Lookbook Reveal: The Nova Engagement Ring Collection by Gabriel & Co.

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    While it’s my job to help you and your partner find an engagement ring you love and wear forever—right here, right now, straight out of the gate—I have to admit that Gabriel & Co.’s new Nova collection got me thinking about those of you who may be looking to upgrade your current engagement ring with a splashy new setting or reset an heirloom diamond. The collection was specifically designed with remounts in mind, but if you’re drawn to a bold, wildly modern and architectural look, with tons...MORE of pavé, any of the 29 styles would be perfect for those getting engaged in the coming months.

    Click through to view the entire lookbook, starting with the sparkling, spiderweb-intricate design above, which suspends a halo-rimmed diamond in a diamond-shaped frame (14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $4,915, Gabriel & Co.).

    Quick note that the prices here are for the settings only (because you’ll be using your own diamond as the center stone). Otherwise, you’ll work with your jeweler to select a diamond that complements the design and works with your budget.

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     14k white gold diamond halo ring, $3,750, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $3,225, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $2,915, Gabriel & Co. 

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     14k yellow/white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $2,640, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k pink/white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $2,640, Gabriel & Co. 

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     14k white gold diamond bypass engagement ring, $2,550, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold and diamond engagement ring, $3,340, Gabriel & Co. 

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     14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $4,665, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white/pink gold diamond halo engagement ring, $3,065, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $ 6,425, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond bypass engagement ring, $2,725, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond three-stone engagement ring, $6,115, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $2,850, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond bypass engagement ring, $2,250, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $2,350, Gabriel & Co. 

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     14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $2,275, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $3,740, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $2,815, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $3,225, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $4,165, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $2,590, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $3,215, Gabriel & Co.

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     14k White Gold Diamond Halo Engagement Ring, $3,140, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $3,590, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k white gold diamond halo engagement ring, $2,865,  Gabriel & Co.

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     14k yellow/white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $3,250, Gabriel & Co.

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    14k pink/white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $3,250, Gabriel & Co. 

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    14k white gold diamond split shank engagement ring, $3,250, Gabriel & Co. 

     

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    Wait…do you know the basics of buying an engagement ring? Here’s the least you need to know (head here for more in-depth engagement ring shopping tips, and lots of style ideas).

    Set a Budget
    Figure out how much you can afford to spend before you shop. You’ve heard that the standard guideline of what to spend is two months’ salary—but this is also a “rule” that the diamond industry created (and has been marketing...MORE since the 1930s). Research conducted by The Knot in 2014 puts the average cost of an engagement ring at $5,855. But I see great-looking diamond rings going for $3,000-ish all the time.

    Understand How Diamonds Are Priced
    Reading The Four Cs of Diamond Buying is a great place to start. The trick is to juggle this criteria, downgrading some “Cs,” and upgrading others until you arrive at a price point you’re comfortable with. Before you hit the stores, browse online diamond and jewelry retailers for an idea of what engagement rings cost and how far your dollar will take you. It’s helpful to have this as a frame of reference before hitting the jewelry stores. No one wants sticker shock, and this preliminary recon takes the edge of a little bit.

    Get a Handle on Her Style
    Platinum or gold? Classic or contemporary? Opulent or understated? Brand-name or indie? Look at your partner’s jewelry—if it’s lots of silver, you can go with a platinum engagement ring (or one in white gold, which is less expensive); if it’s yellow gold, there’s your answer. When it comes to the design details, her wardrobe is your best clue. Lots of black, gray, Helmut Lang and Vince? Keep it simple and unadorned. Lots of lace, floral patterns and RED Valentino? Go romantic (filigree styles, pavé diamond accents, vintage-inspired designs). Lots of Prada? Better go upscale. Of course, you can avoid all this guesswork if you shop for engagement rings together.

    Know Who You’re Dealing With
    When it comes finding a reputable jeweler, ask for recommendations from friends and family. Failing that, if you there’s a designer you like, their website should have a list of stores in your area. The more you know about the Four Cs, the more productive your interaction with the salesperson will be. If you like him or her, that counts for a lot, too. If you get a bad vibe, get out of there. And this is important: Do not buy any diamond of any kind unless it comes with a grading certificate from a gemological laboratory such as the G.I.A. And definitely find out what the return policy is before you hand over your credit card (or wad of cash as the case may be—you often get a better deal that way).