Courtesy of Mark Patterson
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At our cover shoots, we never let a model on the set without making sure she is properly accessorized. Now, you can't see it in the cover photo (that fabulous bouquet by Fleurs NYC shields it from view) but Valeria, the model, is wearing an amazing diamond engagement ring by one of my favorite designers, Mark Patterson. The Asscher-cut center stone, marked by a square shape and an intricate matrix of step-cut facets, was first introduced in 1902. It's become a new favorite, though genuine antique Asschers are extremely rare and pricey (I recently saw an unsigned one from the 1930s fetch a value of $75,000 to $100,00 on Antiques Roadshow). I've always thought that Asschers exude an aristocratic look, which is why this ring works so well in the context of our cover photo (like we kidnapped this "bride," straight from the reception at her family's Litchfield County estate). —Amy Elliott, executive editor, Brides Connecticut