Jew­ellery:

In­vest­ing your hard-earned in wed­ding jew­ellery isn’t some­thing you should rush at. We talked to two ex­perts in the trade

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What are the trends for the com­ing sea­son? We ask the ex­perts

Buy­ing your wed­ding jew­ellery is a big – and ex­pen­sive – de­ci­sion. What do you go for? What metal, what style, what colour; off the peg or be­spoke?

The choices are le­gion. We asked two lead­ing jewellers what their ad­vice is on choos­ing the right way to put a sparkle into your big day.

Bradley Hatch, who has had a jew­ellery shop in Wrox­ham for over a quar­ter of a cen­tury, says that an open mind is a good place to start.

“Most brides have an idea of what they like,” he says. “What I say is, have an open mind and try rings that you might not like the look of on the pad. It is amaz­ing how dif­fer­ent they look on the fin­ger.”

In terms of metal Bradley says plat­inum is still a strong choice, helped by a fall in the price of the pre­cious metal in re­cent months. But the tra­di­tional yel­low gold is mak­ing a bit of a comeback, par­tic­u­larly with men.

“Gents have been go­ing back to yel­low 18ct gold,” he says.

He says that the trend for be­spoke jew­ellery is pop­u­lar, as it al­lows cus­tomers to match their wed­ding bands to en­gage­ment rings. “Any­thing can be made,” says Bradley. “We al­ways like to make rings work for fit and feel and for many be­spoke is the way to go.”

Wed­ding gifts from the jewellers are al­ways wel­comed by the re­cip­i­ents. For the gents, says Bradley, hip flasks and cuff­links are good sell­ers and for ladies pearl neck­laces or sparklers from the Di­a­mon­fire range make pretty presents that won’t break the bank.

Josh Lane, at Lanes Jew­ellery in Holt, re­ports a sim­i­lar story on wed­ding rings. “Our most pop­u­lar at the mo­ment is plat­inum,” he says. “Plain bands or fancy bands; we make a lot of be­spoke rings to ac­tu­ally fit per­fectly around en­gage­ment rings. Some of the de­signs are get­ting more elab­o­rate so it is nice to be able to fit wed­ding rings around them.

“We’re also find­ing that di­a­mond-set wed­ding bands are more pop­u­lar than ever; things that are fine, not too bulky,” says Josh. He also said that yel­low gold is mak­ing a comeback.

Apart from the ac­tual wed­ding bands, he said that peo­ple are also pre­fer­ring to get a spe­cial piece for the wed­ding day, like a high qual­ity pair of di­a­mond ear­rings or a di­a­mond neck­lace, of­ten in an un­der­stated de­sign.

Pearl studs are pop­u­lar gifts, says Josh. “They look classy and are at a good price point,” he says. For the men it’s money clips and cuff­links, of­ten per­son­alised.

His top tip for the happy cou­ple? “Try as many ex­am­ples as you can and ask as many ques­tions as you can,” he says.

“Do as much re­search as you can – if you want some­thing be­spoke show us im­ages of things you’ve seen and we can try and work from those.”

ABOVE: Oval halo style en­gage­ment ring £10,500, plain band from £229; di­a­mond­set band from £1,200 RIGHT: Ladies plain band from £299; gents plain band from £550, all from Bradley Hatch

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