Thinking outside of the (wedding ring) box

Article by Emily Moore for the Jersey Evening Post.

THINK of a wedding ring and the chances are that the first image which springs to mind is one of a narrow gold band.

But, as Rivoli Jewellers’ designer Deb Macklin explains, something of a revolution is taking place, with many couples now seeking designs more reflective of their personalities.

‘There is definitely a trend for bucking trends and many brides are now looking for a statement wedding ring,’ she said. ‘There is a lot more creativity creeping into the designs, with many of the traditional “rules” being broken. For example, many brides don’t want their wedding band to match their engagement ring. There is a fashion for mismatching and creating layers by mixing metal colours, tones and finishes.

‘There is also an increasing demand for diamonds or other stones to feature within the ring,’ Deb added. ‘Brides are regarding the wedding ring as a stand-alone piece of jewellery, which reflects their personality and style. Diamonds are the most sought-after stone of choice, with chocolate diamonds and yellow diamonds proving popular. We also see a lot of demand for sapphires, which are available in every colour you can imagine.’

While brides may be opting for diamonds and sapphires, Deb says that grooms are also opting for more ‘adventurous’ styles.

‘The men are definitely getting more excited about their rings, and veering away from plain gold bands,’ she said. ‘They are playing with different widths, alternative metals, textures and patterns.’

As Deb describes the almost infinite range of ring choices available, her excitement is palpable.

‘I’m a designer,’ she says simply. ‘I love creating new designs and working with couples to bring their dreams to life. The more adventurous they are, the more exciting it is for me to take their ideas and bring them together.’

But, while she loves the design process, she also keeps her couples grounded.

‘It’s important to shop around for ideas first and try on different styles,’ she stressed. ‘Just as the wedding dress of your dreams may not be the one you actually choose after trying on a few gowns, rings look very different in your imagination and on your finger.

‘I also recommend that couples have two or three consultations and take plenty of time to make their decision so that, when they finally exchange rings on the big day, they have exactly the right piece of jewellery. For that reason, we hold a wide stock of loose diamonds and coloured gems so that customers can see each component of the ring.’

With consultations playing such a key part of the design process, Deb admits that the recent lockdown restrictions have brought about some challenges.

 

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‘Normally, we meet a lot of couples at wedding fayres so we are hopeful that they will resume soon,’ she said. ‘However, we always offer complimentary private consultations at which the couple can enjoy a glass of champagne and relax while talking through their ideas.’

Deb is also very aware of the uncertainty which the pandemic has added to many weddings.

‘It has been incredibly sad to see many couples postponing their weddings,’ she said, ‘and the impact of this has filtered all the way down to the rings, particularly where the bands have been engraved with the original date. In some cases, couples are choosing to keep the original engraving, and perhaps add a second date as well. In other instances, though, the goldsmith has the not-inconsiderable headache of erasing the original engraving and starting again.’

For more information about Rivoli’s bespoke jewellery services, or to arrange an appointment, email [email protected]

Wedding and Engagement Ring Trends 2021

2020 was the year nobody could have predicted but even though times have changed, many engagement and wedding ring styles stand the test of time and 2021 sees the classics and bespoke designs leading the way. Deb Macklin, Rivoli Jewellers explains the engagemet and wedding ring trends for 2021.

SOLITAIRE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

One of these is the classic Solitaire - simple and timeless – the solitaire diamond is the star of the show that is never going to go out of fashion. Available to suit all budgets, solitaire rings come in multiple sizes, shapes and metals, yellow gold is becoming increasing popular again. Solitaires are a really versatile option that will sit well with a simple plain wedding ring or a diamond set one.  You could also mix your coloured metals. Why not try a yellow or rose gold wedding ring with a white gold engagement ring? Who says they have to match!  

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TRILOGY ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Trilogy engagement rings represent past, present and future. Whilst most rings feature three diamonds, a variety of gemstones such sapphires and rubies can be set as the centre stone or side stones. These rings are perfect for couples who have been together a long time! To ensure the perfect fit for your wedding ring make sure your engagement ring is “wedfit”, this means that your wedding ring will sit seamlessly against your engagement ring and look like they were made for each other.

HALO ENGAGEMENT RINGS

The Halo ring features a centre stone surrounded by smaller diamonds. These diamonds not only enhance the centre stone but they are a stunning addition to the design. Halo designs works around pretty much any shape centre diamond with pear, oval and emerald cut centres increasingly popular.  Bespoke wedding rings work best with halo rings as the shape of the wedding ring can be tailored to your specific engagement ring.

BESPOKE ENGAGMENT RINGS - DESIGN YOUR OWN

Designing your own engagement ring is maybe the most romantic of gestures. At Rivoli we are able to work with your ideas and designs using supplied diamond(s) or sourcing them for you. Elements of a sentimental piece of jewellery can be used in designs to give your ring new sentimental value.

For an appointment or further information about wedding and engagement rings at Rivoli Jewellers, please call 01534 601930 or email [email protected].

Rivoli Jewellers was the 2019 Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year - Retail Jeweller Awards

Rivoli Wedding Event October 2020

Rivoli will be holding an in store wedding event from the 12th - 18th October.

All vouchers given out at the event must be redemmed by 30th November 2020.

£150 voucher can be used against any combined wedding ring purchase of £1150 or more.

Additional offers available at the event.

For further information, please call 01534 601930 or email [email protected]

 

Rivoli Wedding Rings and Bespoke Design

‘THE fashion at the moment is to go against the fashion.’

Article featured in the Jersey Evening Post, Wedding Supplement, September 2020.

While these words may sound contradictory, they sum up a trend which, according to one local jewellery designer, is prevalent among couples choosing their wedding and engagement rings.

‘We are seeing a strong level of demand at the moment for bespoke rings, as couples want something a little bit different,’ explained Rivoli Jewellers’ Deb Macklin. ‘While there is a fashion for stones to be oval, marquis or emerald cut instead of the traditional round, we are sitting down with more and more people who do not want an on off-the-shelf ring.’

And, with originality leading the way when it comes to engagement rings, this means that many wedding bands are also now being custom-made to accommodate the more elaborate stones and settings of the engagement piece.

‘When it comes to designing a ring, imagination is really the only limit,’ said Deb. ‘We always start by telling the couple that anything is possible, which usually leads to a flow of ideas. With engagement rings, we usually start with the stone. Diamond is still the number-one choice, although this is now closely followed by coloured stones, with sapphires being particularly popular.

‘As we talk through a couple’s ideas with them, I produce some hand-drawn sketches and soon the concepts start taking shape. With the wedding ring, a woman’s choice will be led by her engagement ring, as the wedding band and engagement ring should look like a match made in heaven when worn together.

‘We have lots of sample rings of different shapes and widths so couples try these on to see what looks and feels right, and then we build from there. Gold and platinum – the two most popular metals – are both very malleable so the options are endless.’

And, according to Deb, the days of plain gold bands are disappearing as men and women are keen to have a ring which reflects their personality.

‘It is very rare that we make a plain wedding ring for a lady; their rings are nearly always diamond-set,’ she explained, ‘while gents are also much more ambitious with their choices now. We are getting lots of requests for textures, patterns, colours and different materials such as black rhodium and platinum.’

With white metals favoured over yellow and rose gold, Deb said that platinum – which is currently cheaper than gold – was in particular demand.

‘In August, gold reached its highest-ever recorded price and, while that is dropping slowly, platinum is now actually at a lower price than gold which is amazing, as its features actually outweigh those of white gold. Platinum is naturally bright and white, and is also resistant to scratching. I would definitely recommend this for anybody wanting white metal for their rings,’ she added.

Having worked in the jewellery industry for 25 years, Deb entered the world of precious metals and stones after studying craft design.

‘All of my designs and projects naturally developed in metal, which led me to the jewellery industry,’ she explained. ‘I started on the bench and spent many years getting my hands dirty before I moved on to designing my own collections. That was an anxious time, waiting to see what the response to my pieces would be, but happily they all sold and I have never looked back.’

Having joined Rivoli five years ago, Deb has designed the jeweller’s Rivoli Love Heart Collection – a range of solitaire engagement rings in which a hidden heart cradles the single diamond – as well as creating countless bespoke pieces for couples. Her creativity, combined with the team’s expertise and customer service, saw Rivoli crowned Bridal Jeweller of the Year at the 2019 Retail Jeweller Awards.

And the personal touches do not stop with the selection of the stone and design of the ring.

‘Engraving is another very popular way to add more bespoke touches to your wedding jewellery, and we offer complimentary engraving on all our wedding bands,’ she said. ‘We have also found that finger-print engraving is a lovely way to create a truly unique piece and we take his-and-hers finger prints which are then engraved locally.’

 

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Photo: JEP photograher takes Deb's photo for the 2020 Wedding Supplement

While Deb has, on occasion, made a wedding ring within a couple of days, she recommends that couples allow a minimum of ten weeks for the process.

‘This gives time to settle on a design, have it produced and then undertake any resizing and engraving,’ she added.

Rivoli Jewellers will be at the wedding fayre at The Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa from 1.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday 11th October and will be hosting their in-house wedding week from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th September 2020.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment, telephone 01534 601930 email [email protected]

Rivoli Wedding Event

On Sunday 14th June Rivoli will be hosting an in-store private shopping wedding event.

Spend time in a relaxing environment with one of our sales consultants trying on wedding rings, finding the one that fits best with your engagement ring or discussing our bespoke wedding ring design services for you and your fiancé.

We will have special promotions including discounts, free engraving, complimentary gifts and everything on hand to ensure you are able to choose the perfect rings for your big day.

Bookings essential - please email [email protected] or contact us via the facebook event page.

 

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Rivoli Jewellers is 2019 UK Bridal Jewellery Retailer of the Year - Retail Jeweller Magazine.