Thursday, 8 July 2021

Thursday, 8 July 2021

The New Solitaire: Bold, Gold and Chunky

The 80s have been creeping back into the world of fashion for a while now, but we’ve so far been spared the memories of our mums’ 80s costume jewellery...

...chunky chains, gold clip-ons, and smooth, colourful cabochons. Not for much longer - fine jewellers are hot on its (shoulder padded) tails, and bold, chunky engagement rings are a big new trend.

Leading the way is New York based designer Brent Neale, whose bespoke commissions often incorporate clients’ meaningful or inherited gemstones in her signature gypsy-set style. Gypsy setting is a classic 80s style that Brent has truly made her own with bold colour choices and unique gemstone cuts - I love her heart shape stones set this way and am coveting a pink sapphire version for full on 80s vibes (Sapphire ring above and emerald ring below, both Brent Neale, POA).

London based designer Jessie Thomas is also way ahead of the game, taking inspiration from her heritage and raiding the archives of her famous jeweller father, David Thomas. At the forefront of sculptural designs back in the 1970s, his smooth, bombé rings live on in Jessie’s fresh take on the collection, with fashion editor and stylist Florrie Thomas choosing a beautiful 2ct style for her engagement ring, images of which ended up splashed all over fashion blogs world wide.

The bold trend is not just limited to single stones, designer Hattie Rickards has been creating bespoke 3 stone beauties for her lucky clients for a few years now, and has quickly become the go-to designer for this sleek, modern aesthetic (below, with sapphires, one-of-a-kind bespoke ring).

Lastly, Jessica Mccormack has stepped away from her trademark vintage inspired 'cutback' setting style with the showstopping Helix rings - the 80s playfulness shining through as thick gold wire is twisted and warped to perfection around a huge centre diamond.

Immensely wearable due to the tactile curves and claw-free setting, with a lot of the gemstone hidden beneath the surface, these cocktail/engagement ring hybrids are top of the list for ultimate engagement ring trends.

If you'd like to discuss this bold new style for your own engagement ring, please get in touch at