Meet the Expert: Angela HopeOct 30, 2017
Ben Bridge Jeweler Bridal Buyer Angela Hope specializes in all things wedding- and engagement-related. Here, she sounds off on some of her favorite new styles and the top trends in the category. At 32, Angela Hope has already landed her dream job. “Getting this role doesn’t feel quite real,” she says of her position as […]
Ben Bridge Jeweler Bridal Buyer Angela Hope specializes in all things wedding- and engagement-related. Here, she sounds off on some of her favorite new styles and the top trends in the category.
At 32, Angela Hope has already landed her dream job. “Getting this role doesn’t feel quite real,” she says of her position as Bridal Buyer for Ben Bridge, where she chooses an array of engagement rings and wedding and anniversary bands for our more than 20 stores.
The deep sentiment attached to engagement and wedding rings is what attracts her to the category. “For a lot of people, wedding jewelry will their very first significant pieces and probably some of the most meaningful items they’ll ever own.”
“I was drawn to this ring because it has an old-world feel, with engraving that’s been done by hand. There’s a vintage flavor to it, but the bezel-set center stone is something that looks really contemporary. It’s a happy pairing of a style that looks antique and one that feels relevant today.”
“When wearing this ring, all you see are the diamonds! It would be a killer anniversary band or a great option for someone who doesn’t want a separate engagement ring and wedding band.”
As for choosing the rings to celebrate lifelong commitment, there are a few threads that Hope sees as prominent trends. “Oval diamonds have become an important shape,” she explains.
“The individual stones that compose the halo are larger than the ones you’d normally see, which makes the center diamond look even larger. Who doesn’t want that?”
And colored gemstones are growing in popularity: “The combination of rose gold and morganite is most requested, but we also get requests for peachy-colored sapphires and blue sapphires-especially as accents,” she says.
“This ring combines a couple of big engagement trends: rose gold, morganite and an oval center stone. I love that the halo doesn’t follow the line of the center stone exactly. The soft, slightly scalloped shape feels like a nod to Victorian jewelry. The combo of rose and morganite is so warm and flattering.”
The main rule Hope observes is that “there are fewer rules than ever before. Lots of people are taking ownership of what they want their wedding jewelry to look like,” she says. Creating a personalized look is now common. Hope’s main advice: “Your wedding jewelry should feel like you.”
“Wide bands often look really flattering on the hand and are extremely comfortable. The double halos give the design a wow factor. This ring would pair nicely with a slim band in yellow or white gold.”
“You can do so much with a collection of bands. All together they look glorious, but this is also a look you can build up over time. I love mixing metal colors. Throwing a different metal into your stack can totally transform your look.”