The Future of Diamond Engagement Rings is Now
Ten innovative independent jewelers reinvent commitment rings using sustainably sourced diamonds.
Though classic diamond engagement rings may not be for everyone, rings with a story certainly are—especially these days.
Who’s the designer? What kind of style, romance or values does it reflect? What’s the provenance of the diamond? The De Beers Group’s new Ten/Ten initiative delivers on diamond commitment rings that appeal to all of the curiosities of the new generation.
From ten inspiring, independent jewelry designers, the Ten/Ten collection includes 10 unique and accessibly priced commitment rings; each features ethically and sustainably sourced natural diamonds from Botswana, which weigh in at under one carat. Available exclusively at Blue Nile beginning January 2021, the Ten/Ten diamond rings support both independent jewelry designers and the mining community. Talk about a ring story worth sharing.
Aurora Lopez Mejia
“Every piece I have ever made contains the history of a certain moment in time and is created through inscriptions,” says Mejia. “These pieces become the vessel on which the messages are inscribed.”
At the heart of the Lola Oladunjoye brand is sustainability; the wearable pieces are made from recycled metals and ethically sourced stones.
New York jeweler Marla Aaron chose not to ride the contemporary jewelry wave, instead focusing her namesake label from the get-go in 2012 on concepts all about unusual function.
WWAKE designer Wing Yau’s foray into fine jewelry is all about delightfully dainty and geometric minimalist gold pieces featuring diamond and opal patterns borrowed from her background in sculpture.
Can antique jewelry appeal to modern collectors? Natasha P. Tsimmerman is betting on it. Together with her brother Larry Platt, the Los Angeles-based designers have made it their mission to spread the love jewels from the past.
As a high schooler, Bea often found herself turning itsy bitsy doll food and tea sets into jewelry. These playful ideas evolved into a whimsically free-spirited style that shaped her design aesthetics upon pursuing a degree in Jewelry Design at Central Saint Martins in London.
A filmmaker-turned-designer, Pamela points out that her past and present lives overlap tremendously; both are detailed, process-oriented and involve storytelling. “For jewelry, I use symbols and artifacts to narrate a story.”
For more than a decade, New York jeweler Michelle Fantaci has been contrasting ideas through unfussy wearables informed with a certain softness and authority. Her geometrically simplistic designs are offset by unexpected forms realized in diamonds and gemstones.
Exploring symbolism, Parisian-Beninese designer Catherine Sarr crafts fine jewelry rooted in “cultural commonality, design and art.”
Lauren Harwell Godfrey
In 2017, Godfrey launched her namesake line, Harwell Godfrey, with the vision to handcraft fine jewelry with aesthetics informed by textiles, artifacts and ethnic patterns focused on the African diaspora.