Professional Jeweler Archive: On the Other Hand

November 2000

Diamonds/ New Products


On the Other Hand

Demand rises for right-hand rings, fueled by changing lifestyles and tastes


Diamond rings are no longer destined only for the left hand, nor are they strictly a symbol of engagement. The large, dressy cocktail ring is being replaced by the right-hand diamond ring, a contemporary classic designed to be worn all the time (see “Raise Your Right Hand,” August 1999, p. 29).

The target audience is broad, embracing married women, divorced women and those who’ve never been married. The common thread is a desire for diamond rings apart from those that signify an engagement.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Platinum ring on the left is set with 2.80 carats of Tycoon cut™ diamonds ($8,500 suggested retail for the semimount). The other platinum ring has 2.02 carats of Tycoon cut™ diamonds ($6,600 for the semimount).

Tycoon,
Los Angeles, CA; (213) 689-0204,fax (213) 622-2430.

Available in 18k rose or yellow gold or platinum, these eternity bands have treated purple, orange, red, yellow, green, blue, brown and black diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,500.

Etienne Perret,
Camden, ME; (800) 426-4367, fax (207) 236-9698.

18k gold ring is set with four diamonds.

Sarah Graham Metalsmithing,
Portland, OR; (503) 481-5562.

18k gold ring is set with a 0.25-ct. center diamond. Suggested retail, $995.

B.A. Ballou,
East Providence, RI; (401) 435-7000, fax (401) 438-7371.

Available in 18k white or yellow gold, each ring has diamond pavé and a diamond for only the wearer to enjoy.

Audemars Piguet,
Le Brassus, Switzerland; (41-021) 845-1400, fax (41-021) 845-1403, www.audemarspiguet.com, hq@audemarspiguet.com.

1.50 carats of baguette and round brilliant diamonds are set in a 14k white gold channel-set band. Suggested retail, $3,479 triple keystone.

Eugene Biro Corp.,
New York City; (800) 223-3535 or (212) 997-0146, fax (800) 422-3535, 5D@EugeneBiro.com.

18k white and yellow gold rings feature diamond pavé. Suggested retail, $800-$3,500.

La Nouvelle Bague/Howard L.
Grant Inc., New York City; (212) 750-5554, fax (212) 750-0033.

18k white gold rings each have one square diamond.

Amy L. Levine,
New York City; (212) 253-5534

Rings are crafted in platinum and set with natural colored diamonds.

Krieger Fine Jewellery/KWM Exclusives; New York City; (212) 570-6065, fax (212) 570-6720.



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