Jessica McCormack’s new bridal collection brings a modern, luxurious twist to designs of old
A friend recently suggested that I was a ‘Jessica McCormack bride’, which I took as the highest form of flattery. For to be a Jessica McCormack bride is to be stylish, individual and informed; bold yet timeless; to flout convention, but honour the past.
McCormack’s eye-catching, glittering bands and Button Back rings have long lent themselves to weddings but only now has the designer debuted an official Signature Bridal Collection. New designs bear the unorthodox, inimitable stamp of McCormack, the Mayfair jeweller renowned for her modern, antique-inspired aesthetic.
The new Daisy Halo Ring takes its cue from the popular cluster style of the Victorian era, featuring a glittering centre stone encircled by smaller diamonds. The ring uses a signature Georgian-inspired cut-down setting, meaning that the shape of the stone can be seen from every angle, while blackened gold adds a rock ‘n’ roll edge to the floral motif.
Another highlight is the playfully titled Little Mermaid Ring, inspired by the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It is detailed with two dainty 18-carat yellow-gold scallop shells and encapsulates the fearless rebellion of a feisty young Ariel.
The new collection encourages curated fingers of stacking bands in contrasting gold and Party Jacket rings, which are designed to dress your engagement ring and can be custom-fit.
Diamonds are selected by McCormack’s business partner and third-generation diamantaire Michael Rosenfeld and satisfy all budgets, from a modest 0.2-carat ring to a 20-carat knuckleduster. Designs are handcrafted in the jeweller’s multi-storey townhouse in Mayfair, which is a sleek and curious cornucopia of art, antiques and textiles that encapsulates the brand.