Why wear your heart on your sleeve when you can wear it on your hand? Each of the following rings has a detail that sets it apart, whether it's a high-shine finish, an intricate pattern, or an unusual shape.

1. Benchmark's classic style is made of platinum, the strongest metal. Over time, it will develop a luxe patina (

2. Cathy Waterman's "Continuous Pyramid" makes a sculptural statement (

3. The bow of diamonds on Dior Fine Jewelry's "Petit Tralala" is set in white gold, a yellow gold that's been plated with a silvery metal, usually rhodium (800-929-3467).

4. A delicate spiral pattern brings personality to Oscar Heyman's "Twist" (800-642-1912).

5. Channel-set baguettes add serious flash to OGI's platinum sparkler (

6. Kwiat's "Wedding Collection" boasts three breathtaking rows of pear-shape diamonds (

7. The latest thing in rings? Carbonado (a.k.a. black diamonds) and rose gold (an alloy of gold and copper). This version by Ila & I showcases both (

8. The clean, geometric design of "Lanieres," in 18-karat yellow gold, suits both men and women (

9. Beveled ridges in De Beers's platinum men's band offer style and substance (


More for the Bride

Match your band to your engagement ring, or choose a completely different style and wear it alone.

1. Crisscut emerald diamonds make a big impact in this piece by Christopher Designs (

2. A woven pattern in Alex Sepkus's "Fence" creates the illusion of two pieces stacked together (

3. The diamond-encrusted hexagonal links in Geoffrey Good's platinum standout enlist 1970s cool (

4. Tiffany & Co.'s "Etoile" twinkles with four rows of pave diamonds (

5. Cartier's understated 18-karat yellow-gold and diamond design is timeless (

6. Michael M.'s pave stunner looks like three rings in one (

7. De Beers's "Enchanted Lotus" brilliantly displays 301 round diamonds (

8. Solange Azagury-Partridge's "Love Written" spells out the sentiment (

9. This platinum Tacori band is covered with filigree-set diamonds (

10. Hoorsenbuhs's "Antiquated Dame Tri-link" shows its equestrian roots (

11. Two vintage details -- rose-cut diamonds and oxidized gold -- come together in this Single Stone creation (

12. Nothing says forever like the infinity symbol in Stephen Russell's intertwining platinum bauble (212-570-6900).

For the Groom


If your fiance is having a hard time deciding on a metal, let his watch lead the way -- or have him take a cue from your ring.

1. Diana's thick, glossy 14-karat yellow-gold band is as traditional as they come (

2. Millegrain detail (ridges like those on the edge of a dime) on this style from the Kwiat Men's Collection is subtle yet striking (

3. This rose-gold Bulgari "B.zero1" was made for the fashion-forward guy (

4. The hammered finish on Melissa Joy Manning's design is handmade (

5. Erica Courtney's "Secret Agent" has an intriguing surprise: black diamonds along the inside (

6. A Doyle & Doyle piece is deeply grooved for a triple-band effect (

7. Cartier's "Trinity" has intertwining rings of rose, white, and yellow gold (

8. Furrer Jacot's satin-finish variety is white gold with a platinum center (

9. The Tiffany & Co. gold signature has two grooved millegrain edges (

10. Tacori's ring in red gold (a dark rose gold) is bordered with a crescent silhouette (

11. Wrought from heavy platinum, Jeff Cooper's "The Edge" features a masculine, angular shape (


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