The dress is stored away, never to be worn again. The
flowers live on only in the photographs.
What remains as bright now as the day you were
married is your wedding jewelry, still catching the
light in a special way, reminding you again that it
symbolizes permanency and commitment.
While you should keep that permanency in mind when
selecting wedding or engagement jewelry, also be aware
that your choices can be inventive and original.
Traditional shapes such as round and square cuts
continue to be popular, but more unusual cuts - hearts,
teardrops, pears, oval, cushion, marquise and more - are
being chosen often enough to be dubbed the new
classics, according to the Diamond Information
Center, information arm of DeBeers.
Fancy shape diamonds are the hottest bridal
jewelry trend of the moment, with more and more brides
wanting to select pieces that reflect their personal
style, said Sally Morrison, DIC director.
Take for example the teardrop or oval solitaires
(about $18,500) in rings from Hammerman. The company
also offers a charming heart-shape stone as a pendant
Most of these shapes can be found at Fortunoff
stores, but also on offer is something slightly
different, but still classic: an art deco-inspired
platinum engagement ring ($1,995) with a round center
diamond, framed with square-cut sapphires and corner
The somewhat squared Lucida diamond cut has become a
recent mainstay at Tiffany & Co., with platinum
engagement rings ranging from $2,060 to $1,000,000.
Companion bands ($6,300-$12,500) feature Lucida stones
channel-set in platinum. Channel-set diamond bands also
show up in some of Tiffanys classic round solitaires
($2,630 to $119,200).
The wedding and engagement ring combinations
($276-$4,110 in 14K gold; $360-$5,338 in 18K gold;
$655-$5,942 in platinum) from Ze Bridal almost look like
one piece of jewelry. Designer Jill Zvaigzne creates
this effect by clustering tiny diamonds alongside or
under the solitaire stone - a sort of nesting effect
between the two rings. She also tucks a surprise inside
the rings: a tiny secret diamond.
Jewelry designer Harout Ritani offers yet more
variations on the traditional themes. One of her Royal
Crown platinum engagement rings ($2,840 for the mounting
alone, added to the cost of the choice of center
diamond) elevates the solitaire atop a bridge of
channel-set diamonds. For a period art deco look, she
offers her Endless Love design (about $6,220, also for
the mounting alone), in which she frames a center round
diamond with a circlet of pave diamonds, and yet more
diamonds set in the band.
The precious gifts dont stop with the engagement
and wedding bands. The bride and groom typically
exchange additional jewelry gifts, and they offer still
others to the members of the wedding, according to the
Jewelry Information Center, an industry group. Giving
loved ones gifts of fine jewelry and watches for
weddings shows them how much you appreciate them,
said Amanda Berg, JIC spokeswoman.
Gold charm cake mementoes for attendants
- a gold charm costing perhaps $50-$100 and presented
atop a cake at a rehearsal dinner or shower - are
currently popular, according to the World Gold Council,
another industry group. The group also suggests gold ID
bracelets or designer cuff links as a gift for the groom
from the bride.
A really status gift for the bride or any member of
the wedding would be one of Cathy Carmendys platinum
or 20K gold monogram bracelets ($5,000-$10,000 in gold,
$8,000-$12,000 in platinum) or necklace pendants ($1,500
in 20K gold, $2,000 in platinum). These lacy script-like
initials are laid back but elegant, some versions
sprinkled with diamonds.