Square cut or pear shaped, diamonds and jewelry never seem to go out of style. “People say, ‘a diamond is forever’ and that’s really true,” says Ryan Blumenthal, owner of Corinne Jewelers in Tom’s River. “Diamonds are classic and people want that forever.”
Corinne Jewelers is an independent, family run business and Blumenthal is the third generation to run the local store.
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“We specialize bridal jewelry, engagement rings and custom jewelry,” he says. “We can literally take a drawing that a customer may have made and make them a piece of jewelry from that.”
As one of the premiere jewelry stores in the area, Blumenthal works with a lot of different clients and sees a lot of trends come and go. Here, he shares some of the trends that he’s noticed at the shop.
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Stackable jewelry is one of the hottest trends in the market right now, Blumenthal says. “What’s great about them is that there’s a lot of variety. You can stack bangles, necklaces and rings to create a beautiful look.” He recommends pairing a choker-type necklace with a looser, longer necklace to create layers.
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Bold colors make a bold statement
“Lately there’s a trend to use bold colored gems instead of the traditional gemstones,” Blumenthal says. He sees gems like peridot, garnet and amethyst in bands more and more. “Green gems are popular and a lot of designers are coming out with jewelry that uses that color.” Pieces with these bold gems make great statement pieces and can add color to your metal or diamond jewelry, he adds.
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Fancy diamonds over traditional cuts
Pear-shaped and oval diamonds are really popular for engagement rings right now, Blumenthal says. This category of diamonds is called ‘fancy diamonds’ and adds an extra dimension to simply designed jewelry. “The shapes look really great with a thin diamond band,” Blumenthal adds. Fancy diamonds are also a great compliment to colored gold bands like rose gold or yellow gold.
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“For a while the trend in jewelry was for everything to be white, like white gold and white diamonds,” Blumenthal says. “Now people are more interested in yellow and rose colored golds.” The old “don’t mix metals” adage feels less and less applicable since these colored golds look great when worn stacked. “People are really inspired by the contrast of the metals and how they look together,” Blumenthal says. Try stacking a few different colored gold bangles for a casual, yet modern look.