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(from left) 14K yellow gold ring with diamond solitaire from Joint Venture; platinum ring with pear-shaped diamond from Skatell’s; Cento Collection 18K white gold and diamond “flower” ring from Roberto Coin; 18K white and yellow gold ring with diamonds from Croghan’s Jewel Box. Photograph by Christopher Shane

December 28, 2011

Ice Ahead!

The “engagement season” forecast is calling for diamonds, precious metals, and haute stones

Written by Melissa Bigner

Happy almost New Year! We’re back in elf mode over here at Charleston Weddings, cranking out the spring issue for its January release. In the meantime, we keep hearing about engagements that are popping up everywhere. We expect to catch wind of more between now, New Year’s, and Valentine’s, and thought a look at what’s trending in rings might just be apropos. Besides, ice is always hot!

Take a peek below, and click here for a gallery of some of our favorite rings. And, if you’ve said “Yes” yourself in the last six months, please share your engagement story with us! We’re big into sharing the love.

Yellow Gold
Over the past few decades, yellow gold rings gave way to platinum and white gold ones. But yellow’s back—big-time. Tip? Melt down unwanted yellow gold jewelry for your bands and you’re suddenly an eco-friendly couple.

We’re seeing tons of proposals with family rings of late. Whether that’s due to tradition, the economy, or who knows what, if there’s not an heirloom in his or your past, take advantage of the “recycling” trend and shop at one of the city’s antique jewelry shops. Still coming up empty handed? Plenty of shops are featuring rings that have delicate, intricate settings that harken vintage looks.

Whether it’s a unique pairing of stones and metals, a ring that is fashion-forward, or an artistic band, individuality is in demand. If you don’t find what you crave in-store, check out the city’s custom jewelers to commission a piece of your own.

Girly is in, too, with rings bearing hosts of sparkling pavés, intricately twisting bands, and lacey settings. So very Charleston!

For more on what’s in fashion, click here.

And all those newly engaged, please join us at the Charleston Weddings Spring Bridal Show, the bridal portion of Charleston Fashion Week. For info and tickets, click here.

Wed, 12/28/2011