Wedding season is almost upon us. And while diamonds are usually the darlings of the jeweler’s bench during this time of year, more and more couples are requesting an engagement ring with a little color in it, whether as an accent or at its center.
“While about 95 percent of people come in looking for classic diamonds, there is always that 5 percent that go for something different,” Bob Swanson, owner of Swanson Jewelers in Arlington, Mass., told JCK. “Sapphires and rubies have been popular recently.”
Celebrity couples have certainly had a hand in popularizing the trend. Mark Zuckerburg proposed to his wife with a ruby, Prince William gave Kate Middleton his mother’s sapphire, and the list goes on and on.
But we think there is more to it than the whims of celebrity style. With the rise of DIY weddings, more couples want their nuptials (and their rings) to represent their unique style. Signature cocktails, personalized ceremonies, and unique food stations are all on the rise at weddings, and custom-designed, non-traditional rings are one more way for couples to reflect their individuality.
The Knot surveyed more than 14,000 brides and 1,750 grooms for their 2013 Engagement and Jewelry study. Almost two-thirds of the brides they surveyed were involved in purchasing the ring in some way and 15 percent of couples opted for a custom designed engagement ring.
Kevin Whitmore, Rio Grande’s gemstones product manager, recommends choosing a stone with a high rating on the Mohs scale of hardness when designing a non-traditional engagement ring.
We want to know what kind of engagement rings are on YOUR bench this season. What trends are you seeing? Which stones are popular? Let us know what you’re working on and if you’ve seen an increase in requests for colored stones in engagement rings.