screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-11-09-12-amIn case you haven’t noticed, there’s a lot of news coming out of the bridal world. From the look of Bridal Fashion Week’s  runways, gowns are getting a lot sexier with plunging necklines, skin-baring cutouts and fully-sheer silhouettes. We love it when brides take a bit of a chance to express their uniqueness, and the trend seems to be catching on in engagement rings. As more brides are breaking with tradition, opting for colored gemstones stones and rough-cut diamonds that have a more unfinished look, jewelry designers are coming up with incredibly creative settings. In fact, we’re dazzzled by the growing number of top designers who have entered the nontraditional wedding-jewelry market. On our recent visit to Jewelers of America’s Press Preview, we caught up with Amanda Gizzi, JA’s Director of Public Relations & Special Events who walked us through some of cool, new looks in wedding jewelry that every tradition-breaking bride will want to see. —Sue Perry

 

Mixing metals and rougher stones

What’s behind the trend: Is it possible to be dazzled by a little less sparkle? Unequivocally, yes! Not everyone is looking for what has been the norm for some time in engagement rings—the blinding brilliant cut diamond in a solitaire setting with a shiny gold or platinum band. Gizzi notes designers like Rona Fisher and Todd Reed, who are working with rough diamonds in new and interesting ways.

 

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This three stone engagement ring and wedding band, designed by Rona Fisher, is perfect for modern brides looking for something unique. The mix of rose cut cognac diamonds in a palladium and rose gold setting creates a softer luster and intriguing textures. “The effect is elegant and classy without being highly polished,” says Gizzi.

 

Elongated settings

What’s behind the trend: A lot of brides are breaking away from round settings and opting for ovals and other vertical looks. The reason, says Gizzi, is that vertical feeling makes the finger look longer and slimmer and the ring look bigger on the hand.

 

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-11-20-28-amThis setting from the new Todd Reed wedding collection not only has a vertical vibe, the designer mixes white rose cut diamonds with brilliant cut diamonds in 18 K yellow gold for a stunning effect.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-10-58-47-amAmy Glaswand’s Lara Ring makes another vertical statement. A triangular tanzanite with a diamond halo is the unmistakable focal point and the trio of bands are separated by sapphire baguettes.

 

 

Softer colored stones

What’s behind the trend: While some brides are foregoing diamonds for the bright, intense colors of sapphires, rubies and emeralds, others are loving the softer look of neutral colored diamonds in shades like champagne and cognac.

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K. Mita Design’s Crown Ring from the Sand Dune Collection features champagne rose cut diamonds and brown diamonds in an 18K yellow gold setting. Oh, and for an unexpected twist: this is one ring, not two.

 

Unisex

What’s behind the trend: Let’s not forget the men; many grooms are looking for something different too. And some are shunning the plain gold band, for something with a little more pizzazz—even a little low-key sparkle.

 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-10-58-15-amWhat’s great about this stunner from Alexis Kletjian is that it is a unisex ring. Featuring brown diamonds set in 20K gold, either a man or woman can wear it as a statement of his or her betrothal.

 

Colored gemstones

What’s behind the trend: For some brides, the ring of their dreams is a colorful, sparkly jaw-dropper. And designers like Omi Prive, Le Vian and Erica Courtney are creating gorgeous gemstone rings to oblige.

 

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Sapphires are second to diamonds as a popular stone for engagement rings. This platinum “Champagne Bubble” ring by Erica Courtney features a whopper-size 5.54ct sapphire with diamonds and don’t you just love the unexpected double diamond band.

 

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For the bride looking for something different than sapphires and emeralds, Omi Prive’s Platinum Dore ring features a breathtaking purple spinel with blue-green tourmalines and Brazilian alexandrites.

 

Cool bands

What’s behind the trend: With stackable rings being so popular, what’s to keep the nonconformist bride from layering some on that have special meaning for her special day?

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-11-09-12-amFor the bride who wants more than one band, we love designer Martha Seely’s playful way with diamonds and color. A stack with mixed metals is a great option too.