80-year-old John McKinney is the third generation patriarch of the Queensland family business McKinney’s Jewellers and with over six decades of experience in the industry. Here, he tells us the latest trends in engagement rings.
1. Timeless Classic
A woman who embraces a polished classical style is often known for her graceful, sophisticated demeanor. A one carat solitaire brilliant cut diamond is the perfect complement to her tender and traditional character. She appreciates beauty, simplicity and quality and never fails to charm those around her with her strong sense of values and generous nature. An elegant, timeless diamond ring will suit her best as it, like her, will always be in style.
With a love for all things fashion, the modern engagement ring is worn best by the lady who dares to be different. Always one step ahead of the pack with the latest trends, she is forever looking ahead at different ways to push the boundaries. Whether she opts for a contemporary pave set band with bezel set diamonds in a princess cut or chooses to transform something old into something new with a twist, the modern woman needs a ring that expresses her individuality.
Vintage lovers tend to have a unique approach to their personal style, drawing inspiration from times gone by. Sentimental at heart, the vintage woman will see the true value in her engagement ring by its ability to tell a story. If a vintage queen is looking to purchase a new ring, its style must be a nod to a different era. An “old world” Art Deco style princess cut diamond surrounded by a combination of large and small colourful gemstones would prove especially tempting to any true vintage lover. Thoughtful and creative, she has a whimsical air about her and is known by her friends as being wise beyond her years.
4. Larger than life
The magnetic, daring and bold personalities will be naturally drawn to the big and bold style of ring. Spectacular colourful gemstones in shades of Blue Topaz, Citrine or Pink Tourmaline surrounded by a cluster of sparkling diamonds would be ideally suited to our larger than life women, whose passion for living and expressive personality should be reflected by a dramatic statement piece. With confidence and a capable attitude to match, she will succeed in whatever she chooses to do, making a strong statement wherever she goes and influencing those around her.
The true romantic will love a style of engagement ring that allows her to fall in love again every time she sees it. A heart shaped diamond with an intricately designed band is the perfect symbolic expression of eternal love for the sensitive romantic, with an inscription on the inside of the ring adding the personal touch she craves. A dreamer at heart, she is imaginative, creative and feminine, placing the needs of others before her own and always having the best interests of others at heart.
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