Uniquely Yours

The Ballito MagazineSeptember 1, 2023

Did you know that many ladies are going for more non-traditional rings? A few trends have made their debuts and have shone brightly. The lovely Callen, owner of C. Jade Jewellery, spoke with me about the new engagement ring trends and some advice for couples going through this exciting process.


2023 has started, and this year is the year! Callen has seen a significant shift towards the less traditional gem choices. “Diamonds will always be special. They haven’t got their good rep for no reason, but coloured and unique gems have grown and continue to do so. I love it! I have recently worked with more popular ones, like tourmaline, sapphire, salt and pepper diamonds, morganite and spinel.”


Callen has loved creating pieces that are more traditional in design but incorporate either an alternative gem or a sentimental touch (engravings, heirloom gems, or a hidden detail). “These paired with some accent diamonds, and they are *chef’s kiss*.”


A reason women may want crystals and gemstones rather than diamonds is cost, but don’t get us wrong. It’s what you want on your ring, not what others say you should have! Callen also believes that there is a movement towards other gems because they are so different and fun. “These rings allow you to show off a little more of your personality, and wearing a little part of you daily is so special.”


Now onto the band and what type of metal. Callen said that it is hard to depict what metal is trending, but she has some advice to help you decide. “Think about what metals you usually wear. Most of us don’t often wear mixed metals, so sticking to what you think works for you is usually vour best bet. If you have the budget, try to avoid using sterling silver. I love silver. It’s perfect for everyday wear, but it tends to lose shine and damage quicker than gold or platinum.”


One trend Callen did notice in 2022 (which she hopes will grow this year) is the use of different cuts of gems. “You’ll see many gem cuts that aren’t the run-of-the-mill oval or round, which are the forever reigning champions. There is a shift to alternate cuts, such as kites, shields, baguettes and half moons, just to name a few.”

Callen has two pieces of advice for couples who want to take this exciting next step:

  • Always have a budget in mind and try to stick to it. Make sure you’re open with your jeweller about it. It’s true that if your budget is lower, you might not get exactly what you hoped for. At the end of the day, what is important is starting your union with a happy heart, and that won’t come from being in debt.
  • Talk about the design with your partner! There is excitement over the surprise of an engagement, but what you think your partner wants may be completely different to what they actually want. I’m a big advocate for both parties being involved in the design process. If this isn’t your thing, ask their friends or stalk their Pinterest boards!


Remember, this should be a fun and exciting process and moment for you and your partner. We can’t wait to see more unique engagement rings that perfectly suit the brides-to-be!


Featured image by Jade Shelton

Words by Kai Coates