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These Royalty and Runway-Inspired Engagement Rings Are Fit for a Princess




A gown from the Amsale collection during Bridal Fashion Week in New York, April 2018. / PHOTO COURTESY OF REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

In anticipation of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, bridal designers sent gowns with an air of nobility down the runways. But like the new Duchess of Sussex’s gown, there were also simpler looks that relied on their cut for elegance.  As for accessories, heads were crowned in everything from flowers to diamonds. For jewelry, this translates into mixed metal and natural colored diamond tiara-inspired pieces, as well myriad versions of three-stone rings. 

Karen Karch

Invincible Crown ring with Invincible Tiaras bands on each side, featuring 18K white and blackened gold with 1.27-carat brilliant cut natural gray diamond surrounded by a small diamond and larger pear-shape diamond bands.

$2,450 (central ring), $2,400 (smaller diamond band) and $3,700 (large diamond band)



Lauren Wolf

One-of-a-kind 18K white gold three-stone pear shape diamond ring with a 1.85-carat champagne diamond center and matching 1.23-carat champagne diamond sides.


Megan Thorne

Floral tiara band with diamonds.



Beth Bernstein is a published author of three books and jewelry and fashion expert with 18+ years experience. A broad knowledge of the history of jewelry and fashion coupled with a background in "the story", writing, trends, design concepts has earned Beth a proven track record.



Gene the Jeweler

It Was Hawaii Day at Gene the Jeweler’s Store … Or Was It?

In this episode of Jimmy DeGroot’s satirical Gene the Jeweler series, Gene learns that it was Hawaii Day at his store. At least that’s what his employee, Jeremy, says. But Jeremy’s answers aren’t quite adding up. It’s hard to say what this “Hawaii Day” was really all about.

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This Overlooked Red Carpet Trend May Be The Most Popular With Your Customers

This style of jewelry is small, but it packs a big punch.




Julie Garner at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January 2019. Photo credit: Shutterstock.

DURING AWARDS SEASON, the last piece of jewelry that our industry wants to see is small earrings. But we also want to see a focal point, and for the celebrities who made a statement with necklaces, this was the way they went with their lobes. And in real life, there is nothing like the perfect stud. The most desirable are those that allow us to feel comfortable every day; they have character, but they also let us shine. The more individualized, the better.

Emily P. Wheeler

Line studs in 18K yellow and white gold with diamonds.



Single Stone

Handcrafted Cami studs in 18K yellow gold with old European cut diamonds (approx. 0.90 TCW).


Alex Fitz

All day 14K earrings with two diamond baguettes, gold bar and three round diamonds.


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Hot Sellers

Here Was The Best-Selling Jewelry in April, According To The INSTORE Brain Squad

Custom design and pearl jewelry led the way.




Rego Designs. We have carried the line for about 12 months and it is starting to move. Great customer service at Rego — Josh is the road warrior, and Tammy at the factory just helped me get a nice custom sale of rings and earrings. — Cliff Yankovich, Chimera Design, Lowell, MI

Top-selling vision brands in April

Gabriel & Co. (5), Hearts On Fire (5), Lafonn (5), Pandora (5), Rolex (5), Stuller (5), Allison-Kaufman (3), Frederic Duclos (3), Keith Jack (3), ArtCarved (2), Cargo Hold (2), Citizen (2), CrownRing (2), Doves By Doron Paloma (2), E.L. Designs (2), Forevermark (2), Frederic Sage (2), Kit Heath (2), Martin Flyer (2), Pure Grown Diamonds (2), Quality Gold (2), Sylvie Collection (2), Tacori (2), Wilkerson (2)

* Brands mentioned by at least two of 134 Brain Squad members when asked what they would be reordering in May.

  • Sylvie Collection bridal always does well. Stuller’s 302 line and Southern Gates by Cargo Hold were also good sellers, as well as custom. Lots of custom!! — Doreen Vashlishan, Werkheiser Jewelers, Bethlehem, PA
  • We went from a horrible winter and little work, to holy cats! Custom work by the barrel full! — Jo Goralski, The Jewelry Mechanic, Oconomowoc, WI
  • Engagement rings, prong-set wedding bands — can’t keep in stock. Diamond fashion necklaces — moon and stars are hot. — Alison Sophy, Sophy Jewelers, St. Clair, PA
  • Lab-grown diamonds are super hot in custom engagement rings or simple solitaires. — Beth Cevasco, Scott’s Custom Jewelers, Fairlawn, OH
  • Yellow gold link style chains did well. Everything from thinner pendant style chain worn plain to heavier polished men’s styles. It seems the gold price has not dissuaded buyers, and we are hoping that leads to yellow gold bracelet sales as well. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA
  • Lots of custom women’s wedding bands. The men just want the plain ones. — Steven Wardle, Forest Beach Design, Chatham, MA
  • In-house custom wedding bands, gift priced jewelry under $250 and alternative engagement rings under $2,500. — Betsy Barron, Love & Luxe, San Francisco, CA
  • While diamonds are the birthstone for April, and they were popular, pearls continued to lead in sales. Also popular were Native American pieces in sterling and turquoise, which is highly unusual for this time of year. — Jim Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • We just reordered a large selection of Gabriel & Co. engagement mountings. Frederic Duclos sold exceptionally well in April; we placed a large reorder. Yellow gold wedding rings are selling again — we sold a record amount last month — so glad our customers are going back to precious metals! — Marc Altman, B & E Jewelers, Southampton, PA
  • Silver sold well, will reorder from Classic of New York and Berco. — Rosanne Kroen, Rosanne’s Diamonds & Gold, South Bend, IN
  • We have been blowing through Alpha lab-grown diamonds from Gemsone. Reordered them twice last month and we’re getting key! — Robert Mullen, Mullen Bros. Jewelers, Swanswa, MA
  • Frederic Duclos earrings sold really well! Gents Citizen Eco-Drive watches also did really well. — Paul Krueger, Krueger Jeweler, Fort Atkinson, WI
  • Mariana is rocking for matching up spring colors and for confirmation and communions this month. — Karen Hollis, K. Hollis Jewelers, Batavia, IL
  • Our ZAYA Moissanite brand of stones are selling really well. Hot shapes right now are elongated cushions, ovals, and rounds (as always). Three stone rings are seriously flying out the door. Many people are slowly transitioning over to 14K yellow and two-tone from all white metals. — Jen Hollywood, J Hollywood Designs, Chester Springs, PA
  • Les Georgettes new spring and summer colored leather inserts! Diamond stacker rings, too! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Three diamond tennis bracelets in three days, that is new. — Carrie Plott, Gloria’s Jewelry, St. Paul, MN
  • We have been doing very well with Sylvie Collection engagement rings — the style and craftsmanship is great! — Allison Leitzel-Williams, Leitzel’s Jewelry, Myerstown, PA

What’s the Brain Squad?

If you’re the owner or top manager of a U.S. jewelry store, you’re invited to join the INSTORE Brain Squad. By taking one five-minute quiz a month, you can get a free t-shirt, be featured prominently in this magazine, and make your voice heard on key issues affecting the jewelry industry. Good deal, right? Sign up here.

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New Arrivals

Here Are 4 Jewelry Trends You Must Not Miss at the Vegas Shows

There’s a shape, a color, a silhouette and a substance.




WHETHER OR NOT visions of poker chips dance in your head, the jewelry industry heads to Vegas each summer for a reason: to hunt down the best, most desirable new products and bring them home so they can sell like hotcakes. The veritable oodles of Vegas options can be overwhelming, so we’re here to whisper in your ear with a few insider tips. When it comes to new jewels, look towards light and lovely blue gemstones, the bold strength of collar necklaces, the sweet nostalgia of heart shapes, and vivid, versatile enamel.

On-trend jewelry by Shy Creation includes Eden diamond drop earrings, $2,000; Kate lapis lazuli and diamond studs, $360; Kate sapphire and diamond ring, $330; Kate sapphire bezel ring, >$330; Kate sapphire and diamond eye ring, $1,200; Kate lapis lazuli and diamond shaker necklace, $580; Kate sapphire and diamond eye pendant, $490; and Kate lapis lazuli, turquoise and diamond heart pendant, $730. Visit or call (213) 623-8900. Model: Josie Renault. Photographer: Lauren Miller. Agency: Brandt

Collar Cotillion

Longer than a choker but more substantial than a pendant, the collar necklace is a standout statement, a confident proclamation of stellar style. A collar necklace takes up more space on the body than a standard chain, just like a bold jewelry lover isn’t afraid to take up space in the world.


14K rose gold and sterling silver necklace with South Sea pearl and pink tourmaline.


(646) 633-4573,


Royal Chain

14K yellow gold necklace.


(800) 622-0960,

Julie Cohn

Oxidized sterling silver necklace with hammered bronze.


(214) 415-1792,

Yoko London

18K white gold necklace with diamonds (5.58 TCW) and Akoya pearls.


(212) 819-9400,


Sterling silver necklace.


(301) 448-7367,

Shy Creation

14K yellow gold necklace with diamonds (0.71 TCW).



Gabriel & Co.

14K white gold necklace with diamonds (2.09 TCW).


(212) 519-1400,


Rhodium-plated brass necklace with blue quartz and rose quartz.


(212) 244-1877,

Jenny Bird

14K yellow gold dipped brass necklace.


(844) 520- 2473,

True Blues

From clear skies to shimmering seas, the familiar hue of blue is all around us. Whether it was Meghan Markle’s iconic aquamarine ring or a widespread craving for serene shades, lighter blue gemstones are having a major moment in jewelry, especially in combo situations. These light blue hues are peaceful, universally flattering, and oh-so-pretty.

Valani Atelier

18K rose gold earrings with diamonds and aquamarines (5.97 TCW).


(212) 702-9703,

Armand Jacoby

18K white gold necklace with diamonds (0.18 TCW) and aquamarine (0.77 TCW).


(800) 355-1111,

Joie DiGiovanni Jewelry

14K yellow gold earrings and earring jackets with blue topaz and diamond.

Earring $440, Jacket $880

(215) 987-5660,

Jennifer DeMoro

18K rose gold cuff with blue topaz and aquamarine.


(925) 577-5224 ,


Hi June Parker

14K yellow gold ring with aquamarine, tanzanite, and sapphire.


(917) 865-3533,

Kristy Ford

18K yellow gold ring with blue zircon (2.70 TCW) and lab grown diamonds (0.25 TCW).


(804) 240-7798 ,

Dallas Prince Designs

Sterling silver bangle with Ethiopian opal, tanzanite (6.40 TCW), blue apatite (6.30 TCW), and white zircon (5.15 TCW).



14K white gold ring with shades of blue topaz (7.60 TCW).


(800) 255-0192,

Melinda Lawton

14K yellow gold earrings with Swiss blue topaz briolettes and Japanese Akoya Keshi pearls.


(828) 697-2212,

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