This festive season, add some sparkle to your look with five stunning options from local jewelry designers with distinct aesthetics that will light up your next holiday affair.
For a Cocktail Party: Zoltan David
1.74-Carat Burmese Ruby in Platinum & 18K Gold with 24K Gold Inlay, Zoltan David ($15,700). 12901 Hill Country Blvd. Ste. D-1-120, 512-372-8888
For 35 years, Zoltan David has been dedicated to using only conflict-free diamonds and eco-responsible precious metals, which he and his team of European-trained craftsmen then craft into eye-catching, wearable art. For instance, this Burmese ruby ring accented by gold rails, a platinum band, and 26 diamonds is a show-stopping ring that perfectly showcases the designer's craftsmanship.
For a Gala: Spence Diamonds
Pave Diamond Eternity Ring ($11,915); 3-Carat Diamond Ring ($51,346). Spence Diamonds, The Domain, Ste. 109, 512-843-0000
Both beautiful and ethical, this fine jewelry newcomer to The Domain uses lab-crafted artisan diamonds in their wares. This season, opt for a pave diamond eternity ring that is sure to catch everyone's attention thanks to its composition of 97 brilliant cut diamonds, though the stunning 3-carat diamond is a classic but fail-proof choice for an elegant touch. Opening November 7
"Vintage with an edge" is the motto at Austin-based Liza Beth Jewelry, where pieces usually combine diamonds or pearls with an oxidized steel or silver setting. The designer's hard-and-soft aesthetic is evident with these signet rings, available in white or black diamonds.
For the Office Holiday Party: Bell and Bird
Ancient Sapphire and Gold Ring, Bell and Bird ($3,600). 1206 W. 38th St. #1102, 512-407-8206
Looking for a statement piece with a bit of history? Look no further than to Bell and Bird, where the owners search around the globe to stock their treasure trove, which features jewels and heirlooms hundreds of years old. This ancient sapphire and gold ring is thought to be from the Byzantine era—it's the perfect way to start a conversation with co-workers at an office holiday party.
For a Romantic Date Night: Eliza Page
Harmony Ring, Adel Chefridi ($700).Eliza Page, 229 W. Second St., 512-474-6500
Stylish downtown boutique Eliza Page showcases over 30 of Austin's talented jewelry designers. Whether you prefer big, bold stones or dainty sparkles, this jewelry brand offers heirloom-quality pieces that will last. The Adel Chefridi ring, which features intricate details surrounding a center ruby, is ideal for those looking for delicate pieces that make a lasting impression.