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Sparkle & Shine From bespoke rings, to tiaras, earrings and bracelets - we’ve got all your bridal bling covered

Pretty Pearly Pearls are big news on the bridal bling circuit, especially when mixed with shiny diamonds and sparkling stones, like this vintage inspired pendant, £18, earrings, £15, set from Jon Richard www.jonrichard.com

Sophie Ellis Bexter, Emma Bunton and Rachel Hunter - not to mention Tess Daly at her wedding - have all been spotted wearing gorgeously jewelled Halo & Co headpieces, now available at Kismet Furnishings in Blackwood. Tel: 01495 229000 www.kismetfurnishings.co.uk

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So what’s it all about? Creating your own ring is all the rage at the moment and it doesn’t necessarily cost any extra. We can custom make wedding rings, engagement rings, or any dress rings or jewellery including cufflinks for men or bridesmaids’ gifts.

What metals are people going for at the moment?

Go boho beautiful with this stunning daisy white and yellow gold pendant, set with brilliant round diamonds and fresh water pearl, £1,395, from Advanced Jewel Craft, Cardiff www.advancedjc.com Bouquet rings at Clive Ranger imitate the delicate lace of a bridal gown, available in gold or platinum from £899 www.cliveranger.co.uk 18ct white gold 2 carat diamond tennis bracelet, £1,799, Ernest Jones www.ernestjones.co.uk Platinum organic shaped engagement ring and handmade platinum and diamond wedding band, prices on request, Brooklinde Jewellery www.handmade-jewellery.net For unique, hand-made bridal pieces designer and creator Jessica-Louise can tailor make your jewellery using fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, Austrian crystals and semi precious stones www.jessica-louise.co.uk

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Rhiwbina, to get the low down on how to create your own wedding rings.

First you need to decide on the colour metal - it should ideally match the engagement ring. Then, you need to choose the shape of the ring to ensure your engagement ring and wedding band fit together. We ask customers if they want to dress it up with any diamonds - some do, some don’t. Normally we can do it within 2 weeks but sometimes, obviously if it’s more tricky, then it can take 3.

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The Jewellery Gallery We caught up with Lucy at The Jewellery Gallery in

What does it involve?

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Platinum bands, because with the cost of gold going up there’s not much difference in price now, and we’ve also started working with palladium, which is fast becoming popular as it’s cheaper then platinum yet looks similar and won’t discolour like white gold can.

Have you noticed any diamond trends? The rounded brilliant cut diamond is probably the most popular because it’s traditional, but people are often going for the more modern squared princess cut stones too. Generally though, more people are having diamonds, and especially men. Squared off bands in platinum, with a few diamonds are very popular with men at the moment.

Any expert advice? The engagement ring does the talking - it’s your main ring and where you’ve got the biggest stone, so the wedding ring should just complement it. A lot of people try to cut back on the rings too, because they worry about the rest of the wedding costs - but the rings are the only part of the wedding day that lives on! Everything else goes, the flowers, the food, but you’ve still got the ring on your hand everyday for the rest of your life, so to cut back on them really doesn’t make sense. The Jewellery Gallery, Rhiwbina Tel: 029 2052 2666, Talbot Green Tel: 01443 228882


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