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11 Best Wedding Rings 2023

When it comes to symbolizing a lifelong commitment, the best wedding rings feel like a part of you. They represent your bond, and your unique style as a couple. While they’re traditionally meant to be worn alongside an engagement ring, you can certainly wear a wedding ring on its own, for a simpler, everyday option. A versatile band offers a lot of possibilities and value, in this regard. Ahead, we tapped into our expertise and knowledge of the jewelry market to review the best wedding rings. We have options for specific tastes, budgets and ring materials.

As with many fine jewelry purchases, where you shop really matters—it’s important to buy from independently vetted jewelers, with solid reputations, stellar customer service and ideally, lifetime guarantees included for purchases. Our best overall pick, Blue Nile, meets all that criteria, and our top recommendation is their Riviera Pavé Diamond Ring. But since wedding rings are highly personal, we included other options that received top marks in our scoring, and might better serve your specific needs. Just a note that this guide is mainly focused on women’s styles but we also reviewed the best men’s wedding bands, and have additional shopping tips at the end.

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Founded in 1999, Blue Nile disrupted the jewelry industry with their online business model, selling a wide range of high-quality designs at a better price than most traditional jewelry stores, with excellent customer service. Their independently-graded diamonds are available in over 1,000 styles: from minimal,

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Best Engagement Rings 2023 – Forbes Vetted

Every couple has their own unique style. The best engagement rings capture your personality in bold or subtle ways, depending on what look you go for: The first step is figuring out the cut of stone you’d like—round, cushion, emerald—from the many options out there. The cut, or shape, brings out features of the diamond itself, including its clarity, brilliance or craftsmanship, and it’s what sets each ring apart.

If you’re not a gemologist, it’s easy to get lost in all the facets of diamond research. With that in mind, we had an independent diamond expert explain what makes each cut special and then found stunning engagement rings that highlight the shape beautifully so you can find a look that matches your style and has sentimental value. From classic cushions to unique emeralds to timeless princess cuts, here are the best engagement rings. (And for more inspiration, we also rounded up the best place to shop for diamonds and the best lab-grown diamonds from top jewelers).


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Round cut diamonds are one of the most popular because it has the most facets, and is therefore, “the most sparkly,” says gemologist and jewelry designer Ashley Fox of Ashley Fox Collection. “It’s the only cut that gets a cut grade, which indicates superior sparkle and craftsmanship of a diamond. This is typically the most expensive cut because you lose the most rough when cutting it.” This particular setting from Blue Nile is both timeless and simple, letting the stone itself take center

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25 Black-Owned Beauty Brands Leading the Way

The business of Black-owned beauty is one of inspiration and innovation. As I researched for this piece, I noticed one thing that each of the businesses listed below had in common — they each sought to fill a void in the $571.1 billion beauty industry. Building businesses out of the lack of representation or worse  — Jim Crow Laws and “white only” spaces — is nothing new, and systemic issues remain that prevent Black businesses from thriving and do little to ensure (in the case of beauty) that Black beauty is celebrated and not just a tokenized afterthought in a marketing campaign. 

Black beauty pioneers like Annie M. Turnbo Malone, Madam C.J. Walker, Eunice Walker Johnson, Iman, and Miko Branch made figurative and literal space for Black women not just to see themselves but to feel beautiful with products made for them. Below are 25 brands picking up the baton.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, as hundreds of brands with Black founders at the helm are doing the work to make the beauty industry a safer, more inclusive space. But these are some of the stand-out Black-owned businesses leading the way in the makeup, skincare, and haircare space right now.

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross

Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross


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  • Made with a range of curly and coily textures in mind

  • Beautiful packaging

  • Products cover the entire wash day process

  • All tubes and bottles are made of recyclable plastics and resins

  • Formulas are color-safe

  • Mini sets are great for travel

Tracee Ellis Ross’ curls have been an inspiration to me since she was on the sitcom Girlfriends, long before I even thought about growing out my relaxer. So when the multi-hyphenate talent launched Pattern in 2019, I was overjoyed, especially after

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