Jewelry at WP Shelton Jewelers
Last month, in Part 1, we went over some major factors that affect the cost of the ring…now it is time for the fun part…styles, fashions and trends of rings. We are going back in time to discuss all the decades’ most popular engagement ring trends and much more!
Before we begin, we must go over the history of engagement rings dating back to the ancient Egyptians. They have been found buried with metal wire around their third finger on their left hands. It is believed that this finger is directly connected to the heart by a vein.
The first use of a diamond ring to signify an engagement, most historians believe, was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds in the shape of an "M.”
By the 1600s and 1700s engagement and wedding ring references were made in Shakespeare’s plays. Silver rings would be given to mark the engagement, and then a gold ring would replace it upon the wedding.
Before we can get into the twentieth century, and all its decades of fashions. There is one last era to discuss, the Victorian. Rare as it may have been at the time, Queen Victoria was very much in love with her husband Albert. The era was a very romantic time because of her love. The engagement rings of that time were referred to as the Victorian style, often featuring whimsical and romantic motifs, like hearts, bows, flowers and even snakes (at the time were seen as a symbol of eternity).
After a large deposit of diamonds were discovered in South Africa towards the end of the Victorian Era, the diamond engagement rings became more common.
During the Edwardian Era (1900-1910), fine jewelry was within reach of more people than ever before due to the Industrial Revolution bringing about an increase of prosperity and a growing middle class in Europe and America. The Edwardian style often featured diamonds in lacy and ornate platinum designs.
Now, onto the trends of the decades…beginning with the roaring 20’s and into the 30’s! The styles at this time reflected the geometric Art Deco aesthetic and the era’s love of all things modern. Often, they were accented with colorful precious gems such as sapphires and rubies. The settings that were most popular at the time were platinum and white gold.
In the 40’s the trend shifted back towards a more feminine style, featuring motifs such as ribbons, bows and flowers. Engagement rings were often big and bold despite the hardships of WWII. Gold was the choice of metal at the time since platinum was used for the war effort and scarce. Some budget-conscious couples turned to synthetic sapphires and rubies due to the prices of real diamonds.
We have Audrey Hepburn’s husband to thank for having kicked off the stackable ring trends in the 50s that are still going strong today. The reasoning for these rings? So that Audrey could switch them out to match her outfit (white gold, yellow gold and rose gold colors).
Post war, during the 60’s, platinum increased in popularity again. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s emerald cut diamond ring made this cut diamond an in-demand gemstone for many brides-to-be. Back during this era, Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor a ring featuring a 33-carat asscher-cut diamond, which makes Kim and Kayne’s 15-carat ring look small.
During the 70’s the era did away with many things from the past, and introduced new shapes like the very popular square princess and radiant cuts.
The wedding of the decade (and maybe even longer than that to some) was that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Her oval sapphire engagement ring set some major trends for decades to follow.
The one style that has been sought after since the beginning of the twenty-first century is the solitaire. Even with the internet playing a huge role in providing more information to couples, and styles rise and fall year by year, this simplistic style will always remain a popular one.
Coming into the 2010 decade, the halo style has made a name for itself. While the style is nothing "new,” the increased popularity and must have for this style has definitely been top of the selling charts. A halo of diamonds around the center stone is not only appealing to the eyes, but easier on the wallet. It allows for a larger look without spending more than you want.
While trends come and go just like the decades, the love that each engagement ring represents will last a lifetime. Allow us to be a part of your journey together, and we will find the perfect ring for you! We offer special financing to give you affordable monthly payments, custom ring designs, and much more!
Out with the old, and in with the new! A new year, means a new you! Reward yourself, for another great year in the books, with some beautiful shiny new objects…jewelry! Starting the year with new fashions and designs sets you up with the confidence to truly express yourself. Every year, around this time, we set goals and create plans of what we want to accomplish in the New Year. Have you ever noticed that when you have an outfit that looks, feels and fits just right, your confidence goes to a whole new level? You feel that you can accomplish just about anything, nail any interview, stand out in any crowd, etc.! We are here to encourage you to be that confident person.
As the years come and go, so do some of the fashions. The jewelry in our jewelry box begins to collect dust. Why not take the jewelry piece(s) and create/design something completely new with it? Or sell the gold to buy something new? Take a look at what is hot for 2018 and what is here to stay. And you decide what your 2018 style will be for you.
Qalo Rings –
These silicone rings have taken over! We love these alternative bands for both men and women who live an active lifestyle, whether at work, in the gym, or at home. They are worry and hassle free because of their lightweight design and inexpensive material.
Diamond Stud Earrings –
These studs are nothing new to the everyday gal. They offer a timeless elegance for any attire, day or night. Dress them up with a halo of more diamonds, or with a halo of colored gemstones, either way they are versatile pieces that never go out of style.
Layered Necklaces –
The layered look offers women a way to add a little dimension to their fashion. By layering three or so dainty necklaces, a soft and laid back look is easily created. Imagine a deep V-neckline shirt or dress with several layers and lengths of necklaces. These shiny things demand attention.
Stackable Rings –
The stackable rings are similar to layered necklaces in that they present a mixed and matched look, offering a laid back, confident feel. Stackable rings can be a mix of gemstone or metal colors. Either way this look can add new colors to your overall style or bring colors together in one design.
Multi Rings –
Do not let this be confused with the stacked look. With this style you are wearing one ring on each finger. Nature-themed and geometric-shaped fashion rings are among the most eye catching styles. The old saying "less is more,” does not apply to you for this look. This style screams confident and unique, all at the same time, because you are not afraid to be yourself.
Graceful and tender, pearls are some the most sophisticated jewelry a woman can wear. They have been successfully boosting a lady’s femininity for centuries, as they never go out of style. Pearls do not have to be linked together, they can be surrounded with colorful pastel gemstones, or a halo of diamonds. Pearls are traditional but can be made into modern design.
Rose Gold –
Rose gold is here to stay! Rose gold jewelry adds a new color and some personality to your everyday look. It is great by itself, or mixed with white and yellow gold. Whether worn as chunky jewelry or dainty pieces, rose gold gives others the hint of your pink passion.
The great part about feeling confident in your own skin, is staying true to your true self and style. Whether the items above are pieces you admire or not, we encourage you to stick with what you love. If you would like to turn some of your old jewelry into new pieces, stop by our store Monday through Saturday, or give us a call to set up an appointment (228-875-4842). We look forward to providing new jewelry, to the new you, for the New Year!