FAQs and expert advice about jewellery

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Herts and Beds Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourhertsbeds.wedding

 

Ring-a-ding-ding

Ring-a-ding-ding

Q. We want to purchase beautiful wedding rings, but we have a small budget. How can we get around this?

A. Sarah Heulwen Lewis says: Even with a small budget, bespoke rings can be the perfect way to design something that's not only special but also affordable. From classic polished wedding rings to ones with texture or even a bit of sparkle, your jewellery designer is there to give you a helping hand and advise accordingly.

It's always best to have an open and honest conversation about your needs, desires and budget at the beginning of the design process. You'll know what's realistic this way and what can be done to make your dream rings possible.

Wedding bands come in different metals, widths and weights and the cost can be reduced significantly by picking a thinner band, fewer diamonds or a different metal.

There's always the much loved and sustainable option of using inherited or unworn jewellery to make the rings. There could be a few small diamonds sitting in your jewellery box just waiting to be brought back to life. Not only can this be cost-effective, but it's a very sentimental process.

Sarah Heulwen Lewis,Heulwen Lewis Bespoke
www.heulwenlewisbespoke.com

 

Accessories and shine

Accessories and shine

Q. I'm struggling to find jewellery for my wedding day with the number of options out there. What top tips can you share when it comes to finding the perfect pieces?

A. Jerry Greig says: Consider the style of wedding ring you're looking for, whether you'd like a plain band, one with gemstones or even something completely bespoke. A bespoke ring is a great option to match and fit around your engagement ring seamlessly, and it can be a fantastic opportunity to express your style. Always consider your partner's band too and if you'd like the metals and styles to coordinate.

Wearing a piece with sentimental value is a wonderful option for a momentous occasion, whether it's a borrowed piece or something remodelled from an older jewellery item such as a family heirloom.

If you're buying new jewellery, go for classic pieces that can be used again after the wedding. A pendant or simple pair of earrings can be worn forever and always remind you of the magical day. It's essential to choose something comfortable and make sure you've worn the pieces previously in case any adjustments are needed.

Jerry Greig,Jerry Greig Ltd
www.instagram.com/jerry_greig

 

Accessorise and shine

Accessorise and shine

Q. I'm looking for jewellery to give my bridesmaids as a thank you present, what would you suggest? 

A. Sarah Heulwen Lewis says: Bespoke pendants, earrings and bracelets are an excellent gift for your bridesmaids as they not only complement the bridesmaids' outfits on the day, but they can be worn forevermore. The design itself can be simple and elegant or have a bit more of a punch. You can create the pieces with their taste in mind and can add a splash of colour.

One of the most beautiful and exciting pieces I designed for a bride was based on her love of her hometown in Wales. From her beloved family garden, where she spent a lot of her time, we chose the perfect twig to incorporate in the design. We 3D-scanned it, added a claw setting and cast it into silver to make an earring and necklace set. The organic elegance with the vibrance of the orange citrine not only complemented her bridesmaids' dresses and the bride's colour theme, but was also the perfect memento.

Sarah Heulwen Lewis ,Heulwen Lewis Bepsoke
www.heulwenlewisbespoke.com

 

Bridal bling

Bridal bling

Q. We have a tight budget, but I would still like to have beautiful jewellery on my wedding day, what would you suggest?

A. Jodie Gearing says: Bespoke bridal jewellery from tiaras and headpieces to necklaces and earrings are a luxurious touch that not every wedding budget can stretch to. However, there's plenty of options open to keep the cost in check whilst still achieving the beautiful look desired.

Although I specialise in bespoke, high-end pieces like engagement and wedding rings, I also offer a range of small-batch silver ready-to-wear pieces. A lot of jewellery designers have a range like this, which can either be bought as it is, used as a starting point for a bespoke design or customised to your exact requirements. For example, some of my pieces could have the gemstones swapped to match your colour scheme and this can also make the perfect bridesmaid gift. 

If you want to design a piece from scratch, opt for silver rather than more costly metals. If you want a coloured metal, vermeil or gold plated silver can achieve the same look for far less money. Semi-precious stones like pearls or quartz paired with Swarovski crystals are affordable ways to embellish jewels. The image shows a one-off piece of dress jewellery I've made for a customer using yellow gold plated silver and CZ stones for a high-end look at an affordable price. 

Jodie Gearing,Jodie Gearing Jewellery Design
www.jodiegearing.com

 

Sparkle and shine

Sparkle and shine

Q. I want to wear bespoke jewellery for our wedding but I have no idea where to start. What advice can you share with us?

A. Jodie Gearing says: Going bespoke is a romantic touch for your wedding rings. Here are a few of my top tips to help you design the perfect look. The key is to have a common element between the engagement and wedding ring. I always recommend matching the depth of the rings to look right on your finger. The width does not have to match (mine don't), and neither do the metals if you'd like some contrast. The key is to decide when you begin this process is to decide whether you need a fitted shape to fit with your engagement ring. There's lots of options available if you do need some shaping, such as a twist, wave, wishbone, and curved. I always draw up several options for my client to choose from.

Take a look online and get some inspiration; try browsing Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy as well as high street names. I have galleries of bespoke rings on my website as a starting point for my clients. Send your favourite ideas to a designer for them to understand your style and preferences; they should then be able to sketch out your dream ring!

Jodie Gearing,Jodie Gearing Jewellery Design
www.jodiegearing.com

 

The finishing touch

The finishing touch

Q. I'm trying to pick jewellery for our wedding day. What advice and tips would you give me when trying to find the perfect pieces?

A. Sarah Heulwen Lewis says: When selecting your dream wedding jewellery, classic diamonds and gemstones work extremely well for that added glitz and glamour! Make sure each piece reflects your style and complements your outfit without overpowering it. It's also worth considering your pieces as forever items, ones that are not only worn on the day but cherished for years to come – just like selecting engagement rings and wedding bands. Ask yourself, what would I wear more than once and can be my forever piece so that can it be passed on as a something borrowed in years to come? There might even be pieces of jewellery that have been inherited and can be worn or upcycled. Upcycling is the perfect way to have a much-loved family member walk down the aisle with you, even if they can't be there. An amazing gift is to be able to design something really special using their diamonds, gemstones and metal. Bring a piece that has been boxed away back to life.

Sarah Heulwen Lewis,Heulwen Lewis Bespoke
www.heulwenlewisbespoke.com

 

The bling ring

The bling ring

Q. I want to buy my wife-to-be a ring that's really personal and shows just how much I love her. Do you have any tips or advice when it comes to choosing the right one when there's so many on the market?

A. Glenn Chapman says: We always say the best way to guarantee your wife-to-be gets a ring she will treasure for a lifetime is to get her involved with the design from the very start by creating the engagement ring together.

We know there's many options out there with various metals, shapes, stone colours and sizes, which is why many men can find it overwhelming when it comes to picking out the perfect one. We often find that the woman knows exactly the type she wants, so why not design it together and create exactly that?

When visiting The Goldsmithy for any commission, whether that's an engagement or wedding bands, our skilled goldsmiths will sit down with you to talk through all of the options.

The team will offer advice on the best choices to suit your lifestyle and budget as many people don't realise how many options and combinations are available to them! You'll also be able to have a go at our workbench guided by Cartier trained, Glenn Chapman and his son Paul Chapman.

This allows for an extra special and personal experience as you'll be putting your own mark on the ring for a loved one to cherish forever.

Glenn Chapman
www.thegoldsmithy.com

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