NEW YORK – Mark Ingram, owner of the perennially popular Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City, understands today's bride. Describing his own style as "contemporary classic," he ensures that his clients look modern, but never too trendy – and never old-fashioned. "Remember, you want to be forever beautiful and timeless in these photographs," he says. We asked Ingram about his favourite diamond ring cut, how to match jewellery to your gown's neckline, and the pieces he loves in our upcoming Fine Jewels auction.
MARK INGRAM. PHOTOGRAPH BY KAT HARRIS.
What are the biggest bridal jewellery trends right now?
Less traditional brides are venturing into gold and rose gold metal rings with coloured stones. Sapphires are especially popular. It’s nice to have that “something blue” for the wedding. I find a lot of my brides are going toward large drop earrings. They’re very romantic and sensual paired with a smaller necklace.
Are there any timeless pieces of jewellery that you feel will always work at weddings?
Diamonds prevail. An emerald cut ring to me is the most classic. It looks weighty and very important. It will stand the test of time.
Do you have top styling tips that brides should follow when matching jewellery to their gown?
Take into consideration the neckline of your dress. A strapless neckline can probably handle any type of necklace, whereas a v-neck or off-the-shoulder neckline might require something a little more delicate. You never want to compete with the dress.
What’s the number one piece of advice that every bride should remember when choosing her jewellery?
Don’t go too over-the-top. Enhance your beauty – don’t overshadow it.
Click below to see which pieces from both Sotheby's Fine Jewels auction Ingram selected for the stylish bride.