by Kim Wadsworth ν Photography by Michael Dragon | Dragon Studio
Jewelry Coordination and Concept Design by Kim Wadsworth ν Floral Styling by The Wandering Petal
What better way to herald an engagement announcement than the flash of brilliance on your ring finger. When proposing a life shared together, this band signifies heartfelt acceptance and commitment so let it shine with possibilities.
Choosing the ring is just the start of many decisions you will make together as you plan your upcoming nuptials. Crucial to finding the perfect ring is defining your budget and connecting with a jewelry store that can accommodate it while offering the taste level that meets your standards. Like every relationship you’re establishing, the one with your jeweler is very important when exploring the four C’s that influence finding the perfect ring: Carat. Cut. Color. Clarity. And let’s not forget the Metal that defines your setting.
the facets of a stone that transmit and interact with light, creating the sparkle. Focus on the center stone when deciding between a round, cushion, oval, pear or marquise shape. build on with side or surrounding diamonds.
the weight of a diamond when measured in metric ‘carats,’ defined as 200 milligrams with each carat subdivided into 100 ‘points’ for precise measurement.
CLARITY begins with ‘flawless’ at the top; to ‘included’ on the bottom of the scale. In nature, a diamond develops internal characteristics called, ‘inclusions’ and external flaws called, ‘blemishes.’ Great clarity enables a stone to capture light perfectly.
COLOR is ironically based on the absence of it in the highest gem-quality diamonds. The scale of colorless gems begins with “D” and increases in color to “Z.” A colorless diamond will reflect light back in a rainbow without adding any other colors.
Either Ore Jewelers, Strawbridge
Top to bottom: 18kt “Scattered Diamonds” platinum band $2,269. Per Amore. 14kt white gold Emerald cut diamond in “Gatsby” setting $9,200. Venetti. 14kt white gold wedding band with 1 carat center stone $7,658. La Vie. 14kt white gold Eternity band $5,989. Venetti. 14kt white gold “The Bubble” $2,469. Venetti.14kt white and 18kt yellow gold with center yellow diamond ring 1.72 ct total weight $9,249. Simply Diamonds. 14kt white and rose gold with 1 carat center stone $5,869. La Vie. 14kt white gold with 1 carat center stone with wedding band $8,349. La Vie.
right top to bottom:14k white and rose gold hammered two tone men’s wedding band $1,870. Simon G. Platinum Emerald cut 4.12ct center stone, 0.92 side stones $74,500. Diamonds Direct. 18kt white gold engagement ring 0.50ct diamonds $3,300. (setting only) Simon G. 18kt rose and white gold two tone engagement ring 0.52ct diamonds $3,080. (setting only) Simon G. 18kt white gold wedding band 0.20ct diamonds $1,940. Simon G. 18kt white gold 3.03ct Cushion cut center with 1.08 diamond setting $36,600. Diamonds Direct. 14kt white gold with outward facing side diamond 0.50ct men’s wedding band $2,970. Simon G. 14kt white and yellow gold two tone flourish band $2,970. Simon G. 14kt rose gold 1.61ct Round center, 0.20ct Halo engagement ring $12,000. Diamonds Direct. 18kt white gold 2.16ct Crisscut diamond centers with 0.46ct diamond Halo $16,500. Christopher Designs.
Fink’s Jewelers MacArthur Center
above Left flower (top to bottom): Platinum Oval .52ct center diamond with full cut 25cttw diamonds in Halo and shank $3,200. Platinum full cut .25cttw diamond matching wedding band $1,250. Platinum Round brilliant cut 1.02ct in center with full cut .62cttw diamonds in Halo and double shank $10,450. Platinum Emerald cut (left) 2.90ct diamond in center with full .22ct cut diamonds in Halo $50,650. above Right flower (top to bottom): Platinum Oval cut 1.51ct diamond set in solitaire mounting $16,000. Platinum Round brilliant cut 1.51ct diamond in center with full cut .68cttw diamonds set in shank $17,500. 14k white gold Radiant cut 2.02ct diamond in center with full cut .80cttw diamonds set in halo and shank $29,750. 14k rose gold Round brilliant cut .34ct diamond in center with full cut .14cttw diamonds set in halo $2,050.
Top left: 18kwg with 2.2cttw setting. $10,675. Gabriel & Company. Designed to hold a 1.75-2.50ct Marquis shaped stone (sold separately)
Left branch (top to bottom): 14kwg .43 Round center, H-VS1. Setting is .39cttw $3,520. Gabriel & Company. 14kwg .43 Round center, F-SI1. Setting is .52cttw $3,095. Gabriel & Company. 14k yellow and white gold band 1.11cttw with yellow and white diamonds $4,199. Venetti. Loose cut-corner Square and Round diamonds available. Middle branch: 14kwg .24cttw diamond stackable band $675. Gabriel & Company. 14kwg .09cttw diamond vine-design stackable band $680. Gabriel & Company. 14kwg sapphire and diamond stackable band $837. Gabriel & Company. 14kwg .26cttw diamond stackable band $745. Gabriel & Company. Right branch: 14kwg 1.24cttw black diamonds $3,250. Rony Tennenbaum. 14kwg .49ct diamond J-SI1 $2,845. Rony Tennenbaum. 18kwg white and rose gold 1.13cttw setting $4,500. Gabriel & Company. Designed to hold a 1.50-2.50ct center stone (sold separately.)
The Precious Gem
Top to bottom: Platinum setting Princess cut 1.42ct diamond center stone $24,000. In purple flower: 18kt yellow gold setting with a 3.18ct diamond center stone $64,000. 18k white gold setting with 3.52ct Blue Sapphire center stone $8,500. Below purple flower: Platinum setting 1 carat diamond center stone $15,500. Platinum and 18k yellow gold setting with a 1.14ct diamond center stone and .66ctw blue sapphire accents $16,600. Platinum setting with a 1.39ct fancy yellow diamond center stone $19,000. Platinum setting with a 1.41ct diamond center stone $17,000.
Photography Michael Dragon | Dragon Studio dragonphotostudio.com
Jewelry Coordination and Concept Design Kim Wadsworth for Wadsworth Style | BridesMade kimwadsworth.com
Nicole Turkenkopf and Sherri Sabol | The Wandering Petal thewanderingpetal.com
Our thanks to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk for the botanical plants and leaves.