As we all know, June is the biggest month of the year for weddings, but brides and grooms-to-be shop for engagement rings and wedding bands all year long. The arrival of wedding season recently prompted National Jeweler magazine to round up the latest trends in platinum wedding bands. Why platinum? It’s the number one choice among brides and grooms, with 18k white gold coming in second.
Jewelry stores and salons nationwide report that bigger rings and the inclusion of diamonds and color are among the current trends in men’s and women’s platinum wedding bands. Openwork and split shanks (often a price-conscious decision), as well as vintage-inspired styles, are also popular with couples marrying this year.
Platinum with diamonds
“The biggest trend of them all, for women and men, is the incorporation of diamonds,” says Amanda Gizzi, director of communications at the Jewelry Information Center (JIC), in an April interview with National Jeweler. “It started to happen about five years ago, with men getting comfortable with diamonds in their rings, and it has continued to pick up,” she adds.
Also influencing this trend is the fact that couples are marrying later, so they tend to know what they want and can afford to include diamonds in their “forever jewelry.”
Many women are choosing larger, wider wedding bands that are important enough to be worn on their own, a look that allows the engagement ring to be moved to the right hand. Large-scale wedding rings we love include Alexandra Mor’s wide brilliant-cut diamond eternity band, and Leon Megé’s flexible wedding band in platinum with rubies.
The Voice of Experience
Gerard Riveron is executive director of Dorfman Jewelers, an internationally renowned couture jeweler based in Boston. In his storied jewelry career he has counseled thousands of couples on wedding band styles. Riveron reports that some couples – especially younger ones – ask for his-and-hers matching wedding bands to symbolize their bond. Another popular look with Dorfman customers is a band that hugs the outline of the diamond engagement ring.
When asked if he advises women to coordinate their wedding band with their engagement ring, Riveron says: “Women often care more about the symbolic nature of a wedding band and don’t feel the need to match it perfectly to the engagement ring. I’ve seen some do wedding bands with sapphires and rubies mixed with diamonds, and some who get simple platinum bands.”
Whether you choose that simple platinum wedding band or a multi-color, multi-carat diamond eternity ring, you are making a decision that symbolizes your love and commitment. Obsessed by Jewelry suggests you seek out an expert jeweler where you live, then follow his or her advice.
But most of all, follow your heart!