Watch Out for Our New Watch Bands, Tools, and Batteries Brochure

Watches provide the wearer with versatility and adaptability when it comes to today’s fashion accessories. Your customers keep these products in high demand and we gladly provide a helping hand in meeting that demand.

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We are happy to save you time with Watch Bands, Tools, and Batteries — our first comprehensive brochure of everything you need to provide excellent care and service for your customers. Complete with eye-catching and detailed photographs as well as an easy-to-use design, Watch Bands, Tools, and Batteries is the only resource you need for a versatile inventory to fit every need.

To give you a sneak peek at everything this brochure has to offer, enjoy these highlights of the latest additions.

Look Back With Vintage

Straps made of distressed leather material, such as our Vintage Italian Leather watch bands complemented by our new cream stitching (as seen on page 8), will bring a nostalgic feeling to the comfort and style your customers have come to expect.

Leather Watch Bands

Explore the Possibilities with Mesh Metal

Mesh metal bands are a rising trend for both regular and smart watches. These sleek and modern styles are perfect for the young contemporary in both casual and professional fashion. With so many consumers having multiple watches for work and play, these mesh metal bands work great for watches of all occasions. See pages 25 and 32 for our offerings on this very popular item available in rose, stainless and black. 

Metal Watch Bands

Think Smart with Smart Watch Bands and Adapters

Smart watches are definitely on the rise and your customers will want options when it comes to look and feel. With an adapter, the smart watch band can become a statement of personality and taste with limitless options. This trend connects with the idea of providing the customer with a unique piece fit for them. You can enjoy our plethora of options on pages 32-35.

Smart Watch Bands

Get to Work With Expanded NATO® Offerings

Made of a breathable nylon material, NATO® watch bands should catch the eye of the active and sporty customer. Recently, we’ve expanded our line of these versatile watch bands to include styles in basic neutral tones that can go with any fashion choice. Featured on pages 30 and 31, your customers will enjoy the new variety being offered in these highly sought-after watch bands.

NATO Watch Bands

Other than new trends and an updated look, you’ll continue to find everything you need when it comes to watch repair tools and battery kits. We hope you enjoy this new direction of our watch bands, tools, and batteries and look forward to providing you nothing but the best.




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Trend Alert: Vintage-Inspired Jewelry

Vintage-inspired jewelry continues to make an important statement. You’ve probably hosted customers searching for the perfect vintage engagement. The bride-to-be may have worn high-waist jeans while her beau sported a grizzly beard or high-top sneakers. It’s no secret: trends come and go, then return to center stage.

What’s The Hype About Vintage?

People have and will always look to the past to create meaning in the present. Nostalgia takes us back, while also propelling us forward. And there’s no denying that Millennials have a pronounced fascination with all things vintage. Perhaps it’s because the younger crowd yearns for context and compelling back-stories with every purchase. Think about it — Toms shoes has its ‘one for one’ philanthropy, Microsoft started out of Bill Gates’ garage, and so on. Or maybe it’s this age of digital technology overload that makes vintage a stable refuge from contemporary, fleeting fads. The history and allure of vintage-inspired jewelry fit perfectly into our culture where niche is the new norm.

Here’s What To Do

Plumb the vintage depths. Subtle nods to classic vintage styles may not be enough anymore. Be prepared to dive deeper into rich and interesting, even odd, jewelry customs of yesteryear. Remember how two-stone rings are suddenly all the rage? It’s no coincidence; this distinct design has evolved from a centuries-old style. As artisans, we can incorporate looks from the past to create meaningful and customized pieces, bedazzling patrons of all ages

Suggest vintage-inspired jewelry like those shown below. They might be the perfect pick for that snazzy bearded young man who just can’t seem to find what he’s looking for.

Sharply Detailed Earrings

The devil’s in the details with these dramatic earrings. Sculptured metalwork gives a charming nod to antique Georgian jewelry. These babies promise to become treasured heirlooms for generations to come.

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Stuller continues to create vintage-inspired jewelry like these stunning engagements, for example. We take the most classic styles and add feminine, romantic details through metalwork and diamond accents to create timeless, lasting looks.

Beaming Time-Honored Bands

If she opts for a simple engagement, suggest one of these ornate bands as an elegant touch to your customer’s ring finger.


So how is vintage-inspired jewelry received in your area? Is it in high demand or a thing of the past? Let us know in the comments below!




Stroll Through Popular Engagement Ring Trends by Decade

You’ve probably hosted customers in search of the perfect vintage ring. The bride-to-be may have worn high-waist jeans while her beau sported a grizzly beard or high-top sneakers. It’s no secret that trends come and go, then come back again full circle.

As artisans, we are able to incorporate looks from the past in order to create meaningful and customized pieces, bringing a customer’s vision of the perfect engagement ring to life.

 

Take a step back in time with us as we examine popular engagement ring trends by decade.

 

1950s Engagement Ring Trends

Did you know that while Elvis was establishing himself as the king of Rock and Roll during the 50s, the Hope Diamond found a forever home in the Smithsonian (1958)?

When it came to engagement rings, there was a rise of single, fancy-shaped stones, particularly the marquise diamond. Stackable bands, which were also trending during this time (thanks Audrey Hepburn), are still popular styles today.

1960s Bridal Trends

The Beatles, Woodstock, and a man on the moon, the 1960s brought about the changing of culture.

Styles changed too. Linear geometric shapes resurged. Floral motifs and colored center stones were popular too. Pop icons such as Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly rocked emerald-cut stones, while emeralds themselves were a trend started by first lady Jackie Kennedy.

1970s Engagement Ring Trends

Not only did the Star Wars saga begin during the 70s but Stuller’s story also started in 1970. Toll-free phone ordering was introduced in 1972, and prime manufacturing ramped up in 1973.

In the bridal industry, statement pieces were all the rage. Cluster rings were popular, along with princess-cut diamonds, which were perfected during this time. These rings were typically set in yellow gold and accompanied by matching wedding bands.

1980s Engagement Trends

The 80s, particularly 1982, were a great time to be alive. Not only did Michael Jackson release his “Thriller album,” one of the best selling albums ever, Stuller also debuted its revolutionary next-day delivery that same year.

You may recall the Royal Wedding and Princess Diana’s beautiful sapphire ring. This iconic piece set off a firestorm for sapphire around the globe and created an instant trend. Bigger, flashier pieces seemed to be all the rage at the time as well, usually featuring round or oval center stones. Platinum was a popular metal, though white and yellow gold were chosen too.

1990s Bridal Trends

The days before the World Wide Web are hard to recall, despite it being around for only twenty-five years or so. Stuller.com was introduced in 1997, along with a customization program called Have It Your Way.

During this time, we saw a rise in popularity of radiant-cut diamonds with triangular stones on each side. There was also a surge in three-stone rings.

2000s Engagement Ring Trends

The turn of the century brought about a swift move into a new age of technology. Stuller partnered with Gemvision in 2009 to expand our design software, allowing for customization options such as CounterSketch® in 2010 and 3C in 2012.

Princess-cut center stones were popular, as well as, halo-style designs. However, due to the availability of numerous customization options for shoppers today, no particular trend has dominated in recent years.

Future Bridal and Engagement Rings 

The future is never certain. However, there are two things that can be assured: engagement ring styles will continue to change as trends evolve over time. And Stuller will be with you every step of the way to accommodate the progression of the industry.

As we look forward, customization reigns king, along with rose gold mountings and colored center stones.

Find more about beards, bench jewelers, and why millennials are obsessed with vintage jewelry here


Do you remember these popular engagement ring trends by decade? What other trends have you seen come and go over the years? Share with us in the comments below!




Post-Sales tips

Be a Timeless Bride (With a Trendy Twist)

Today’s brides want to make an individual fashion statement. But, it doesn’t mean that they want to venture too far from the beaten path when it comes to picking an engagement ring. Subtle details like small adjustments or hidden elements are just the right touches to make a ring unique to its wearer (Customization helps too, as almost 50% of brides opt to add a custom element to their rings – Knot Survey, 2015). If your brides are looking to make a classic statement, offer some of these suggestions:

Two-Stone Engagement Rings

With so much symbolism behind them, two-stone rings are great because they are multipurpose. They can be used to symbolize love or celebrate a special occasion all while providing a unique look. Bypass and halo-style — two elements that we’ve seen before keep this ring in a traditional playing field.

Horizontal Halo-Style Engagement Rings

Who knew something so simple as changing the direction of a stone would create such an updated engagement ring, even on the most classic style? East-to-west engagements do just that!

Solitaire Engagement Rings

This solitaire is one of my all-time favorites this year. It has a lot of substance to it, with a very substantial width shank, six prongs around the center stone, and beautiful sparkle surrounding the gallery. So classic with a glam touch. Sometimes adding a bit of hidden sparkle is all you need.

Diamond-Accented X Engagement Ring

This ring is for the bride looking for something none of her friends will have. We started with a very modern X shank, added a pattern to the inside, and topped the whole ring off with edgy and updated claw prongs holding the center stone in place.

Vintage-Inspired Engagement Rings

Vintage styling has made a huge statement this year. It is the trend customers are asking for more than anything. We have taken many classic styles and added feminine, romantic details through metal work and diamond accents to create timeless vintage looks.

Solitaire Engagement Rings with Hidden Elements

Gallery accents and two-tone styles have been on our bridal radar all year long. Brides love being able to add a little something special that only she might know about on the gallery of the ring, using unique details, and mixing up the metal color a bit with a touch of rose or yellow gold.

What are your thoughts on these unique styles? Are there any other distinctive looks your customers love? Share with us in the comments below!