The Jewelry Insider

May 24, 2010

1. The Cushion-Cut Craze

Cushion-cut stones are fast becoming the engagement ring shape of choice for
blushing brides and red carpet divas alike. While the round diamond is still the
most popular stone cut for engagement rings, many trend setters are opting for a
‘fancy’ cut stone that gives a little more sparkle for a little less stress on
the budget.

“A lot of it has to do with Hollywood,” president of New York
manufacturer J. Birnbach told National Jeweler. “Celebrities have
been embracing the cushions and the Asschers for the last couple years.”

Famous brides like
Ivanka Trump, Ashlee Simpson Wentz, Alyssa Milano and Anna Paquin each received cushion-cut engagement rings. And we’re seeing A-listers like Penelope Cruz wear cushion-cut jewels to big events like the Oscars.

2. Vintage Vengeance

Platinum Guild
style guru, Michael O’Connor, reports the vintage look is coming back with a vengeance this year,

Vintage styling is enjoying a rebirth these days with more designers
taking inspiration from the past when designing engagement rings and wedding

Even the Twilight phenomenon is getting in on the act, with one jewelry company selling a
replica of the vintage engagement ring style Edward gives to Bella to its
legions of fans.

Vintage styling will often be seen with intricate carving or chasing,
creating patterns on the sides and underneath of pieces as a nod to the superior
craftsmanship of the past.

3. Color Is King

The best budget-friendly trend is the emergence of color styles as an
engagement ring option. From pink or blue sapphire stones to elegant emeralds,
many couples are choosing their favorite color to commemorate their coupling.


4. From Here to Eternity

Vow renewal ceremony jewelry is a new bridal trend, with celebrity couples
like Mariah Carey/Nick Cannon and
Tori Spelling/Dean McDermott contributing to the re-commitment buzz.

Eternity bands are emerging as the jewel of choice for this occasion, an
all-diamond or gemstone replacement for original wedding bands with less bling.

But there is so much more to know than just ‘what’s hot’ this year.



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