The New Guard
Guard rings, typically worn on top of bridal ring sets, are traditionally more adorned than wedding bands. And Oscar Heyman’s new guard rings are appropriately blingy. But the collection also updates the classic style by mashing up gemstone varieties and cuts within single pieces. Diamonds, rubies, and sapphires in baguettes, squares, and rounds are featured solo in rings but also shine in innovative pairings: One of our favorite looks alternates round diamonds with square-cut sapphires. Best of all, every ring in the collection can be worn as a high-sparkle—but still relatively low-key—wedding band.
(From top) Platinum ring with 3.22 cts. t.w. square-cut rubies, $10,100; 18k yellow gold ring with 6.56 cts. t.w. square-cut sapphires, $9,500; 18k yellow gold ring with 1.95 cts. t.w. square-cut diamonds, $8,300; 18k yellow gold ring with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds and 0.75 ct. t.w. square-cut sapphires, $4,100; 18k gold ring with 0.05 ct. t.w. round diamonds, $3,700; 18k gold ring with 0.93 ct. t.w. baguette diamonds, $6,000; Oscar Heyman; email@example.com; oscarheyman.com
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The rounded profile and gold crisscrossing in Overnight Mountings’ engagement semi-mount was inspired by one of the most iconic Fabergé eggs ever made—the Imperial Coronation egg, fabricated in 1897. The idea behind the ring may be antique, but its design—which occupies the alluring space between a halo and an accented solitaire—feels positively innovative.
14k yellow gold ring with 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,298 (without center stone); overnightmountings.com