Professional Jeweler Archive: New to You

February 2005

Cover Focus / New Products

New to You

It's a fresh generation of buyers in your store


Choosing bridal jewelry this spring? Keep these trends in mind:

Gen Y embraces either highly traditional styles or starkly modern interpretations – there is little middle ground.

Colored gem accents allow them to create individual expressions.

Messages are popular, engraved on engagement or wedding jewelry.

Stackable rings with colored gems or diamonds are hot and can suit many budgets. They create colorful accents around an engagement solitaire or can be worn in multiples as a low-profile engagement ring/wedding band combination. This also allows for additions as anniversary bands, creating a new tradition and loyal customers.

Seychelle bands in 18k gold are each set with 1.98 carats of diamonds. Suggested retail, $ 3,700 each.

Caressa, New York City; (718) 391-9183, fax (718) 391-9184,

8 on Top Diamond Stack Rings are available in 14k white, yellow or rose gold with 0.08 carat of diamonds. Suggested retail, $320 each.

Mia & Kompany, Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 205-0027, fax (310) 205-0351.

Platinum bands are designed to be engraved. Diamond-accented band has 0.24 carat of brilliant diamonds. Suggested retail with diamonds, $4,250; plain band, $3,200.

Christian Bauer, Melbourne, FL; (321) 951-4090, fax (321) 951-4175.

The 2mm platinum semimounts are each flanked by a pair of 3mm platinum bands. One pair is set with 32 round yellow diamonds; the other pair has 32 round pink sapphires. Suggested retail, $850 for each semimount, $1,875 for each yellow diamond band and $1,250 for each pink sapphire band.

Novell Design Studio, Roselle, NJ; (888) 668-3551, fax (908) 245-5090,

The leather cuff bracelet pops the question in a new way. The sterling silver custom message plate is in the envelope with a diamond-set question mark (0.20 carat t.w.). Suggested retail, $135. Also available with gold flap and gold question mark at $250.

Message Connextion, Hallandale, FL; (954) 456-3303, fax (954) 456-3171,

From the Mini Mania collection, this platinum ring with 0.40 carat of square pink sapphires and 0.20 carat of pavé G-H/VS brilliant-cut diamonds is stacked between two 18k yellow gold bands set with 0.25 carat of channel-set G-H/VS brilliant-cut diamonds. Suggested retail, $2,640 for the platinum band, $1,050 for each 18k band.

Sheldon Speyer Platinum, Bronx, NY; (718) 401-7410, fax (718) 401-9465,

Three-stone engagement ring has princess-cut center stone accented with baguette and brilliant-cut diamonds in 18k white gold.

Michael Werdiger Inc., New York City; (800) 223-7390, ext. 254;

Ring is solid TrewTungsten® with rough diamond texture.

TrewTungsten by Trent West, Watsonville, CA; (888) 466-9358,

Rings in 14k while gold.

Camelot Bridal, Union, NJ; (800) 535-3501,

This ring, like everything in the contemporary Studio collection, features a ruby accent.

Varna Platinum, Woodland Hills, CA; (800) 993-5900,0

Platinum ring (top) features a 4.24-ct. princess-cut solitaire. The platinum wedding band (right) has 5 carats of diamonds.

Rand Diamond, New York City; (800) 223-6279, fax (212) 354-0016.

Handmade platinum ring has 18k rose gold and 0.76 carat of D-E/VS and fancy intense pink pavé melee. The 0.66-ct. fancy purple pink radiant-cut center diamond is flanked by 0.75-ct. side stones.

Bellnor Diamond Cutters, New York City; (800) 764-0097, fax (212) 840-9298,

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