A wedding should be one of the most special days in a person’s life for both the bride and the groom.
Prior to that day, many couples search for a ring to show the special bond they will share for a lifetime.
“When couples come in they really do seem to be conscious of their love because they know it will be for the rest of their life,” said Amanda Herrick, bridal manager at Bichsel Jewelry. “Couples want something unique that is one of a kind and expresses their love for each other.
“They may come in with an idea about what they want but then they want us to tweak it and make it unlike any other,” Herrick added. “A lot of couples will bring in pictures or stones from a family ring because they like the sentimental aspect, but they want us to make it into their own.”
Although it does still occur, Herrick said most men don’t come in to the store and chose the engagement ring all on their own.
“Most guys come in and have an idea of what their girlfriends like,” Herrick said. “They may not have the exact ring in mind but they will know something like the cut of the stone or the type of mounting they would like the stones to be in.
“So many brides are using Pinterest and social media to get ideas for their wedding and that can help the men too,” Herrick added. “The online aspect is definitely having an impact on what our customers are wanting.”
Herrick said Bichsel will customize rings but said they also take the time to offer advice to the couple as well.
“Morganite is a really popular stone right now and it is beautiful, but it’s also very brittle and is difficult to care for,” Herrick said. “We tell them up front what we know from our experience but the decision is always theirs to make.”
Many couples are considering some current trends as elements for their wedding sets.
Herrick said halo rings are once again popular but there is even a different take on them.
“Instead of a single halo, couples are choosing double halos or changing the round stone to a princess cut,” Herrick said. “The princess cuts seem to be popular again and brides are choosing baguettes and fancy cuts are becoming very popular accent stones to complete their sets.
“Colored diamonds don’t seem to be as popular as they were a few years ago, but the couples are choosing accent stones if they want color to complete their sets,” Herrick added. “Another trend we are starting to see is that some brides are choosing to wear their engagement ring on one hand and their wedding band(s) on the opposite hand.
Many brides are choosing to wear bands that do not necessarily match their engagement ring but instead are stackable bands.
One thing that is not requested by many brides is a plain gold wedding band.
“I think it goes back to wanting something different,” Herrick said. “One thing we do try to tell all of our customers though is that you may love your choice now but is this something that you will always love years from now or for the rest of your life?”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484