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I've always thought of aquamarine as a very bridal-friendly gemstone—at my own wedding, I wore an aquamarine ring, bracelet and earrings as my "something blue." Though I was wearing it on my right hand, many mistook the dainty east/west, emerald-cut aqua ring as a "second" engagement ring and I had to set them straight. But in hindsight, it absolutely could have been. So if you're considering a colored stone engagement ring, I'd say aquamarine is a lovely... choice. While not as hard or chip-proof as a diamond, its rating of 7.5 on the Mohs scale isn't too shabby. Learn more about aquamarines,
First up, three blue beauties: a clean, modern solitaire, a vintage-inspired emerald-cut design with diamond florets and a wide wedding band rimmed in aqua accents. From left: 14k white gold Willis ring with a .35-carat round aquamarine center stone, $448; 14k white gold and diamond Sylvana ring with a 4.93-carat aquamarine center stone, $3,345; and 14k white gold and aquamarine (1.2 carats total weight) Eloise wedding band, $680, all DiamondèreContinue to 2 of 12 below.
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From Suna Bros...
Dive in: The rarest, most precious aquamarines reveal a vibrant, almost-magical color reminiscent of a Slim Aarons poolscape or a David Hockney painting. Platinum and diamond ring with a 6.70-carat aquamarine center stone,
$11,000, SunaContinue to 3 of 12 below.
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Whether the aquamarine’s a rich, saturated blue or displays a delicate pastel hue, emerald cuts show off an aquamarine’s best features like nothing else. In this example, the stone shines from a platinum setting of scalloped, diamond-set prongs with diamond side stones and a pavé diamond band. Cathy Waterman Aquamarine Scalloped Frame engagement ring, $8,260, available at TwistContinue to 4 of 12 below.
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From Buddha Mama...
An east-west setting detailed with a perforated floral motif and the brightest pink sapphires make this engagement ring a super-feminine—and fantastically ornate—option. 20k gold ring with 27-carat, cushion-cut aquamarine center stone, pink sapphires and diamonds, $12,900, available at Albert’s Fine JewelersContinue to 5 of 12 below.
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From Jane Taylor...
Swimming pool-blue baguettes and matte white gold: This stunning eternity band beautifully captures the unique synergy between clean lines and color.14k gold Cirque collection eternity band, $2,540, Jane TaylorContinue to 6 of 12 below.
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From Omi Prive...
An ocean of possibilities beckons from the depths of this exquisite ring’s brilliant, impossibly bright blue centerpiece. 18k rose gold and diamond ring set with a 5.32-carat aquamarine, price upon request, Omi PrivéContinue to 7 of 12 below.
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From E. Shaw Jewels...
A natural wonder, featuring a large, luminous, ice cube-like gem in the softest pale blue. Sterling silver ring with an 8.2-carat raw aquamarine, $120, E. Shaw JewelsContinue to 8 of 12 below.
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From Suzy Landa...
This charming ring displays an array of textures and shapes: Smooth gold beads mingle with the fiery flicker of diamonds and the crisp, seafoam step-cuts of the aquamarine center stone. 18k yellow gold ring with a .88-carat emerald-cut aquamarine and diamonds, $3,080, Suzy LandaContinue to 9 of 12 below.
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From Erica Courtney...
Reptilian romance: A swirling pavé diamond snake with sapphire eyes details the basket and shank of this extraordinary design. Platinum Serpent ring with a 26.88-carat aquamarine, price upon request, Erica CourtneyContinue to 10 of 12 below.
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This intricate engagement ring design places a “floating” oval-cut aquamarine at the center of a stylized quatrefoil-shaped frame. Platinum Bryant Park engagement ring with a 1.22-carat aquamarine center stone and diamonds, $4,600, GumuchianContinue to 11 of 12 below.
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Satin-finished gold adds a modern element to this classic style featuring one of the designer’s signature, singularly beautiful rough-cut stones. Irene Neuwirth 18k yellow gold and pavé diamond ring with a 3.61-carat aquamarine, $8,495, available at BarneysContinue to 12 of 12 below.
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At Artisan Design Gallery...
Cool contrast: A decorative setting paired with an icy aquamarine cut with a perfectly smooth, flat surface. Just Jules 14k gold ring with 24.25-carat flat aquamarine, $3,800, available at Artisan Design Gallery