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To Me, From Me, Love Me

To Me, From Me, Love Me

This past winter, the team at Pratiksha has been involved in silent auctions at several major events in Dallas, including the Technology Ball and DAYL Ball. We had the pleasure of meeting dozens of fellow jewelry aficionados during these events, and were thrilled to see the number of women directly bidding on new items for their jewelry box. While the reasons were many, the common theme was simple: self-purchasing is empowering.

A recent article from S&P Market Intelligence confirmed that more women are buying jewelry for themselves. Noted by De Beers, they dubbed the trend "female empowerment," citing reasons such as economic independence, shifting relationship dynamics and changes in perception. Long story short, women are no longer feeling the guilt or the pressure to wait for someone else to purchase the jewelry they've been lusting over.

In the U.S. alone, women’s self purchases accounted for 33% of non-bridal diamond sales, up from 23% of sales in 2005. Even more impressive? A Euromonitor report from S&P declares that fine jewelry demand is on the rise, with sales expanding 4% over the last year for 2017. An increasing number of women are turning to high-quality jewelry over costume baubles, investing in real diamond and gemstone pieces that offer decades of long-term wear and enjoyment.

In the case of Neha Kumar, who spoke to S&P via email, she purchased a pair of sapphire earrings to match a ring from her husband. Her motive? "I mostly collect pieces because I have two girls, and I always think it's something to pass on to them as an asset/investment." 

Our company mantra has consistently preached the value of a woman making choices for herself, rewarding herself, and helping to lift a hand to other women. We feel that traditional jewelry advertising has let the industry down the past few decades, reaching out with marketing messages that can confuse a jewelry recipient about her worthiness and declaring that a lover is the only person capable of gifting fine jewelry. Don't get me wrong... our entire team swoons when we hear about a romantic proposal story (especially involving a Pratiksha engagement ring!). But nothing revs our engines like a story about women who take care of themselves (and perhaps their decendants) with the gift of fine jewelry.


Iwasaki, Mariko. "More women are buying jewelry for themselves." S&P Global Market Intelligence. 17 Oct. 2017: 1, 2. Web. 12 Dec. 2017.

Design Diaries: Anjali's Story

Design Diaries: Anjali's Story

One of the very best parts of working in custom jewelry is being a part of our clients’ milestones and life journeys. We create one-of-a-kind custom pieces that commemorate events such as engagements, weddings, births, retirement and celebrations for parents, anniversaries, career achievements, and holidays. These pieces are created to last for decades, long after these milestones are celebrated, serving as a delicate reminder of our most special memories and moments enjoyed with family and friends.

This month, our dear client Anjali will be celebrating her first wedding anniversary with her husband, Jamie. Nearly two years ago in November 2015, we designed a beautiful custom engagement ring for her based on some inspiration pictures and ideas. Months later in September 2016, we created a custom matching wedding band for her and her fiancee on her big day. To honor their first anniversary, we sat down with Anjali and got the details about their love story and her engagement ring design process with Pratiksha.


Anjali: Jamie and I first met in D.C. when we first worked for the same consulting firm. Our client was only a few blocks away from all the incredible museums, monuments & memorials in the city. We became lunch buddies who would escape the office to wander around the stunning D.C. buildings! We bonded over our mutual love for architecture. One day, I had to cancel on lunch since I was buried in work, and he went out of his way to bring me back my favorite lunch. It was so sweet! He asked me out soon after that, and I was thrilled.


A few years after he asked me out, I moved to Philadelphia for graduate school. Knowing my love for both books and architecture, Jamie proposed in the beautiful Free Library of Philadelphia. He led me through the library on a scavenger hunt. Each of our family members was there with a book and the next riddle. When I finally met Jamie at the end, he asked me to marry him and I emphatically said, “Absolutely!”


Yes! I sent him very specific inspiration pictures. But the final engagement ring was a surprise!


Jamie picked a stunning diamond for the ring, and the twisting shank design was the perfect touch. It's very symbolic of intertwining, eternity love. We created a band that matched the curves of the twisting shank for a perfectly matched pair, like Jamie and Anjali. Happy anniversary guys!

To get the conversation started about your own custom jewelry project, send us an email at, or visit our Custom Jewelry Gallery to get the creative juices flowing!

Blushing Summer Weddings (and the jewelry to go with it)

Blushing Summer Weddings (and the jewelry to go with it)

As summer temperatures hit the high nineties here in Texas, wedding season is in full swing. Whether it’s your turn to walk down the aisle, stand by your bestie’s side as a bridesmaid, or indulge in open bar glory as a guest, there’s something for everyone to love about romantic, balmy summer weddings. You can probably guess what excites us most about wedding season: sparkling engagement rings!

That’s why we were delighted to be a part of a stunning, ethereal bridal editorial for Dear Gray Magazine. The goal of the photoshoot was to capture a very romantic, dreamy bridal session using angelic pastel colors, soft flowing fabrics and shimmering accessories that set the tone.

Shot against the French neoclassical architecture of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, California, the photoshoot was aided by west coast fog, a dream-like haziness that must be seen to be believed.

The Annabeth Debutante Morganite Ring with Diamond Leaves was the perfect pairing for the shoot. Playing off the bride’s Roman-style backdrop and golden leaflet headpiece, the delicate Debutante Ring is set with romantic rose gold and a 1.12 carat champagne-blush morganite.

Colored gemstone engagement rings and wedding bands are exploding in popularity, topping our custom jewelry requests at the Pratiksha design lab. Sapphires, tanzanites, rubies, emeralds and morganites have been used as center stones, matching side-stone pairs, or within the wedding band.

Love this trend too? Take a look at our custom gallery for design inspiration and the many different ways colored gemstones can be used in your engagement rings and wedding bands.

Etherial Bridal Session in the Mist - by Ross Tonkin in Dear Gray Magazine

Ring Design by Pratiksha Jewelry / Styled and designed by Ivory & Vine Event Co. / Bridal Headpieces by Maggie Wu Studio / Stationery & Calligraphy by Sarah Ann Design / Location the Legion of Honor / Wedding Dress by Crystal Designs / Bridal Shop the Blushing Bride Boutique / Hair and Makeup by Natalie Issa / The film lab used was Goodman Film Lab / Photography by Stephanie Brazzle Photography

Jewelry Ideas for your Engagement Portraits

Jewelry Ideas for your Engagement Portraits

For our friend Alex, Dallas attorney and owner of, no detail is left unturned when it comes to achieving the perfect look. A dedicated fashion enthusiast, Alex loves to share her ideas about wardrobes for working women that don’t have to be button-up boring. After having an epiphany moment at Nordstrom during college, she traded a future medical career for one in the courtroom where fierce blazers, silhouette skirts, and powerful dresses would capture her go-getter attitude. We absolutely love her dedication (and tips!) for bringing chic, effortless style into her daily life, in and out of the courtroom.

So when it came to shooting her engagement portraits, we set her up with some of our favorite Pratiksha Jewelry pieces to compliment her beautiful outfits. For her first outfit, a jaw-dropping illusion lace dress by Self Portrait, we wanted to add some elegance without taking any focus away from the dress or couple. We chose the Aria Blue Topaz Mystique Earrings, a delicate pair of blue topaz drop earrings that added a little pop of color and shape. Alex was in love with the set, and as you can see, they added the perfect touch. You can read more about her engagement shoot and see more pictures here.

For her second outfit, she went for a classic black date-night ensemble with plenty of chic touches (especially those tassle heels). We decided on some rose gold jewelry to add romantic, feminine detailing to the ensemble. Starting with the endlessly elegant Eva Pink Sapphire Long Drop Earrings, we added some sparkle with the Moira Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet and Madison Minimalist Princess Diamond Duo Ring. We absolutely love the soft, feminine touches they added to the engagement shoot… don’t they look like a fun couple to go brunch with? Check out these fabulous snaps and tips from her second blog post here.

We loved Alex’s stunning engagement portraits and can’t wait to see what kind of bling she will rock on her big day! In the meantime, fellow Pratiksha girls can catch up with Alex and her fashion sense on Want to explore your personal Pratiksha style? Here’s where you can take our quiz and find out what your style profile is.

Alex borrowed Pratiksha Jewelry for her photo shoot. Did you know that you can, too? Read more about our jewelry rental program here. 

Kudos to the photographer, Greer Inez, and her fine work.

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is a fresh step for us all

Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year is a fresh step for us all

Inspired by lush foliage, the great outdoors, and (perhaps) the restart button on your computer, Pantone sought to offer us a color of the year that inspired brand new beginnings. Greenery, a brilliant yellow-green shade, has been announced as Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year, and we are already in love with the concept. Greenery is said to inspire reconnection with nature, reminding you how rejuvenating a dose of fresh oxygen can be. At Pratiksha, we can already smell the fresh spring air.

The best thing about Greenery is how universally flattering it is. Playful, vibrant and captivating, Greenery flatters all skin tones, hair color, and metals, and can bring a fun, unexpected twist to traditional color palettes. This year, we invite you to rock some new gemstone jewelry featuring peridot, tsavorite and emerald stones. Like Greenery, it will help you remember to take that all-important deep breath every now and then.

Aria Mystic Woodlands Peridot and Diamond Leaf Ring

Moira Oval Emerald & Diamond Filigree Earrings

Aria Bahamas Tsavorite & Blue Diamond Banana Leaf Pendant

The Expert Guide to Diamond Shapes

The Expert Guide to Diamond Shapes


Pros: Classic, timeless cut. High brilliance and fire. Since this is the most popular shape, there are plenty to choose from.

Cons: Because this cut is so popular, prices for less popular cuts can be more affordable than a round diamond of comparable quality.

What to watch out for: Shallow or deep stones. A disproportionate cut doesn’t reflect the light through the stone correctly and can greatly harm the diamond’s brilliance. The “ideal” depth of a round diamond is  between 58 and 64%.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS1 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: Cheaper price because of the higher yield when cutting the stone. Given the natural pyramid like shape of a well-formed diamond rough, cutting a princess diamond loses much less raw material than, say, a round. Because these roughs are also higher in clarity than others, it is also much easier to find a quality princess diamond.

Cons: Their sharp corners are vulnerable to chipping if not protected with a v-prong or similar setting.

What to watch out for: Symmetry. Look for a stone with excellent symmetry and a length-to-width ratio of 1.05:1 or less. A common rule of thumb with princess cut diamonds is to avoid those with a table % that is greater than the depth %.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS1 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: This cut creates soft, shimmery sparkle and dispersion of light, creating a rainbow “kaleidoscope” effect. Their rounded shape is soft and romantic, while still drawing attention as unique.

Cons: Being an over 300 year old cut, it was meant to sparkle and shimmer under candlelight. Because of this, its brilliance is somewhat subdued compared to the flashy round cut. It also shows color more than other cuts—but that makes it a choice cut for fancy color diamonds.

What to watch out for: Photographs. This fancy shape can be “looser” than other cuts, meaning that each stone has its own personality—whether it is a larger table, more pronounced or “pillowy” corners, or differences in depth. For this reason, it’s important to see a photo of the actual stone to evaluate its overall look.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS2 to SI1

Color: D to G

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: Can look larger than an equal carat weight cushion or round, and is the most brilliant of all diamond cuts besides the round. This shape also creates an illusion of length to the finger, which can be flattering for petite hands.

Cons: The dreaded bowtie. It’s a nature of the cut to have less light in these areas, but a stone with very good or better cut quality won’t show this effect. It’s important to have an actual picture of the stone to evaluate before purchasing. This cut, like the cushion and emerald cut, can also show more color than other cuts.

What to watch out for: Length to width ratio. This ratio describes how wide or narrow the stone is—most people prefer diamonds in the range of 1.3 to 1.7; we recommend diamonds between 1.4 and 1.6.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS1 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: Crisp, sharp lines and a bigger look than an equal carat weight round. They are also typically cheaper than more in-demand cuts.

Cons: This cut does not maximize the diamond’s sparkle like a brilliant round cut would. If you really like a diamond’s fire, you may be better suited by a radiant or cushion cut. This cut also makes inclusions and lower color grades more obvious, so you may end up spending more to get a stone with a higher grade clarity or color.

What to watch out for: The length-to-width ratio. This measurement gives you an idea of how narrow or wide this rectangular cut is. Most prefer their stone in the range of 1.33-1.6.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VVS1 to VS2

Color: D to G

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: A gorgeous mix of the emerald cut silhouette and brilliant, glittery faceting. This cut can also be found square, making it an alternative to the princess cut. The truncated corners reduce the risk of chipping or breaking. Because of the cut’s 70 facets, small inclusions are actually better hidden with this cut, making it easier to find a lower clarity grade that is eyeclean.

Cons: This cut is naturally deeper than other cuts because of the number of facets, and that means that more of the diamond’s weight is hidden in its depth. For this reason, a radiant cut will often face up smaller than other shapes of comparable carat weight.

What to watch out for: Photographs. The overall look of a radiant’s faceting can vary, from “chunky” antique style faceting to elaborate “crushed ice” faceting. For this reason, it’s important to see a photo of the actual stone to evaluate its overall look.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS2 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: This cut is unconventional and memorable. Its brilliant facets help conceal inclusions, allowing for a lower clarity grade than cuts without brilliant faceting (such as the emerald cut).

Cons: Like the oval, marquise, and heart cuts, pears can sometimes exhibit dark, shadowy “bow-ties” in their faceting. Very good or better cut stones will minimize this.

What to watch out for: Cut. This shape can be difficult to get right, either with the right proportions (not “stubby” or too long), proper rounding along the bottom, or the graceful curve from base to point. Get photographs or see the stone in person to determine if it is an appealing look for you.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS2 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: This shape is quirky and unmistakable. Because this type of cut is challenging, and quite unique, heart wedding rings often increase in value with time.

Cons: The distinct shape of this cut can be hard to see for stones under ½ carat. Like the oval, pear, and marquise cut, the heart is also prone to the “bow tie” effect. This can be minimized or eliminated in very good or better cut stones.

What to watch out for: Cut. Like the pear, this cut is an artistic shape without uniform parameters. When choosing a heart, symmetry is a very important characteristic, since it is critical that the two halves of the heart are identical. The cleft (between the two lobes) should be sharp and distinct, and the wings (the sides as they curve down to the point) should have a very slightly rounded shape.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS2 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good



Pros: Unconventional and memorable

Cons: Like the oval, pear, and heart cut, the heart is also prone to the “bow tie” effect. This can be minimized or eliminated in very good or better cut stones. Like the princess cut, its points are vulnerable to chips and breaks.

What to watch out for: Length to width ratio. Well cut stones fall between around 1.5 and 2.5, but individual preferences vary widely in this range. Stones with 1.5 length to width ratios resemble footballs, while stones with 2.5 length to width ratios can resemble narrow canoes.

Our recommendations:

Clarity: VS2 to SI2

Color: F to H

Cut: Excellent to Very Good

Our newest feature on Honeyfund

Our newest feature on Honeyfund

We were recently featured as a guest blogger for the honeymoon registry service, Honeyfund. 

In our full-length article, we discuss the best ways to create lasting and memorable wedding jewelry to pass down as a family heirloom.

The article is available on Honeyfund's blog, available here.



The Advanced Diamond Buying Guide

The Advanced Diamond Buying Guide

It seems that snow flurries, twinkly lights, and the holidays give couples the warm-and-fuzziesthe holiday season is the most popular time of year for couples to propose tying the knot. Because of this, the fall has become engagement season for jewelers, who help clients pop the question with breathtaking bling. 

But not all jewels (and jewelers) are created equal. With such an investment, it's of utmost importance to understand what you're getting and what factors are most important to consider. 

If you're considering buying a diamond for your partner, you likely already know about the 4 C's: Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight. But how can we use this information to make the best purchase? We've outlined six of our best tips for choosing your diamond that you won't find in Diamonds 101.


1. Not all certificates are created equal.

GIA is considered the highest standard for grading,whereas other laboratories like EGL USA, IDI, and AGS are more generous with their grading policies. For this reason, we recommend reducing the grading of non-GIA certified stones by one grade when comparing them with GIA certified stones. Ultimately, it is important to remember that diamond grading is subjective and not mathematically defined. So if one lab consistently calls one color grade "H" while another lab calls the same color grade "G", it’s perfectly reasonable as long as they do so consistently.


2. A certificate is only as good as the lab’s reputation.

Every lab has its quirks: one may be looser in color, or clarity, or perhaps more forgiving of certain inclusions. What makes the lab’s certificate authoritative is consistency in these grading practices. It is for these reasons that we recommend staying far away from stones with certain low-reputation lab certificates, including those from the now defunct EGL-International.



3. Compare your stone with the certificate.

Diamond certificates include a top and bottom diagram illustrating the stone’s unique arrangement of inclusions. Using these diagrams, inspect your stone with a loupe to verify that the certificate provided matches the stone being offered. Some inclusions may be difficult to find even with a loupe; ask your gemologist to help you find them!

4. Don’t skimp on the cut grade.

The quality of a diamond’s cut directly affects its brilliance and is one of the most important factors when evaluating your stone. At the very best, a round "ideal" cut diamond will show high fire, brightness, and perfect symmetry—resulting in a hearts and arrows effect. Be aware that grades offered above this GIA recognized grade are created by the diamond seller to inflate the value of their stones. There is no difference between an "ideal" stone and a "super ideal", "signature ideal", or similarly described stone.


5. Don’t buy more than you need.

You go into the car dealership looking for a modest sedan and come out with a fast-and-sporty, full-loaded coupe with all the bells and whistles—many that you won’t ever use. The same can happen with a diamond, too. While many would adore having a colorless, flawless diamond, the price difference between it and a pretty-much-completely-perfect diamond can be astronomical. Further, it can be very difficult for even the trained eye to tell the difference! For many people, diamonds in the range of F-H in color and SI1-SI2 in clarity hit the sweet spot for appearance and price. Take advantage of the nuanced spectrum of colors, clarities, and grading criteria to pick a stone that is ideal for you and your budget.



6. Size is (almost) everything.

Diamond prices jump at half carat and full carat marks, so aim for a stone that is slightly below that size for the same look without the same price tag. For example, 0.95ct looks identical to 1.00ct but is much more attractively priced.


Beyond Bridal, pt. IV: Jewels for the Big Day

Beyond Bridal, pt. IV: Jewels for the Big Day

Once your wedding day arrives, your engagement ring (and band!) won’t be the only bling you’re rocking. You’ll want to accessorize your wedding whites with elegant jewels—but what? Deciding on just the right diamond accessories or colorful gems requires careful consideration of the style of your wedding.


Consider the mood of the wedding

Whether the ceremony is held during the day or at night, at the beach or in a chapel, or as a large venue or an intimate gathering has a big effect on the overall choices for attire.

Black Tie 

This is the opportunity to wear the most glamorous and extravagant accessories, including tiaras, chandelier earrings, and statement necklaces. Go all out—it’s your day!

Formal / Black Tie Optional

Subtle yet sparkly diamond jewelry strikes the balance of being elegant without the fanfare of a black tie look. Pick a few coordinating pieces that don’t compete with one another for attention.


Odds are, your event has a more relaxed and fun vibe. Choose a few less dramatic jewelry pieces in more whimsical, colorful, or romantic styles.


More whimsical choices like floral motifs and organic forms like baroque pearls will echo the tone of an outdoor event.


Consider the dress


Consider simple jewelry that won’t compete with your dress, like a pearl necklace, pearl drops, and a tennis bracelet.


Smooth silk and clean lined column styles are the perfect canvas for more elaborate jewelry styles and colorful gems. You might love the look of detailed Art Deco or Art Nouveau styled pieces, or perhaps statement looks crowned with rubies, emeralds, or sapphires.


This neckline gives you the freedom to try many jewelry styles. A neck-hugging choker, layered strands of pearls or even a single dainty pendant look beautiful with this style. You could even consider wearing no necklace at all, opting instead for a pair of dramatic chandelier earrings.

Halter/V Neck

If you wear a necklace at all, it should fall about halfway between the base of the neck and the point of the V. Opt for a small choker or a thin chain with a single pendant on it. This style is perfectly suited for elaborate earrings with a romantic vibe.

High Neck

Avoid necklaces with this neckline and opt instead for drop or chandelier earrings, hair pieces, or bracelets.


Get Inspired

There’s more to choose from than a simple necklace or pair of earrings.

Hair pieces and crowns

A trending style for this year’s summer weddings, jeweled hair accessories in the likes of hair combs, headbands, clasps, and pins add a certain enchanting flair to a bridal hairstyle. These are often combined with more contemporary veil styles and even fresh flowers.


Easy to pin to necklines, shrugs, veils, and shoes, this traditional style adds a vintage touch to the bridal ensemble.

Back necklaces

This beautiful trend flatters backless dress styles. Most backlace styles are long “Y” style pendant necklaces on the back and short choker style necklaces on the front. If you’re feeling bold, you could even opt for an elaborate “shoulder necklace” or “capelet”  to wear over your strapless gown.


Stressing the price tag? Rent it

Many brides choose to purchase their wedding day jewelry to cherish as an heirloom or to wear for special occasions. But your big day glamour may not suit your everyday tasteor budget. 

That doesn't mean you should resort to department store costume jewelry for your ceremony and keepsake photographs. Renting is often comparable in price and gives you the quality (and joy!) of the real thing. 

If you are interested in renting our fine jewelry for your wedding or special occasion, please contact us about our beta rental program.

Looking for more inspiration? Shop our curated wedding day looks.

The Wedding Day Collection »


Beyond Bridal, pt. III: Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

Beyond Bridal, pt. III: Gifts for Your Bridesmaids

They’re the unsung heroes of your big day:  they helped you pick your gown, DIY’d your wedding décor and planned all those endless little details. Give back with gifts to your bridesmaids to show how much you appreciate their support.

Personalized Gifts

While everyone appreciates a personalized gift, we all know what happens to that hot pink “John + Maggie Bridesmaid Squad” t-shirt.

Consider a more subtle personalization that acts as a reminder of the big day without screaming “souvenir”:


Matching jewelry sets

Give each bridesmaid a matching pendant or bracelet charm that coordinates with your wedding colors—they can even wear them for the ceremony.


Monogrammed jewelry

A monogrammed pendant is cute, personal, and pretty much foolproof.


Custom engraving

A cute stackable band with the wedding date, her initials, or even the coordinates of the ceremony’s location is a memento she can wear every day. You could even consider giving a pendant or ring with a personal short & sweet message to each bridesmaid engraved on the back or inside.


Custom designs

Create a custom-made jewelry set that represents your bridal squad. Get inspired by your wedding décor: create a design inspired by your floral arrangements, colors, fonts, and other motifs. You could even create a design representing your destination wedding, such as a conch shell for a tropical wedding or a cute branch bar necklace for a woodsy locale.


Beyond Bridal, pt. II: Something Blue

Beyond Bridal, pt. II: Something Blue

Everyone knows the saying: something old, something new, something borrowed…

It’s a tradition for many brides, but where does it actually originate?

It’s actually an Old English rhyme, first published in an 1894 edition of the Pennsylvanian newspaper The Warren Ledger, where it was listed as a “Puritan Marriage Custom”.

Something old,something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

The oddball dropped from the common saying—the “silver sixpence”—was a British coin in use during the 17th to the 20th centuries, and remains in the British version of the tradition.

Quite simply, the saying lists charms thought to bring good luck to the bride and the marriage. The items are quite often family heirlooms handed down for the wedding as a rite of passage, but many take the opportunity to create their own heirloom treasures. Each has its own particular sentiment:

Something old to represent continuity;

Something new to represent hope for the future;

Something borrowed, traditionally from another happy bride, to represent borrowed happiness;

And something blue to represent fidelity, love, and purity.

In British customs, the silver sixpence represents prosperity and future wealth.

Given sapphire’s long association with love and purity, we think there is no better gem to play the part of the bride’s “something blue”: whether it be a pair of sapphire earrings, a ring, or perhaps a bracelet or hair pin.

For the bride wanting a more subtle look, blue topaz or aquamarine offers a subtle breath of blue that pairs well with bright wedding whites.

Check out our selection of jewelry featuring blue gemstones - perfect to complete any wedding day look! 

Beyond Bridal, pt. I: Wedding Bands

Beyond Bridal, pt. I: Wedding Bands

You scoured the internet (read: Pinterest), flipped through hundreds of bridal magazines, sifted through scores of jewelers and diamond listings and finally found the one. They proposed. Now what? For many brides, the blinders are on for anything but the big day once the ring is on the finger. But between the day you get engaged to the day you say, “I do”, there are several other major jewelry decisions to make.


The Frosting to the Cake: The Wedding Bands

Don’t let your wedding band be an afterthought: consider what type of band works best for you while you’re choosing your engagement ring. You may decide you want to always wear them stacked; you may realize you’d like a band that can also stand alone for times when you’d rather leave your engagement ring at home. Either way, your band is just as personal of a choice as an engagement ring and you want to be sure that what you choose meshes well with your lifestyle.

Here’s a quick breakdown of common band styles for you to consider:



Pros: Simple, timeless, and wears well with little maintenance. Comfortable and works well with solitaires.

Cons: Pairing this style with an elaborate or highly diamond-embellished engagement ring can look like an afterthought.



Pros: Sparkly and feminine, pairs beautifully with halos and styles with diamonds along the shank. Doesn’t have a “top” so it can spin freely on the finger.

Cons: Can be expensive since diamonds circle the entire band. Since diamonds are exposed on the palm side, there is slightly more risk of damaging stones. This style is extremely difficult to resize later.


Half Eternity

Pros: The look of an eternity with half the stones. Smooth shank on the sides can be more comfortable for everyday wear. Easier to resize than a full eternity ring.

Cons: “Spinning” on the finger can reveal the ring’s diamondless side.



Curved Band

Pros: This style nestles nicely against a larger center stone or elaborate engagement ring, creating a more cohesive look and eliminating gaps.

Cons: Because the style is contoured, it can look out of place if you want to wear it without your engagement ring.



Pros: Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle. Rows of diamond make these rings more eye-catching and easy to wear as a standalone.

Cons: Generally these styles are wider in width. This, coupled with the larger look of diamonds, can sometimes overpower your engagement ring.


“Butterfly” or “Ring Guard” Bands

Pros: These unusual rings are designed to fit around your engagement ring to create an embellished “triplet” look. The pieces essentially become one ring but can be separated for different looks.

Cons: Because the band has an empty center in which your engagement ring is supposed to fit, it looks very out of place to wear it alone.



Color Stone Bands

Pros: Brightening up a classic look with pops of color from stones like ruby or sapphire creates a unique and eyecatching look.

Cons: Bright colors can be tougher to coordinate with other jewelry, making this style better for fashion-forward women. 


Custom Matching Bands

Pros: A set of bands with matching motifs—say, an engraving, shape, or finish—unifies the pieces in a romantic way. With both partners having an input on the final style, it’s like carrying a little part of them around with you wherever you go.

Cons: As much as you love them, you may not want your partner having style input on your ring’s look. Because of the custom designs and embellishments, these styles are also typically worn standalone or with very simple engagement rings.


Dos and Don’ts for Your Bands

DO: pick the same metal as your engagement ring. This isn’t simply a “fashion faux pas” piece of advice: metals wear differently. Platinum and white gold look the same when first purchased but will become very different (and very mismatched) over time.

DON’T: feel compelled to match rings. Maybe your partner really likes yellow gold and, well, you really don’t: it’s ok to pick a different metal or style that suits your taste. After all, do you and your partner regularly wear matching… anything? Make them a pair with mutual (albeit subtle) embellishments, like inner inscriptions.

DO: try on looks outside of your shortlist. You may love the look of a couple styles, but trying on a wide range of looks may change your mind. Take your time and investigate all your options.

DON’T: wait until the last minute to choose bands. Give yourself at least a few months before the big day to find your bands. Between research, shopping trips, and customizations such as ring sizing or inscriptions, you want to be sure your rings are ready for your wedding day.

DO: make sure your ring and band have something in common. A simple repeated motif—engraving, stone shape or color, and metal, for example—will help unify the pieces.