Open, Airy, and Light: New 6-Prong Grace Solitaire Engagement Ring

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace 6 Prong Engagement Ring - Photo © Erika Winters

New! 6-prong Grace solitaire engagement ring set with a stunning 1.5-carat diamond

I’ve been having a lot of fun over the last couple of months making engagement rings for happy couples! And in the process, I’ve been updating my website to feature some new styles, including this gorgeous new 6-prong version of my Grace solitaire. We made this stunning new Grace for the loveliest couple, who had this to say upon receiving the ring:

Him: “I am overwhelmingly happy to tell you that your magnificent ring is on my fiancée’s hand, and we are the two happiest people on the planet.

Her: “This ring is absolutely stunning. I can’t stop looking at my hand. It is my most prized possession and will be always. Thank you for sharing your talent with us, and contributing to our joy.

Swoon! Congratulations to you both!!

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace 6 Prong Engagement Ring - Photo © Erika Winters

Petals and Swags: the new 6-prong Grace features open petals for a light and airy look.

This new 6-prong Grace is a lovely version of my original 8-prong style. The 6-prong features the same gorgeous petals and swags that lead up to meticulously sculpted prongs. The original has diamonds set into the petals, but for this style we opened up the soft curved shapes to create a gorgeous open and airy framework.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace 6 Prong Engagement Ring - Photo © Erika Winters

The new 6-prong Grace features sculpted prongs and my signature brushed finish.

In keeping with the original Grace style, this 6-prong features my signature brushed finish on the shank and gallery with delicate milgrain detail. The ring’s band is simple, as it reflects the soft negative space that distinguishes all of my designs. I love a balance of elements, and both this new Grace and the original juxtapose a diamond’s sparkle with the simplicity of finely finished metal.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace 6 Prong Engagement Ring - Photo © Erika Winters

Stunning simplicity: New 6-prong Grace solitaire in 18k white gold

We made this 6-prong Grace in 18k white gold. You’ll notice that the metal has a warm hue, as our 18k white gold is not plated with rhodium like most white gold rings in the marketplace. We don’t rhodium plate, as the warm-white metal color is wonderful as is.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace Solitaire -  Photo © Erika Winters

Two Grace solitaires: 8-prong with shoulder petals in platinum (right) 6-prong in 18k white gold (left)

The Grace solitaires both work well with my wedding band styles. The Grace’s band is very simple, so my wedding bands provide lovely contrast and sparkle. The band shown below is my Viola style in 18k yellow gold. I love them together!

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry - Grace Solitaire -  Photo © Erika Winters

6-prong Grace solitaire in 18k white gold shown with the Viola band in 18k yellow gold

The new 6-prong Grace solitaire is available by special order. Please contact me for details. 

 

Classical Beauty: Isabella Wedding Band

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry Isabella bands with elongated French cut diamonds in 18k yellow gold and platinum

Isabella bands with elongated French cut diamonds in 18k yellow gold and platinum

When I was developing my new Fidelia wedding band collection, I designed the Isabella band to offer a simple, classical shape amidst the other styles. The Isabella’s clean lines and signature hand-engraved columnar details anchor the collection and hearken to ancient Greek and Roman architecture.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry Isabella wedding band

Isabella band in high-polished platinum

I decided to set these bands with antique-style French cut diamonds that I had custom cut for the line. Each band features these stunning French cuts (both square and elongated rectangular shapes) that sparkle with Old World charm. Note that the Isabella can be customized and set with baguette-cut diamonds or colored gemstones that are also cut custom for each band.

The Isabella is a sister design to the Eleanor band, which also features French cut diamonds. I wear both of these bands stacked together as part of my personal collection—in 18k yellow gold with my signature brushed finish.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry: Eleanor and Isabella weddng bands

I love the Eleanor and Isabella bands stacked in 18k yellow gold. The Eleanor is set with square French cut diamonds.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry Thea halo engagement ring set with an old European cut diamond with the Eleanor and Isabella bands

My Thea halo engagement ring set with an old European cut diamond with the Eleanor and Isabella bands

Isabella is a medium width band that measures approximately 2.7mm with square French cuts and 2.5mm with elongated French cuts, so it’s a bit more substantial than the slim Imogen, Viola, Lily, and Rose styles. I love the Isabella stacked with my slimmer styles, as it creates a lovely contrast with their varying widths and shapes. There are so many style options with this collection!

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry Imogen, Isabella, and Lily diamond wedding bands in 18k yellow gold

Imogen, Isabella, and Lily diamond wedding bands in 18k yellow gold

We make the Isabella in 18k yellow gold, rose gold, and platinum, and we utilize both our signature brushed finish and high polish, whichever you prefer. Isabella can be made as a full eternity band and also with the diamonds going halfway or three-quarters around the band. We finish the backs of each band with my signature knife-edge and milgrain for a fluid look.

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry: Isabella, Cordelia, and Eleanor wedding bands

Left to right: Isabella, Cordelia, and Eleanor. The bands that are one-half or three-quarter eternity styles taper in the back with a delicate knife edge.

 

 

 

 

#LoveWins

Erika Winters Fine Jewelry: Love Wins

 

On Friday June 26, 2015, my friends and family celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the nation. For the last several days I’ve read scores of articles on the ruling and have had the pleasure of seeing an endless stream of support for marriage equality on social media with the simple hashtag #LoveWins. Love did indeed win, love and so much more. As the echoes of the word “equality” resonate in my mind, I wanted to write a few words about how much marriage equality means to me.

I am fortunate to be a bridal designer who creates wedding jewelry for loving couples. So many of these couples have brought me to tears with their stories of how they met, how they fell in love, and how they ultimately want to spend the rest of their lives together. When I meet with these couples, their passion for each other is so palpable that I all I want to do is make them happy and thank them for asking me to be a part of their journey. I’m also reminded of why I do this and how I began.

On a gorgeous October evening in Los Angeles (I now live in Seattle), my then boyfriend Peter took me to “our beach” in Venice for a sunset walk. Right before we were about to leave the beach, he got down on one knee, pulled a ring out of his pocket, and he proposed to me right when the sun started to fade from the horizon. This man, an artist who is not conventional or traditional in any way, wanted to propose to me and marry me with the most universally accepted customs, customs that are easily taken for granted. I’ve written about this in my bio, but that ring, that day, and everything it symbolized, launched my career in the jewelry industry.

So the day of the SCOTUS ruling, I thought back to Peter’s proposal and also to our ceremony at City Hall. As I saw photo after photo of same-sex couples in line to get married, I couldn’t dry my eyes. The fact that these couples had been denied a basic civil right for so long—couples who had been together for decades—moved me more than I could’ve ever imagined. It was an incredible day. I’ll never forget it.

I’ve always supported marriage equality, but supporting it and witnessing a federal ruling that affirms it are entirely different. The former is a hope, the latter is pure relief. Relief that this country is civilized. Relief that equal rights and protections are still fought for and finally won. And though there are still some opponents of this incredible advancement, the majority ruled. Our civil rights won.