Today’s modern bride is thinking outside the box and looking for a more unique engagement ring. Whether it be a colourful gemstone, unusually shaped diamonds or a unique vintage setting, there are constantly new and exciting options for the bride-to-be to choose from. For a little guidance, we have put together a list of 2018’s engagement ring trends, ranging from a classic, standard setting to less-than-traditional styles.
There is always something new and exciting on the market, but nothing shows off your engagement like a traditional diamond solitaire engagement ring. They are perfect for showcasing your sparkler in a no-frills way. No matter the setting, this is an elegant and timeless choice that will never go out of style. It refers to a simple band with a round stone half in place by 6 prongs. Oval-cut diamonds are also gaining popularity, a trend influenced by celebrities such as tennis pro Serena Williams and actress Kirsten Dunst.
Solitaires have become trendy again because lab grown material now allows people to have bigger center stones to showcase in their setting. There are so many new ways to customize your ring, like fancy coloured diamonds and the fact that we can now cut diamonds into many fancy shapes. Trillion cut diamonds are a new, fancy cut that has become very trendy in 2018. Lab grown Moissanite has also become incredibly popular and make a great diamond alternative. Oval-cut diamonds are a distinctive alternative choice to round-cut diamonds, and they also appear larger than round or square-cut diamonds of the same size. Oval-cut is very popular right now and is sought-after because an elongated, oval diamond ring gives the illusion of a longer and more slender finger.
Coloured gemstones are becoming increasingly popular, specifically among millennial brides. The most popular diamond alternative stones are Blue Sapphire, Pink and Orange Sapphire, Soft Pink Morganite and Garnets. By using a brides birthstone, you can make a ring much more personal or more fun but simply adding a splash of colour to the ring. Ruby, Emerald, Fire Opal, Orange Tourmaline, Emerald and Aquamarine can be used as bright pops of colour. Recently we have seen two high-profile engagements featuring coloured stones – Gwyneth Paltrow said yes to a classic Blue Sapphire and Princess Eugenie is sporting a beautiful Padparadscha Sapphire.
Sapphire, emerald and ruby have quickly become the second most popular choices of gemstones behind diamond for bridal jewellery and fine jewellery pieces. Sapphires are particularly popular in oval and round cut, while Emeralds are sought-after in octagon cut. Padparadscha Sapphire is one of the world’s most rare gemstones, making it extremely expensive and sought after. This sapphire was named for the colour of the Sri Lankan lotus flower; a delicate mixture of pink and orange. With coloured gemstones, the possibilities are endless in terms of personalization. Our team can take you from beginning to end in the design process, adding touches like birthstones or zodiac stones to make a truly unique piece.
Rose Gold Rings with Micro-Pavé
Rose gold gained popularity several years ago and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing it’s momentum. It remains a highly sought after metal for engagement and wedding rings. Micro-Pave has long been a favourite addition to engagement rings, but setting it in rose gold makes a ring stand out. Rose gold exudes romance and elegance. Although they have grown in popularity, rose gold engagement rings are still a somewhat unique choice compared to the white and yellow gold options.
The color of rose gold can range from a light blush pink colour to a deeper more coppery colour, depending on the way it was made. Micro-pavé brings these beautiful rings to the next level, providing shimmer from every angle. Mixing metals, meaning having a stack of rings including an engagement ring as well as a wedding band, is another new trend that is gaining popularity. This is a great way to showcase individuality.
The highly anticipated engagement of American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry was immense news, both in the jewellery world – where her three-stone ring set in Yellow Gold was the topic of much conversation – and to the general public, who have a long-standing fascination and love for all things royal. Their wedding was the event of the year, with everyone fawning over her beautiful ring and excitedly waiting the big day. The meaning of the beautiful ring was very special, symbolizing their past, present and future.
With two heirloom diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, this ring was special for the public who so love Prince Harry’s late mother. The center cushion diamond from Botswana represents the connection between Prince Harry and Meghan and the future that they will share together. Trinity rings used to be an anniversary ring, however Prince Harry brought the trend to engagement rings when he proposed to Meghan Markle with a three-stone yellow gold ring. Three-stone rings also tend to be a round classic center stone with fancy cut side stones, and instead Prince Harry put a cushion cut center stone with round, classic cut side stones.
If you find traditional engagement rings to be boring or cliché, Geometric styles are for you. Geometric Engagement Rings are far from traditional, but are incredibly special and unique. There is an emerging preference for detailed, vintage-style rings. These rings have an heirloom quality – they are timeless in their own way.
The latest styles include solitaires with beautiful heads, sophisticated floral elements, and delicate edges. They pay homage to vintage styles with a hint of Art Deco charm. Many people are choosing to opt for natural motifs such as flowers and petals to accent their ring. Additionally, twisted rope bands have become a subtle way to add flare to an engagement ring.
East-West set is when the diamond is positioned in an unconventional direction. With their center stones set horizontally, rather than the traditional vertical positioning, these exciting designs have gained a respectable reputation recently. They are an exciting twist on a traditional style, and as an added bonus they elegantly give the impression of an elongated finger.
These rings use both traditional stones or trendy gemstones in a new, fashionable way – a great way for the bride-to-be to sport a fresh style without straying too far from their comfort zone. These rings are classic yet striking – incredibly eye-catching due to their unexpected nature.
At Linara, we are masters of customization and have the ability to create unique pieces with any metal colour and quality, gemstones and diamonds in an array of colours, sizes and qualities. We can personalize your piece to your desire with birthstones, and many different varieties of classic and fancy finishes.