A single diamond resting on a band of gold or silver was once the standard in engagement rings. But in today’s marketplace, engagement ring options are endless. Creativity is at an all-time high. We’re seeing mixed metals, colored stones and embellished bands. Let’s deconstruct the elements of and engagement ring and look closer at emerging trends and timeless favorites.

 

The Metal

From yellow and rose gold to platinum and rhodium, there are so many choices to consider for such a small canvas. Why settle for one when you can mix metals? Designers are infusing multiple metals in the bands, halos and prongs, adding interest and accents to ornate rings. Rose gold is rising in popularity. It’s both contemporary and vintage and complements a variety of skin tones. Black rhodium is gracing the hands of many brides; its dark coloring accentuates diamonds and colored gems.

The Band

Stackable, double shanks, twisted or intertwined bands are all the rage. To take things a step further, the bands are embellished with everything from scrollwork to ribbons. These intricate and ornate designs up the ante on originality and produce one-of-a-kind rings that reflect the personality and style of the couple.

The Stone

A variety of cuts and colors are dominating the engagement ring scene. From elegant, subtle yellow and pink hues, to drama-inducing chocolate and black diamonds, there’s a color to capture everyone’s eye. Beyond the traditional diamond, colorful gemstones like sapphires, rubies, emeralds and opals are emerging as popular alternatives. Pear-shaped and marquise-cut stones are also on the rise. An oval-cut diamond positioned horizontally on the band, known as east-west setting, is trending. Finally, there’s the halo. What angelic bride doesn’t deserve a halo? A ring of sparkling gems or diamonds around the center stone is a creative way to add volume and vibrance to any ring.

With all these options, how does one decide? Maybe you don’t have to. Don’t underestimate the classic engagement ring that has never been known to disappoint – the solitaire setting. It doesn’t need to be punched up with color, or encased in a halo. Its timeless elegance radiates romance, now and forever.

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