British royal, Princess Beatrice, will tie the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 29 May at St. James’s Palace. They have confirmed that rather than asking for wedding gifts, the couple hopes guests will consider supporting the charities, Big Change and Cricket Builds Hope instead.
What about Covid-19? While the couple will still marry on 29th Mary, they are evaluating the current coronavirus epidemic, which prevents large gatherings of people. They are considering scaling back the number of guests at Chapel Royal. The reception, however, that was scheduled to take place in Buckingham Palace gardens, is now cancelled.
The engagement was cordially announced last year in September, after Edoardo proposed on a holiday in Italy. Princess Eugenie wore a Zimmermann floral Allia dress for the engagement photos, which feature an unmissable sparkling ring. The ethically-sourced diamond and platinum engagement ring was designed and handcrafted by Shaun Leane, a British jewellery designer who has collaborated with the likes of Givenchy and Alexander McQueen. It is a combination of Art Deco and Victorian styles, featuring a 2 and 1/2 carat stone ring with platinum-set shoulder baguettes.
Princess Beatrice’s ring is very different to her family’s preference for bright coloured stones. Her mother, Sarah, Dutchess of York, had a ruby engagement ring and Princess Eugenie has a pink-orange Padparadscha Sapphire on her finger.
With social media influences stronger now than ever, brides are on the hunt for a ring that will stand out from the rest of the crowd and be visible among the other Instagram posts. From bright-coloured diamonds to micro-bands, this season is all about the saying ‘size isn’t everything’.
Here are some wedding and engagement ring trends to anticipate this upcoming year:
The Coloured Stone
Different coloured stones are an elegant way to make simple styles even bolder, especially when they are set against a metal that makes them pop. There is a multitude of various stones you can choose from, including ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst, Citrine, garnet and tourmaline. If you have a bright, vibrant style, embrace and embody it in the form of your engagement or wedding ring.
The Halo Ring
The setting of a halo ring design is perfect for making the centre of the stone appear larger than usual – it’s an illusion effect you might want to explore if your budget is limited and you prefer the look of a bigger stone. Add a twist with a coloured stone and additional texture on the band.
The Lab Diamond
An effort towards environmental sustainability, conscious couples are opting for lab-grown diamonds rather than natural stones. They have less harmful effects on the earth and do not require mining, which is detrimental to the environment. Watch this space – the trend is on the rise.
The Minimalist Look
Today more than ever, less is more when it comes to fashion, footwear and accessories. It’s a good idea to pair striking stones against a more understated metal and design, in order to make them pop. This is perfect if you are not looking to make a statement with your ring, but want it to fit in with your simplistic, classic personal style.