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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

Gene the Jeweler Gets Kicked Out of the Studio

In the latest episode (#42) of Gene the Jeweler, Gene is going about his business, recording a new episode. But that doesn’t last long. Four-time NFL Pro Bowl leading rusher Ahman Green walks in, and Gene finds that his time in the studio is over — whether he likes it or not. (See more Gene the Jeweler episodes at

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Hot Sellers

A National Bridal Report, Plus Which Products Were Hot In July

Small-town jewelers reported the biggest improvements in bridal sales.




While some items come and go as far as what’s “in,” one company’s products seem to always be steady and sell … that is from Stuller. — Alex Weil, Martin’s Jewelry, Torrance, CA

Top-selling vision brands in July

Stuller (6), Rolex (5), Gabriel & Co. (3), Hearts On Fire (3), Les Georgettes (3), Benchmark (2), Breitling (2), ELLE (2), Fana (2), Forevermark (2), Lafonn (2), Olympian Diamonds (2), Ostbye (2), Quality Gold (2)

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

  • Wedding bands, wedding bands and more wedding bands! We even had a groom arrive at our store an HOUR before he was getting married. “I need to get a wedding band.” Mind you, he was with his best man, in his tux, boutonniere and all. “When are you getting married??” He laughed and said, “In an hour at Elfin Lake.” Elfin Lake is 30 minutes away. But we did it! — Mary Jo Chanski, Hannoush Jewelers, Rutland, VT
  • Custom diamond rings are still this jeweler’s best friend 🙂 — Laura Sipe, JC Sipe, Indianapolis, IN
  • Loose diamonds, especially big diamonds this month (2-carat plus). Custom and Fana Bridal were the preferred mountings. Luvente fashion remains a best-seller. — Thomas Licciardi, Jacqueline’s Fine Jewelry, Morgantown, WV
  • We recently launched a line of bullet jewelry featuring precious gemstones. What started as a small line at our store has now expanded into its own entity of sorts being sold in four states! — Morgan Bartel, Susann’s Custom Jewelers, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Stuller still supplies the important bits for my custom work. Pearls remain popular, while chunky sterling has shown a resurgence. — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH
  • Alexis Bittar and Kendra Scott have been so fun to play with our customers and show them how to stack and create their own look. — Karen Hollis, K. Hollis Jewelers, Batavia, IL
    All things diamond. The usual engagement and bridal but also diamond stackables, studs, tennis bracelets and pendants. — Chad Elliott Coogan, Gems Of La Costa, Carlsbad, CA
  • White gold diamond hoops in all carat weights, colored stone rings in the $1,000-1,500 range, as well as in the under $500 range. It was a big month for women’s self-purchases. — Dorothy Vodicka, The Gem Collection, Tallahassee, FL
  • Rolex continues to be strong, along with Tag Heuer. We also had a good month with Ippolita and Gabriel & Co. Tonia Ulsh, Mountz Jewelers, Camp Hill, PA
    Necklaces and bracelets from German designer Bernd Wolf were very popular. Estate, custom and repairs were the majority of our business this month. — Doreen Vashlishan, Werkheiser Jewelers, Bethlehem, PA
  • Custom bridal designs using lab-grown diamonds were huge. And engraved solitaires are making a big comeback. — Beth Cevasco, Scott’s Custom Jewelers, Fairlawn, OH
  • Our custom jewelry has exploded! We are redesigning while also creating new and unique rings and pendants! — Annette Kinzie, Leonard Jewelry, Stillwater, OK
  • Our own “Michi” line designed in house by Diane Berube-Catanzaro. More incredibly cool pieces are being designed right now by Diane for our fall season. — Joe Caron, Caron’s Jewelry, Bristol, RI
  • Omega and Breitling watches were moving pretty good and we actually had a nice month in bridal. We also sold some nice designer pieces as well. — Marc Majors, Sam L. Majors, Midland, TX
  • We are still re-ordering sterling jewelry that we picked up in Tucson last February. Silver does very well for us, including Rembrandt Charms. — Tommy Thobe, The Village Gem, Perry Hall, MD
  • We sold nothing out of our showcases! It was all custom and BIG repairs. I guess that means we are ordering more solder and stock! — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Ostbye silver Diamond Diva rings and Ostbye Shimmering Diamonds necklaces; Stuller Ever & Ever engagement rings and remounts with Stuller Studio and CounterSketch. — Jill Keith, Enchanted Jewelry, Danielson, CT

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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Jewelry Pro Gear

A Magnetic Ring Builder, An Innovative Ring Remover and More Jewelry Pro Gear for September

This is the stuff you need for your store.




Diamond Detective

Lab-grown diamonds are all the buzz in the industry right now. Do you have the technology you need to tell lab-grown stones from natural gems? The Dia Screen X could be exactly what you need.


I Do, with Neil

Jewelry industry legend Neil Lane’s first book, Style Your Wedding With Neil Lane, hits shelves in early October. The gorgeous volume offers advice, encouragement, and inspiration on all things wedding, from developing an aesthetic to putting together the reception of your dreams.



Instant Attraction

Stuller’s new Magnetic Ring Builder gives customers the opportunity to experience custom design for themselves, thanks to the 800-plus mix-and-match possibilities that this interactive display system offers.


Can you even with this super cute Annalee clutch from Don Lucas? This fine white Italian leather bag is adorned with a gorgeous amber stone pendant. Custom stone color and cluster combinations available.


To the Rescue

The RingRescue Ring Remover set from Gesswein was designed by a team of doctors and engineers with one goal: to remove stuck rings from swollen fingers without a blade. This innovative device is easy to use and protects both ring and finger! You’ll be your customers’ hero.


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A Millennial-Focused Bridal Line and More New Collections for September

A sister line to Anzie launches.




Token of Affection

After making a huge splash with her repurposed antique love token pendants, indie darling Heavenly Vices has launched a new line of luscious signet rings! These eye-catching designs are inspired by the engravings on Victorian-era love tokens.


14K white gold earrings with diamonds (0.60 TCW)

Edgy Essentials

The latest extension to Facet Barcelona’s popular trends line include some truly terrific new additions. The collection is bursting with cutting-edge takes on classic pieces, perfect for the stylish shopper who wants to make sure their everyday look turns heads.



14K white gold band with sapphires (0.02 TCW)

As Millennial as Avocado Toast

Kirk Kara’s newest millennial-focused wedding set designs are a low-budget, high-style dream come true. A collection of sweet, fresh styles characterized by clean lines with romantic details and friendly price points. 14K white gold engagement ring with rose-cut diamond (0.50 TCW) and sapphires: $2,980


14K yellow gold pendant necklace with diamonds and topaz.

Canadian Creations

Handmade in Montreal using only ethically sourced gemstones, JAC + JO is the sister company of popular Canadian brand Anzie. The new JAC + JO is a gorgeous, price-sensitive collection of simple, empowering and easy-to-love designs. A portion of JAC+JO sales are donated to women’s interest groups.


Copper allow or nickel silver cuff bracelet.

A Warrior’s Wrist

Whether it’s a goal, a reminder, a rallying cry, or a declaration of triumph accomplished, this cuff bracelet is going to mean everything to someone. For the #Survivor and #Fighter who deserves a daily tribute to their strength.


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