• Bezel-Set Asscher Cut Diamond Ring Stephen Russell Engagement Ring
  • Round-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Octagonal Halo Baguettes Tiffany & Co. Wedding Jewelry
  • Gold-Plated Earrings with White and Purple Cubic Zirconia Melinda Maria Wedding Jewelry
  • Hanging Diamond and Geode Earrings Kimberly McDonald Wedding Jewelry
  • Gold Cuff with Large Blue Opal Jamie Joseph Wedding Jewelry
  • Kate Middleton Engagement Ring
  • Platinum and Diamond Wedding Band Philip Press Wedding Jewelry
  • Diamond Engagement adn Wedding Rings with Dahlia-Flower Details Kirk Kara Wedding Jewelry
  • Beaded Silver Bracelet Carolee Wedding Jewelry
  • Round-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Neil Lane Bridal Collection for Kay Jewelers Wedding Jewelry

The 10 Best Jewelry Designs of 2010

We're still talking about these stunning engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, and bracelets.

L.A.-based designer Melinda Maria was an important discovery this year—we had these earrings on the set of the Brides Local cover shoot and everyone assumed they commanded a five-figure price tag. Imagine our delight when we found out they cost less than $300. And like that, the designer has become our number one go-to source for "luxe for less" jewelry. 18k gold-plated Sassy Marquis earrings with white and amethyst cubic zirconia, $265, Melinda Maria.

Photo: Courtesy of Melinda Maria