2014 in Review: My Favorite Alternative Bridal Inspirations

2014 in Review My Favorite Alternative Bridal Inspirations Tracy Matthews Jewelry Bespoke Rose Gold Trends Engagement

2015 is here and I am so grateful! As 2014 comes to a close, I am ringing in the New Year with a hefty dose of gratitude an overwhelming appreciation.

I’ve been a little quiet here and haven’t been writing many articles for my “magazine.” However, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been busy at work designing some really stunning pieces of jewelry!

(at least I’d like to think so…)

On this first day of 2015, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite alternative inspirations for engagement ring design from last year…

1. Rose Gold

Rose gold was one of my favorite alternative bridal trends from 2014, and it’s not going away anytime soon. The rose tint accents diamonds in such a special way, I can’t resist bringing this trend into the new year!

The ring featured was a lovely ring I designed for my newly engaged sister! Thrilled!

2. Rose Cut Diamonds

Speaking of rose and diamonds, it’s not just about the color. The rose cut is actually a beautiful vintage look, and has been around for centuries. I just loved adding this antique touch to some fresh and modern designs.

3. Alternative Halos

Who says halos have to be small and boring? As far as I’m concerned, an alternative halo can truly make a ring. I love to play with the metal shape as well as the actual stones to create the perfect alternative halo ring design.

4. Sapphires

Sapphire gemstones and rings were a great trend in the fall of 2014, and I can’t wait to bring them into 2015! Sapphires just look good with every metal — from platinum to rose gold, you really can’t go wrong.

5. Cushion Cut Stones

Cushion cut stones are modern, chic, and certainly perfect for the alternative bride. Cushion cut rings are the perfect statement jewelry piece, and are perfect for brides who really want to wow!


Looking back on these 2014 alternative engagement ring favorites makes me even more excited for what 2015 has to offer.

I’m so grateful to be in the business of designing one-of-a-kind engagement rings, and I can’t wait to see what alternative bridal inspirations 2015 has to offer!

  • Do you have any other favorite alternative bridal inspirations from 2014?
  • What jewelry trends are inspiring you for the 2015 wedding season?

In the comments below, I’d love to hear both!

On that note, Happy New Year!

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