If you're looking for an engagement ring or wedding band that's truly one-of-a-kind, check out Gemvara—a really cool and user-friendly new website that allows shoppers to design their own rings, earrings, or necklaces. That means you can fully customize everything about your ring—the setting, the stones, the metal—every detail is totally up to you (or your groom-to-be if you like surprises). Want an engagement ring with an amethyst instead of a diamond center stone? No problem. Like the setting of one wedding band but want it in white gold instead of yellow? Easy as point and click. You can even start designing a ring on the website, save it, come back and make as many changes as you want, and then place your order when you're ready—every piece is made to order and your ring will be delivered in 2 to 3 weeks.
I asked Gemvara's CEO Matt Lauzon what's hot in the ring world and he told me that black diamond rings are outselling white diamonds on his site. They're usually a more affordable choice and a really unique look. Visit Gemvara for more great ideas or to start designing your own ring (or your groom's—they do men's bands too!). —Kim Forrest