Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 1

TrendsFeb 22, 2016

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Alternative bridal, part 1

It’s a category so big we had to divide it between two weeks.

Pamela Froman’s “Sweet Crush” engagement ring is made in 18-karat white crushed gold with swirls that hold a pavé-framed 1.78-carat rose-cut gray diamond, balanced by a brilliant-cut colorless diamond ($4,360).
Sethi Couture’s 18-karat gold and opaque diamond rings in mahogany, ice, green, and slate colors. The center stones range from 1 to 3 carats (prices range from $4,800 to $6,000).
East Fourth Street’s “Montana” sapphire engagement ring is handmade from recycled or fair-mined 14-karat yellow gold and bezel-set with an ethically sourced blue-green, 0.65-carat round Montana sapphire ($1,400).
Lika Behar’s 22-karat gold ring offers a gray diamond slice and a round brilliant cut gray diamond ($1,430).
Hand-sculpted, cast and uniquely finished in 14-karat yellow gold with white sapphires and morganite, this ring has individually set in place precious stones and was made in Brooklyn by Ruta Reifen with responsibly sourced materials ($1,980).
Gintare’s 18-karat white gold “Karuna” crown band ($2,000)
Lio and Linn’s 14-karat yellow gold ring is inspired by nature. The triangle is symbol for change, and arches over the champagne diamond, which represents the sun ($2,200).
This 18-karat gold “Zig Zag” stack ring is from Amy Glaswand, and holds 0.27 carats of diamonds ($2,200).
Dawes Designs’ 18-karat gold band holds 1.25 carats (total) of rose-cut champagne-colored opaque diamonds ($2,650).
A deep autumn-colored rose-cut diamond is surrounded by round diamonds in Tura Sugden’s understated halo ring, with the diamond partially tucked under the solitaire setting to allow for a subtle shimmer set in 18-karat yellow gold ($6,095).
Jane Taylor’s “Cloud Swing” platinum ring is set with 2.08 carats of diamonds ($13,675).
This limited edition engagement ring by Megan Thorne is set in 18-karat yellow gold with a 1.71-carat pear-shaped rose-cut diamond center and a matching band with rose-cut diamond sides ($21,601).
Anthony Lent’s “Pavé Hands” ring, in 18-karat yellow gold and platinum with moonstone, diamonds and one dainty emerald cabochon ($19,200)
Susan Wheeler’s 18-karat recycled rose gold and conflict-free diamond wedding set features a rough diamond center with pavé-set champagne diamonds.
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It’s a category so big we had to divide it between two weeks.

For the majority of jewelers, bridal jewelry is their bread-and-butter, with many soon-to-be-wives and husbands selecting very classic pieces.

But what about that bride or groom who’s a little off-beat, who wants a colored stone instead of a diamond, an off-color diamond or an unusual shape?

In part one of a two-part TrendTracker, we present 14 styles for the more individualistic bride and groom. 

Michelle Graffis the editor-in-chief at National Jeweler, directing the publication’s coverage both online and in print.

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