I have really noticed a shift in engagement ring trends lately.
Many clients are moving away from your micro pave rings with halos that have been very popular in recent years, to unique custom designs that reflect their own style and taste. ‘Classic’ diamond engagement rings are by far the most popular with the round brilliant cut diamond being the number one choice of diamond shape, followed by the princess and then the emerald cut diamond.
My clients are becoming more savvy about selecting a great diamond (which I love as I am in my element!). I often get a few diamonds in for the client to select the best diamond within their budget. One of the most important aspects to my clients is that the diamond is white and sparkly. I love being able to help them select the perfect diamond with the right characteristics. The 4 C’s are important and explaining which attributes effect the way the diamond performs is really helpful.
When it comes to the types of metal used, it really depends on the priorities of the clients, if it is durability that is important then platinum is by far the hardest metal, however if a client prefers a shiny white finish (and they are happy to pop back each year for re rhodium plating) then I would recommend 18k gold. We may be able to make the claws in platinum to help the durability and protect the diamond.
Of course 18k yellow gold is the only option I advise if yellow metal is preferred. I still have a number of clients who prefer yellow gold with their skin tone and because it coordinates with the rest of the jewellery they wear. We can make the rings in any metal colour, white, yellow or rose gold.
To have a consultation with Sarah Hutchings, director of Orsini Fine Jewellery, pop in to her boutique at 241 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland, NZ.
Ph 09-3543115 to arrange a consultation.