Best of Boston

2003 Best Engagement Rings

Deprisco Jewelers

Shopping for bridal baubles at this 55-year-old family-run emporium is almost as satisfying as striking a deal directly with the diamond cutter in Antwerp. In their cozy showroom four floors above Downtown Crossing, DePrisco’s white-haired salesmen steer anxious grooms-to-be into private cubicles, where they use jeweler’s loupes and expertly handled tweezers to show off naked stones. DePrisco often knocks a few hundred bucks off its asking price—so the customer at least feels like he’s getting a bargain. And if he (or, more likely, she) later decides the ring needs more bling, DePrisco will always buy it back and let the happy couple use the cash to trade up to a bigger rock.

333 Washington St., Suite 448, Boston, 617-227-3339,