Drawing inspiration from South Africa’s unique Rainbow Nation, jewellery designers have introduced custom engagement rings with clusters of multi-coloured gemstones. They agree that rainbow coloured gemstones will become increasingly popular as a choice for custom engagement rings.
Designers say that brides are inspired by the seasons, often opting for the gemstones that relate to the month of the wedding. Here is a quick look at the gemstones associated with the 12 calendar months of the year.
However, this more colourful trend will not dispel the popularity of a girl’s best friend, the diamond. Jewellery designers predict that the ever-popular solitaire will become upgraded, placing the focus more on the setting and on the diamond itself. These modern designs include the use of knife edge prongs to create a delicate and timeless effect.
Other emerging trends are for Art Deco custom engagement rings that marry both the old and the new, while two-stone eternity rings are replacing the more formal middle-set diamond.
Despite these emerging trends, jewellery designers agree that the traditional eternity band diamond engagement ring will forever remain popular. However, when eternity rings are combined with more colourful gemstones, they bring a touch of rainbow hues into the world of the modern 21st century South African bride.
They say jewellery should tell a story about the person who is wearing it. At Francois Jewellers, we always strive to give you that personal touch when you walk into our store.