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This shop sells an eclectic mix of contemporary jewelry from around the world. You'll find everything from vintage engagement rings (from $750) to platinum wedding bands from Christian Bauer and Michael Bondanza (from $950).Aspre 53 Madison Ave., at 70th St.; 800-883-2777; asprey.com For aristocrats-and those who merely aspire to live the British luxury lifestyle-Asprey's A-cut diamond ring ($5,200) makes a very glam engagement ring. Head to their brand-new boutique (the Fifth Avenue store is no longer open, as of this April). And if that doesn't suit the lady of the manor, Asprey also does custom-design work. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-826-8900; barneys.com You won't find a traditional prong-set ring here, but if you're looking for a cool contemporary style, you'll love their selection from hip designers. Standouts include platinum and gold rings from Brit Malcolm Betts, bold designs by Linda Lee Johnson, vintage-inspired rings by Renee Lewis, and feminine floral ones from Cathy Waterman, a favorite among celebrities. Most styles are priced between $5,000 and $30,000. Belenky Brothers 151 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 800-764-6436; 800-764-6436; belenky.com The owners of this sixth-generation family jeweler sell high-end custom and designer pieces with a downtown feel, like a ring with intertwined paintbrushes carved on the inside for an artist couple. They can even duplicate your handwriting when engraving. Engagement rings are $1,500 to $500,000; wedding bands are $200 to $40,000. Buccellati 750 Madison Ave., at 65th St.; 212-308-2900; buccellati.com Buccellati is Old World Italian craftsmanship at its best. Its handmade, finely detailed gold wedding bands are popular among women who want a traditional, feminine look but also want something they won't see all over town. Rings start at a very reasonable $500. Bulgari 730 Fifth Ave., at 57th St. (various locations); 212-315-9000; bulgari.comtalian jeweler Bulgari's bold signature style makes for classic engagement rings and wedding bands with a glamorous, modern twist. The Corona collection features simple, graphic diamond rings set in gold or platinum. Some couples go for snake-shaped Tubogas bands in place of traditional wedding rings. Engagement rings are $6,000 to $200,000; wedding bands, $300 to $15,000. Cartier 653 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.; 212-753-0111; cartier.com One of the best places to peruse classic and contemporary engagement rings in all shapes and sizes, Cartier offers an aptly named Love collection of contemporary designs. Its signature gold Trinity ring, introduced in 1924, makes a great wedding band. Engagement rings start at $4,200. Catherine Angiel's Gallery Eclectic 43 Greenwich Ave., nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-924-4314; catherineangiel.com Take a break from the ordinary at Gallery Eclectic, which has the classics (rounds, three-stones) as well as some very chic, well-priced reproductions of covetable vintage styles, all designed by talented owner Catherine Angiel. Those in textured gold, set with multicolored or rose-cut diamonds, are especially interesting. Engagement rings start at $3,000. Custom ordering is also available.\ Cellini 509 Madison Ave., nr. 53rd St.; (various locations); 212-888-0505or a great selection of bridal jewelry with colorful flair, check out this shop. Cellini specializes in Elara-cut diamonds in micro-pavé diamond settings, and it also has diamond eternity bands and engagement rings. Stones in one to ten carats from $6,500.Chanel Fine Jewelry733 Madison Ave., at 64th St.; 800-550-0005; chanel.comThe crème-de-la-crème French fashion house offers an equally stylish line of fine jewelry. Bridal favorites include the company's signature "quilted" gold bands and camellia-shaped diamond rings. For a serious fashion statement, check out the men's and women's sleek Ultra Noire black ceramic bands set with diamonds in either white or yellow gold. Prices upon request.

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