Le Vian paved the way for the popularity of champagne-colored diamonds with its proprietary Chocolate Diamonds, and now the industry is basking in their glow. Engagement rings featuring brown diamonds are sweetly styled and, since brown diamonds typically cost less than their colorless counterparts, tend to be attractively priced. Best of all, the unconventional hue makes the uncommon statement that marriage-minded millennial buyers are seeking.
Top: Sun and Power triangle ring in 14k gold with 0.74 ct. champagne-color diamond, $2,200, Lio and Linn, Brooklyn, N.Y., 646-234-0113, lioandlinn.com; right: ring in 14k gold with 1.95 ct. cushion-cut brown diamond, 0.3 ct. old European–cut diamond, and 0.1 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $20,500, Mociun, Brooklyn, N.Y., 718-387-3731, mociun.com; cluster ring in 14k gold with a 0.25 ct. champagne-color diamond, £1,650 ($2,494), Ruth Tomlinson, London, 44-207-831-3033, ruthtomlinson.com
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Jennie Kwon, a classical violinist and corporate attorney turned jewelry designer based in Los Angeles, began creating delicate bridal styles in 2013. Hand-pulled wire and beading give her pieces both strength and style, while her chic modern cluster rings appeal to brides and stack-ring fans alike.
Wave ring in 14k yellow gold with 0.5 ct. brown diamond center and 0.03 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $2,075, jenniekwondesigns.com
“Our custom jobs are selling. We have a terrific goldsmith with 45 years of experience. No one does things like Scott does! He starts with sketches, carves in wax, and does detail-oriented work. And once we make a style we don’t make it again.”
—Pamela Bergeron, owner, Bergeron Jewelers, Yakima, Wash.