Would You Wear An “Alternative” Engagement Ring?

Most of you are probably thinking, “What is an alternative engagement ring?” Those of us in the business used to say anything worn on the ring finger of one’s left hand that doesn’t involve a standard diamond (regardless of shape) set in a platinum, white gold, or yellow gold mounting. In the jeweler’s dictionary, “alternative’s” antonym would be the classic solitaire engagement ring.

Today, we are seeing more and more bridal couples favoring styles that are unique and different from the classics or more simply stated, alternative. At G. Thrapp Jewelers, bridal clients are flocking to the Megan Thorne bridal case and the Estate case in an attempt to find a one-of-a-kind piece (or at least with Megan Thorne something that sets them apart). Clients are selecting unique, more vintage settings and even checking out options featuring colored stones. These trends aren’t just occurring at G. Thrapp Jewelers, either. According to a Today article, many engagement ring shoppers are selecting anything from rough or colored diamonds to other gemstones such as morganite or pink tourmaline (Anderson, 2014).

What we’re wondering is what you think of this trend we’re currently seeing? Would you wear a vintage style engagement ring with unique rose cut diamonds? How about subtracting the center diamond from your engagement ring and swapping it out for another gemstone? Let us know!

Here are some different “alternative” engagement ring styles from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ showcases:

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Emerald and Diamond Ring from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ Estate Case
Engagement Ring: Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds

To inquire about one of the pieces in this blog, please contact Lauren at (317)255-5555 or at lbauer@gthrapp.com.

Source: Anderson, K. (2014, January 1). Shopping for an engagement ring? This year’s most in-demand styles are… Retrieved from http://www.today.com/style/shopping-engagement-ring-years-most-demand-styles-are-2D79795755

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Round Brilliant, Emerald, Oval, Princess and L’Amour…

Most everyone has heard of diamond shapes such as round brilliant, emerald, oval, and princess cuts. But what about the L’Amour diamond? L’Amour is a never-before-seen shape, entirely new to the marketplace. Christopher Designs, one of G. Thrapp Jewelers’ bridal collections, recently introduced the L’Amour diamond, the newest member of the Crisscut family.

With 50 facets and a crystal clear mirrored reflection, the L’Amour diamond is a design masterpiece that makes a powerful and luxurious statement. The sparkle and brilliance of this diamond cut is unparalleled as light continuously bounces off the facets. The diamond is available in a range of sizes and customized styles, and features two straight sides that curve at the top and bottom. With sizing 40 to 50 percent larger than a regular emerald cut diamond, L’Amour is an ideal cut for the woman seeking a bold piece of jewelry that is classic and beautiful.

“L’Amour is such a wonderful addition to my trademark Crisscut stone and I am so thrilled to show it to the world,” said Christopher Slowinski, founder and designer at Christopher Designs. “Our original Crisscut diamond redefined just how brilliant a diamond can be, and I hope L’Amour reflects those same ideals of beauty, innovation and perfection that has become synonymous with Christopher Designs.”

L’Amour made its debut at the Las Vegas jewelry show in May, and has since arrived on the New York and global scene. Christopher Slowinski and his team have hopes that it reaches an audience that appreciates the classic Crisscut look and its unparalleled level of luxury and beauty.

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If you are interested in viewing the L’Amour diamond, please contact Lauren at lbauer@gthrapp.com or at (317)255-5555.

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Top Picks & Stacking Tricks: Beverley K

 

 

Want bands that add something different to your look? Like the multiple band, stacked look? This is the blog for you. We present to you our Beverley K Top Picks & Stacking Tricks…

One of our favorite vintage inspired lines of engagement and wedding bands, Beverley K, will be making a big appearance at this Saturday’s bridal party. Our staff is in love with the collection because there is nothing else quite like it within the industry. A graceful femininity embraces the entire collection; from lacy, vintage filigree to elegant, modern design, Beverley K offers a variety of rich textures and finishes. This collection has something fitting for everyone’s personal style.

Whether you are looking to add some jazz to your engagement ring, start a stack for a different finger or on the right hand, or mix a variety of metals for an everyday look – this is the designer for you! We love to incorporate Beverley K to add a little mixed metal look when framing the engagement ring or stacking on the right hand. Nearly every band comes in white, yellow, rose gold and platinum, and some come with fun colorful stones. Interested to know what some of our favorite looks are? Check out some of the staff pics below:

 

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Sales Associate, Kathy Giles loves the center, alternating size circle band because its simple but elegant and very unique!

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Sales Associate, Mary Leppert loves both of these modern stacks with diamonds and blue sapphires.

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Marketing Director, Lauren Bauer loves the dainty yellow gold stack because it mixes art deco with a more modern look.

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Head Buyer, Dana Friedman loves all of the mixed metal stacked looks, especially with rose gold accents. The criss cross band looks fabulous framed by the other rose gold bands in this stack! Dana loves to wear a stack of four or more styles next to her ring.

Remember to stop into G. Thrapp Jewelers THIS Saturday, April 19th from 11-3 to enjoy our bridal party and collections like Beverley K.

For more details about our Bridal Party, visit gthrapp.com/bridal.

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Martin Flyer’s Bridal Party Preview

 

 

Since you’ll be browsing the largest selection of Martin Flyer inventory we’ll have in store this year at our Bridal Party on April 19th, we thought you might like to know some information about the brand, and of course, view some photos of their incredible engagement rings.

Martin Flyer opened its doors more than 65 years ago and is one of the most recognizable names in the jewelry industry today. Now based in a 10,000 square foot facility in Manhattan’s diamond district, the family business continues to carry out the Flyer tradition of providing customers with the highest quality products, competitive prices, and first class service.

Martin Flyer’s FlyerFit line was created in 2006. FlyerFit rings seek to eliminate “the dreaded gap” that exists between the engagement ring and the wedding band so the two rings fit together perfectly.

Martin Flyer engagement rings are broken down by five categories: Three Stone, Solitaire, Shared Prong, Micro Pave and Channel in order to simplify the buying process. Pick your favorite! There are images of all five categories below.

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Martin Flyer’s Three Stone Engagement Ring

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Martin Flyer’s Solitaire Engagement Ring

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Martin Flyer’s Shared Prong Engagement Ring

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Martin Flyer’s Micro Pave Engagement Ring

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Martin Flyer’s Channel Engagement Ring

Find these engagement rings and more at G. Thrapp Jewelers. Join us for our Bridal Party on Saturday, April 19th from 11-3 to find a huge selection of engagement rings from designers such as Martin Flyer, Sylvie, and Beverley K. For more information about our bridal party, visit gthrapp.com/bridal.  If you like something we featured in this blog, please call Lauren at 317-255-5555.

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What’s Hot Now…

 

From now until our bridal party on April 19th, we are kicking engagement posts into high gear. We are obsessed with everything that is diamond and sparkly, and of course, trendy! G. Thrapp has a variety of colored diamonds, double halo settings, mixed metals, floral detailed, twisted bands and East-West setting engagement rings, all of which were named as The Knot’s “2014 Engagement Ring Trends”. We’ve compiled pictures of rings at G. Thrapp Jewelers that match the trends predicted by The Knot. Which trend do you like the best?

Colorful Diamonds are great for a woman that is really looking to make a unique statement with her engagement ring. G. Thrapp has sold several yellow diamonds and a few pink and blue.

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Double Halo engagement settings are popular because they add a significant amount of sparkle and they make the diamond look even larger.

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Mixed-Metals are really trendy in the jewelry industry so it is no surprise that people are starting to purchase mixed-metal engagement rings. These Beverley K Collection bands come together to make a flawless stacked look. We love these rings because by combining two metals (namely gold and silver) you never have to worry about your ring matching your other jewelry!

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Twisted Bands are a nice way to add a touch of whimsical femininity to an engagement ring, and the soft lines are a great added detail.

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Floral Detailed engagement rings are perfect for the woman that wants to throw the traditional setting to the wind. They are very romantic and typically add a touch of femininity to a vintage style ring. As you can see, they are also VERY unique.

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East-West Settings actually make the diamond appear larger – this is becoming popular for marquise, ovals and emeralds cut diamonds. G. Thrapp Jewelers has custom designed several east-west rings, including the ring pictured below.

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For more engagement ring images, please visit our website www.gthrapp.com. If you’re interested in purchasing an engagement ring in the next few months, please go to www.gthrapp.com/bridal to find more information about our bridal party where we will be giving away a free one carat diamond and more!

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“Wearable, Luxurious, and Beautiful”- Ron Hami

 

 

Ron Hami is known for his signature orighami design that closely resembles a honeycomb-type shape – it is present in nearly all of his pieces. His goal is to create pieces that are “wearable, luxurious, and beautiful.” Not only has Ron Hami has been featured in fashion magazines such as Harpers Bazaar, InStyle, Marie Claire, and W, but his designs have been adorned by many celebrities over the years.

At G. Thrapp Jewelers, we carry both the Ron Hami fashion line and bridal line. The combination of colored stones with the traditional honeycomb look is breathtaking. We love his bridal line because his unique, bold fashion style completely transforms what could be a very traditional engagement ring into an beautifully detailed piece unlike anything else on the market.

To see more of his fashion and bridal jewelry lines, stop by G. Thrapp Jewelers or browse our Ron Hami board on Pinterest. Here are a few of our favorite fashion pieces by Ron Hami:

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He Finally Proposed…. But Stay Tuned.

 

Just when we thought our girl in the Broad Ripple text billboard was about to lose it on her boyfriend for not proposing… They got engaged!! Their relationship, spanning the past year and a half, has had many ups and downs that commuters in Broad Ripple and clients at G. Thrapp have gotten to experience. Our goal in making a “G. Thrapp Couple” was to connect with our viewers in a realistic way and show that we are a relatable store with a sense of humor. If you haven’t gotten a chance to drive by the billboard every two weeks for the past year and a half, chances are you have missed pieces of their text conversation. The entire text billboard saga is pictured below.

BUT do not be fooled just because there was a proposal… we have a surprise for you coming up in the next few weeks…here’s a hint: It has something to do with a party. To be Continued..

 

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The Many Facets of Diamonds..

 

 

Before you take the plunge to buy THE ring, it is important to understand all facets of each diamond shape (ha), how the ring will look on your fiancé’s hand, and your fiancé’s taste. At G. Thrapp, we want to make sure that you choose an engagement ring that you and your fiancé will treasure for years to come. Below you will find details about each diamond cut, past trends, and trends we expect in 2014.

 

 

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Round Brilliant

‪The round brilliant is the most popular diamond because of its versatility and its sparkle. The round stone is a perfect fit for the tradition, timeless, classic woman in your life. Light performs better in a round than any other shape and it is the only diamond that the GIA has a cut grade for. This shape is the industry’s ideal image of a diamond.

The round stone looks incredible in a simple setting, a vintage setting or a modern setting. For those of you that are unsure what will make your fiancé happy, it is hard to go wrong with this shape. Round diamonds are the best seller at G. Thrapp Jewelers, accounting for nearly 60% of diamond sales in 2013. We make sure to keep a large selection of varying carat weights on hand at all times.

 

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Oval

‪The oval diamond is becoming increasing popular because it is a bold, unique version of the traditional round brilliant. The oval stone creates an illusion of larger carat weight (an added bonus).

It is often found on the finger of an innovative, creative woman who is dependable but always willing to take chances. This shape is best showcased surrounded by smaller round stones in a delicate, halo setting. In 2013 we saw an increase in sales of oval diamonds and in 2014 we expect to see a rise in setting both oval and marquise in more unique, East/West settings.

 

Oval Diamonds | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

 

Princess

‪The princess shape is traditional with a modern, trendy edge. This contemporary shape is the most brilliant of all square cuts and it compliments most setting styles.

The princess diamond looks fantastic on women with longer fingers and continues to be one of the top selling diamonds because of its timeless beauty and versatility.

 

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Cushion

‪A Cushion diamond is square with rounded corners and is perfect for those who care about clarity. The cushion cut’s large facets allow for more scintillation (some say, the more sparkly, the better!) Because of its large facets, it is one of the most brilliant cuts among all square and rectangular diamonds. It is no surprise that the cushion cut was G. Thrapp’s second most popular diamond cut in 2013 and we expect the trend to carry through 2014.

This diamond offers a flash of sparkle and is considered to be effortlessly romantic and feminine for the traditional woman in your life.

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Radiant

‪The Radiant is a vibrant and lively combination of round, emerald and princess cuts, which makes it the ideal compromise for a woman who is looking for something ‪traditional with a unique twist. G. Thrapp sold several cushion and radiant diamonds in 2013 and we expect to there to be a higher demand for these, “fancy cuts,” in 2014. Fancy cuts are often set in petite, dainty engagement settings which are also expected to be extremely popular in 2014.

Martin Flyer Radiant Diamond Ring | Jewelry Store Indianapolis

 

Pear

‪Also known as tear drop diamonds, pear shape diamond rings are an up and coming trend. Most often, the pear cut is set in simple settings or delicate halo settings. If you are interested in a rare, colored diamond – this cut really showcases the natural color of diamond. In 2013, G. Thrapp sold nearly every color of diamond; yellow, pink, green and blue, and a number of these were pear shaped diamonds.

If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary for the unique woman who plays by her own rules, this is the ring for you!

 

Sylvie Engagement Ring | Pear Diamond | Jewelry Store

 

Marquise

‪This unique diamond shape has the largest surface area of all the diamond cuts. Marquises are unique, distinctive and dramatic. The length of this diamond cut slenderizes fingers and creates an illusion of a larger size.

The marquise diamond has gained immense popularity in the past few years, and in 2014 we expect to see more people choosing to set marquise in East/West settings.

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Emerald

‪This shape is one of the first cuts to ever be used in jewelry. It is a rectangular stone with long parallel facets that shows off the diamond’s clarity better than any other diamond cut. The art deco period yielded the term “emerald” cut even though diamond cutters had been cutting this shape for many years. The emerald cut was originally used for the emerald gemstone to prevent it from chipping during the cutting process.

Made popular by style icons of the 1900s, the emerald cut is perfect for the woman who loves fashion and draws inspiration from vintage glamour. This retro diamond shape is elegant but confident and helps to elongate shorter feelings like Asscher and Cushion cuts.

Sales Associate, Julie Wilson, proudly sports a beautiful emerald cut engagement ring alongside many stacked bands.

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Asscher

‪Made popular in Sex & The City, the Asscher cut is similar to the Emerald cut but it is square. This cut is perfect for a trendsetter with a Vintage flair.

If you chose an Asscher cut it is important to select a diamond of higher clarity so you can truly appreciate it’s the stone’s beauty.

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Trillion

‪The trillion cut diamond has gained a lot of attention lately due to its bright, lively and rare shape. The bold, triangular shape is a great centerpiece for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring – at G. Thrapp, we generally see it used as side stones to compliment a unique solitaire.‬

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Heart

‪Sentimental girls gravitate toward the heart cut diamond but it is not often used in engagement rings.‬

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For the Whimsical Woman…

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It is no surprise that Megan Thorne has been featured in Vogue, Brides and Lucky. Her creations are instantly recognizable because they combine whimsical, antique and contemporary design into a truly unique piece. Because of the intimate size of the operation, Thorne touches every piece and she enjoys connecting with every couple as their personal stories shape the design of their rings. It is this intimacy with her craft and materials that brings forth the integrity of every piece.

Her bridal collection is perfect for women who have an appreciation for art and intricacy. She is not afraid to go against the grain and break the rules of the “traditional” engagement rings. The wearer of a Megan Thorne ring wants something that is uniquely her own.

Sales associate, Julie Wilson said, “Women are really drawn to Megan Thorne, they love her pieces and they tend to come back looking to add to their collection. Most of the pieces we sell at G. Thrapp are yellow or rose gold.”

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Sales Associate, Michelle Farmer loves Megan Thorne’s designs because they are so incredibly unique. Her favorite ring is the emerald cut, picture frame ring because of its feminine, unique setting. It doesn’t look like anything else in the market.

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Sales Associate and Watch Specialist, Joshua Shanafelt said, “I love the style of Megan Thorne’s engagement collection. Surprisingly enough, a few of my clients have reset their original diamond into a Megan Thorne ring and worn it as a right hand ring. They usually will then purchase a larger carat weight diamond for their original engagement ring.”

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To see more Megan Thorne pieces, view her engagement ring and wedding band collections online, or stop into G. Thrapp Jewelers at 56th & Illinois!

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G. Thrapp’s 10 Steps to a Successful Proposal

 

 

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Being that G. Thrapp Jewelers has been in the jewelry business for 30 years, we know a thing or two about the in’s and out’s of getting engaged. Based on that extensive knowledge, we have compiled a list of things men should do when preparing to “pop the question”:

 

1. Ask for her hand

Chivalry isn’t dead. Most women expect you to have asked for her father’s blessing long before you propose. Don’t worry – this doesn’t have to be as formal as it sounds. Here are some ideas:

-pull her father aside next time you are at their house

-invite him to meet you for a beer after work

-offer to take both of her parents to dinner

 

2. Make it a surprise

If you don’t remember anything else on our list, remember this! Too frequently men bring in their girlfriends to pick out a ring. For all of you guys out there, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to impress your soon to be fiancé and everyone else you know with your keen sense of style. She will brag about how you picked out the ring on your own for years to come. G. Thrapp Jewelers has experienced sales associates that are trained to help you through the process of picking out the perfect ring – without her help!

 

3. Establish a price range

It is important to realize that prices are negotiable to a certain extent. Don’t be afraid to do a little online research to see what engagement rings cost. Also, look to word of mouth and online search engines to find a reputable jeweler that you can trust.

Remember not to stretch your budget too far. Make sure you establish a firm price with the sales associate you’re working with so they can present you with diamonds and mountings that fit within that range.

 

4. Find out her ring size

Try to swipe a ring from her jewelry box and take it to the jewelry store for them to measure. Just make sure she doesn’t catch you!

If that isn’t an option, your jeweler can always size the ring after you propose. While you’re getting her ring sized, you can introduce her to the store and staff and browse the wedding band selection. At G. Thrapp, we enjoy meeting the bride-to-be and establishing a relationship with her as well!

5. Research her style

If you aren’t aware, there’s a website where your girlfriend most likely shares her hopes and dreams in the form of a “pin.” It’s called Pinterest. It is a good idea to get on her Pinterest account, click on a board titled something like “My dream wedding” or “A girl can dream,” and see if she has pinned any engagement rings. By looking at her engagement ring pins, you can get an idea of the style of diamond and setting she likes.

You can also refer to what kinds of jewelry she wears on a day to day basis. Does she like silver, gold or platinum? Is her style traditional or glitzy? Don’t be afraid to ask her mom or her best friend for some help in this category.

 

6. Choose a reputable jeweler

Buying an engagement ring should be a fun adventure – never intimidating and NEVER boring. It is important that you chose a jeweler that you feel comfortable with so you know that you are buying a quality ring that your fiancé will love! At G. Thrapp Jewelers, our sales team is dedicated to providing the experience people deserve, not just what they expect.

 

7. Pick the ring setting

There are so many different styles and settings to choose from so it is important that you have a broad idea of what you are looking for! Do you think she will want a solitaire setting (single large diamond) or a multi-stone setting? Do you want the ring to look modern, simple, classic or vintage? Your sales associate will help guide you through all of these questions and make sure you find THE perfect ring.

 

8. Select a diamond

Now comes the fun part – you get to pick a diamond that YOU love. You are probably sitting at your computer thinking, “a diamond is a diamond” but there is much more to it. Diamonds are evaluated by the four C’s: color, cut, clarity and carat weight. At G. Thrapp, we show you a variety of different diamonds based on your price point and shape selection and you will be able to pick the one you like the most!

 

9. Insure the ring

This doesn’t seem like something you need to worry about just yet, but when you spend thousands of dollars on a ring, getting it insured is important. G. Thrapp Jewelers has an in-house appraiser who will fill out all the paperwork you need to send to your insurance company.

 

10. Think of a clever proposal 

Our only tip for this piece of advice is to make sure you find a way to incorporate special moments of your relationship into the proposal. She is going be sharing this story for years, so make it one worth talking about. For great proposal ideas, check out the knot’s “50 Romantic Ways to Propose”!

 

Ok guys…Get ready… Get set… PROPOSE!

 

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