Di­a­monds Are A Girl's Best Friend

They say that “all that glit­ters is not gold," but Annabelle Mal­lia dis­cov­ered plenty of glam at these jew­elry stores.

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If you’re plan­ning on pop­ping the ques­tion this Valen­tine’s Day, you’re not alone. De­spite the per­ceived cheesi­ness of declar­ing your eter­nal love on a com­mer­cial hol­i­day, al­most six mil­lion peo­ple do it each year, ac­cord­ing to an American Ex­press con­sumer sur­vey. Here are some of our fa­vorite jew­elry stores to en­sure you’re well equipped for the oc­ca­sion.

Spe­cial­iz­ing in en­gage­ment and wed­ding rings, Niess­ing (Stil­w­erk, Kantstr. 17, www. niess­ing.com) is renowned for con­tem­po­rary jew­elry de­sign and has re­ceived mul­ti­ple Red Dot de­sign awards. Their man­u­fac­tory in Vre­den near the Ger­man-Dutch bor­der is the heart of the com­pany, and over­sees ev­ery­thing from de­sign to melt­ing of the gold bars to set­ting of the di­a­mond. The Niess­ing gold color spec­trum is unique world­wide, as is its Span­nring ring, with only the ten­sion of the two metal ends hold­ing the gem in place.

If it’s pure lux­ury you are af­ter, visit Wempe (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 215, www.wempe.com), one of Ger­many’s old­est fam­ily-owned com­pa­nies. Es­tab­lished in 1878 as just a small watch­maker’s work­shop, it quickly be­came an in­ter­na­tional brand for ex­quis­ite time­pieces and jew­elry. The cur­rent line of BY KIM en­gage­ment rings, in­tro­duced by the cur­rent owner and great-grand­daugh­ter of the founder, is the ul­ti­mate crown for any­one’s love story.

De­voted to the var­i­ous eras of jew­elry mak­ing, Wag­ner

Preziosen (Momm­sen­str. 4, www.wag­ner-preziosen.de) car­ries both an­tiques and avant-garde pieces, as well as its own Wag­ner col­lec­tion, com­bin­ing clas­si­cal jew­elry with an ex­cit­ing range of ma­te­ri­als. One high­light is the sphere ring, made out of red gold with an en­graved sun be­neath a smoky quartz cabo­chon to con­vey dif­fer­ent ef­fects when viewed from dif­fer­ent an­gles. If you lack the words, a ro­man­tic ges­ture in the form of Chopard jew­elry (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 54, www.chopard.com) will surely do the trick. Founded in 1860, this pre­mium time­piece maker is also world-renowned for its haute- cou­ture jew­elry, en­gage­ment rings, and other ac­ces­sories. Clas­sics such as Chopard For Ever and For Ever Ring Pavé are a trib­ute to the ex­cep­tional ex­per­tise of Chopard’s crafts­men. How­ever, if you’re not ready to tie the knot and are just look­ing for a spe­cial gift, then en­ter APM Monaco (Kur­fürs­ten­damm 217, www.apm-monaco. com). This popular con­tem­po­rary fash­ion jew­elry brand is in­spired by the joie de vivre of south­ern France and will surely not dis­ap­point.

Clock­wise, from left: a brooch from Wempe; a Chopard neck­lace; a ring by APM Monaco. In­set, below: A clas­sic ring by Wag­ner Preziosen.

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