By Rachel Jones
Photographs by Rob Larson + Cayla Zahoran

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

Engagement and wedding rings tell everyone that you are committed to someone for life. Your ring also speaks to your personality, so there are many questions to consider. Do you like vintage antiques or chic modern rings? Do you want something modest or a rock that really rocks? We’ve got the scoop on the most gorgeous rings in the city and tips for choosing which one is best for you. Your perfect cut, color, and setting is just moments away!


KNOW YOUR CUT OF DIAMOND

When a prospective groom visits a jewelry shop in hopes of finding the perfect engagement ring, Heather and Tracy Gorman of Karats of Pittsburgh ask several questions to help pare down the choices. “We like to begin by asking a few questions about the future bride’s lifestyle,” the experts say. “These answers not only narrow down the choices of style, but they can also help ensure that this piece of jewelry will stand the test of time. After all, this investment will someday become a family heirloom to be passed on to future generations.”

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings


ROUND

“Round is the most popular cut of diamond. Princess Cuts are probably second, but round is still king.” — Mary Noel, Joden World Resources

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) 14K White Gold Engagement Ring with Curved Bypass Setting, .35 carat Pavé Round Brilliant Diamond, and 1 carat Center Round Brilliant Diamonds, $1,175 without center stone, Karats of Pittsburgh.
(2) 14K White Gold Split Shank Ring with a 1 carat Round Green Tourmaline Center Gemstone and 0.42 carat Round Brilliant Pavé Diamonds, $1,495, Karats of Pittsburgh.
(3) 18K White Gold Ring with Yellow Center Diamond, $7,475,
Grafner Brothers Jewelers.
(4) Platinum Three Diamond Ring with a 1.52 carat Center Round Brilliant Diamond and two Round Brilliant Side Diamonds that total 1.02 carats, $16,725, Henne Jewelers.


EMERALD

“Having a halo setting, which is a circle of smaller stones around the main stone, is a very popular design. It adds more to the ring.” — Joe Bonasso, JAB Jewelry Designs

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) Simon G 18K White Gold Engagement Ring with 3.58 carats of Diamonds, price available upon request, Casa D’Oro.
(2) Platinum Engagement Ring with 5.14 carat Emerald Cut Center Diamond, price available upon request, Joden World Resources.
(3)18K White Gold with Rose Gold Accent Engagement Ring with .66 carat Fancy Yellow Emerald Cut Center Diamond and 1.22 carat Side Diamonds, price available upon request, JAB Jewelry Designs.
(4) 14K White Gold Halo Style Ring with Diamonds partially down the Shoulders, .63 carat Emerald Cut Center Diamond, and Emerald Cut Side Diamonds, $4,825, Henne Jewelers.


CUSHION

“Antique style rings are very popular. Cushion Cut diamonds go really well with this look.” — Sandi Marino, Seita Jewelers

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) 18K Tri-Color Engagement Ring featuring a 1.00 carat Fancy Light Yellow Diamond in a Double White and Rose Gold Halo Setting with 0.61ctw Diamonds, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.
(2) Platinum Engagement Ring with 3.25 carat Cushion Cut Center Diamond and 62 Side Diamonds, price available upon request, Joden World Resources.
(3) 14K White Gold Ring with 1.81 carat Cushion Cut Center Diamond, Halo Setting with Diamonds, Pavé Set in the shoulder and under bezel, $12,450, Henne Jewelers.


PRINCESS & SQUARE

“Because of the popularity of art deco, which uses a lot of angles, stones with points like Square Cuts are starting to become more popular.” — Keith Belles, WAX Jewelry

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) Bridget Durnell Princess Cut Diamond and Platinum Engagement Ring with 1.50 carat Center Diamond, $2,895 without center stone, Karats of Pittsburgh.
(2) Platinum Engagement Ring with a 4.78 carat Princess Cut Center Diamond, price available upon request, Casa D’Oro.
(3) Custom made 19K Vanilla White Gold Engagement Ring with .70 carat Square Radiant Center Diamond, two .10 carat Trillion Cut Side Diamonds, and Couple’s Initials featured in Gallery, price available upon request, JAB Jewelry Designs.


OVAL & PEAR

“We’ve certainly seen the trend of more shapes. We’re seeing increased interest in Oval and Asscher Cuts.” — John Henne, Henne Jewelers

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) 14K White Gold Engagement Ring with 1 carat Oval Cut Center Diamond and 1.83 tw Pavé Set Side Diamonds, $5,849, Seita Jewelers.
(2) French Handmade Platinum Engagement Ring with 4.01 carat Oval Cut Center Diamond and 42 Diamonds, price available upon request, Joden World Resources.
(3) 18K White Gold Engagement Ring with a 1.52 carat Teardrop Center Diamond, price available upon request, Casa D’Oro.


NON-TRADITIONAL

“Something with a pattern on the band, including engraving and beaded edges, is popular” — Diane Ketterer, Casa D’Oro

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) Custom made 14K Claddagh set wth .59 carat Heart Cut Diamond and Side Diamonds totaling .76 carats, price available upon request, JAB Jewelry Designs.
(2) Eclipse 14K Sterling Ring with Two Diamonds, $1,350, WAX Jewelry Design Studio.
(3) Meteorite and Rose Cut Diamond in 14K Green Gold and Sterling, $2,100, WAX Jewelry Design Studio.


BANDS

“For the ladies, there is usually a matching band to the engagement ring, duplicating its design for a consistent look. For guys, there are many more choosing alternative metals, such as Tungsten, Cobalt Chrome, Titanium, or Gold and Platinum with Red Gold accents or Spun Carbon Fiber.” — Richard Grafner, Grafner Brothers Jewelers

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

(1) 18K Yellow Gold Textured Wedding Band with diamond, $1,275, WAX Jewelry Design Studio.
(2) Tacori Platinum Eternity Band with 0.90 ctw Diamonds and Milgrain Edges, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.
(3) Tacori 18K Rose Gold Gent’s Wedding Band with 0.10 ctw Diamonds, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

Left to right: (1) Furrer Jacot 18K Red Gold and Spun Carbon Fiber Wedding Band, $3,175, Grafner Brothers Jewelers.
(2) Martin Flyer Piat Set Engagement Ring and Wedding Band, price available upon request, Grafner Brothers Jewelers.
(3) Black Titanium and Silver Titanium Gent’s Wedding Band, $240, Seita Jewelers.

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

Left to right: (1) Black Diamond Gent’s Wedding Band set in Sterling Silver, $546, Seita Jewelers.
(2) Gold Coast Diamond Designs 18K White Wedding Band with 2.58 tw Diamonds, $13,500, Grafner Brothers Jewelers.
(3) 14K White Gold Gent’s Wedding Band with .72 carats of Diamonds, $3,396, Casa D’Oro.

Ring Tones: Engagement and Wedding Rings

Left to right: (1) Tacori 18K Rose Gold Ladies’ Wedding Band with 0.25 ctw Diamonds, price available upon request, Goldstock Jewelers.
(2) 18K Yellow and Rose Gold Wedding Bands with Natural Fancy Pink and Natural Fancy Yellow Diamonds, $5,052, Seita Jewelers.
(3) Platinum Diamond Wedding Band with 5 Diamonds weighing a total of 2.03 carats, $10,500, Henne Jewelers.

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