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With 2020 rapidly approaching, Jason D'Heureux, the creative director of London based bespoke jewellers Taylor & Hart, has made his predications for what will be big in the world of engagement rings during the first year of the new decade.
There'll be a move away from the less traditional side stones to the more classical, smaller band, with both plain and pavé bands taking centre stage. Meghan Markle's recently updated engagement ring was a micro pavé design given to her by Prince Harry and has been responsible for this trend carrying so much weight.
East and West-orientated diamond and gemstone settings are also being rejuvenated this year. The millennials have been redefining the gemstone market and we have since seen an influx in alternative gemstones. We don't offer gemstones like morganite, but we get lots of requests for them. Coloured gemstones such as bi-coloured sapphires coming from East Africa are continuing to be one of the most popular types.
Every design in our bespoke and ready-to-wear collection can be set with a lab-grown centre diamond upon request. Within the industry there has been a massive increase in interest for lab-grown diamonds as well as other fully traceable diamonds. Consumers are becoming more conscientious of not only where their clothes are manufactured but where their gemstones come from. This can only be good for the industry, with lab-grown diamonds forcing traditional jewellers to offer more value and transparency to their customers.