It could be argued that your wedding ring is the most important piece of jewelry you'll ever own. After all, nothing else in your wardrobe will ever get quite as much action as the ring you pledged to wear every day as a symbol of your love. So when you go out in search of the perfect engagement ring or wedding band, remember this: Your rings should be an extension of you.
If your everyday style is more understated and artisan than, say, red-carpet-starlet-weighed-down-with-borrowed-diamonds, then you might want to take a look at the collections of these nine contemporary jewelry designers. They're out there creating some really spectacular pieces that are just waiting to be picked up by the right independent, style-minded person.
Known For: Ethically-sourced, Philadelphia-made sculptural pieces.
Known for: Globally-inspired baubles with a natural, handcrafted feel.
Known for: Graceful and feminine rings that are endlessly wearable.
Known for: Delicate pieces crafted in their cult-favorite Brooklyn studio.
Known for: Collectable West-coast style stacking jewelry.
Known for: Bohemian jewels with a vintage sensibility, handcrafted in L.A.
Known for: Traditional and contemporary pieces with personal meaning.
Known for: Heritage gemstone pieces designed with a global influence.
Pictured: Mini Tourmilated Quartz Pyramid Triangle Wrap Ring ($1,615), Gemstone Bar Wrap Ring ($750) and Blue Diamond Eye Ring ($1,190)
Known for: Edgy pieces tough enough to be finger armor but elegant enough to be bridal.
Re-edited from a post originally published 1.19.2016 - TW