In a twist on tradition, this season's brides and grooms will be looking for both antique and alternative engagement rings and bands.

In a twist on tradition, this season’s brides and grooms will be looking for both antique and alternative engagement rings and bands.

Columbus jewelers agree this region of the country is one of the last to embrace jewelry trends, as they typically begin at the coastlines and work their way toward the Midwest. But this doesn’t mean Central Ohioans don’t have style—or that Columbus jewelers don’t have some of the best gems around.

The In Crowd

“One of the biggest trends is a move toward yellow gold and rose gold,” says Beth Cevasco, vice president of Scott’s Custom Jewelers. “We’re doing a lot of texturing with them. It’s modern and organic.”

And these warm, rich colors aren’t just for the ladies. Pam Maruskin, certified sales associate at Denig Jewelers, recently placed an order for a groom who chose a rose-gold wedding band while his fiancee went for white gold.

In addition to rose and yellow golds, which harken to the past, vintage pieces are in higher demand than ever before. Art Deco rings and bands with historic integrity are popular, both for their aesthetic and their proven durability.

And as brides-to-be opt for antique or antique-inspired rings, they’re looking for a classic band to match. Richard Lane, who married Katie in May 2012, found his wife’s engagement ring at Grandview Mercantile; it’s an antique that sits higher up on her finger. Since there wasn’t a matching band, she chose a simple, white-gold style to keep the focus on the antique piece.

For Your Fella

Alternative metals are still popular choices for grooms, with options like titanium, tungsten carbide and cobalt.

Gabe Truxall, diamond and bridal buyer at Diamond Cellar, says designers are beginning to use cobalt because of its durability and nice price point.

Lane chose a simple, metal tungsten band because he works with his hands. But there is a catch: These long-lasting metals cannot be resized or reused, making them what Cevasco calls a “throwaway band.” Some companies, however, will make a new band in the future if it needs to be resized.

Engaging design

The halo design for a center stone is still a heavy-hitter for engagement rings, and colored diamonds are more prevalent than ever. Even if the diamond is small, the halo can make it appear larger.

And gone are the days when engagement rings and wedding bands were sold as a trio set with matching elements, all from the same designer. Today’s brides and grooms are choosing rings based on what they prefer and what complements their own style.

“We really see couples go their own direction with the wedding bands,” Truxall says. “Men want to have their own style. It’s hard for couples to agree on something that will match the engagement ring and be something the guy will be willing to wear all the time, too.”

It’s recommended that couples ring shop together, so that both the bride and the groom understand each other’s likes and dislikes. But this doesn’t mean the purchases need to be made together. Maruskin notes that most grooms will come back and make the final engagement ring purchase themselves.

“Come in as often as you need and try on as many rings as you like,” she says. “You need to love your ring, because you’ll wear it for many years. It’s a big decision—and we want it to be right.”