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This set was a departure from designer Kirk Kara's usual platinum or 18k white gold designs, so it really made an impression. The combination of hand-engraved yellow gold and regal red rubies is just incredibly rich and makes the diamond center stone look extra white and icy. (See the band in my "Meet Your Match" story in the Spring/Summer 2010 issues.) kirkkara.com