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This Season's Haute Engagement Rings

“My mother says I didn’t open up my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked. “—Elizabeth Taylor

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This Season's Haute Engagement Rings

Author: Jenny Starr Perez

“My mother says I didn’t open up my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked. “—Elizabeth Taylor So it is for most women with a pumping heart and a head brimming with white-lace-and-tulle fantasies, that very same “hooked” feeling described by La Liz, arguably the world’s most famous and most glamorous bride. Jewelry über-houses like Harry WinstonGraff and Cartier are among the dealers of choice to deliver the rock of every girl’s dream, and each year there are new selections as well as tried-and-true favorites. Ranging from the sleek lines of Tiffany & Co.‘s popular Lucida diamond (for the chic girl-about-town with modern tastes) to a classic diamond piece in the coveted Asscher cut—the crème de la crème for celebrities and the ladies-who-lunch set—the options for the perfect piece are many. For nontraditional types, rings bearing colorful emerald or ruby solitaires have become increasingly in demand since Prince William slipped his late mother’s sapphire-encrusted ring onto Kate Middleton’s finger. Though the choices are endless, one thing remains as true as the passion these rings represent: Unconditional love that comes in a velvet box (or an iconic shade of blue wrapping) will always make the heart skip a beat.

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