Engagement Ring Trends
There‘s no limit to one’s imagination when it comes to the modern engagement ring. The classic round solitaire will always be a favorite, but we’ve been noticing people opting for more personalized rings by way of different diamond shapes, colors and ring designs. Below are some engagement ring distinctions that caught our eye.
Oval diamond – The oval diamond was perfected into what we see today in the late 1950s. It can make the wearer’s finger look more slender and longer due to the elongated shape of the stone. In addition to being an aesthetically pleasing shape, oval diamonds also look larger when set due to the elongated shape.
Pear-shaped diamond – The pear-shaped diamond traces its design back to the 1400s. Also known as a teardrop diamond, perhaps one of the most famous of its kind is the Taylor-Burton necklace, purchased by actor Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor. The pear-shaped diamond, both elegant and unique, has become a popular diamond of choice.
Fancy-colored diamonds – Colored diamonds have been growing in popularity since the early 2000s, when they first started gaining notice. Favorites are canary yellow diamonds and chocolate brown diamonds. Colored diamonds are a way of giving the gift of a genuine diamond in a different way.
Gemstones – Similar to the idea of colored diamonds, gemstones as the main stone in engagement rings has also become a popular look. Pink sapphires, as well as traditional blue sapphires are some of the most requested gems. Gemstones not only add a pop of color, but also make the ring unusual in a personal way.
East-West setting – Instead of setting the center stone vertically (North-South), engagement rings are now featuring stones being set horizontally (East-West). Giving both a classically symmetric feel, as well as a modern sensibility, the East-West setting sets an otherwise traditional engagement ring apart from the crowd.
Vintage-inspired – Vintage style is classic and loved by many. Often one-of-a-kind, vintage style jewelry is not only stylish, but also exclusive.
Different gold – Yellow gold is making a comeback in a big way, while rose gold is also making an impact. Yellow gold jewelry has been seen more and more on the runways in recent years, so it was only a matter of time before it returned to bridal jewelry. Rose gold has also become more requested in recent years and looks likely to become more firmly established in the current jewelry world.
Three stone rings – Three stone engagement rings are symbolic in that they represent the past, present and the future. They are often set with a large stone in the center, surrounded by two smaller stones on either side. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring from Prince Harry is a three stone ring, with the center stone being sourced from Botswana and the two side stones coming from his mother’s collection.