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FAQs and expert advice about jewellery

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Cheshire and Merseyside Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourcheshiremerseyside.wedding

A Year For Romance

A Year For Romance

Q What should we look out for in the world of weddings in 2024?
A Adrian Catherall says: In terms of wedding-ring style, 2024 is going to be the year of love and romance. With the lessening impact of Covid on all our lives and we're as back to normality as we can remember, rejoicing in getting engaged and married is definitely coming back 1,000-fold. With this comes elements of colour and rejoicing in styling elements of wedding rings including a myriad of metals. A lot is dictated by the engagement ring though, so people tend to be fixated by the shape and style of the original ring, for example, if it features a round-cut diamond go for a diamond wedding band.

Popular styles would be dovetail settings, which is hand engraved into the surface further enhancing the diamonds. The pave set vintage style has always been popular too. While channel set sees the diamonds floating between bars. Alternatively, the up-andcoming tiara style is perfect for those who are more adventurous.

There are over a thousand different styles but it usually boils down to a simple few that resonate. Your wedding band shouldn't look too much like your engagement ring though as what tends to happen is that the two blend too much together and don't identify themselves individually. You'll get more value out of something that looks just that little bit different. What I do find is that customers tend to set the trends based on their desires, thoughts and obviously budget. We can then guide them to the best ring within that realm and vision.

Adrian Catherall, Catheralls

Leave your mark

Leave your mark

Q I'm looking for a gorgeous piece of jewellery to give my mother as a gift on the morning of my wedding. Are there any pieces you would recommend?
A Henry Johnstone says: When it comes to giving a gift to commemorate an occasion as special as your wedding day, our advice is to make it personal. Something that lets your mother know just how important she is to you and how much it means that she's there with you on your special day. I would go as far as to say put something of yourself into that gift, quite literally.

Our range of keepsake jewellery can be engraved with your fingerprints to allow you to leave the most personal of marks on that gift. Fingerprints, handprints even your own handwriting or a small drawing can be engraved onto your chosen gift. Available as bracelet charms, pendants, lockets or rings to name just a few options, there's something to suit everyone, allowing you to make this gift as personal as you like. Coupled with a special message or indeed the date of your big day, these pieces become a lasting memento treasured by your loved ones for years to come. What better way to show your mother how you feel about her on this memorable occasion?

Henry Johnstone, Henry D Johnstone

Show your metal

Show your metal

Q I don't know if I should wear silver, white gold or rose gold jewellery with my wedding dress. Are there any hard and fast rules?
A Rachael Whitwam says: It's your day so you need to wear what you love. If there's any detail on your dress though, it can look amazing to complement this with your jewellery and other accessories, some might have silver or pearl embellishments for example.

A lot of brides like to keep their wedding jewellery the same colour as their wedding and engagement rings, but equally many others who have white gold or platinum rings, have an overall theme for the day of rose gold, so they've worn that instead.

It's your day, so as long as you love everything that you're wearing and it makes you feel fabulous that's all that matters.

Rachael Whitwam, O'Hares Jewellers

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