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A Guide to Timepiece Styles and Types

By on November 8, 2016
Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

With the holiday season just around the corner, we’ve started to get more and more questions about what to look for in a timepiece. Last week we talked about what to look for in a Swiss-made watch and a few weeks ago we talked about the five watches we we’re loving at that moment.

This #TimepieceTuesday we decided to slow things down a bit, and go into more detail about the differences between the five most common watch types that you’d come across in your holiday horological hunt.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Omega -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

1. Dress Watches:

Understated and subtle, dress watch category are specially designed to evoke the most elegance and sophistication to the wearer’s formal or semi-formal attire. Dress watches are usually lacking in extravagances like complications, jewel adornments, or overly-showy faces, and are made to with more streamlined designs. Generally dress watches are made of simply constructed 18-karat white, yellow, and rose gold, as well as silver and high-grade platinum.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Omega -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

Our Dress Watch Pick: Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic (Model #FC-306MR4S6)

Frederique Constant, a relative newcomer to the Swiss watch game (they were founded in 1988), has always been one of our favorite timepiece designers. The Slimline Automatic shown above is no exception. Its streamlined, no frills design is subtle enough to complement any outfit, while at the same time distinct enough to make a lasting impression.

 

2. Diving Watches:

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Omega -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

Made to be worn deep in the ocean, diving watches a a popular choice in the timepiece world due to their rugged construction, water resistance, and movable bezel used to time a diver’s remaining time underwater.

And if diving isn’t so much your speed, diving watches have become popular among non-divers. This is due the watches’ bold face, easy-to-read dials, water-resistance, glowing easy-to-read hands, as well as their hearty and long-lasting construction.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Ulysse Nardin -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

Our Diver’s Watch Pick: Ulysse Nardin Marine (Model #1503-150 62)

Similar to Frederique Constant’s Slimline Automatic, the Ulysse Nardin Marine timepiece fulfills a few roles. Firstly, this watch is slim and fashionable enough to be worn on a wearer’s day on land, while its rotating bezel, large numbers, and water resistance makes it ideal for taking any nautical adventure.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

  1. Aviator Watches:

Similar to diving watches, aviator watches (sometimes called a pilot’s watch) were made to especially appeal to the needs and wants of the pilots of the burgeoning aviation industry at the turn of the 20th century. Originally made to be read in low-light situations, today’s aviator watches feature a selection of complications that often include tachymeters, 12 and 24-hour bezels, as well as an array of additional faces and dials.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- Frederique Constant

Our Aviator Watch Pick: Zenith Pilot Type 20 Annual Calendar Watch (Model #87.2430.4054_21.C721)

This entirely Swiss-made pilot watch by Zenith is one of our faves. It features an array of information on the face including, date, day, and chronograph without appearing too cramped or crowded. Additionally, this watch displays Zenith’s trademark screw-lock oversized crown.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

  1. Driving Watches:

Usually of a more streamlined design than diver or pilot watches, drivers’ watches are built to last. Made popular by auto-enthusiasts, such as Steve McQueen and, salad dressing pioneer, Paul Newman, most driving watches feature tachymeters, stopwatch functions, two or three subdials, as well a multitude of buttons and colors made to resemble an automobile themselves.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

Our Driving Watch Pick: TAG Heuer Carrera Watch

Inspired by classic racing legends, the Carrera line of watches by Tag Heuer features chronograph, minutes, seconds, hours subdials, and a tachymeter bezel, as well as a special anti-reflective treatment for optimal face readability.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

Fashion & Smart Watches:

More simple and more stylish than a dress watch, today’s fashion watches combine modern minimalist design elements with straightforward colors, faces, and designs, to create stylish and one-of-a-kind timepieces.

Also extremely popular today, are smart watches which are made to sync with smart phones to track a wearer’s daily routine, as well as to keep track of messages, calls, emails, etc. Since their release, smart watches have become extremely fashionable, and are now nearly indistinguishable from their fashion, dress, and other watch counterparts.

Dejaun Jewelers -- Swiss Made Watches -- Zenith -- TAG Heuer -- Frederique Constant

Our Fashion/Smart Watch Pick: Frederique Constant Smart Watch (Model #FC-285B5B6)

Who said that a smart watch had to be boxy? Lately the Swiss timepiece masters at Frederique Constant have been making smart watches that are a combination of the fashion watches and dress watches that are already loved so well. This particular watch tracks the wearer’s daily steps, calories burned, and distance traveled, while also features notifications when the wearer receives a call, text message, or other digital update.

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What are some of your favorite watch styles?! Comment, or hit us up on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and show off your favorite watch! ~~Heather

 

 

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Guide to Pave Set Engagement Rings

By on November 7, 2016
Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings

Originally conceived to bring the maximum amount of light and diamond sparkle to an engagement ring, pave style rings are a favorite ring style among experienced jewelry collectors, as well as your everyday person. Named for the French word meaning “paved”, pave style rings are significant for featuring a staggering collection of gleaming and brilliant tiny diamonds, all of which come together to elevate the natural beauty of an engagement ring’s pristine center stone.

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings

What is a Pave Set Style Ring?

Unique and quickly recognizable, pave style rings are defined by the way they are adorned with a series of small diamonds which are set very closely together, appearing to “pave” the surface of the band itself. Also known as a micro-pave or micro-bead settings, these rings are constructed through the placement of tiny diamonds into precisely-drilled holes or indentations.

Once a diamond is set into these holes, they are secured into the band by tiny metal beads or prongs. Due to the extreme difficulty of this operation, pave setting style engagement rings are generally made only by the most skilled and talented fine jewelry makers. Additionally, because of the delicacy of these metal beads and prongs, most pave style rings are only made with strong precious metals such as white gold or platinum, but also sometimes with rose or yellow gold.

Famous Pave Engagement Rings

Because of this unrivaled diamond shine that is created by pave style, they are the favorite of many glamorous, fashion-centered, A-list movie and television stars. One notable celebrity pave ring belongs to Underworld‘s own Kate Beckinsale, whowas often seen boasting a stunning, multi-band, emerald-cut engagement ring back when she was still married to Cupertino High School’s own Len Wiseman.Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings

In addition to Serendipity star Kate Beckinsale, other A-list starts including, Jessica Biel, Blake Lively, Reese “Piece” Witherspoon, and Jennifer Hudson, have all been pictured wearing their own one-of-a-kind, pave-banded engagement rings.

Types of Pave Style Engagement Rings

Because of its incredible versatility, pave style engagement rings can be easily found in an enormous variety of fashions, styles, and types.

While wedding bands, fashion rings, earrings, and other fine jewelry items can be found featuring pave set stones, we see the most attention, and get the most questions about designer pave engagement rings. So, here are some of the most popular (and our favorite) styles!

1. Halo Style Rings

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings
(Tacori “Dantela” Engagement Ring. Made of 18-karat white gold, featuring a round shaped diamond in halo-setting, with pave set side diamonds)

The most popular choice for bridal jewelry, halo style rings feature a wonderful center diamond, skillfully surrounded by bright and luminous small diamonds. Very often, halo style engagement rings (such as the Tacori model pictured above) feature pave set side diamonds. Pave set halo engagement rings are a great way to make any engagement ring feel more vintage, yet while still keeping one foot firmly set in the fashion future.

(psst… see our “Guide To Halo Rings” for more info on halo engagement rings. ~~Heather)

2. Three Stone Rings

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings
(Tacori’s “RoyalT” Engagement Ring, featuring three diamonds, milgrain design, as well as beautiful pave set diamonds.)

Just like it sounds, three stone engagement rings have not one, but three gleaming focal diamonds. Already the epitome of sophistication, three stone engagement rings featuring pave set side diamonds are perfect for the bride who is enamored with all things vintage, as well as who brings an effortless elegance anywhere they go.

(For more on three stone rings, read our “Guide to Three Stone Engagement Rings” here! ~~Heather)

3. Solitaire Engagement Rings

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings
(This 18-karat rose gold “Ribbon” engagement ring by Tacori features pave side diamonds, and a bold solitaire diamond prong setting)

The most classic engagement ring style, solitaire rings are made to beautifully display center diamonds of every shape and size. Subtle and understated, adding pave set side stones to a solitaire engagement ring is a great way to bring a little extra sparkle to any piece.

Similar to three stone rings, solitaire rings are timeless and glamorous, and are perfect for brides of all tastes and fashion preferences.

How to Shop for the Perfect Pave Setting Style Engagement Ring:

If all this talk about pave set rings has given you a penchant for all things pave, then finding the perfect pave piece is as easy as the proverbial piece of pie. If pave persuaded pre-wedding pieces present a possible place for perplexity per you and your partners, perhaps patronage at your locally particular pendant peddler will prove to be providential. Of course meaning, that at your local jewelry store, you’re sure to find a staff has been specially trained to help with any of your bridal jewelry questions.

It’s important to find a store that deals more locally, that is more involved in your local community. A retailer that, unlike large-scale operations like Zales or Kay Jewelers, is small enough to develop relationship with their customers and who see them as more than just an everyday shopping statistic. For example, one of our favorites Merry Richards Jewelers, has a website which they regularly update that features the rings they currently have in stock. Exploring sites like these will help give you a better idea of what it is that you want (or what you don’t want) before you even enter the store.

Merry Richards Jewelers -- Oakbrook Terrace -- Glenview, Illinois -- Tacori - Tacori Engagement Rings

But Don’t Take Our Word For It!

We know we aren’t the only ones that love pave setting style engagement rings. Show us yours! Post to our Twitter page, or Facebook, or tag us in an Instagram picture of your ring. Share with readers why you love your pave style ring!

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The 4 C’s of Finding the Perfect Diamond

By on November 3, 2016
Golden Tree Jewellers -- Tacori -- Tacori Engagement Rings -- Langley British Columbia

Diamonds have famously been called a “girl’s best friend”, but whoever said that must have never had to deal with diamond shopping.

Generally speaking, most loose diamond sold at small fine jewelry retailers, as well as the ones used by designers like Tacori, are certified by a variety of independent diamond grading laboratories including, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America), the American Gem Society, as well as the International Gemological Institute. All of these groups follow four very simple steps to determine what makes a quality diamond, the 4 C’s.

Consisting of Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight, the 4 C’s are very important to keep in mind when searching for diamond-adorned engagement rings, wedding bands, and other jewelry items.

Golden Tree Jewellers -- Tacori -- Tacori Engagement Rings -- Langley British Columbia

1. Diamond Cut:

Determining how light moves through a diamond, the cut of a stone is probably the ultimate determining factors of a diamond’s ultimate brilliance, fire, and sparkle. Popular diamond cuts include:

  • Round: Sometimes known as Brilliant or Round Brilliant, this iconic cut is shaped so that the top of the diamond is circle-shaped, allowing for maximum stone brightness.
  • Princess: Extremely popular, princess cut diamonds are usually square in shape, feature pointed corners, and are notable for their extreme versatility (meaning, they will fit in an array of ring setting types).
  • Asscher: Asscher diamonds are similar to emerald cut diamonds in their square shape, but with a larger brilliance than the emerald due to their large step facets and high crown.
  • Pear, Heart, Oval, and Emerald cuts: Known as modified brilliant-cuts, these shapes all look just as they sound they might, and each with their own distinct attributes and personalities.

According to the GIA, cut is graded on a scale goes from Excellent to Very Good to Good to Fair to Poor, with the higher grade diamonds costing more.

Golden Tree Jewellers -- Tacori -- Tacori Engagement Rings -- Langley British Columbia

(Left to Right: Tacori engagement rings including the Tacori”Classic Crescent” with a Round diamond,  Tacori “Classic Crescent” with Princess diamond, Tacori “RoyalT” with Emerald diamond)

2. Diamond Color:

Referring to how white (or “color-less”) a diamond appears, the color of a diamond is graded on a scale ranging from D (colorless) to Z (noticeable color). Most retailers only carry diamonds that are graded G or better. The standards for diamond color are generally as follows:

Golden Tree Jewellers -- Tacori -- Tacori Engagement Rings -- Langley British Columbia

3. Diamond Clarity:

As a way to talk about the small, perfectly natural imperfections in that occur in basically all diamonds, diamonds with the highest clarity grades are free of blemishes and inclusions (the fancy names for flaws) are generally more expensive than those diamonds that are less clear. Similar to color, clarity is graded on the following scale:

FL: Flawless. No internal or outside flaws.

IF: Internally Flawless. No internal imperfections.

VVS: Very, Very Slightly Included. Very difficult to notice flaws.

VS: Very Slightly Included. Difficulty to notice flaws without extreme magnification.

SI: Slightly Included. Blemishes and flaws noticed with slight magnification.

I: Included. Obvious flaws.

Note: While clarity is important, flaws generally tend to be microscopic and easily hidden by a ring’s settings.

Golden Tree Jewellers -- Tacori -- Tacori Engagement Rings -- Langley British Columbia

(Pictured: The “Clean Crescent” by Tacori engagement ring. This ring features a round diamond, and a 1/2 side-stone continuation)

4. Diamond Carat Weight:

Finally, carat weight is used to discuss the actual weight of a stone (but not the visual size of a stone). The price of the diamond increases with the increase of the carat weight You should pay close attention to the cut, color, and clarity of the stone, as greater size does not guarantee greater quality.

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FAQs About Same-Sex Marriage & Wedding Jewelry

By on November 2, 2016
Wedding Jewelry -- Diamond Wedding bands -- engagement rings -- Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry

Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2015, there has been an increase in engagement ring and wedding band sales to soon-to-be wed same-sex couples. JCK Magazine, in collaboration with The Knot, found that in fall of this year, couples in same-sex relationships spent as much on wedding jewelry, including engagement rings and wedding bands, as their heterosexual counterparts.

While has been a significant boon to the wedding jewelry industry, it has also raised questions as to the logistics of same-sex engagements and marriages, as well as how these new frontiers of marriage equality will interact with “traditional” wedding customs.

Below we’ve put together a list of some of often asked questions about same-sex marriages and engagement and wedding jewelry. Hopefully this list can clarify the same-sex marriage experience for couples, allies, and family members:

Note that with any marriage, there are no hard rules. Couples should do whatever makes them feel comfortable. The most important thing is that the soon-to-be newlyweds are happy on their special day.

Wedding Jewelry -- Diamond Wedding bands -- engagement rings -- Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry

 

1. Do same-sex couples exchange engagement rings?

Of course! Nothing about being in a same-sex relationship means that a couple can’t revel in the joy of being surprised by their loved one with an unexpected engagement ring.

While modern engagement ring styles tend towards traditionally “feminine” sensibilities, designers are beginning to create engagement rings that transcend and subvert gender norms while remaining as glamorous as more traditional pieces.

Additionally, many bridal fashion designers offer an array of men’s and women’s wedding bands that are wonderfully diamond-adorned, and come in luminous channel- and pave-set eternity band styles. These bands are just as great, still retain a traditionally “masculine” look, and act as an antidote to the traditional engagement ring.

Mens wedding bands -- women's wedding bands -- pave wedding bands -- channel wedding bands -- Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry -- Hamden, Connecticut

2. How does the exchange of wedding jewelry work with same-sex couples?

Again, this really depends on the couple. Some same-sex couples opt for two engagement rings as well as two wedding bands, while others have chosen just get one engagement ring and to exchange a pair of wedding bands at their wedding ceremony.

A growing tradition among gay men is to have their engagement rings double as their wedding bands and have that rings match their future spouse’s (with maybe variation in stone, band color, or other attributes).

Additionally, it’s not uncommon for two women brides to purchase a set of engagement rings as well as a set of wedding bands.

3. Where should a same-sex couple go to find engagement rings and wedding bands?

Finding the perfect engagement rings and wedding bands is as simple as heading to your local fine jewelry retailer (such as my hometown favorite, Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry). Nowadays, most jewelry salespeople are no strangers to assisting same-sex couples, and would be more than happy to assist anyone with their various wedding and engagement needs.

That being said, it is always good to have an idea of what you’re looking for before you enter the store. Take time to explore the retailer’s website and see what rings stand out at you. Make a list of what it is that you’re looking for (or not looking for) in wedding and engagement jewelry.

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4. Do We Have to Get Matching Rings?

For years, wedding and engagement jewelry designers have been making rings for mixed-gender couples, which were designed to match each other. Typically, these rings are similar in color and materials, yet feature a few small differences and varieties.

With the recent explosion of engagement ring and wedding band fashions (especially men’s wedding bands that are now as diamond-studded as many ladies’ rings) this has begun to change.

So, like most things, it’s really up to the discretion of the couple. Many couples are deciding to get non-matching rings as a way to maintain their individualism and unique personalities, while others find the overwhelming romance of matching rings just too good to pass up.Wedding Bands -- Diamond Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Rumanoff's Fine Jewelry -- Hamden, Connecticut

 

5. One more thing!

Not to overstate it, but all of these guidelines are just that, guidelines!

Ultimately it is up to what makes a couple feel happy and comfortable. While lesbian, gay, and bisexual couples have existed forever, the recent legalization of same-sex marriages means that every same-sex couple gets to renegotiate how their own tastes mesh with their community’s history and the history of engagement and wedding jewelry in the country. There are plenty of opportunities for same-sex couples to borrow from the traditions of the past while adding their own fresh, modern, and unique perspectives.

 

Show us yours!

Tell us about your same-sex marriage! Post pictures of your wedding rings and other wedding pics on our Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

~~Until Next Time! – Heather

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Wednesday: Finding the Perfect Wedding Jewelry

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[ed. note: Heather here! This article you’re about to read is the first entry of our weekly “Wedding Wednesday” series. Every week we’ll be talking about wedding jewelry. So be sure to check back next week. ~~Heather]

Whether it be engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, or pair of earrings, finding the ideal jewelry piece sure to bring an unforgettable level of brilliance, elegance, and sophistication to you, or your outfit, can almost feel close to impossible.

Luckily for you, the staff at here at PDJ are experts at finding the perfect jewelry items for brides and grooms alike. To make the process a little simpler, we’ve put together a few handy tips on how to easily locate that ideal fine jewelry item that is sure to bring more than a lifetime of beauty to your already perfect day.

A Few Tips!

Tip #1: Ditch trends for more classic couture!

When looking for wedding jewelry, try to remember that your wedding day is going to be forever immortalized in countless photos, videos, Snapchat stories, Facebook posts, etc. With that in mind, forgo overly-trendy styles for more timeless designs. This way you can avoid unnecessary cringing when you look back on your wedding day, five, ten, or even fifty years from now.

We suggest finding an engagement ring from a brand like Verragio, A. Jaffe, or Simon G. These designers are talented at making rings that are timelessly styled, yet still have enough of a twist of modern fashion sensibilities to avoid seeming “old-fashioned”.

Verragio Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

Tip #2: Stay aware!

Be sure to consider the exact style, cut, and color of your dress when looking for jewelry to match. Make sure that your jewelry matches the general look and feel of your outfit. For example, a pair of vintage-style, chandelier earrings might not go with your more modernly-styled gown, and vice versa for that matter.

 

Tip #3: Think ahead!

When shopping for wedding jewelry, look for items that you might be able to wear again. Our advice, pick something dressy that you can wear for future formal occasions. Not only is this more reasonable then buying something that you’re only going to wear once, it also will help to fight any guilt for choosing a more expensive item!

Tip #4: Don’t overthink it!

Dylan said “don’t think twice”, Matt Besser said simply “don’t think”. Weddings are all about decisions, so try and make it easy for yourself. Find a piece that you love and take a leap. Don’t be afraid to take chances, and always remember that there’s always time to change your mind.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

Tip #5: Surprise!

If you’re planning on surprising your special someone with a diamond-encrusted item of some sort, be sure to do your research before. Try  to confer with their close friends or family, look on-line, and pay attention to their fashion and style preferences.

Tip #6: Find a salesperson that you can trust!

The staff at most local, independent retailers are generally specially educated and trained to help the jewelry-finding experience be as painless as possible. In these sort of places you’ll generally find a more interesting array of diamond jewelry than you would at larger chain retailers.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

Tip #7: Try before you buy!

There is truly no substitute for going into your local jewelers and trying a piece on. Sometimes an item can look amazing online but lackluster in-store, and this way you save the hassle of having to ship an unwanted item back to whatever warehouse it came from.

Tip #8: Don’t be cheap!

Lots of time, cheaper jewelry is that way for a reason. More expensive items are usually constructed with high-quality materials, and produce with an attention to detail that cheaper designers just don’t do.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

Our Recommendations:

  • Engagement rings:

Other than the brands mentioned above, we’re also loving engagement rings by designer like Michael M and Tacori, such as this beautiful, vintage-inspired Tacori RoyalT prong-style ring.

Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

  • Wedding Bands

For wedding bands that are timeless, but still modern, we recommend that you check out the eternity style wedding bands. Also, for grooms we recommend the bold and versatile rings by brands like Benchmark or Simon G.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

  • Diamond Necklaces

Finding the perfect diamond necklace all depends on the neckline of your wedding dress. For deeper necklines we suggest long pendant necklaces, like this 18-karat white gold necklace from Tacori’s “Tears of Joy” collection.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

For scoop and higher necklines, we suggest necklaces with small chains, like this Tacori “Reverse Crescent” diamond necklace.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

 

  • Diamond Bracelets

Similar to wedding necklaces, we recommend sticking with white gold, platinum, or stainless steel pieces. For example, we love this bangle-style bracelet from the exclusive Tacori “Vault” collection!

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

  • Diamond Earrings

Again, just keep it simple. A simple pair of diamond studs can go a long way. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try something like these Simon G “Mosaic” and Simon G “Duchess” diamond earrings.

Wedding Bands -- Engagement Rings -- Golden Nugget Jewelers -- Philadelphia

Now It’s Your Turn!

Show us your wedding jewelry! Comment, or hit us up on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, and use the #weddingwednesday hashtag to get our attention!

~~Heather

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Your Everyday Guide to Luxury Watch Buying

By on November 1, 2016
Ulysse Nardin Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they decide to take a plunge. When they realize that enough is enough, that it’s time to settle down, find a lifelong relationship full of support and compassion. Meaning of course, that a person wants to find that perfect watch that will bring a long lifetime of sartorial satisfaction.

With so many choices out there, finding the right timepiece might seem impossible, but when, like a watch at a repairman, the search process is broken down to its separate parts it becomes as easy as proverbial pie.

Breuget Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

Before you shop:

Even before you enter a store, you should develop some sort of idea of what it is that you want in a watch. Consider your lifestyle, do you need a watch that is hearty and resistant to damage? Or do you need a watch that you can wear to the office every day? Knowing your reasoning behind wanting a watch can make it much easier to find a piece that you’ll feel comfortable and want to wear as much as possible.

Other things to research and consider before heading into the store are:

1. Movement:

Today, most watches powered through quartz or mechanical movement, with both offering different features and attributes.

On the one hand, quartz-type watches are usually more damage-resistant and less expensive than mechanical timepieces, yet they are powered by a battery, as well as often garner less appreciation in the horology (just a fancy word for fans-o-watches) community due to the lack of technological expertise and know-how that goes into their construction.

Alternatively, mechanical type watches don’t require any batteries, instead they are powered by manually or automatically (self-winding) wound springs that move the delicate mechanisms within. Mechanical movement watches are often better built and more classically stylish than their quartz counterparts, at the same time, they’re also more delicate and require semi-regular expert cleaning and maintenance.

2. Complications:

The technical term for watch features including, date, moonphase dials, different time zone subdials, and more, complications can have a significant effect on the price and should be handled brands with a stellar track record of, usually Swiss, watchmaking excellence.

Breuget Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

3. Style:

Amongst timepiece aficionados, there is usually considered five main styles of watches. Choosing which style to go with greatly depends on a wearer’s sense of fashion, individual personality, as well as personal and professional lifestyle.

The five main styles are:

  • Dress Watches: Understated, simple, and made to compliment business attire.
  • Divers’ Watches: Rugged, water resistant, and easy to read. Such as this Breuget Maine Diver’s watch below.

Breuget Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

  • Aviator (Pilot) Watches: Similar to diving watches, but with more complications.
  • Drivers’ Watches: Streamlined, automobile-influenced, features stopwatch functionality.
  • Fashion and Smart Watches: Stylish, minimalist, and boldly colored. Fashion watch styles also include the increasingly popular field of smart watches.

Ulysse Nardin Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

Additionally, after researching various retailers’ websites, as well as watch blogs and message boards, the next step is to head into a trusted local retailer and actually seeing the watches in a more intimate and close-up situation.

Where to shop:

While it might be more simple to shop for a watch at a large online retailer or chain jewelry store, smaller, family-owned, independent jewelry retailers are really the best for finding 100% genuine, top-of-the-line, luxury-grade timepieces.

The staff at these smaller retailers — such as Dejaun Jewelers, for those readers located in the Los Angeles ares — usually receive more training and have more experience with watches, most usually are involved themselves in the timepiece community and will offer more assistance than at larger-scale stores.

Breuget Watches -- Ulysse Nardin Watches -- Dejaun Jewelers -- Los Angeles, California

What to look for:

  1. Aesthetics:

The first thing that you want to look for in a watch is its physical appearance. You’re never going to be happy with your watch if you just don’t appreciate the general look and feel of it. If you’re immediately drawn to a piece, be sure to try it on, take your time, savor the aesthetics of the watch, and make sure you’re entirely satisfied with it.

  1. Size:

When trying on watches, make sure that the size of the watch face fits nicely upon your wrist. The face shouldn’t look too large or too small, as a general rule the lugs of a watch (the part that attaches the band) should be just at the edge of the wrist. Generally, the ideal face size for men’s watches is around 37-41mm, while average ladies’ face size is between 26-30mm.

  1. Cost:

Depending on the designer, the number of complications, rarity, and materials used in construction, timepieces can found in prices that vary from extremely inexpensive, to very very expensive. While most watches fall comfortably somewhere in between these two extremes, with timepieces you really get what you pay for.

It is safe to assume that the higher price, the higher the quality of the piece. While this isn’t true 100% of the time, it generally is the case.

  1. Enjoyment:

Perhaps the most important thing to consider before you buy any watch is, do you enjoy the piece. If treated correctly, a good watch can last a lifetime and like Freddie Rumsen famously said, “it’s not a timepiece, it’s a conversation piece”, so be that any watch you choose will be a watch you love.

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Jewel of the Month: Topaz

By on October 31, 2016
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The birthstone for those born in the month of November, the bright green, blue, orange, yellow, pink, and more, topaz has had a long and storied history of popularity and usage. In and out of the fine jewelry world, topaz has been the favored gemstone for tons of civilizations, and has brought with it a number of different meanings and significations along the way.

A Brief History of Topaz:

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Origins and Meanings:

Named for St. John’s Island, as well as possibly the Sanskrit word “tapas”, meaning heat or fire, topaz was first originally used by the Ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. The Egyptians believed that the stone had been given its orange color by Sun God Ra and was thought to protect from injury and grant invisibility. As time went on, topaz became an incredibly popular stone among the Greeks, Romans, and Indians, who all considered the stone one of the more magically-imbued materials available.

During the era of the Renaissance (around the 1300s to the 1600s) topaz was thought of to bring the wearer intelligence, beauty, as well as to help resist poisons and cure lunacy.

More recently, with the finding of massive supplies of the stone in Utah, topaz has become renowned in the jewelry world for its range of colors, its opulent brilliance, and the unique way it glows when polished.

Famous Topaz:

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Additionally, there are tons of massive pieces of topaz, including the Lindsay Uncut, the American Golden, and the Freeman Uncut (pictured), that can be found in museums many of history’s most impressive jewelry pieces have involved, in some way or another, topaz.

One example of this is the enormous “Braganza Diamond”. Originally thought to be a gigantic diamond, the “Braganza Diamond” is actually a 1680-caray colorless diamond, and today can be found adorning the Portuguese Crown Jewels.

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Attributes of Topaz:

In nature, topaz can be found in an incomparable variety of colors that vastly range in rarity and quality. As well as being the gemstone for the state of Utah, orange topaz is the color that is traditionally considered the birthstone for individuals born in the month of November.

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In addition to the more common orange topaz, they can also be found in the Imperial variety (yellow and pink), as well as the Brazilian Imperial type, which is generally of a bright yellow or deep golden brown coloring. Further, blue topaz, the state gemstone of Texas, is considered the rarest color of topaz. As a result, the necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and fashion rings that feature blue topaz are extremely valuable and in high demand by jewelry collectors.

Our Favorite Topaz Jewelry Items:

Adding topaz to your jewelry box is an easy and striking way to add a fun and stylish splash of vivid color to any ensemble, outfit, or situation. Some of our favorite pieces here at PDJ include:

Topaz Fashion Rings:

Earrings -- Sterling Silver Fashion Rings -- Benari Jewelers -- Exton, PABy John Hardy, this ring made of 925 Sterling Silver features a big and bold blue topaz that is surrounded by the sort of nature-inspired design that has come to define John Hardy.

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We also love this vintage-inspired 925 Sterling Silver blue fashion ring from Tacori. This piece’s bright center stone and the Art Nouveau creates a truly one-of-a-kind ring that is as fashionable as it is sophisticated.

Topaz Earrings:

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Speaking of Tacori, the California-based designer have lately been killing it on the Topaz front. These earrings feature a deep blue topaz color that can’t help but exude a sense of class and elegance.

Topaz Necklaces:

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This pendant-style necklace, by New York’s own Luvente, features a variety of uniquely-sized blue topaz, as well as gleaming white gold and small diamonds, creating a truly striking jewelry experience.

Topaz Bracelets:

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One more from Tacori! This topaz and hematite sterling silver bracelet is from the fabulous Tacori Vault collection, and is the perfect addition to any formal outfit.

How/Where To Buy Your Very Own Topaz Jewelry:

If this talk is getting you all atwitter with topaz anticipation, your local fine jewelry retailer is sure to have plenty of items to quell your topaz-fueled thirst. Take for example Benari Jewelers, located in Newtown Square and Exton, Pennsylvania, who offer an immense selection of topaz-adorned jewelry items.

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Perfect Wedding Bands for Your Country Themed Wedding

By on October 28, 2016
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All brides have a distinct idea of how they want their wedding and wedding bands will depict their personal style and flair. For some brides, this may mean that their wedding day is filled with frills and excessive embellishment, and for others this may mean leaning toward a more organic down-to-earth look. Whether it’s by being surrounded by nature or just celebrating life in the outdoors, country themed weddings — and by extension country wedding bands — are all about being humble and appreciative for the things around you.

Inspired by classic American western style and the weddings of Country music celebrities such as Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert, and others, Country-Rustic themed weddings are becoming one of the most popular options for today’s modern bride. Natural textures such as trees, bark, grass, wood, are heavily incorporated into country themes to accentuate the rustic feeling as well. Just look on Pinterest and you’ll find thousands of dream-wedding boards dedicated to creating the ideal fairy-tale country wedding, but as anyone will tell you, no wedding planning can be absolutely complete without the ideal wedding bands that perfectly encapsulate a bride’s distinctive and unique personality.

To help in finding the wedding band perfect for any “down-home” rustic wedding, here are a few wedding band ideas that are sure to satisfy every country bride.

1. Vintage Wedding Bands with Modern Twists

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Within the past few years, contemporary wedding band fashions have ranged from bands that are simple and unadorned (think your grandparents’ rings), to pieces that are more diamond-encrusted then their engagement ring counterparts. Taking a little bit from both sides of this spectrum of bridal aesthetics, wedding bands featuring understated adornments including pave, channel, or bezel-set diamonds are perfect for bringing a subtle hint of glamour without sacrificing any eternal ring elegance and sophistication. Eternity wedding bands offered by modern day designers, such as Tacori and Michael M, are a perfect representation of how antique looking rings have evolved to keep their vintage look, while at the same time combining elements of contemporary fashion. Vintage-style wedding bands have become so increased in popularity not simply because of the fact they look “old”, but more because they are extremely detailed in designs that modern wedding bands lack.

2. Floral/Nature-inspired Wedding Bands

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How’s the old saying go, “You can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl”? Understanding this adage, contemporary designer including Tacori, Hearts on Fire, and especially Simon G., are creating diamond rings that reflect the natural landscapes that surely inspired them.

Available today are tons of nature-inspired wedding bands that feature smaller, eternity-style, twisted bands, that are intertwined to resemble bird nests, vines, and other woodland essentials, these sorts nature-inspired rings are perfect for brides whose dream wedding leans more on the pastoral, peaceful, range-life side.

3. Non-Diamond Adorned Wedding Bands

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Perfect for brides move to the beat of their own country drummer, those women who live life to the fullest, and idolize Dolly, Reba, and Patsy, the typical diamond wedding band just won’t do. If this sounds like you—or someone you know—try alternatively styled eternity bands by Tacori  or the men’s and women’s bands from Michael M, who have begun integrating gemstones other than your standard white diamond such as beautiful turquoise, deep-blue sapphires, as well as especially-distinctive black diamonds. Bands like these are unique from the common fashions of wedding bands you usually find at most of today’s retailers.

And always remember…

Picking the perfect wedding band can seem like a nearly impossible task. So if you’re starting to feel stressed about finding the ring that most perfectly encapsulates your personality, as well as that will complement your dream country-rustic wedding remember to stop in and consult the bridal experts at your local fine jewelry retailer.

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The Perfect Jewelry Items for Today’s Popular Halloween Costumes

By on October 26, 2016
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It’s Halloween time again! It’s that time of the season for tricks, treats, spooks, ghouls, candy, and costumes. We here at PJD absolutely love Halloween, and as you know we also love jewelry! Combining these two interests of ours, we’ve taken some of this year’s most popular costumes and put together a guide for finding the ideal jewelry items that are sure to take any outfit to the next level.

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1. Harley Quinn

Due to the huge (financial) success that was Suicide Squad, expect this year to see tons of people dressed up as the queen of crime, meaning of course, Harley Quinn. While the on-screen relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker leaves a bit to be desired, there’s no arguing that viewers were entranced with Margot Robbie’s mean, manic, and fun portrayal of this legendary comic book character.

The Look:

Dressing like someone put Vivienne Westwood, Betsy Johnson, with a splash of Courtney Love in a blender, Harley Quinn’s style is punky, punchy, and a cheeky (pardon the pun). From what we saw in Suicide Squad, Harley seems to be a big fan of gold jewelry. Through the movie she’s seen wearing large gold rings, chandelier-style hanging gold earrings, and big gleaming gold spike bracelets.

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Even in scenes in where she isn’t wearing the now-iconic “Daddy’s Little Monster” t-shirt, Harley Quinn can be seen covered in gold, generally sporting hoop-style gold earrings, and multiple strands of asymmetrical gold necklaces.

Get this Jewelry Look:

Recently, fashion jewelry designers have re-kindled their age-old love affair with gold. In the past few years, fashion and bridal jewelry designers such as A. Jaffe, Simon G., John Hardy, Michael Kors, and others, have made stunning gold jewelry items that would be sure to make Harley Quinn squeal.

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Instead of a spikey gold bracelet, try something like this bangle bracelet from Simon G. With its bright diamonds and gold accents this bracelet is something that you’d be sure to wear more than just Halloween night. Additionally, there is tons of stackable gold rings gold rings and dangly gold earrings available at most fine jewelry retailers. Many of which that would perfectly encapsulate the punk-glam look of Harley.

Stackable Gold Rings -- Kevin's Fine Jewelry

 

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2. Wonder Woman

On the other side of the DC Cinematic Universe, Wonder Woman is sure to be an extremely popular costume this year. With appearances in this year’s Batman V. Superman, the upcoming Justice League, and her own standalone film, Gal Gadot’s interpretation of Wonder Woman is here to stay.

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The Look:

As opposed to the bright, starts-and-stripes clad outfit of yesteryear, Wonder Woman’s modern outfit features a darker, gold-like coloring, matching the darker tone of the upcoming films. Luckily for fans, this outfit still features Wonder Woman’s signature gold cuffs, and gold headband.

Get this Jewelry Look:

While most jewelry stores probably won’t have gold headbands (unless you’re looking somewhere like Etsy), you can still find plenty of other items to help complete any Wonder Woman outfit.

For the gold cuffs, try stacking multiple bracelets, or find a wrist wrap bracelet like this one from Officina Bernardi.

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Also, try large gold gemstone rings, from designers like Madison L or Simon G. While Wonder Woman might not regularly wear rings, no one is going to want to risk telling that to anyone wearing great big rings.

Bonus Look!:

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If strapping yourself into Wonder Woman’s leather ensemble isn’t for you, try going as WW’s alter ego, Diane Prince. In Batman V. Superman, Diane can be wearing a array of striking gold jewelry items including an impressive collection of stunning gold choker-style necklaces, as well as gleaming gold bracelets.

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3. Witch

Always a perennial favorite, witch costumes are a great and effectively spooky last-minute costume. This season’s witch costumes are sure to include styles that range from the Wicked Witch of the West, to the goth-glam witches of American Horror Story: Coven, and everything in between.

The Look:

Regardless of which witch you choose to dress up as this season, one thing is for certain, you’re going wear a lot of black. The most successful witch outfits generally include a skirt or a dress, lots of layers, as well as an array of sinister jewelry including, pendant necklaces, dark-colored gemstone rings, and nature-inspired earrings.

 

Get this Jewelry Look:

To make things a little simpler, we’ve broken this down into what we’ve been seeing as the three major categories of witch costumes for 2016:

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  • “Classic” Witch:

Less is more with this witch costume. Try dark colored and simple jewelry items, such as this Madison L. fashion ring, and this pendant necklace from Brother Wolf. Both are sure to add a subtle, yet spooky, addition to any costume.

 

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  • The Craft:

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Inspired by the 1996 cult film, The Craft, dressing Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and the gang is becoming an increasingly popular costume, due to the way it seamlessly combines 90’s nostalgia with seasonal spookiness. The best jewelry items for this look are simple black chokers, pendant necklaces that feature iconography like crosses and birds, and tight, boldly-adorned gemstone bracelets.

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  • American Horror Story: Coven:

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Putting the goth back in Southern Gothic, the outfits of these witches brings the classic witch aesthetic into the 21st century. A combination of classic witch style with the high school witches of The Craft, these witches-in-training can be spotted wearing items with dark-colored gemstones, as well as simple bright diamond earrings and fashion rings.

 

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4. Vampire

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Another perennial Halloween favorite, dressing up as a vampire, whether it be some kind of Dracula or something else, is always a stylish and easy costume choice.

The Look:

Simple, elegant, and suave, vampires are meant to be flawlessly dressed from head to toe. A vampire’s impeccable outfit should be accented with simple, yet bold, pendant necklaces (remember, no crosses!), as well as distinctive gemstone-adorned rings.

Get this Jewelry Look:

For the perfect, simple but significant ring, look for brands like established fashion ring designers Michael Kors, Madison L., or even Gucci. Also look for simple, pendant necklaces such as this necklace from Brother Wolf.

Gold Pendant Necklaces -- Kevin's Fine Jewelry

If you really want to take the vampire look to the next level, look for a classic-style pocket watch, which will make sure that your look will hypnotize.

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5. Guy Fieri:

A favorite around the PDJ office, we know a few people this season who are planning to take their ‘stumes to Flavortown. Everyone’s favorite connoisseur of diners, drive-ins, as well as dives, dressing up as this hometown hero is a sure way to take your Halloween to the next level.

Get this Jewelry Look:

In addition to his signature spiky locks and trademark goatee, all you need to really nail the Guy Fieri look is a thick sterling silver or gold chain-link necklace, as well as single bright gold earring.

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Jewelry Roundtable: Simple Vs Flashy Engagement Rings

By on October 24, 2016
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[ed. note: Welcome to the first in our (hopefully) ongoing series “Jewelry Roundtable” where we get together some of our jewelry friends and discuss the latest trends in jewelry. Enjoy the inaugural entry, this time about engagement rings! Happy Readings — Heather]

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In September of this year, Mean Girls and Mamma Mia! star Amanda Seyfried made waves for the simple and diamond-less, gold engagement ring she was spotted wearing. Simply a single gold band, Seyfried’s subtle ring seemed to bother some on the internet, including some who considered the piece “disappointing”, or going so far as to say that Seyfried would, “get a nicer one next time ‘round”.

Certainly compared to celebrity brides like, Blac Chyna, Pippa Middleton, or Ciara, Amanda Seyfried’s engagement ring is virtually non-existent. But is bigger always better?

To get to the bottom of this question, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite engagement ring sellers, jewelry bloggers, and all-around jewelry enthusiasts to share their two cents on the simple vs. flashy debate.

Who’s Who?

Madhu Bhagwant – Jewelry Retailer.

Favorite Jewelry Designers: Tacori, Henri Daussi.

Selena MaNeil – Contributor to LuxuriousJT.com.

Favorite Jewelry Designers: CrownRing, Simon G.

Darcy Gray – Owner and Operator of AHumboldtHeart.com.

Favorite Jewelry Designers: A. Jaffe, Michael M., Carlex.

Jesse Gray: So tell me, what do you guys think about Amanda Seyfried’s engagement ring?

SM: I love it! I think it’s great that she—or her fiancé, I guess—wasn’t afraid to take a chance and get type of ring that we don’t usually see. I can’t tell here, but the ring either has no diamond, or aNoam Carver Engagement Rings -- GMG Jewellers very small diamond. Either way, I love how this design puts the metal of the band on display. And in this case, the gold does not disappoint.

MB: See, I have to disagree with Selena. I mean it’s defiantly a cute ring, but it seems like more like a wedding band than an engagement ring. Call me old fashioned, but I think that an engagement ring should be bright, and sparkly, and should stand out in a crowd.

Take mine for example. It was a part of the “Bridal Mount” collection by Noam Carver. The diamond is pear shape, the ring is halo-style, has little diamonds half-way down the band. I love the
responses I get when I where this bad boy out and about. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

DG: What I’ve learned in my time, is that it really doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of a bride’s ring except for the bride. My philosophy is, if the bride is happy then I’m happy.

JG: Are you three finding that lately more brides are choosing less-traditional engagement rings like this?

DG: Yes and no, while we are starting to see slightly more individuals that are looking for rings more alternative engagement rings, for the most part people are still wanting rings that are, as Madhu put, “big and bright”. I think that even though fashion is always changing, diamonds are always going to be around.

MB: I agree with Darcy, for every Seyfreid there’s a dozen Pippa Middletons. Even Lady Gaga, who’s known for being outrageous, had a fairly “normal” engagement ring.

SM: Yeah, I’ve noticed that some brides-to-be will pick an a-typical ring, usually handmade, many don’t. I think that brides that are looking for something unique still have tons of choices for big rings. Especially with designers like Zeghani, Simon G., Claude Thibaudeau, Tacori, and others, are all making great big rings that still have a little bit of an edge. Heck, even Rony Tenenbaum’s man-gagement rings are brighter than Seyfried’s band.

JG: Thank you so much for your time. Just one last question, what engagement ring trends do you see being the next big thing this upcoming year?

Fashion Rings -- Engagement Rings -- GMG JewellersMB: That’s a good question. What I’ve been seeing a lot of is a rings that are more nature-inspired. Lots that look like flowers, birds’ nests, and other wilderness-type looking things. Also lately, people have been really into fashion rings, as well as wedding bands and engagement rings, that can stack. These rings are fun, subtle, and make a bold statement.

SM: I mean, other than Seyfried’s ring, I feel like engagement rings are just getting larger and larger, and are becoming covered with more and more diamonds. I think we’re going to be seeing more three-stone style rings, more emerald and square shaped diamonds, and much more gold bands probably.

DG: I’ve also been seeing more gold bands and three-stone rings, but I think that brides these days are also starting to pick more jewelry for their actual wedding that really matches their ring. A lot of people come into our store looking for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, that are identical (or close to identical) to their engagement ring, not only for themselves but also for their bridesmaids.

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