Lauren Priori: The biggest mistake is not finding out what the bride-to-be wants. Having an honest conversation about her dream ring will help ring shopping go smoothly. Even better than that? Shop for the ring together. I adore working with couples on a ring. For one, it lets me get to know them and see their love firsthand. But it also lets me talk through the details with the person who is going to wear it forever. Don't worry about ruining the surprise- the surprise is in how you ask!
LP: Rose and yellow gold are back in a huge way! Brushed metal, bezeled stones, and antique
details all look gorgeous in rose and yellow. I'm also seeing renewed interest in fancy cuts- radiant cuts, princess cuts, and ovals are all making a resurgence. The round stone will always be a classic, but I love the movement towards unique shapes.
T1E: When should an engaged couple purchase their wedding bands?
LP: Ideally, you considered your wedding band when you picked out the engagement ring. If it's important that the band fits flush with the engagement ring, you'll need the engagement ring design to accommodate that.
Visit your jeweler two to three months before your wedding to finalize your wedding band selection. A custom ring can take 4-6 weeks to create in the busy season. Even if you're buying something out of the case, engraving and other customizations can take time. You're going to have so many last minute tasks to take care of the last few weeks- get your rings square away early so you can focus on the final details with your vendors.
LP: Wear something meaningful. Consider wearing an heirloom piece from you or your fiance's mother or grandmother. If you don't love a piece as is, let's update it so that it fits your style! A sparkly new pendant will mean so much more if it's holding your family's diamonds.
Also, visit your jeweler a week before the wedding to have your ring cleaned and polished one last time. You want your ring to sparkle in those wedding photos.