold or platinum, 1.00ct center stone, $7,000, from Elegant Collection, 866-599-4948. 12. Stack of five bands, French and vintage diamond eternity bands, $14,000, Single Stone, singlestone.com. 13. "Lulu" rose-cut clear topaz with diamonds (1.08cts) set in 18k white and rose gold, $13,890, Pomellato, pomellato.com. 14. Diamond ribbon-motif ring, $3,850, Chad Allison, chadallison.com. 15. Diamond band, available at Fred Leighton, 212-288-1872.