Sparkle and shine

The Herald Business - - Jewellery - Mairi Mal­lon

THE wed­ding ring is a sym­bol of eter­nal love, and choos­ing the two rings should be a spe­cial day for a cou­ple.

How­ever, the ex­pe­ri­ence can some­times be over­whelm­ing be­cause of the vast range of styles, pre­cious met­als – and prices.

This is why many cou­ples turn to a jew­eller they trust to guide them through the dif­fi­cult choice.

Ke­van Scott, owner of Ke­van Scott Gold­smith in Clark­ston, in Glas­gow’s south side, first sits down for a re­laxed chat with a cou­ple while he es­tab­lishes the kind of rings they want.

“When peo­ple buy en­gage­ment rings, they tend not to think about the wed­ding rings, and some­times it can be more dif­fi­cult than you think to fit the two to­gether,” he says.

That is why he spe­cialises in a be­spoke ser­vice where he makes spe­cial, one-off rings for cou­ples. He will take the en­gage­ment ring, and make a wax model of the wed­ding ring, which can be fit­ted on the fin­ger to not only give an ac­cu­rate size, but also give a bet­ter feel for how it looks.

Jew­ellers Kalo, based in Shaw­lands, also in Glas­gow’s south side, spe­cialises in hand­made wed­ding rings too, and will be hav­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of spe­cial­ist wed­ding jew­ellery in April and May this year.

Sophia Doyle, man­ager of the shop, says they have more than 100,000 dif­fer­ent rings, and can de­sign and hand-make rings for cus­tomers.

“Plat­inum, be­ing the finest metal, is still the most pop­u­lar choice,” she ex­plains. “But peo­ple all have dif­fer­ent tastes, which is why I am here to ad­vise and guide.”

The shop also sells sil­ver tiaras, set with Swarovski crys­tals, and fas­ci­na­tors – del­i­cate hair or­na­ments – for both brides and other mem­bers of wed­ding par­ties.

One grow­ing trend is for brides to in­vest in a spe­cial pen­dant or ear­rings for the big day, and of­ten splash out on a set, some­thing that both Scott and Doyle cater for in their shops.

For those vi­tal presents for brides­maids, pick some­thing they can wear on the day. And don’t for­get some­thing spe­cial for the mother of the bride and best man.

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