I made my way to the Gallery Eclectic downtown. The extremely attentive shopgirls showed me everything from the traditional solitare to spooky black diamonds (very Angelina circa Billy Bob). I picked an Asscher-cut 1.23-carat ring in 14-karat white gold which was elegant, straightforward, and bold without being at all obnoxious. The setting is just as important as the ring—I prefer it in platinum—and the basket on which the diamond was set was thankfully streamlined. Clunky hardware can look a little too much like my seventh-grade braces. 43 Greenwich Ave., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-924-4314.
The Find: Engagement Rings
Before the dress, you need a ring. Our shopper mines the city for the perfect rock.
Published on Apr 25, 2007 as a web exclusive.