Taking the leap and getting engaged is a huge step in any relationship. Is this a step you want to make this year? Do you have a special someone you want to pop the question to? If so and you’re wondering what kind of engagement ring to choose, here’s some sparkly inspiration.
- Vintage Inspired
A number of jewelry designers are choosing to bring back styles from years past and make them trendy once more. One designer, in particular, has named many of her rings after “The Great Gatsby.”
- Custom Pieces
If you want a truly unique engagement ring, the best option is to ask a jewelry designer to design an engagement ring just for you. More couples are choosing custom pieces because they want something unique and to have the opportunity to play a part in the design process.
- Eco-Conscious Alternatives
As more and more people opt to live more eco-friendly lives, it’s only natural that a more sustainable and eco-conscious alternative is made available. Lab created diamond engagement rings, from companies such as Diamond Nexus, have a minimal environmental impact because no mining is required.
- Yellow Gold
Gold comes in many different colors but this year yellow gold engagement rings are officially on the rise, thanks in part to Meghan Markle. It’s a very lustrous metal that works equally well with diamonds and colorful gemstones. It also complements perfectly any type of setting, whether it’s classic, vintage or modern.
- Three Stone Rings
The popularity of this type of engagement ring can be attributed to the Royal couple’s choice of ring. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry chose a three-stone ring when they got engaged. As you might realize, this style includes a center gem accented by two diamonds or gemstones on either side. The three stones are said to represent a couple’s past, present, and future.
- East-West Settings
If a stone is not round, it tends to have a north-south setting, with the stone pointing vertically. The latest trend is to turn the stone horizontally, so it crosses over the ring finger. It’s actually quite amazing how an engagement ring can be transformed with a new orientation.
- Diamond Halo
The diamond halo will never go out of fashion, but this year, couples seem to be getting more creative with their halo designs. Rather than traditional cushion halos, they’re choosing more distinctive and delicate shapes and details. Halo engagement rings have a very elegant and glamorous look, and they also seem to make the center diamond look much larger. While Megan and Harry may have opted for a three stone ring, Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring was a non-traditional diamond halo.
- Fancy Shaped Diamonds
The style that generally comes to mind when thinking about an engagement ring is the traditional round solitaire. Couples are now choosing something a little different and non-round or fancy-shaped diamonds are becoming increasingly popular. In particular, oval and pear-shaped rings are proving to be very trendy this year.
Picking out an engagement ring can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know where to start. For the modern couple, there is an endless number of options when it comes to the stone, setting, and band. The styles mentioned above should help you narrow down your search.