Monday, September 26, 2011


I'm beginning to believe that PR people have an uncanny ability to foretell the future. Last week, I received no fewer than two emails about diamond jewelry, and over the weekend, my very best friend got engaged! I'm over the moon. There's no other way to describe it. And, suddenly, diamonds aren't such a far removed topic.

I'm not going to get into typical engagement rings here. We've all seen the offerings, and I think most women - attached or single - have chosen a favorite. While I certainly have love for the classic solitaire, these atypical rings are just more fun to look at.

Todd Reed, who designed the beauty above, works with raw stones in his Boulder, Colorado, studio. Combining these rough-hewn diamonds with cut stones and recycled precious metals, he creates absolute works of art.

I've known about Reed's work for a while, but AnaKatarina Eco Gioielli is a new name to me. She's a local Boston designer (woohoo!) who uses only conflict-free and sustainably mined diamonds from Canada (double woohoo!).

I can't see all of these as engagement rings, but what dictates that you have to wait for someone else to buy you a diamond? Well, I suppose my wallet does, but that's beside the point.


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