Engagement Rings in Dallas – 3 Trends to Consider

[Posted on December 26th 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]


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Purchasing engagement rings in Dallas is a big step for any couple. With so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right? These four trends — some as big as Texas itself! — are the perfect way to get started in finding your ultimate engagement ring.

#1: Large Center Stones

The old saying that “everything is bigger in Texas” certainly is true when it comes to buying engagement rings in Dallas. A recent survey by popular fashion magazine, Lucky, found that locals are spending just as much on a large center stone as couples in New York and Los Angeles.

So, what exact gem size is appropriate? This will ultimately depend on a couple’s budget and individual tastes. However, many are opting for a large and flashy stone that will turn heads. The exact shape of the diamond also varies. The classic round-cut diamond is eternally popular; while princess-cut and emerald-cut styles are also considered a noticeable trend.

#2: Pave Bands

Pave bands are also quite popular with Texan couples. This style includes a large center stone (see above) surrounded by tons of smaller sparkling gems around the actual band of the ring itself. This beautiful design easily catches in the light, creating a stunning look that any bride-to-be would adore.

(One important note to remember about pave bands is that they can be difficult to resize. A custom jeweler can often create a design that offers the look of pave with a bit more flexibility for change down the road.)

#3: Decorative Bands

As an alternative to pave, decorative bands are also quite popular with local brides. Often, these styles mimic the ornate filigree designs of Victorian-era and/or antique rings. If a piece is custom made, it can include symbols or images unique to the couple. (Examples include Celtic knots, certain family symbols, flowers, engraving, etc.) In some cases, side stones or smaller gemstones including sapphires, emeralds, and rubies are added to the decorative band for an extra pop of color.

#4: Side Stones

Engagement rings that have side stones are also quite sought after in Dallas. This look can include smaller diamonds next to a large center stone and/or colored gems. The shape is usually similar to the larger stone, but can also include trillion-cut or baguette-cut diamonds.

Dickinson By Design is a custom jewelry designer offering pendants, bracelets, wedding bands, anniversary gifts, and engagement rings in Dallas. Please contact them today for more information about finding your perfect fine jewelry piece.

Why Working with a Custom Jewelry Designer Is the Best Option

[Posted on December 3rd 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]


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Sometimes the piece of jewelry you are dreaming of proves impossible to find. Maybe you like the band on one ring, the stone on another, and the detailing on the next. Perhaps you prefer the idea of having a one-of-a-kind custom necklace that no one else is wearing. Maybe you want your engagement ring to be a reflection of how you feel. These are just a few of the reasons why working with a custom jewelry designer maybe your best option. Below are a few of the most popular reasons people have customized jewelry created:

A Personalized Gift Idea

Jewelry is a popular gift idea for special occasions, birthdays, engagements, and holidays and it may feel more heartfelt if it is designed by a custom jewelry designer. If your loved one has a favorite stone, a favorite color, a favorite material, or if you want to design a piece of jewelry that represents a personal aspect of your relationship with your loved one you can do so with customized jewelry. You can even add hidden inscriptions or hidden compartments to add to your pieces charm.

Captures Your Sense of Style

When you find a designer whose signature work is complementary to your taste and style, you may want to take things a step further with a custom piece. Even if you love their style you may not want to be limited to their mass market selections and can participate in having them design you a custom piece.  Or maybe you can’t find a piece that captures your sense of style, so you have a piece designed that has everything you are looking for.

Redesign a Family Heirloom

Heirloom pieces that are passed down from generation to generation and something you want to keep in your family for years to come. Even if the heirloom has sentimental value for you and your family it may not be a piece you are likely to wear. Perhaps you have an heirloom that has many stones and you want to find a way to break it up for several family members to share. Whatever your reason may be, an experienced designer can take your heirloom and craft it into a piece, or several pieces, that you will wear and enjoy.

Create Jewelry Out of Unique Stones and Materials

What if you have an element that is not often used to make jewelry, but you see that it has potential to become a unique piece? If you find yourself wanting something untraditional made into a unique piece of jewelry you can acquire a jewelry designer to craft something for you.

More Options to Choose From

When you shop in a jewelry store you are limited to mainstream styles, but when you have a custom design the possibilities are endless. Even if you are not particularly artsy or creative, a jewelry designer will help you create a piece that has all of things you love most. You can order stones in sizes and colors to match your favorite pieces and you can make your jewelry of metals and materials that are less typical.

To maximize your investment, have your jewelry custom designed in order to ensure your piece has everything you desire and that it is a piece you will enjoy for years to come.