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Ten / Ten

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TEN ONE-OF-A-KIND RINGS
TEN MODERN DESIGN MASTERS

Ten of the most distinctive jewellery designers working today have come together to re-envision the engagement ring through a capsule collection handcrafted with natural diamonds ethically and sustainably sourced from Botswana. The result of this project is a reinvented, fresh and relevant take on a traditional symbol of love and how it can be essentially meaningful today.

portrait photo of Catherine Sarr

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ALMASIKA

Chicago

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Design Style
Curvilinear pieces that flow with the body.
Inspiration
Contours and things from the natural world.
Symbolism
A lyrical energy arising from love with infinite energy embodied by the diamond.
Almasika 'Serene' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold Designer 02: AURORA LOPEZ MEJIA
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Almasika 'Serene' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold Designer 02: AURORA LOPEZ MEJIA
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AURORA LOPEZ MEJIA

New York City

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Design Style
Hand-engraved talismans with hand-inscribed words.
Inspiration
Her popular bezel-set style that riffs on an African tribal ring.
Symbolism
LOVE. Of all the words Aurora has inscribed, it’s the most powerful.
Aurora Lopez Mejia 'Mara' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
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Aurora Lopez Mejia 'Mara' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Bea Bongiasca

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BEA BONGIASCA

Milan

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Design Style
Known for her neon palette and delicate enamel squiggles.
Inspiration
Her Secret Language of Flowers collection.
Symbolism
Intertwined vines—much like two people about to get hitched.
Bea Bongiasca 'You're So Mine' Claw-Set DIamond Engagement Ring in Enamel and 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Bea Bongiasca
Bea Bongiasca 'You're So Mine' Claw-Set DIamond Engagement Ring in Enamel and 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Lauren Harwell Godfrey

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HARWELL GODFREY

San Francisco

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Design Style
Strong geometry and intricate enamel and lapidary work.
Inspiration
Her own luxe engagement ring, remounted in a contemporary setting.
Symbolism
An engagement ring is a circle representing wholeness and a continuum, just like love.
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05

LOLA FENHIRST

Paris

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Design Style
Quiet yet luxurious.
Inspiration
The beauty of repetition.
Symbolism
Graduated ascending beads, a good metaphor for a union.
Lola Fenhirst 'The Union' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold
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Lola Fenhirst 'The Union' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold
portrait photo of Marla Aaron

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MARLA AARON

New York City

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Design Style
Modern industrial with Victorian and Georgian-era references.
Inspiration
The Gimmel ring, a style with roots in the 14th century.
Symbolism
The intimate expression of thoughts close to the heart.
Marla Aaron 'DiMe Siempre' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
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Marla Aaron 'DiMe Siempre' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
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MICHELLE FANTACI

New York City

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Design Style
A carefree aesthetic with a sense of warmth.
Inspiration
Reimagining tradition with favourite motifs.
Symbolism
Continuing a custom while turning it on its head.
Michelle Fantaci 'Naledi' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold
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Michelle Fantaci 'Naledi' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold
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PAMELA LOVE

New York City

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Design Style
An offbeat approach to adornment with dark and eclectic romanticism.
Inspiration
Details from Etruscan motifs to 18th-century mourning jewellery.
Symbolism
The interweaving of lives and the joining of souls.
Pamela Love 'Treccia' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
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Pamela Love 'Treccia' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Natasha P. Tsimmerman

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PLATT BOUTIQUE JEWELLERY

Los Angeles

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Design Style
A modern take on antique craftsmanship.
Inspiration
A Victorian crown, simple in form but rich in symbolism.
Symbolism
Roots in tradition with the endless potential to evolve.
Platt Boutique Jewellery 'The Crown' Claw-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Natasha P. Tsimmerman
Platt Boutique Jewellery 'The Crown' Claw-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Wing Yau

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WWAKE

New York City

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Design Style
Elements that appear to float or imply movement.
Inspiration
The evolution of gender roles and the meaning of true partnership.
Symbolism
Delicate and ethereal paired with solid and grounded—the way love should make you feel.
WWAKE 'The Duo Ring' Claw-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
portrait photo of Wing Yau
WWAKE 'The Duo Ring' Claw-Set Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold

Handcrafted designs made with beautiful, ethically and sustainably sourced diamonds from Botswana.

Designer Marla Aaron sketches in a notebook while sitting on a fuchsia coloured rug surrounded by paper and inspirational objects such as unique locks and chains

Published Jan 18, 2021 | Cut & Polish Blog

The craft in the creation.

Go behind the scenes with Marla Aaron, Bea Bongiasca, and Lauren Harwell Godfrey. Discover how their rings were made—from the initial concepts to the final creations on the jeweler’s bench.

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The ALMASIKA 'Serene' Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring sitting on top of the artist's sketch of the ring

Published Jan 18, 2021 | Cut & Polish Blog

Inspiration comes to life.

The designers in the Ten/Ten project were challenged to reimagine the engagement ring. Check out what inspired their individual design journeys and how they each arrived at a unique and beautiful symbol of love.

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School children writing in notebooks at Mokobaxane Primary School, Orapa

Published Dec 16, 2020 | Cut & Polish Blog

Your Ring Makes a Positive Impact

Careful re-investment of diamond revenues over the last 50 years has transformed the standard of living in Botswana from one of the world’s poorest nations to the upper-middle-income country that exists today.

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