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As y’all may have seen on Instagram, I recently took a whirlwind trip to New York City to chat about one of my favorite topics for Southern Weddings TV–engagement rings! I’ve had a ring on my left hand for almost a year now (crazy!!), but seeing it still takes me right back to the moment when I was looking at my handsome fiancé on one knee through teary eyes and I caught sight of my ring for the very first time. I had given Dave very little direction, and thankfully, he picked out something perfect for me regardless, but I do think there’s a lot of value in knowing what kind of ring you want, especially if you’re looking for something particularly unique. I loved sharing a few of my current favorite unique ring styles from Zales Jewelers in this video!
Let’s take a closer look at a few of these styles, shall we?
Composite rings, in which the “center stone” is made up of a grouping of smaller stones, create a dramatic look with tons of sparkle, but at an affordable price point. As much as we love all things traditional at Southern Weddings, we also love seeing rings that are a little bit unusual, and composite rings often remind me of the vintage pieces my grandmother may have worn. If you’re not a vintage-loving bride though, never fear–composite rings also come in beautiful, modern settings.
Clockwise from top left: Composite Diamond Square Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Princess-Cut Composite Diamond Frame Ring in 10K white gold, Composite Diamond Framed Ring in 10K white gold, Composite Diamond Square Framed Ring in 10K white gold
I’m sure y’all will agree with me when I say that having a signature color is a very Southern thing–Shelby’s blush and bashful in Steel Magnolias, anyone? If you have a sentimental connection or special tie to a certain color or gemstone, I love the idea of making your ring more “you” by incorporating colored stones–either through colored diamonds or gemstones.
Clockwise from top left: Diamond and Blue Sapphire Swirl Ring in 14k white gold, Yellow and White Quad Diamond Ring in 14K white gold, Oval Enhanced Pink Diamond Ring in platinum and 18K rose gold, Green and White Diamond Pavé Framed Engagement Ring in 14K white gold
For a ring that’s glamorous and different, but that will still be as stylish on your 50th anniversary as it is today, fancy shapes are a lovely option. This just refers to a diamond shape that isn’t your standard round or princess (my personal favorites are cushion, oval, and emerald). If this is a look you’re considering, pay special attention to the tip I gave in the video–it’s important!
Clockwise from top left: Oval Diamond Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Emerald-Cut Diamond Frame Ring in 14K white gold, Pear-Shaped Diamond Vintage-Style Ring in 14K white gold, Cushion-Cut Diamond Frame Ring in platinum
Zales is now holding their Semi-Annual Bridal Sale until November 6–just in time for your beau to pick something up before the start of engagement season! I can’t tell y’all how many brides we’ve heard from whose grooms checked their gal’s Pinterest boards before buying a ring, so if you love these styles as much as I do, don’t be afraid to pin your favorites! ;)