The best thing about the engagement ring creations of Grace Lee—apart from everything—is that they offer such a wide variety of styles to choose from.
Perhaps that’s also a predicament, at least for someone getting engaged—it’s nearly impossible to select a favorite.
That Lee specializes in custom creations means clients can get exactly what they’re dreaming of. Someone working with the Los Angeles–based designer, who founded her eponymous collection in 2008, is clearly in good hands, as evidenced by many of the custom creations pictured here.
So what are custom clients seeking these days?
“I have been seeing an increase in two custom styles,” says Lee.
“The first is the multi-stone settings: The number of stones varies and goes up from two large stones up to eight-plus for just the engagement ring. With more than two stones, I like to add small accent stones in between the larger ones. Another option is to add multiple accent stones on the sides of the center diamond.”
“The second is what I call ‘The One’—one ring that represents both the engagement ring and wedding band. Our new Helix setting [shown above], which features a coiled band with diamonds that appear to be floating in between the bands, is the perfect example where one ring is substantial in itself to represent both the engagement ring and wedding band.”
For the engaged-to-be wanting an option other than diamond, the most popular gemstone might surprise you. “Emeralds are a very popular gem for my custom settings, second only to diamonds,” says Lee. “Emeralds are regal, and they also pair well next to diamonds.”
Custom signet-style ring in yellow gold with round brilliant diamond and accent diamonds, price on request; Grace LeeFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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