Jeffrey Bilgore Elevates Bespoke Bridal with Colored Gemstones
Classic, statement engagement rings, featuring custom-cut center stones, are at the heart of new Jeffrey Bilgore jewelry designs.
For years, colorless diamonds have set the standard for bridal. Set in platinum or 18K yellow gold, engagement rings with timeless settings have a distinguishing look. Today’s bride-to-be wants to embrace tradition, yet add her own signature style. Couples are coming together to create rings with meaning, and are embracing colored gemstones for added significance and artistry. Jeffrey Bilgore, jewelry designer and international gemstone merchant, specializes in creating one-of-a-kind pieces for memorable moments.
“Every couple’s love is unique, individual, and beautiful. The jewelry that is part of this is more than symbolic, it should reflect on these three qualities. Each gemstone, every ring design is a part of the couple, on their wedding day and every day beyond,” says Jeffrey Bilgore.
Ethically sourcing the world’s finest gems, Bilgore travels internationally to select high quality sapphire, padparadscha, ruby, spinel, and more. His statement rings and earrings feature colorful center stones, with designs drawing inspiration from the gem itself.
For his rutilated quartz ring, Jeffrey Bilgore emphasizes the beauty of golden rutile with a simple, study, classic 18K yellow gold and diamond setting. The focus is on the golden wisps, and the wearer can easily admire the grace of the smooth sugarloaf cut, which acts as a looking glass into the stone.
Upon seeing the stunning cut, color, and size of a rare padparadscha, the designer envisioned the gem sitting within a lotus. A flower with many meanings, it symbolizes both fortune and purification; in addition, a fully blossoming lotus represents enlightenment, and therefore self-awareness for the wearer. Figurative and literal rebirth is also associated. For bridal, the blessings of new beginnings are elegantly and symbolically represented within the lotus ring.
Jeffrey Bilgore offers an array of stunning loose gemstones as well, available as a canvas to create new bespoke creations. For brides looking for “something blue,” an aquamarine’s ocean of serenity is a popular choice. A radiant yellow sapphire or a Mozambique ruby also offer exceptional color and cut, with the exhilarating added excitement of personalizing the jewelry.
Made for a glamorous entrance, Bilgore’s signature sapphire rings, as well as his Mahenge Tanzanian spinel set, draw attention. Eye-catching vibrancy for the design-driven, a fiancée in a Bilgore signature perfectly balances elegance and glamour.
“For centuries, colored gemstones and pearls were the sole symbols of love and commitment. Each one with special meanings and qualities as individual as each couple.” Jeffrey Bilgore continues, “It was only more recently that major syndicates and their marketing campaigns formed, changing and molding engagement ring perceptions in society. It is time to return to our instincts and the feeling that only colored gemstones can evoke in each of us. Show that this is a world of color and love.”