Alishan Halebian of Alishan is showing his newly unveiled alternative diamond commitment ring and band collection at booth L18 at JCK Tucson this week. The rings are ideal for entry-level-price shoppers who appreciate rose-cut, natural-colored diamonds—the star of this collection—and a pared-down Alishan aesthetic, a challenge for this maker of typically oversize sculpted styles. “It was hard for me to go thinner, but these rings still offer my look,” explains the Tustin, Calif.–based Halebian. (Look for tiny renderings of his signature scroll effect in the shanks as well as lots of hand texturing on the metals.) He calls the collection an alternative to traditional bridal looks because of its simplicity and atypical centers that aim to appeal to modern shoppers.
There are 50 SKUs in the collection made in 18k gold, which can be sold as semi-mounts but are mainly made with hand-selected, natural-color, rose-cut diamond center stones. About 40 percent of the diamonds selected are colorless ideal cuts, and all centers start at weights of about 0.5 ct.—a size that can also serve as a diamond stacking ring. Suggested retail prices start at $1,000.
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