New entries to the wedding jewelry market are an exciting topic of discussion, with alternative options presenting the steadfast retail category in a new and unexpected light. It’s exhilarating, really, to see how different one bride or groom’s ring can be from the next, each well-suited to their own personal tastes.
But sometimes those tastes are most in tune with something classic and well-known: the diamond engagement ring.
Still the leader, by far, for to-be-wedded shoppers, a traditional diamond ring can be just as varied as a not-so-traditional one. Much like a wedding, it all comes down to the details.
Tacori, the California-based brand that’s basically synonymous with engagement ring, is doing what it does best with its new collection—offering stellar engagement ring and wedding bands options that lean traditional—but it’s got some styles up its sleeve (er, ring finger?) that will tempt shoppers wanting something a bit off the beaten path too.
Tacori introduced the three new collections at the 2020 Centurion show, which took place Jan. 28–Feb. 1 in Phoenix. Making their debut were new offerings to the brand’s established RoyalT collection, a line called Dantela, and a wonderful group of bands dubbed Crescent Crown.
Three-stone settings with diamond or sapphire side stones are the hot new entrants to the RoyalT collection. Basically, a ring from this collection is the dream ring for a lot of brides. Preferred in platinum (but available otherwise), these rings are big looks, and where there’s bark, there’s bite: Many settings accommodate two-carat stones or larger. My favorite, less expected (though still traditional enough) presentation of the bunch: a three-stone round diamond engagement ring in rose gold, with ruby side stones and allover halo (shown above). How often do you find rubies in an engagement ring?
New collection Dantela has pretty-as-a-petal solitaires, with “open arm” settings, as Tacori calls them, for cushion-, round-, oval-, pear-, emerald-, and princess-cut diamonds. These are the most classic of the bunch, and so beautifully presented—each one is like a delicate little ballerina that will surely dance along a bride’s finger, no matter the stone’s shape or size. The cushion-shape halo versions are particularly compelling.
Crescent Crown halfway band in 18k yellow gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. emeralds, $1,890
Finally, there are the Crescent Crown rings: a royal assembly of scalloped bands, available in blue or pink sapphire, ruby, black or white diamond, and emerald. One could create a rainbow of color around their engagement ring—or just stack ’em up. Imagine a pair of these frilly lovelies in black diamond or emerald (or one of each) hugging either side of a Tacori engagement ring, a look that’s just out-there enough to feel customized, but still time-tested (and passed).
Top: RoyalT collection engagement ring in platinum with 3 ct. princess-cut diamond, 0.95 ct. t.w. sapphires, and 1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,090 (center stone not included); TacoriFollow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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