Rare Detail, Rose Gold and Vintage Luxury: 2017 Engagement Ring Trends

Let’s face it, choosing an engagement ring is a big deal. The choice must perfectly embody your partner’s individuality and unique style preference, represent the love and depth of commitment you share, and be a wise investment.

No pressure, right?

For Braswell and Son’s engagement and bridal specialists, it’s an honor to assist Central Arkansas couples in discovering the stone and setting that speaks to them. Here’s a look at three stunning style trends we favor for 2017:

All About Detail
We are delighted by the return of understated, classic designs where the magic is in the finer details. Think of a soft-spoken classic round diamond set atop a contrasting yellow gold and diamond basket; or a gently colored gemstone paired with a surprise precious metal halo; or a deceptively simple band with a delicately jeweled filigree woven into the side view to showcase subtle elegance.

This gold filigree diamond ring evokes subtle elegance.

The Warmth of Rose Gold
Warm and romantic, the gold and copper alloy is a favorite among artisans. It flatters all skin tones and offers a lovely contrast for a classic diamond setting. Especially intriguing is the emerging trend of tone on tone; the play of a pale orange-pink morganite or a blush colored citrine set in rose gold. We also like no rules layering; the use of rose gold as a contrast in customizable stacking bands—the ultimate in personal expression.

Intricately patterned settings are perfect for showcasing traditional and alternative looks.

Vintage Luxury
Handsome, vintage era designs never go out of style. Alluring Deco and Edwardian period-inspired pieces marry bold geometry with intricately patterned settings, perfect for showcasing a traditional stone or an alternative black diamond or ruby. The daring yet delicate nature of the design is as important as the stone itself, and always reads as one of a kind.

If you’re looking for a trusted advisor to guide you through the process of selecting that just right engagement ring, you’ve come to the right place. Along with thoughtful guidance, Braswell and Son offers a choice of vintage luxury, new and pre-owned engagement and bridal jewelry, as well as a large selection of loose diamonds that will take you beyond the ordinary.

Colored Gemstone Engagement Rings: A Millennial Love Story

Princess Diana had an eye for style and turned royal tradition on its ear when she chose the iconic 18-carat oval sapphire for her engagement to Prince Charles. Her choice to forgo the classic diamond in favor of a colored gemstone was an expression of individuality that sparked a trend that today is more popular than ever—especially among Millennials.

For many Millennials, when it comes to expressions of love, there are no rules. “Generation Me,” known for its liberal shift in political and economic views, are deconstructing wedding traditions by their choices in creative invitations, offbeat yet elegant gowns, and distinctive gemstone engagement rings.

This tanzanite Halo ring is a stunning, unique alternative to the classic diamond engagement ring.

Perfect for alternative or vintage designs, colored gemstones open up a world of possibility. Durable stones such as rubies and sapphires are seen as a more expressive choice over diamonds, and better reflect the style and philosophy of the modern couple. With growing concern over the high environmental and human impact of the diamond industry, ethically sourced colored gemstones make a responsible choice.

Millennials value experiences like travel and education over physical investments. However, despite having the reputation of being a weak investment, the value of colored gemstones has increased along with demand and remains a healthy asset.

For some, the color and stone itself has a deeply personal meaning. A liquid blue sapphire represents wisdom, trust and depth of devotion. A fiery red ruby is a protective stone, and denotes stability and passion. And, a naturally radiant green emerald, the color a symbol of good luck and abundance may be perfectly telling of a love story without costing a fortune.

For Generation Y, it’s not all about monetary value, but emotional value. What a gift to have a luminous heirloom opal that has been in the family for generations, upcycled in a current setting to deepen the intent of a proposal?

When it comes to love, the choice of stone should be profoundly individual, and not limited by custom. At Braswell and Son, we specialize in vintage luxury, as well as fine and estate jewelry. Let us help you create your own love story.

Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Kate Spade: Three Fresh Handbag Picks for Spring

The ritual of women changing handbags at the start of a new season is as certain as the coming of spring. The opportunity to empty and inspect the contents of your current bag—the staples and leftover bits and pieces that represent the last 6 months of a life. It’s an excellent time to evaluate what works, and what can be left behind.

Spring is the ideal time to trade in an outdated handbag, or shop for a new to you designer piece. A simple change in handbag can inspire a fresh beginning and a brand new attitude.

Braswell and Son’s growing inventory is bursting with authentic, vintage luxury handbags and accessories. Take a look at three of our favorites:

1. Utility Reimagined
The canvas Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag in white azur is legendary for being a workhorse as well as a style icon. It’s spacious without being cumbersome, and ideal for a day out or an overnight stay. The smooth leather straps fit easily over the shoulder or arm, making it a versatile and comfortable choice. The adjustable side laces transform it from practical tote to swank city bag, and the light as air color serves as the perfect backdrop for the changing season.


2. Everyday Glamour
The Michael Kors Jet Set chain tote is sure to be the star of any ensemble. A bold contrast to the crisp whites of spring, the glossy, bluest of green finish promises more glamour than conservative winter styles, and the sophisticated gold chain strap delivers a bright pop of contrast. Roomy and elegant, but not overwhelming, the Jet Set is a favorite must have.






3. Fun Factor
It’s all fun and games with the delicate Kate Spade PXRU 5013 clutch. The clean design and unusual plastic material is sure to be evening conversation starter. The bold, scalloped flap is reminiscent of a new flower—truly, a classic clutch with a modern twist on flirty vintage detail.

Check out our must have’s and other premium inventory. Shop Braswell and Son for the very best in vintage luxury styles for spring!