Jewelers typically do not like to use the word “trend” when helping customers select an engagement ring because it suggests a passing fad rather than a timeless symbol of love. But the truth is, engagement rings are much like any other aspect of fashion or style; they vary in popularity from year to year, and whatever the “next big thing,” you’ll see it first on the red carpet. Here are some of the engagement ring styles in demand for 2012.
Yellow Gold and Rose Gold. In the 1930s, demand for yellow gold jewelry gave way to the Art Deco-inspired aesthetic of white metals. The leading ladies of old Hollywood adorned themselves in platinum jewelry, and “platinum blondes” were synonymous with beauty. The 80s saw the return of yellow gold as the ultimate symbol of wealth, but by the late 90s, white metals were back on top, falling in line with the sartorial minimalism of designers like Calvin Klein.
Today, we’re seeing a renewed interest in yellow gold and rose gold as a way to add extra visual interest to even the most traditional ring style. The perfect example is Miley Cyrus’s 3.5 carat cushion-cut diamond set in 18-karat gold–youthful and fashion forward, yet elegant and timeless.
Emerald Cut Diamonds. Bridal jewelry styles often take their cue from the red carpet, so it’s no surprise that emerald cut diamonds have dramatically increased in popularity since the debut of Angelina Jolie’s engagement ring. Other fashionable celebrities like Kate Hudson and Beyoncé are also wearing emerald cut engagement rings. It’s the perfect look for the bride with sophisticated yet edgy sensibilities.
Colored Gemstones. Colored gemstones have long been the choice for royal engagements, from Princess Diana and now Kate Middleton’s stunning sapphire ring, to Facebook royalty Mark Zuckerburg’s new bride’s ruby engagement ring. Whether a woman’s style is classic or bold, the variety of colors and gems available make these rings unsurpassed in individuality and style.
Micro Pave and Halo. This is the perfect look for someone who wants to offer his bride a ring with a “wow factor.” A type of pave, micro pave uses ultra-miniature diamonds that are delicately set to give the illusion of a solid diamond surface. We often see this technique used in combination with a halo setting around the center gemstone, which gives the illusion of a bigger diamond, making it really stand out. It’s perfect for the bride-to-be who wants extra sparkle.
Vintage Glam. Old Hollywood glamour never goes out of style, even for fashion-forward celebrities like Jessica Biel, who’s newly sporting a stunning 6-carat, cushion cut ring from Justin Timberlake. New vintage-inspired rings combine romantic charm with the intricate metalwork of antique rings. Platinum is the metal of choice for these ornate rings.
Staying on top of engagement ring trends is a great first step to selecting the perfect ring, but be sure to take into account the bride-to-be’s personal style. This will show her that you took the time to find a ring as unique and special as she is.