19 NYC Store Owners Show Off Their Favorite Engagement Rings

Whether you're in search of an engagement ring or simply enjoy scrolling through endless pages of bling, there's nothing more fun than swooning over ridiculously gorgeous gems.

But with a selection that tends to veer towards never-ending, it can feel a little...crazy. How can you possibly pick a favorite when there are thousands of diamond cuts, band styles, and hues to choose from?

To narrow things down just the slightest bit, we turned to the experts — the ones actually crafting and selling the jewels — for insight into the pieces they absolutely love. These 19 designers and shop owners know a thing (or two) about the three Cs (cut, clarity, and color).
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Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Bittar.
“The Sunburst ring is a great, versatile design — it is actually two rings that you can layer separately, so it’s refined and edgy at the same time.”
Alexis Bittar
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Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Bittar.
“I love the organic texture of the Pebble ring — the way we set the diamonds on this piece really makes it sparkle.”
Alexis Bittar
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Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sheffield.
"While I'm never one for picking favorites, I do enjoy making pieces that are one-of-a-kind every time. In some ways, all diamond rings are, just by the nature of the stone. But the Theda is perfectly unique each time, since the center diamond is usually antique or a random Champagne rose cut. Then I choose the other stone to pair with it based on the center, so each is really individually designed.”
Anna Sheffield
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Photo: Courtesy of Anna Sheffield.
"I love making pieces with a tone-on-tone of gemstone and metal; sometimes it's yellow gold with a Champagne diamond, or labradorite in silver. But my favorite metal to color-combine with is rose gold, and lately I'm loving the pink tourmaline or peach morganite rosettes. They both are beautiful stones, and the pale or violet pink with rose is lovely, while the halo of the white diamonds adds another element of sparkle, which I love.”
Anna Sheffield
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Photo: Courtesy of Blanca Monros Gomez.
"Our Vena Amoris ring is such a fun and versatile ring — it can be worn on its own, making for quite a delicate piece, or stacked with many different options."
Blanca Monrós Gómez
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Photo: Courtesy of Blanca Monros Gomez.
"Wavy bands are definitely my favorite pieces now — I personally wear them every day! I mix the two sizes together for a beautiful stack full of textures. When we have a customer who comes in looking for a band to pair with a tall solitaire that has prominent sides, we usually try this ring and it fits beautifully. I don’t like too much of a matching look, so I tend to prefer pairing different pieces in a set."
Blanca Monrós Gómez
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Photo: Courtesy of Bliss Lau.
"A circle in a square is the basis for this ring. I see this ring for two people who combine and balance one another; the Rain Ring is the most simple expression of this. In many ways, it’s a mirage; it looks like a single ring but is actually two separate components. The design is neutral; it can work for anyone, any gender, or rather everyone!"
Bliss Lau
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Photo: Courtesy of Bliss Lau.
"I designed this ring first as my own wedding ring, because I wanted something classic-looking but with a special-secret function. I invented the slide-ring concept so that the ring seemingly floats on the finger, suspended between two bands. From the side, it looks like a petal expanding, and I love that! Also, when you take it off, it sits on the table upright, so it's fun to look at both on and off the finger."
Bliss Lau
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Photo: Courtesy of Catbird.
"We labored over this ring's perfect, graceful proportions. Rose-cut diamonds have such a special, mysterious sparkle, and The Swans (our engagement-ring collection) pair beautifully with every band we've set them next to."
— Leigh Batnick Plessner, Co-Creative Director and General Manager, Catbird
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Photo: Courtesy of Catbird.
"A new beauty, the color palette of this ring might be described as gold and glowy. Champagne diamonds set in 18-karat gold is really a winning combination."
— Leigh Batnick Plessner, Catbird
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Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Angiel.
"As a native New Yorker, I'm constantly inspired by the architectural strength of the city. Details were crafted with heart and soul, and I wanted to bring this art form into my work. This ring is one of my favorites; it's surrounded by intricate, hand-carved detail in both the basket and in the band, giving it a unique, heirloom feel."
Catherine Angiel

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Photo: Courtesy of Catherine Angiel.
"As a romantic, I've always been drawn to the beauty that surrounds me, whether it's a painting, a garden, or a beautiful antique creation. This ring is inspired by all of that. I designed the basket with delicate petals, and set diamonds in those petals that run down the shoulders of the ring. The design, incorporated with the warmth of rose gold, makes this ring one of my most romantic creations.”
Catherine Angiel

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Photo: Courtesy of Doyle & Doyle.
"The center stone is a beautiful Old European-cut diamond with exceptional color and clarity, and the mounting has a classically inspired quatrefoil design. Its romantic design is further enhanced by the layers of detail (the mounting is pierced and millegrained and completely encrusted with diamonds, and the varied sizes of the diamonds add to the dimension and texture of the design). It has openwork and engraved palmette designs on the shoulders. Even the gallery is beautifully pierced and engraved. There has not been a single detail overlooked in this ring."
Elizabeth Doyle, Doyle & Doyle
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Photo: Courtesy of Doyle & Doyle.
"This ring is so pretty. The flowing, scrolly yellow-gold band is soft and feminine, and is set off by the geometric, clean lines of the platinum. The small, twinkling rose cuts lend a bit of softness and romance that balance the two elements nicely. I also love that this ring is super-comfortable and great for everyday wear. It is flat and sits close to the hand, allowing it to become a part of you. But the design, especially the two tones of metal, is what gives it visual depth and movement."
— Irene Pamela, Doyle & Doyle
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Photo: Courtesy of Erica Weiner.
"This is the kind of ring that we're always on the lookout for: A vintage piece made from a sought-after and endlessly durable material like platinum, boasting a diamond cut that's totally obsolete and in an unexpected design that doesn't feel dated. Doesn't it surprise you that this ring was made during World War II? It's one of the more unusual ones we've seen in our years of antique-hunting."
Erica Weiner
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Photo: Courtesy of Erica Weiner.
"It can be tricky to suss out the provenance of antique jewelry, so when we can trace a piece back to its original maker, we get really excited. This 1940s ring was made by a New Jersey-based company called Jabel, and while the solitaire style is totally timeless, this particular ring has a cool, subtle arrow detail on the shoulders that keeps it from being too basic."
Erica Weiner
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Photo: Courtesy of Erie Basin.
"This is a perfect little Victorian sapphire ring with a particularly lovely stone. But what makes it extra-special is the inscription inside: 'The best is yet to be '91.'”
— Russell Whitmore, Erie Basin
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Photo: Courtesy of Erie Basin.
"I wanted to design the perfect simple solitaire for our EB line. I borrowed a construction style that was popular around the turn of the century, setting the diamond in platinum and building the rest of the ring in yellow gold. It’s classic and minimal, but not overly plain. We use all antique diamonds, and this is a particularly cool and rare one: An oval, old mine-cut dating from the mid-19th century."
— Russell Whitmore, Erie Basin
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Photo: Courtesy of Finn Jewelry.
"I love this ring. It's very dainty, and an off-set pattern gives the typically serious baguette-shaped diamond a more playful feel."
— Candice Pool Neistat, Finn Jewelry
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Photo: Courtesy of Finn Jewelry.
"Open-heart rings aren't hard to find, but this one is actually two pieces. The heart jiggles, almost like it's being hugged by the rings holding it together. Too cute."
— Candice Pool Neistat, Finn Jewelry
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Photo: Courtesy of In God We Trust.
"This ring is great because it's a playful, modern take on a traditional concept. The classic silhouette and round-cut stone are revamped with a bezel setting in place of a traditional prong one. The alternative — black diamond surrounded by white diamonds — is also appealing to a not-so-traditional bride. Oh, and it looks amazing worn with our Stella Ring — just sayin'."
— Shana Tabor, In God We Trust
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Photo: Courtesy of In God We Trust.
"This ring is pretty perfect. The wide, rose-cut stone is reminiscent of another time, while the band has an updated, angular design to it, making it a standout contemporary piece. Plus, a little pavé never hurt no one! Oh, and the lower profile feels great on your finger — you'll seriously never need to take it off."
— Shana Tabor, In God We Trust
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Photo: Courtesy of Ken & Dana Design.
"I love this ring because it reminds me of nature, and nature has the best designs. It's super unique, yet so simple."
— Ken Leung, Ken & Dana Design
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Photo: Courtesy of Ken & Dana Design.
"This was a vintage-inspired design, and I love that this ring has old-world details from start to finish. My wife and I are huge fans of Victorian-era pieces, and this ring exudes the feeling of that period."
Ken Leung, Ken & Dana Design
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Photo: Courtesy of Linhardt Design.
"The Helix was commissioned as a surprise with one requirement: To design a harmonious, multiple-ring look that would celebrate an heirloom diamond as its focal point. The client was completely up for the challenge and was so excited to be a part of the process, which made for a wonderful collaboration with fabulous results. The metal work surrounding the center diamond was joined by hand-soldering in platinum, and crafted to stem outwards in a dynamic play with negative space. Micro pavé diamonds were meticulously calculated and finely set in opposing lines to emphasize movement in the piece. The high polish and sparkle of stones play on light beautifully, resulting in a classic ring that has the substantial look of multiple stacked bands — yet is delicate, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. This ring was originally made when opening my first retail space years ago, and continues to be one of the most popular designs to this day."
Lisa Linhardt, Linhardt Design
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Photo: Courtesy of Linhardt Design.
"The Seashell was organically sculpted to echo the shape of an existing natural shell ring that held great sentiment to the couple. Instead of emphasizing the gemstone as the focal point, form took precedence above all else. The piece was hand-carved to be asymmetrical in shape, and was custom-fit to work ergonomically with hand movement for maximum comfort. The colored diamond was added later, as an accent to the ring, and blends in well with our custom Champagne gold color, which looks fabulous with practically all skin tones."
— Lisa Linhardt, Linhardt Design
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Photo: Courtesy of Love Adorned.
"Todd Pownell is an innovator and an expert at the rugged, refined look. The crystalline-form diamond and the textured-gold prongs and band remind me of the Egyptian pyramids in the sands of Giza."
Lori Leven, Love Adorned
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Photo: Courtesy of Love Adorned.
"This is a beautiful old ring from Love Adorned Vintage for the people who don't associate a center stone with the love ring they want. Tiny gems for eyes, incredibly wearable, and swans mate for life..."
— Lori Leven, Love Adorned
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Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Kaye.
"This ring has a very unusual engagement design and looks beautiful from all angles. It's designed for the center stone to sit close to the finger, and can be classic or edgy, depending on the metal and stone color combination selected."
Melissa Kaye
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Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Kaye.
"This delicate design is the perfect engagement ring for the romantic bride, since it has an elegant, modern simplicity. It includes pavé diamonds intricately set on the inside of the ornament, highlighted by a diamond-encrusted cross that appears to 'float' above the internal surface."
Melissa Kaye
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Photo: Courtesy of Mociun.
"This ring is from our new Emerald Collection, and I love the vibrant, fresh color of emeralds. This one in particular has an Art Deco feel, with the black and white diamonds; my work is starting to be more and more inspired by design from this era. I also love using reverse-set diamonds. The shape of this ring makes it versatile — you can wear it with the arch of black diamonds up or down. It's especially nice with our Shape Bands with white or black diamonds; it can be really fun to stack with the right components."
— Caitlin Mociun, Mociun
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Photo: Courtesy of Mociun.
"These unique, shield-cut gray diamonds have an amazing spread across the finger when worn. In general, I'm not attracted to highly included diamonds, but with this particular shallow, wide-cut version, the inclusions add beautiful dimension. They are reverse-set in a simple, 14-karat yellow-gold bezel and contrasted by the bright-white micro pavé diamonds set in the center. I think this would be incredible as an engagement ring or everyday piece."
— Caitlin Mociun, Mociun
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Photo: Courtesy of Nora Kogan.
"The Rapture ring is one of my oldest designs, and it captured my customers’ imaginations right away. My preference for an engagement ring is a single stone, and The Rapture is my interpretation of a classic solitaire with my signature addition of snakes. Snakes are a powerful symbol of love and eternity, and I incorporate them subtly, so it’s not the first thing you notice. The first impression should always be, 'What a gorgeous ring!'"
Nora Kogan
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Photo: Courtesy of Nora Kogan.
"For the Araminty Ring, I use gemstone-quality cabochon moonstones, which is a wonderful choice for the nonconformist bride who doesn’t want a diamond but does want a beautiful stone. It’s a captivating ring with two very delicate snake heads holding the center stone. I’ve kept the setting minimalist, so you don’t even see the prongs — it’s all about exposing the moonstone."
Nora Kogan
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Photo: Courtesy of Page Sargisson.
"As a jeweler, you end up liking a lot, but only loving a few pieces. When I found this 3-karat old mine-cut peach diamond, I had to have it for my collection; I knew if I ever walked away from it, I'd think about that stone forever. I chose to do it in a rose-gold setting to pull out the pink tones. There’s something so old-fashioned about it, but it has a modern touch at the same time."
Page Sargisson
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Photo: Courtesy of Page Sargisson.
"I don't usually make rings that look like everyone else's — I can, and I have, but why have a custom ring if you can't see any sign of the artist? I had so much fun designing a ring around those clear yellow diamonds. It's completely hand-carved and really loose in design. I realize it is not a traditional piece, but I thought it would be a totally fun, totally different style to give to someone special."
Page Sargisson
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Photo: Courtesy of Satomi Kawakita.
"This is my engagement ring. Most of our rings are stackable, and I enjoy adding many thin bands in different colors of metal around this one."
Satomi Kawakita
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Photo: Courtesy of Satomi Kawakita.
"Rose-cut diamonds give a natural look. It's also stackable and​ sits flush with our wedding bands."
Satomi Kawakita
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