Trends in wedding jewelry

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Going wide: One trend jewelers are seeing for weddings is wider widths on rings for grooms. | Supplied photo

When making a lifetime commitment, it’s important to choose wisely.

Many go for the simple and practical, while others opt for the hip and trendy. But whatever future brides and grooms choose for the wedding jewelry, the options are varied and require research, according to Len DeGrado, owner of LD Jewelers in Hickory Hills.

Brides

Engagement ring and wedding band trends haven’t changed much in the past few years, DeGrado said. White gold and platinum top the list of popular metals, and diamond is still far and away the desired stone. Popular cuts are both round and cushion cut, which is a sort of rounded square. In the past few years, DeGrado said, halo mountings - small diamonds surrounding the main stone - are very popular, but present their own issue.

“Sometimes you can’t match a band with it,” he said.

In some cases, the wedding band will be custom made to go around the diamond of the engagement ring, resulting in a sort of horseshoe shape at the top of the finger. Some brides will also get a band for the other side of the ring to make the set look symmetrical. Other times, brides elect to keep their engagement ring as their only left-hand accessory and wear a wedding band on their right hand instead.

DeGrado specializes in custom jewelry, and most grooms-to-be have some idea of what their brides-to-be will like. He encourages couples to research rings online and take a look at pricing with different jewelers so they’ll know where they’ll get the best ring for their money and what to expect when buying.

“Someone who is a little more knowledgeable about what they’re looking for is always better,” he said. “A lot of times, it’s based on how much you’re looking to spend.”

Grooms

Wedding jewelry for grooms has changed a bit in the last few years, DeGrado said. Gold was, for awhile, getting so high in price that some brides and grooms chose less expensive materials such as Tungsten, titanium, steel, silver, or even ceramic. Some of these harder materials are difficult to cut off in an emergency, however, so DeGrado encourages grooms to consider carefully before choosing one. Gold is coming down in price and starting to sell again, he said.

Groom bands are getting wider as well, he said. Six millimeters used to be the standard, but lately, grooms are choosing eight to ten millimeters for their ring width.

“It’s become really popular to wear a wider band,” he said.

Occasionally, brides and grooms will choose no frills, matching wedding bands rather than a set for the bride and a band for the groom, but that’s most popular among those who are getting married for a second time.

“You don’t see a lot of that,” he said.

Wedding party

Jewelry gifts for wedding party members are declining a bit, in part because of the size of the parties, DeGrado said.

“Wedding parties have gotten so big that it gets pretty expensive,” he said.

Most of the time, groomsmen will receive something like cufflinks, while bridesmaids will get bracelets. Generally, gifts are small and simply a token of thanks for participating in the day.

One important wedding jewelry task many couples don’t consider is maintenance. While plain bands don’t need much maintenance, rings with stones should be checked periodically to ensure nothing is loose. At DeGrado’s store, cleaning and replating of rings is free when the ring has been purchased there. He recommends brides bring their rings in every three months to be cleaned. Replating needs to be done a few times a year.

More information about LD Jewelers, 8073 W. 95th St., Hickory Hills, is at (708) 599-0001 or online at www.ldjewelers.net.