Ceremonial Jewelry With Splash
Recent developments among friends have got me thinking about weddings. (You know who you are!) Being the jewelry fiend that I am, this of course leads me to thinking about jewelry for the ceremony. Engagement rings, well, every woman seems to have her own opinion on the subject, but the options don’t end there. Not everyone wants a lot of bling, but for those who just want to stick with a band, there’s no need for the band to be completely plain either. While big statement rings are the fashion of the day, there are a lot of beautiful low-key diamond and gemstone bands out there too. Some of these also make great little personal indulgences by themselves or stacked. So, here’s a little eye candy and something to consider for those with a wedding in view and slightly non-traditional tastes.
As you may have gathered from my posts on other subjects, I’m a big fan of color in all contexts. Sure, DeBeers wants us all to think that no one can get married without a diamond, but there are a lot of other gorgeous stones available too. Reinstein/Ross has a whole slew of colored stone bands in white and yellow gold like the one at top. Whether mixed stones or all one color, they are uniformly gorgeous, with a Roman empire sort of a vibe to them. (Arunashi also has some beautiful choices in the same vein with a slightly different flavor.) Cathy Waterman also makes some beautiful bands that are particularly great for women with smaller hands who look good in jewelry with delicate touches. These two were a couple of my favorites:
For semi-traditionalists who’d like diamonds but are still interested in something out of the ordinary, there are an equal number of interesting options available. I love the modern feel of this one:
As always, Cathy Waterman has some beautifully refined offerings also;
I’m also a sucker for the dangle. Check out these two charmers from Me & Ro:
I’m pretty sure I would drive people crazy jingling my diamond if I wore a ring like that on a daily basis, but I have to say, it’s tempting to pick one up to stack even without a wedding on the horizon!
If you’re looking for more fun options, I strongly recommend checking out Twist and Ylang23‘s ring holdings online. If you’re looking for something in a particular color, it’s also worth checking directly with the stores — good jewelry boutiques can often get other options from the designers they carry. And congratulations to all our readers who are heading to the altar!