Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 2019

Louisville Bride magazine is Louisville, Kentucky's premier bridal publication, featuring photos of wedding gowns and listings for Louisville reception halls, caterers, wedding planners, photographers, and other wedding service providers.

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6 S p r i n g / S u m m e r B R I D E 2 0 1 9 Rachel Keens fine jewelry and timepieces consultant at Merkley Kendrick Jewelers (138 Chenoweth Lane) What's a popular style you've seen lately? "Round stones have traditionally been the most popular, but right now I get asked for a lot more ovals and cushion cuts. I recommend a classic engagement ring and not a trendy ring that's going to cost you thousands of dollars. We also have an antiques and vintage jewelry collection. People are really starting to appreciate the craftsmanship of older times, and the styles are unique. Sapphires and rubies are other stones that I've seen brides gravitate toward as engagement rings to pair with bands. Previously, matching the ring and the band was the trend, which I don't love. I like people to be able to try on different styles, so that you can see what you like and see what goes best with your ring." What about grooms' bands? "We base it off the width, whether it's rounded or flat, the color and the finish. People are mixing metals and grooms can get what style band works for them. We've also sold pocket watches and Rolexes as gifts for grooms." Do brides ever come in before the engagement? "I've had brides sent in before engagement and we'll select their top five styles. I've had couples come in together and he'll take notes and come back to pick something. And we have guys who come in with a picture and it's like, OK, let's do it. If you want a specific color, stone or some engraving, we can get that for you." Nancy Peterson owner at Edenside Gallery (1422 Bardstown Road) What's a popular style engagement ring you sell? "A lot of our antique rings are Art Deco, which is around 100 years old. Most of our ring styles are antique or vintage. We don't sell many sets because antique rings don't have bands with them. Back then, engagement rings were right-hand rings and people got married with a simple gold band on their left hand." Do you have any tips on merging traditional style with individual style? "ere are folks that don't want a diamond, for sure. Some want colored stones and some just want a wedding band. Some people will do an antique band with stone details — say they're engaged and it can still serve as the wedding band. We have rose-cut, which is a diamond but has fewer facets and sparkles less. Some gals are low-key and don't want a bunch of sparkle. We also carry conflict-free rings because that's very important to people. Bands can be really small but can hold detail. Alex Sepkus is a designer we carry that has platinum-wrapped bezel details with a bunch of little diamonds. "It's rare, but we sell semi-mounts where brides can bring in their own diamonds to be put in. It's usually from their grandmother or someone in the family. We also have different pearl styles and some simple dainty jewelry, like earrings and necklaces. We carry many different antique lockets. I love the idea of brides putting pictures of their elders in lockets for photos." RINGS & THINGS Two jewelry pros discuss tips and trends. By Nikayla Edmondson Photo by Shining Light Photography

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