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luxury watch materials

You know the old saying, “A chain is only as good as its weakest link”? The same principle holds true for watches. The choice of materials is an essential link in the long chain of processes that go into creating an exceptional timepiece.

Here’s a look at some of the extraordinary materials that go into the making of today’s luxury watches.

Breitlight

The Avenger Hurricane is a new chronograph from Breitling that pushes many technological boundaries. The watch case is made of Breitlight®, which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but significantly harder.

This exclusive high-tech material boasts a number of qualities — exceptional resistance to scratches, traction and corrosion, anti-magnetism, thermal stability and anti-allergic properties — as well as a touch that is warmer than metal.

Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon

Amorphous diamond-like carbon, or ADLC, is a highly elastic coating developed by Cartier that exhibits some of the basic properties of a diamond; it is extremely hard and smooth, almost scratch-free and fingerprint-proof. This coating creates a layer that is self-lubricating, shock-resistant and unaffected by constant wear.

In 2014, Cartier shocked the watch world by introducing an ISO-certified dive watch: The Calibre De Cartier Diver. The following year, it introduced an update to that diver in black ADLC with a black rotating bezel offsetting the dial that mimics the Chronograph.

Baume & Mercier has a new collection of sports watches called The Clifton Club. One of the five versions available at launch features a black ADLC-coated steel case with a black dial and matching black bezel and rubber strap.

Ceramics

The high-tech materials on watches are ceramics. Ceramics are extremely hard — usually more than three or four times harder than stainless steel. This gives them incredible resistance to wear, which is the loss of materials that are in moving contact for long periods of time.

Thanks to ceramics, mechanical watches can run for years, and their usage on watch cases means less scratches. Swiss luxury watchmakers Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre both feature ceramics heavily in their watches.

To learn more about the materials in your favorite luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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As a bride or groom to be, you’ve got plenty of gifts to shop for before the big day. Honor your future partner with a meaningful gift on your wedding day, and show your bridesmaids and groomsmen just how much you appreciate all their help with something totally unique.

Here’s our guide to choosing the perfect gift for everyone on your wedding day gift list.

For the Groom from the Bride

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Cufflinks are to a groom’s wedding day attire as shoes are to a bride’s gown. Although not seen by many, but they’re an important accent to the overall look. They add an element of elegance, so make sure the cufflinks you choose for your groom are beautiful ones. Have them engraved with your initials and wedding date, they’ll become a special gift he’ll wear on the big day and for years to come.

 

For the Bride from the Groom

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Jewelry is always the answer, and your wedding day is no different. A strand of pearls, diamond or pearl earrings — they all make for beautiful, thoughtful wedding day gifts for your bride. If you’d like her to wear her gift on the big day, be sure to get some input from her mom or maid of honor, as she may have already planned out her bridal accessories.

 

For Each Other

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If you’d rather choose your wedding gifts to each other as a couple, we suggest coordinating watches — Gifts you’ll wear and cherish your entire lives. Becoming family heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation. Consider having your wedding date and a special message engraved and your gifts will serve as a lasting expression of love.

 

For the Bridesmaids

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Roberto Coin Tiny Treasures pendants make the perfect bridesmaid gifts — they coordinate to create a cohesive wedding day look, but just different enough to reflect the personality of each maid. Your bridesmaids will feel special knowing you took the time pick out a pendant especially for her.

 

For the Groomsmen

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Your wedding is the perfect chance to help your boys graduate from disposable ballpoints to a classic fountain pen. A great writing instrument will not only keep the memory of your wedding day alive, but it will also get years and years of use. You can even mix styles to match each groomsman’s taste. Metallic money clips also make excellent groomsmen gifts, that can be personalized with engraved with initials or a favorite quote.

 

The experts at Eiseman Jewels are always here to help you choose the perfect gifts for your wedding day. To browse our wide selection of bridal gifts, visit our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Mother-daughter duo Frances and Charlotte Gadbois are the creative inspiration behind Sloane Street, a classically chic line of 18-karat gold jewelry for today’s fashionable woman. Their exciting collection of wearable designs features unique color combinations paired with gold finishes.

“It’s unlike anything I have seen in the domestic or international marketplace today,” says Richard D. Eiseman, Jr., president and CEO of Eiseman Jewels, which is the exclusive retailer of Sloane Street in Dallas.

We sat down with Frances and Charlotte to get the scoop on upcoming jewelry trends, the celebs they’d most like to style and their own go-to pieces of jewelry.

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Why jewelry? What made you decide this was your calling?

 Frances Gadbois: When I was little, I traveled all over England to antique shops with my father, looking for interesting jewelry pieces to give to my mother as gifts. Those experiences sparked something in me, and I always kept the idea of starting a jewelry company of my own in the back of my mind. I had a 15-year career as an interior decorator, and during that time, I dabbled in jewelry design. Much to my husband’s dismay, I redesigned my engagement ring about five times. In 2001, I decided to chase my dream and co-founded my previous company, JudeFrancis Jewelry. It was at that point I knew I was meant to do this. Now, with Charlotte as my partner on Sloane Street, the sky’s the limit.

Charlotte Gadbois: I had always dreamed of going into business with my mom, but I was never a girly-girl growing up, so I never saw myself in the jewelry industry. When the opportunity to work with my mom presented itself, I jumped at the chance. I knew that by utilizing my mom’s design talents and my marketing vision, we could build something amazing.

Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

 FG: I find my inspiration from travel, specifically European architecture, tapestries and iron works. I am just enthralled by their uniqueness and symmetry —everything from old rugs to ceiling cornices. I carry a sketchbook with me everywhere I go, because I never know where I will feel inspired. Sometimes, it’s something as romantic as a gorgeous old Turkish cathedral or as simple as a hotel lobby carpet.

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What trends are you seeing for fall 2017 and spring 2018?

 FG: Lots of orange, which I am so excited about because orange is my favorite color! I have always loved working with fire opals. In terms of styling, I’m noticing more wearable casual pieces trending.

CG: I’ve noticed a lot of long statement necklaces with big mineral slices as opposed to standard gemstones in the pendants. Small, simple and wearable is still very much prevalent for fall and spring, but that’s not to say that a big arm cuff isn’t a big trend this year, either!

What’s your go-to piece of jewelry?

 FG: My baroque pearl and white topaz long chain. I wear it every day with everything! You can dress it up or dress it down, and it is definitely my go-to staple.

CG: My go-to piece of jewelry from our collection is our white topaz cushion studs with white diamonds in rose gold (SS-E009-WT-WD-R)! I am a rose gold girl and always looking for wearable and versatile pieces, so they are the perfect everyday staple. The rose gold makes the white topaz look a little peachy, so they are constantly being mistaken for Morganite (a nice problem to have!). It’s a lot of look, and a serious bang for your buck! In my opinion, every woman should have a pair, whether in white, yellow or rose gold!

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Why did you decide to partner with Eiseman Jewels?

 FG: From the very beginning, we thought Eiseman was the store for us. When I think of Eiseman, I think of timeless, classic, beautiful jewelry, and it’s the epitome of what we wanted in a store to represent Sloane Street.

CG: It’s actually a funny story: For our final appointment with Richard before he took on the line, we met at the Kimpton Hotel in Highland Park in Dallas. It was a stormy November night, and the hotel room had horrible lighting — but the bathroom had the most fabulous fluorescent lighting. It almost felt like you were in a jewelry store.

We decided that showing in the bathroom was our only option, so my mom and I grabbed the desk in the room and maneuvered it into the bathroom. When Richard arrived, we hesitated and told him he had to see the line in the bathroom. After a long, awkward pause, Richard turned the corner and realized why. We all laughed, and he delightfully took his seat on the toilet (covered, of course). Once we finished showing him the line, he turned to me and said, “You can go ahead and take a picture of this, because when you guys make it big, I’ll be able to tell people I knew you first!”

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If you could accessorize any celebrity for the red carpet, who would it be and why?

 FG: I know this would require bringing someone back from the grave, but I would love to accessorize Jackie Kennedy. She’s the perfect classically effortless woman, and she’s my ideal Sloane muse.

CG: I would love to accessorize Emma Stone because she embraces color and isn’t afraid to take risks on the red carpet. But my red carpet celebrity crush has always been Charlize Theron. She always knocks it out of the park.

 

To shop Sloane Street‘s stunning jewelry collections, visit Eiseman Jewels in Dallas’ NorthPark Center.

 

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In the past, many people had one classic watch they wore with everything. But today, more and more individuals own multiple watches for a variety of styles and occasions. Many modern men and women have one classic, sophisticated watch for the office and nights out, one casual watch for weekends and one durable watch for outdoor adventures. 

If you’re interested in switching up the look of your watch without committing to an entirely new timepiece, consider changing out your watch’s strap. It’s a clever, stylish way to get some extra style mileage out of the timepieces you do own.

Make It Yours

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Custom straps and bracelets are a great way to make your watch a true extension of your personality and sense of style. Switching out your watch’s strap will allow you to get multiple looks out of one piece and to put your personal stamp on a treasured possession. 

Make An Old Watch New

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Since a watch’s strap usually receives the brunt of a watch’s wear and tear, replacing it can work wonders for the look and longevity of your piece. And by choosing a luxury material, an interesting texture or a bold color for your strap, you’ll make a big difference in the overall style of your watch. 

Time for a Change

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Watch straps come in a vast variety of materials, colors, linings, stitching and widths, so the options really are limitless. Even if your style leans conservative and quintessentially classic, switching out your strap for something more unique is a great way to experiment with your personal style with minimal risk. Consider choosing an eye-catching stingray, ostrich or sharkskin strap, which can offer some visual interest without looking over-the-top. 

To shop our exquisite collection of timepieces and watch straps, visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Spring hasn’t even arrived yet, and the fashion world is already looking forward to fall. Pantone recently released its Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report, a semi-annual rundown of the top 10 trending colors in clothes, jewelry and accessories for the coming season. The colors serve as a touchstone throughout the season for retailers and fashionistas alike.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth.” It also pairs “classic autumnal shades” like plum and navy with more unexpected hues for the season, like pale pink and bright blue. 

Here are the hottest colors for the upcoming fall season and the jewelry to wear with them.

Grenadine

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At the top of the Pantone’s list is Grenadine, a strong warm red they describe as a confident and self-assured attention-getter. When you’re wearing this stand-out color, opt for neutral diamonds or pearls. If you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching, go with a dramatic black onyx necklace or ruby ring.

Navy Peony

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Navy serves as the perfect backdrop for all kinds of gems and metals, including emeralds, jade, peridot, sapphires, citrine, topaz, turquoise, pearls, yellow gold and platinum.

Neutral Gray

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Rose quartz, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, turquoise, pearls and white gold all play well with Neutral Gray.

Tawny Port

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Citrine, emeralds and yellow gold jewelry go best with this rich, dark plum shade. 

Ballet Slipper, Butterum and Autumn Maple

Pair these soft, neutral shades with the bright colors of peridot and blue topaz for a perfectly balanced fall look.

Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime

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These beautiful greens pair stunningly with yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, pink sapphires and pink tourmaline. 

Marina

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Like its navy blue counterpart, Marina goes with just about everything, including pearls, pink sapphires, pink topaz, rubies, emeralds, peridot, sapphires, turquoise, yellow gold and platinum. 

Fall Wedding Jewelry

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If you’re looking to add a little color to your fall wedding ensemble, jewelry is the perfect place to do it.

If you’re looking for your “something blue,” try choosing something in Marina or Navy Peony by looking for sapphire, blue opal, blue topaz and turquoise.

The greens, Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, can be incorporated with emeralds, green garnets and peridot.

Grenadine, the sizzling red shade, can be worn as ruby and garnet.

Ballet Slipper translates to opal, pearl and rose quartz, while amethyst and spinel represent Tawny Port.

The buttery browns of Butterum and Autumn Maple can be found in more unusual gems, such as citrine.

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Pearls, moonstone and mother of pearl round out the offerings in Neutral Gray. 

To find jewelry in all the hottest shades for fall, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

JB Star Interview

At Eiseman Jewels, our commitment to providing the very highest level of service, quality and expertise is evident in the jewelry designers we choose to stock, including JB Star. Every one of this brand’s stunning pieces is handcrafted in New York by highly trained artisans using only the finest diamonds and platinum, 18-karat yellow gold and pink gold.

We sat down with Rafael Fouzailoff, the founder, artistic designer and visionary leader of JB Star, to get his thoughts on wedding ring trends, inspiration and doing what he loves.

How did you get started in this industry?

My father, Yehuda Fouzailoff, has been in the diamond industry since 1946. He was one of the largest Sightholders in the world, with offices in Europe and the United States. I grew up around diamonds and learned a strong sense of the business from him. My goal, however, was to expand our company by designing and creating timeless, luxurious fine jewelry. Together with my brother Mark, who handles our loose diamond division, there is more than half a century of tradition and expertise behind JB Star.

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What makes JB Star stand out in the jewelry industry?

Every JB Star creation is handmade in our facility in New York City. Each piece of jewelry is expertly crafted and inspected with the utmost care using the latest finishing technology, including lasers. No piece ever leaves the shop until even the finest details are examined, which ensures the highest standard of quality. We go above and beyond expectations to make one-of-a-kind creations that will be cherished for life.

What was the first piece designed at JB Star?

We started off making marquise diamond bands, which were unique to the market because of their sleek and elegant shape.

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Where do you get your inspiration?

For me, inspiration comes from art, architecture and my travels around the globe. I am an avid believer in taking in my surroundings and implementing them into our creations. My vision has always been to stay ahead of the curve, but not go too far forward. I never build upon an existing fad. My pieces evolve from year to year so that they always maintain their integrity, yet look fresh and new. 

What are your favorite wedding ring trends?

We love to emphasize unique cuts such as cushion cut, emerald cut and square emerald cut diamond shapes. These diamond shapes are unconventional but still wearable and timeless.

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What is your favorite part about making jewelry?

To see the joy on a customer’s face when they purchase or receive my jewelry as a gift — that’s what it’s all about. It’s about crafting romance and creating dreams. Being a part of the celebration of love and life between two individuals drives us to be passionate. It’s our labor of love.

Lastly, what’s something we might not know about diamonds or diamond rings?

From a man’s perspective, sometimes it is hard to grasp why women revere diamond jewelry — the elegance of it and the feeling it provides them. We want to transcend that by educating the male customer and providing him with a high degree of service, education and quality assurance.

To see the incredible designs from JB Star, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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The 89th Academy Awards ceremony is set to take place this Sunday, and all eyes will be trained on Hollywood’s best and brightest — and, of course, on their fabulous jewels.

Here are the biggest jewelry trends we predict you’ll spot on this year’s Oscars red carpet.

Pops of Turquoise

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Bold, brightly colored gems such as turquoise make for an unforgettable red carpet look. Don’t believe us? Just check out these stunning turquoise drop earrings by Sutra Jewels, which were recently worn by “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz. 

Vintage-Inspired Jewels

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The Roaring Twenties are back with a bang. The Gatsby era’s glitzy, light-hearted feel is reflected in these high-impact geometric designs. You can either pair your vintage-inspired pieces with an equally glamorous ensemble or let the jewels shine against a minimalist LBD. 

Double Cuffs

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Coco Chanel did it in the ‘30s and Diana Vreeland did it in the ‘60s. Now the trend of wearing identical cuff bracelets is back, led by Blake Lively in a pair of glowing, jewel-encrusted green cuffs at last month’s Golden Globes.

Statement Earrings 

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We think there are few looks more elegant than a pair of statement earrings worn against a bare neck. It’s the best way to instantly add a dose of style to a formal or cocktail look without going overboard. 

Pearls

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Classic and timeless, pearls always make us think of style icon Audrey Hepburn. They’re so easy to wear, and they go with absolutely everything. Up the Audrey factor by pairing your pearls with a black sheath dress, some sleek pumps and an elegant updo. 

Shop these and other red carpet styles at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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In horology, the study of timekeeping, a complication is any feature of a watch other than the simple display of hours and minutes. Complications can display anything from today’s date to the current time in all of the world’s time zones.

Complications are what give timepieces identity in the watchmaking world. They’re the special functions displayed on a watch’s face to enhance or simplify the wearer’s life. They can serve multiple complex functions and may even take years to create.

Here are some of the complications to keep out eye out for when shopping for a timepiece.

Perpetual Calendar

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The perpetual calendar is the most complex type of calendar feature in watchmaking. It’s also one of the most useful complications in all of horology. It displays the day of the month, the day of the week, day, date, month and year in leap year cycle and it only needs to be adjusted once every 100 years. If kept wound, a watch with a perpetual calendar like the Big Pilot’s watch Antoine De Saint Exupery edition, will not require any adjustments until the year 2100 at the earliest.

Tourbillon 

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Tourbillons are the pinnacle of fine watchmaking. The tourbillon (French for “whirlwind”) was created back when wristwatches hadn’t been invented yet and pocket watches were still all the rage. The problem was that these watches spent a lot of time positioned vertically in a gentleman’s pocket or lying horizontally on a table. Being stuck in these positions for long periods decreased the accuracy of the watch, so this rotating cage was invented to keep the escapement in constant motion.

Tourbillons are usually finished by hand and made up of more than 40 parts using lightweight metals like aluminum and titanium. Making them requires a special set of tools, a tremendous amount of skill and a lot of patience — some take up to 18 months to make.

Double Chronograph

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A double chronograph watch displays two stopwatches that can be used at the same time. It has two second hands, one on top of the other. One hand moves continuously while the other one can be stopped, started or reset to zero. The first push releases both hands. While one hand continues registering the time, the other hand can be stopped over and over. A double chronograph also has what’s called a return pusher, which will stop both hands and bring them back to zero. IWC Schaffhausen’s Pilot Antoine De Saint Exupery edition is a great example of a sleek double chronograph timepiece.

Retrograde

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Retrogrades display a factor of time in a ½ circle or ¼ circle action in which the hand cycles back to the starting point rather than making a full rotation of dial. In the Drive De Cartier 2nd time, the retrograde displays the second time zone.

World Time Zone

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In the past, travelers were forced to constantly adjust their watches as they moved from place to place. The World Time Zone feature changed all that. It’s made up of a rotating inner bezel with 24-hour display and an outer bezel listing the major cities in each of the 24 time zones. This complication makes it easy to know what time it is in every part of the world at a glance.

If you’re in search of a luxury timepiece and want more information on the complications that are available, visit the watch experts at Eiseman Jewels. They’ll steer you toward the perfect piece that you’ll be proud to show off for years to come.

Jewelry Appraisals

When was the last time you had your fine jewelry appraised? If it’s been more than five years, now is the time to have it re-appraised.

Why? There are many reasons to have your fine jewelry appraised, but of these the most important is for insurance purposes and condition. The value of your jewelry can fluctuate greatly over time. If it has been a few years since your last appraisal, your jewelry could be insured for less than its replacement value. That means you’ll be risking a substantial financial loss if your jewelry is lost, stolen or damaged.

Although we only appraise what we personally sell at Eiseman, we do evaluate for purchase of any fine jewelry or timepiece.

Appraisals are also often performed to determine the value or authenticity of a piece for estate purposes, family distribution or other settlements. It’s also a good idea to seek an evaluation if you’re planning on selling or gifting a piece of jewelry, or if you’re planning on putting it into a trust. If you are re-mounting a stone or modifying a piece of jewelry and therefore significantly altering its appearance and value, you should also have an appraisal.

The gemologists at Eiseman Jewels recommend having your jewelry appraised every three to five years. We are happy to consult with you to determine the type of appraisal you need, whether it be for retail replacement, fair market value, liquidation or estate. When you purchase from Eiseman, we will then evaluate your jewelry and research the market before writing an appraisal for you at no charge. Appraisals should not cost, but if you are charged the price is contingent upon the number of pieces and time to assess the jewelry. We recommend that you ask the appraiser for the cost upfront and for the cost of updating the appraisal.

Wherever you decide to have your jewelry appraised, proceed with caution if an appraiser claims to be “GIA certified.” The Gemological Institute of America only provides certificates of quality, origin and authenticity. Many appraisers have completed the GIA Graduate Gemologist program, in which they’ve learned to identify and grade diamonds and gems. After graduation, they may seek formal appraisal training through various associations or other schools.

To see if Eiseman can assist you, simply call Michael Johnson at (214) 369-6100 to schedule an appointment.

engagement ring trends in 2017

Choosing an engagement ring is a momentous decision. It’s a piece you’ll want to love 20 years from now just as much as you do the day you receive it. At the same time, your ring should also be a faithful reflection of your personal style.

That sounds like a tall order, but it’s one that the experts at Eiseman Jewels having been helping couples with for over 50 years. If you’re planning on getting engaged in 2017, read on to learn about the styles we predict will be most popular in the coming year.

The Solitaire

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The classic solitaire is the epitome of simplicity and sophistication, and it will never go out of style. This ring continues to be a popular choice for couples regardless of the shape of the stone. Rather than spending a majority of the budget on the ring itself, many couples are opting to place the emphasis on choosing a desirable quality center diamond.

The Three-Stone Ring

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A three-stone engagement ring features a large diamond framed by two perfectly matched side diamonds. Apart from looking stunning together, these three stones symbolize your past, present and future as a couple.

As you might imagine, setting a row of diamonds on a band elevates a ring’s sparkle and shine factor dramatically. The most classic three-stone engagement rings feature round brilliant diamonds, but this enduring style looks beautiful with any stone shape, metal or setting.

The Halo

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Traditional halo styles have been popular for years, but couples are now springing for more distinctive designs, such as double or ornate halos. Designers are also updating their halo designs by using diamonds of varying shapes and sizes. A cushion-cut halo or a halo with colored gemstones is a stunning way to make your ring stand out from the crowd.

Aside from their beautiful artistic touches, halo settings are also popular because they pair beautifully with every diamond shape and cut. The small diamonds in the halo give the ring a vintage feel, so while halos are very of-the-moment, they also offer a timeless appeal.

The One-Of-A-Kind Ring

If you’re looking for a ring that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed engagement ring. Truly unique and packed with personal significance, custom engagement rings are a popular choice because their possibilities are endless.

Couples can work together with the experts at Eiseman Jewels to create a ring that embodies their personal style and personality. Customization is one trend that will never go out of style!

To shop an exquisite selection of engagement rings, or to discuss custom options, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.