Even though they live across the pond, Americans have been obsessed with royal life for years. This still holds true and with all of the recent royal weddings, many brides are looking to the newest duchesses for wedding inspiration. The most recent jewelry trends are coming straight from these fairy tale events.
A rising jewelry trend includes rings like the three-stone engagement ring Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. This style was already becoming more popular on its own, but now has gained huge appeal. Since their engagement, three-stone rings have taken center stage as they symbolize the past, present and future. The middle stone can be the same size as the two outer stones, or it can be larger like Meghan’s cushion cut sparkler.
The royal pair had the ring custom made to hold special meaning to them as a couple. This is another up and coming trend, and many jewelers are seeing more requests for custom-made pieces following the royal engagement and wedding. Many brides-to-be want to combine strong elements of personalization and follow Meghan’s lead. Her outer two diamonds were from Princess Diana’s personal collection and the center stone is from Botswana, a place that holds special meaning to them both.
Wedding bands at the recent royal weddings have been simple, timeless and elegant. Prince Harry gave Meghan a solid gold band, and his was platinum. Princess Eugenie, who just recently married Jack Brooksbank, also opted for a simple gold band in their ceremony. And as for Kate Middleton, who married Prince William in 2011, she wears a gold band made from a lump of welsh gold that was already owned by the royal family.
A Pop of Color
The royals are known for their beautiful colored gemstones, so it’s no wonder that color has been becoming more and more popular for us non-royals over the past year. With Princess Eugenie’s spot-on emerald selection for her wedding, color is bound to stay on trend. Her choice of a jewel tone tiara and matching earrings is one of the most talked about royal wedding jewelry decisions and could lead to more colored gemstones in American brides’ futures. While you may not have a priceless emerald and diamond tiara in your family’s personal collection, you can include other colored gemstones in your wedding look through necklaces and earrings.
The royal brides are also no strangers to color in their engagement rings. Both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton received the same sapphire stunner. Princess Eugenie, now known for her eye for color, wears a padparadscha sapphire surround by diamonds. Jewelers are seeing an increase in requests for this peach/pink colored stone ever since she revealed her engagement.
Love this trend but not sure how to incorporate it on a non-royal budget? With a colored gemstone you can get more bang for your buck compared to diamonds. A large aquamarine or tanzanite stone will cost much less than a diamond of the same size. Or if you still prefer the classic diamond look, you can incorporate a hidden gemstone, perhaps under the diamond setting, giving you a beautiful custom ring.
Protecting Your Valuable Piece
Whether you follow suit with royal trends or stick to the traditions of a diamond solitaire, be sure the piece represents your style and personality. And when you are ready, protect your valuable jewels with insurance from Lavalier. Your engagement ring means the world to you and we want to provide you the peace of mind you deserve.
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- Searches for Pink Sapphires Increase Following Princess Eugenie’s Engagement. www.professionaljeweller.com. (accessed Oct 16, 2018).