Dreamy diamond-jewelry gifts for the festive season and beyond.

The holiday is the occasion to gift or purchase for oneself meaningful, everyday classics that make a statement and complement an existing collection. When given the choice between hundreds of baubles spotted in stores, on social media, or on their friends, it can be challenging for jewelry lovers to narrow down what is most desirable. Trend reports such as the one the jewelry mavens at the National Diamond Council (NDC) released for the holiday are a good indication of the zeitgeist. The highlighted styles include snake jewels, white and black diamonds, playful styles, and two-stone rings.

The 18 pieces selected are from contemporary, independent designers from around the world that have an instantly recognizable signature. The thoughtfully crafted items are all set in 18-karat gold and feature natural diamonds. They also feel timeless, as the perfect gift should.

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