Bridal: Diamonds With a Story From Rio Tinto and Elisa Solomon’s Alternative Engagement Rings


True Story

Rio Tinto recently unveiled a batch of new designs for its 2015 Diamonds With a Story campaign whose aim is to impress upon retailers the importance of featuring great design in diamond jewelry. Pieces from Sandy Leong, Jennifer Dawes of Dawes Design, Suzanne Kalandjian of Suzanne Kalan, and Matthew Campbell Laurenza of M.C.L feature natural-colored diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine, and many styles epitomize the vogue for nontraditional engagement rings. In this case, talk is anything but cheap.

Relic Vine bands in 18k gold with 0.02 ct. t.w.–0.13 ct. t.w. natural-color diamonds; $825–$1,265; Dawes Design for Diamonds With a Story, Santa Rosa, Calif.; 888-802-0880;


Pretty Sweet

Elisa Solomon’s dainty, organic platinum jewels are ideally positioned as chic entry-priced commitment rings and alternative engagement styles. Look to her sweetly appointed bands to appeal to young couples and women who love the soft look of Solomon’s stackers.

Ballerina ring in platinum with 0.17 ct. t.w. rose-cut white and colorless diamonds and pink and purple sapphires, $2,400,