I have become a big fan of Etsy (etsy.com) as a place to find independent artisans around the country and beyond who are doing interesting work. While you do have to wade through quite a few, shall we say, non-classic choices, a recent spin through the handmade jewelry section turned up the strong, simple work of Laurie Luttrell. She lives north of the border (in Muskoka, the lucky duck) and can make this striking bezel-set ring in any size and finish you like—how great is that? Even greater is the price, especially given that this is fine jewelry and that it will never go out of style. A Valentine's Day gift to yourself, perhaps?

$50 at etsy.com/shop/luttrellstudio