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Brides not Bridezillas!

Published: Wed 8 Nov 2006 11:59 AM
8 November 2006
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Brides not Bridezillas!
Angela Daniel Jewellery’s Rules of Engagement
Even the most horrendous of bridezillas becomes a bride at Angela Daniel Jewellery with an exquisite collection of rings at her fingertips, in beautiful styles and stones.
Jewellery connoisseur Angela Daniel has been helping brides and grooms find the perfect engagement and wedding bands for more than five years and knows how to negotiate this often long and tricky process.
Angela now divulges the simple steps to ensure the groom chooses a ring to make his future fiancé’s heart soar and the bride lines up a ring that is realistic as well as romantic.
Price?
It appears Britney Spears isn’t so out of fashion! While there are traditionalists that stick to the three month salary philosophy, women are increasingly doing a lot of research into rings themselves and offering instruction! This doesn’t just mean the man will end up spending a lot more to make sure they have a smiling fiancé but a sign of the times. Women are contributing money so they make sure the ring on their finger is the biggest and best it can be!
Size?
Yes, size really does matter. The main value in a diamond is its carat weight. Colour and clarity is not considered as significant so to even the most demure bride, the larger stone is more attractive! Angela says the stone must still be colourless and without noticeable inclusions or ones that affect the durability of the stone. After all this diamond is forever isn’t it?
Always a diamond?
Not these days. In fact, coloured stones such as emeralds, sapphires and ruby’s are becoming more fashionable, particularly in art deco settings.
Trends
There is a lot more freedom in recent years when choosing an engagement ring. Wide, flashy dress rings that serve as both an engagement and wedding band are the trend du jour – think Victoria Beckham! If you do choose to have two rings, the wedding band is now often worn on the right hand to ensure it doesn’t compromise the style of the engagement ring. White gold is still popular, as well as the mixing of metals such as rose and white and yellow and white gold. Solitaires will never go out of fashion and there is more demand for the fancy shapes like Ascher and marquise cuts.
New emerging styles
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling factor. More and more engagement rings feature a centre stone with shoulder stones as opposed to just a solitaire. Remember Nicole Richie’s first engagement ring? It was an emerald cut stone with smaller baguettes to the side. Angela is particularly excited about a one carat round brilliant surrounded by smaller diamonds to give the illusion of a much larger stone. The diamonds then cover the shoulders and band.
How much does a groom need to know when choosing a ring?
Boys be informed – listen to what the love of your life says! When helping a groom choose an engagement ring a jeweller needs to know what metal the bride-to-be wears e.g. white gold, yellow gold or platinum. What style she likes ie solitaire, mixed stone band or classic three stone. Does she like diamonds or coloured stones and is she wanting something simple or something unique and custom made. Also take into account her colouring. Red heads with fair skin look fantastic with rose gold and emeralds.
How much other jewellery should a bride wear on the day?
Not a lot – it is all about the dress of course. Stick to clean simple lines. A diamond or pearl bracelet and earrings is stunning and if the hair is up and she wears a strapless gown something very delicate around the neck like a small diamond pendant on a fine gold wire.
Heirloom pearls that are restrung and redesigned to suit the dress are always beautiful.
Let’s not forget the bridesmaids gift.
All bridesmaids deserve a special piece of jewellery and earrings or a necklace specially chosen by the bride. Pearls are fashionable and not too expensive. Angela has been working with a lot of brides recently designing mixed coloured pearls and semi precious necklaces and earrings to match dresses.
So, follow the rules of engagement and the only tears on the day will be ones of joy, or possibly envy as the bride’s friends wish they had a gorgeous ring like that too.
Angela Daniel Jewellery stores are in Nuffield Street and in Sylvia Park.
ENDS

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