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