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Autumn is a great time of the year to “fall” in love. And, with Michael Bondanza returning to Scheherazade Jewelers from October 17 to 18, the timing is perfect to commemorate a love for all seasons with distinctive bridal jewelry from a leading designer. Although this is a bridal trunk show new fashion jewelry collections will also be part of the store event.
Michael is famous for his platinum jewelry designs. He has spent years perfecting his jewelry making skills using the purest and most precious of metals. Michael’s tagline of “Platinum Redefined” says it all. From creative design techniques to technical know-how Michael has mastered platinum bridal jewelry.
Millennials Drive Platinum Demand
Platinum Guild International (PGI) is the promotional arm for the precious white metal in the gem and jewelry industry. A recent survey of 2013 platinum jewelry sales revealed an 11 percent growth in the category. This is “a greater increase than fine jewelry as a whole,” the survey found. Part of the drive for platinum is the increase in millennial marriages. Platinum engagement rings and wedding bands appeal to millennials on a number of levels starting with the purity, strength and lasting beauty of platinum.
Millennials have a penchant for customization and personalization, and are a savvy consumer group that appreciates the choices platinum offers, which speak to their own sense of style. And, platinum’s enduring strength and luster offers today’s couples timeless jewelry to suit many tastes and budgets in designs they will most likely hand down to their children.
Collections in Platinum
Vintage inspired designs continue to do well in today’s bridal market. And, with demands for halo designs are showing no signs of slowing down, Michael’s new Plaza Collection combines the best of both trends. (Scheherazade’s currently has several Plaza Collection rings available in the store.)
The Madison Collection is another line from Michael that appeals to many of today’s brides with three-stone rings (a classic design that symbolizes a couple’s past, present and future together) as well as trending solitaire designs. Millennials that lean toward the Madison Collection’s solitaire rings are on trend with the understated elegance solitaire designs offer. Brides like the dramatic and bold design of Madison solitaire rings with enlarged prongs that are incorporated into the ring design itself. Be it prong-set or bezel-set, diamonds set in solitaire rings from the Madison Collection offer a streamlined look that artfully combines fashion and function.
Michael Bondanza is known for his pure platinum designs, but he also appreciates the benefits of setting white diamonds in the most precious of white metals, especially in two-tone ring designs – another breaking trend with today’s brides.
Yellow gold and rose gold are known for their warmth, but these gold colors are popular in today’s bridal market for different reasons. Rose gold for many young bridal jewelry customers is associated with a “vintage look,” while yellow gold is getting some traction in demand as an alternative to white metals that have dominated the bridal market for many years.
Michael Bondanza’s Riverdale and Tribeca Collections combine the best of the two-tone trend. The designer has created high karatage rose and yellow gold rings with the center stone set in platinum. The color combination has its aesthetic appeal and serves design purposes, but in these collections function does not trump fashion. Given the strength and durability of platinum, center-set diamonds are more secure. And, setting a white diamond in a white precious metal gives brings out more fire and brilliance in the diamond. And, textured surfaces have been a design trademark for Michael for years that is now seen in rose and yellow gold bands in these two collections.
Michael excels in platinum and gold bridal jewelry, but his creative genius takes other fashionable forms, leading with the designer’s new Beehive Collection. Like other designers, Michael’s inspirations come from nature but commemorating busy bees in jewelry was just part of the inventiveness behind the Beehive Collection. Michael also wanted to create consumer awareness in declines of bee populations due to insecticides. As many scientific and casual observers will attest, “if bees go, so does the planet.”
The Waldorf Collection was launched last year, but new additions to the collection have been added in time for holiday shopping this year. Non repetitive patterns appear to be symmetrical but have an asymmetrical quality to the designs.