More is More

By Michelle Boudin | Photos courtesy of Roberto Coin USA and Ballantyne Jewelers

Ballantyne Jewelers is celebrating 50 years in business — 20 here in Charlotte. The family-owned shop started in Istanbul, moved to Southern California and settled in the area in 1999.

“We were looking for a more family-oriented place, and we knew Charlotte was up-and-coming. It was a lifestyle change, and we couldn’t be happier,” says Yuhan Tekin, Ballantyne Jewelers’ president.

We checked in with Tekin about the latest jewelry trends, and this year he says more is more. That means stacking rings and bracelets, layering necklaces and of course, wearing lots of diamonds.

Whether you’re buying a gift to celebrate a milestone occasion or treating yourself to something special, we’ve got you covered.


Try layering two or three petite-style necklaces that are classic, not chunky. Start with a 15-inch choker and add necklaces that hang 18 inches and 36 inches. Each chain should have some sort of small “ornament” (i.e., a pendant).

Love Letter B Pendant with Diamonds, 18K gold, 18-inch chain, Roberto Coin USA, $580.


The trend is to stack several rings and mix metals, most popularly worn on the engagement-ring and index fingers. You can choose two-tone rings or ones that are white, yellow or rose gold — just have fun with it.

Rings, Ballantyne Jewelers, prices upon request.


Women right now seem to love stacking bangles, all with some sort of design element, says Tekin. “What we see (most commonly are) two to three fine jewelry pieces: yellow gold, white gold, some with diamonds, some without.”

18K Gold Princess Bangle with Diamonds, Roberto Coin USA, $3,700.


Ballantyne Jewelers’ signature piece is a tennis bracelet, in different settings and sizes. The bestselling item from the holidays? Diamond studs. Most people start with a combined one carat, and some even upgrade annually. “Last year we sold more diamonds than ever before,” Tekin says.

Diamond studs, Ballantyne Jewelers, prices upon request.

For Men

Most men only wear a wedding band and a watch, says Tekin, so those are two places where a guy can shine. Designer wedding bands are hot — generally featuring an architectural or carved design — as are bold watches. “You can’t take your car into the boardroom, but the few jewelry items you wear can make an impact!” he says.

Longines Master Collection Chrono Moon Phase,

Ballantyne Jewelers, $3,325.