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Ringing in autumn

For better or worse, we’re waving goodbye to summer. But don’t fret, we’re ringing in autumn with a look at what we can expect to see adorning fingers in 2021. Yes, we’ve got clarity on all the latest ring trends.



We might have been looking at gold through rose coloured glasses, as rose gold had its moment, but nothing will ever replace the illustrious sheen of yellow gold. It has claimed back the spotlight with its rich, warm and timeless appeal.

Popularised by Meghan Markle, the three stones symbolise a couple’s past, present and future. Experts are seeing a rise in unique shapes for these trios, along with contrasting cuts or diamond sizes, to create something completely unique.

Dainty and slim ring bands are becoming a thing of the past as wider bands are poised to have their moment in the spotlight. If you want a ring that stands out in a crowd, a wide band is definitely one to consider.

Engagement rings are going green – and we’re not just talking about sustainability. Yes, emeralds are having a serious moment right now, with many experts labelling it the “it” stone of 2021. With the colour closely associated with new beginnings, it’s no surprise why!

There are the classic cuts you know and love — round, princess, cushion, emerald. And they’re not going anywhere. But have you heard of hexagon, shield or trillion cuts? When it comes to your centre stones, you can expect to see these cuts and more.


The ‘I’ dos & don’ts: Via Sollertia

If you’re thinking about popping, or hinting at, the big question, the first step is the engagement ring. Via Sollertia’s Phil Vicray talks to us about the dos and don’ts of engagement ring shopping.



Don’t: Order online from untrustworthy websites.

Do: Visit stores, like Via Sollertia, where you can physically see and try on the rings.

Don’t: Bring a big group of friends when making the final decisions around the style and shape. Too many opinions can sometimes do more harm than good.

Do: Come with your partner or a loved one who knows you well. A sense of support is always nice.

Don’t: Assume that the shop is okay with you taking photos of the rings. Like wedding dress salons, the designers often put a lot of time and effort into them; the last thing they’ll want is potentially having their design copied.

Do: Show off your ring, once given permission; it’s certainly something worth showcasing to the world.


Labour of love: Polished Diamonds

It has been a two-year labour of love to design and merchandise the new website for Polished Diamonds – Jewellery Design, now live at


The attention to detail this plush, parlour-esque haven on New Regent Street is renowned for is evident in the care and attention that has gone into the website, where you have the ability to configure your engagement ring online.

There are more than 400 ring designs, diamond studs, pendants, luxurious bracelets and 10,000 plus certified diamonds.

You can mix and match to create the perfect partnership between budget and style.

The website is as beautiful as it is interesting and easy to navigate, with extensive blog articles about diamond cutting, diamond colour, diamond fashions, and live chat for personal service.

Locally made custom jewellery from award-winning Polished Diamonds, shop online or visit the stunning showroom at 30 New Regent Street, phone 0800 233 299.


Creating something exquisite: Canterbury Jewellers

Canterbury Jewellers has earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and honesty, in a trade where the client relies on information that is true and the quality of workmanship is high.



Providing these two key attributes has allowed Canterbury Jewellers to be one of Christchurch’s leading repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery manufacturers, since the company was established 35 years ago.

Responding to an increasing desire from clients for a more personalised look, Canterbury Jewellers is fully equipped to create something incredibly unique.

It may be traditional with lots of fine detail, or bold and modern.

With their experienced and fully qualified team of on-site artisans, clients are invited to contribute to the creative process as little or as much as they like and are encouraged to visit at various stages of manufacture.

Phone Canterbury Jewellers on 03 366 7737 or email with any enquires.


An exquisite selection: Westende Jewellers

For more than 50 years, family-owned Westende Jewellers has been providing an exquisite selection for the bride and groom.


The spacious Sydenham store showcases an extensive array of New Zealand-made engagement and wedding rings – plus both new and antique jewellery.

“We offer many different styles, sizes and combinations of finishes, stones and metals, including a huge range for men,” owner Andrew Kelso says.

“We go above and beyond for our customers; we love to see their joy and excitement when they find the perfect piece.”

To help facilitate this, Westende Jewellers has the largest range of new and vintage wedding rings in the South Island, so the bride and groom can try on different styles, widths and colours to confidently select the perfect symbol of their love.

As all their new wedding rings are made locally using precious metals from a New Zealand refinery, the benefits are three-fold: a beautiful specially-made piece, supporting local businesses and fast turnaround – most rings are ready within 10 working days.

A custom service is also available for those wanting to create a one-off item.

From engagement rings to bridalwear, earrings, watches or special gifts, the expert team can help find the perfect item for any occasion, including Karen Walker, Kagi and Stow Jewellery.

Truly a family affair, Westende Jewellers was established by Andrew’s parents in 1967, and his daughter recently joined the talented team.

In line with government guidelines, Westende Jewellers has instigated physical distancing and enhanced hygiene practices, ensuring the wellbeing of staff and customers.

Find them at 421 Colombo Street, Sydenham, phone 03 366 5475 or on Facebook.