Bling in Bloom: 8 Incredible Engagement Rings
When the ring’s the thing, there’s no one way to say “I do”
1. GEM GEOMETRY (top left)
Multicolored diamonds are a modern twist on traditional clear diamonds. 18K yellow-gold band with a triangle-shaped .78-carat chocolate diamond solitaire ring by Dawes Design. $8,500, from Packouz Jewelers and Newtwist in Eugene.
2. HEAVY METAL (second from top, left)
A substantial band by Michael Barin in 18K brushed rose gold turns sweet when encircled by .80-total-carat-weight channel-set diamonds. $5,900, from Packouz Jewelers.
3. ROYAL STUNNER (third from top, left)
Downtown Portland’s go-to vintage jewelry store Maloy’s has dubbed this one-of-a-kind circa 1920s 1.26-carat diamond ring “The Spellcaster.” $9,200, from Maloy’s.
4. SITTING PRETTY (center, top)
Second-generation Portland designer Chelsea Swank designed this 18K yellow-gold ring that features a .47-carat marquise-cut center diamond with surrounding diamonds with a .45-total-carat-weight. $3,600, from Gary Swank Jewelers.
5. GO BIG (top, right)
Michael Barin’s platinum hand-engraved diamond three-stone engagement ring with heart-shaped diamonds makes a grand statement. $10,380 (center stone sold separately), from Packouz Jewelers.
6. UNIQUE TECHNIQUE (center, bottom)
Portland-based jeweler Chinchar-Maloney casts its ring’s 1.02-carat diamond in place by pouring molten gold around the diamond in a lost wax mold. Surrounding the center diamond is a halo of 29 white diamonds in pave settings. $2,390 from Chinchar-Maloney.
7. BAND OF GOLD (right, middle)
For 30 years, designer Gary Swank has created custom jewelry from his store in downtown Portland. His sandblasted 18K yellow gold and platinum ring forms a substantial band that carries a .66-carat center stone and .27-total-carat-weight side diamonds. $6,200, from Gary Swank.
8. SHORT STACK (right, bottom)
An interlocking set of three rings made with recycled 18K rough-hewn gold has a boho vibe. Its three-stone band features a .50-carat rose-cut sapphire with .06-carat diamonds and .14 carats of rose-cut diamond jackets. By Dawes Design, $6,500, from Packouz Jewelers.