On Friday, April 1, 1–5 PM and Saturday, April 2, 10 AM–6 PM, Eiseman Jewels will celebrate Perfect Pairs, its second-annual wedding band event. Whether you’re looking for just the right set of bands for your wedding or a special piece of jewelry to commemorate an anniversary, visit Eiseman’s NorthPark Center salon to enjoy light refreshments and shop the latest collections from renowned designers like Bez Ambar, Crown Ring, JB Star, Precision Set, the Eiseman Collection and Furrer Jacot.
Speaking of Furrer Jacot, there are few people in the world more qualified to speak on wedding bands than Lucas Ruppli, who’s been Head of Design at Furrer Jacot for the last 25 years. Born in Schaffhausen, a small town in Switzerland famous for its gold and silversmith ateliers, Ruppli spent his childhood collecting gemstones, which ultimately inspired him to become a goldsmith.
We caught up with Mr. Ruppli to get his thoughts on wedding band trends for the year ahead.
What are your favorite wedding band trends for 2016?
Straightforward wedding bands with subtle details are in this year, and so are bands constructed with new and different materials.
How will these trends be incorporated in Furrer Jacot styles?
This year, we are launching our new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. Our milgrain is different than others on the market—it is like a row of small pyramids, which reflect more. At the same time, it is very smooth and elegant.
How have wedding bands and wedding traditions changed over the last 20 years?
Jewelry design is a lot like every other type of design in that trends wax and wane from narrow and thin to wide and heavy and back; from deep yellow gold to white gold and back.
Today, diamonds play a more important role on men’s bands than 20 years ago. Also, men are a bit more adventurous overall in terms of designs and materials. Our Carbon Collection is very popular; it features hand-wound carbon fiber application on precious metals.
Where does your inspiration come from and how does it translate into your designs?
Sometimes I just start drawing, but I usually get my inspiration from nature and architecture. If I am in Japan or in New York, I draw differently, since it has to do with the feelings a place brings out in me. The inspiration for Furrer Jacot’s latest collection, for example, was sports. We used carbon fiber to create something very sporty, contemporary and linear. Therefore, this collection was actually inspired by the new material itself.
What do you most love about bridal jewelry?
What is your favorite new style or collection this year?
It’s definitely the new Furrer Jacot Milgrain Collection. I think that the twist on this classic design form has turned out to be very attractive on these rings.
What does a man’s wedding band say about his personality?
In order for a wedding band to express a man’s personality, he has to be true to himself. He can’t choose the band according to trends. He must choose the band he loves. If he is daring, his choice should reflect that. If he is a classic guy, then a straightforward, beautifully crafted band will reflect his personality best.
How does someone go about selecting the perfect band?
Lifestyle plays a role. Someone who works with his or her hands or who is a sporty, outdoorsy type will need a stronger band than someone who works mainly in an office. In either case, the band will show some wear and tear after a while, which will only add charm and character.
What advice do you have for young couples choosing their wedding rings?
They should really spend some time together thinking about what their symbol of union and love means to them and then find a style that represents it.
For beautiful, unique wedding bands — including bands by Furrer Jacot — visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 during our Perfect Pairs Wedding Band Event. Plus, don’t forget to follow Eiseman on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.