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From top: 18K white gold diamond engagement ring with 4-carat center diamond, price upon request, by A. Jaffe at Bella Cosa Jewelers, Willowbrook, 630.455.1234. Platinum diamond ring with 5.27-carat cushion-cut center diamond and round brilliant-cut diamonds on the band, $240,000, at Marshall Pierce & Company, Michigan Avenue, 312.782.4403, and Madison Street, 312.372.2415. 12.64-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum with two half-moon-cut diamonds and two tapered baguette-cut diamonds, price upon request, at Lester Lampert, 312.944.6888. Diamond engagement ring with 7.16-carat emerald-cut center stone flanked by two trillion-cut stones set in platinum, $345,000, at C.D. Peacock, 312.236.5355.

The moment the love of your life gets on bended knee and asks for your hand in marriage is an occasion you’ll never forget. But let’s be honest. It’s the days and weeks that follow, when your girlfriends, co-workers and strangers at Starbucks ask if they can take a closer look at the new sparkler gracing your finger, that really make a girl giddy. Engagement rings making mouths water this season? Quality diamonds in classic cuts are still trending, but it’s intricately crafted settings that couples are craving. “Regardless of the cut of the diamond, attention to detail is a request that the modern bride is actively seeking,” says Jerry Bern Jr., president of Chicago jeweler Marshall Pierce & Company. Imagine a 3-carat, cushion-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of micro-pavé diamonds... Who wouldn’t want to feast their eyes forever on a ring like that?!