Most popular engagement ring trends
Engagement ring trends – worth paying attention to?
Researching different rings designs will help you make a well informed purchase. We discuss engagement ring trends over the past year, looking to 2018.
It is helpful to be guided by trends, but unwise to be ruled by them. However, researching trends is a good starting point when you begin the often intimidating process of buying an engagement ring.
Remember design trends can move quickly and have a limited shelf life, before they may come back round again in a number of years. An engagement ring will last a lifetime. With this in mind, the most important factor to consider is whether it suits the personal taste of the recipient.
Trends in jewellery move at a slower pace to the fashion world. With a little research you will find the same influences reappearing with slight modifications. It’s wise to be lead by your personal taste, lifestyle and obviously, your budget.
The influence of 2016’s minimal movement saw edgier angular designs such as geometric forms, and daintier designs taking centre stage. Clean, pared back lines were favoured over fussier designs from previous years. Ironically, despite the understated aesthetic, the movement was anything but subtle, seeping through to all areas of the design world. Towards the end of 2016 the movements momentum grew, gaining exposure on all social channels. Minimalism dominated visual platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram.
Throughout 2017 the movement steadied itself, and remained a consistent influence in many fields of design, from fashion to graphics, architecture and jewellery. The movement was embraced by Millennials in particular, perhaps as a rebellion towards the cluttered, over stimulation faced in today’s tech orientated world. The movement has a firm hold on design, and looks to move its influence into 2018. It is likely we will see a collaboration between Minimal and Maximal design.
Rose Gold – is the trend over?
Over the past few years, Rose Gold has become increasingly popular and reached it’s peak in early 2016. The trend has somewhat plateaued this year, with the focal point moving away from the blushed, warm metal. This is not to say Rose Gold has lost its popularity. The glowy metal remains a soft, modern alternative to traditional yellow Gold. We are seeing a return in popularity to white Gold and platinum. Platinum looks to be the favourite metals for Spring 2018. Of course it all comes down to preference. Many people are loyal to the more traditional Yellow Gold. Learn more about platinum here.
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Botanical influences appear to remain popular for engagement ring designs. Petals, floral elements and vines add an interesting dimension to an otherwise classic design. Clean, crisp vines can provide a contemporary look, while floral details can add feminine flair or a nod to vintage influences. Floral does not need to mean fussy. A halo of petals, or a simple leaf design, can be incorporated onto an otherwise simple setting, to add a touch of detail without becoming kitsch.
Alternative Engagement Rings
Many people are opting for alternative engagement rings. This may include coloured diamonds or coloured gemstones. The appeal of alternative options means there is a lot more freedom to add a personal touch, something that may resonate with the wearer more than a traditional ring. Diamonds aren’t every girls best friend! Incorporating colour can offer a fresh, modern option. Framing the centre stone with a halo of diamonds ensures the ring is still distinctly more significant than a normal dress ring.
If you are looking for an edgier option, you could opt for a ring with black diamonds set into the shoulders. The dark stones set against a bright centre stone create a striking contrast. Black diamonds are achieved by dark inclusions or by colour treatment. Most black diamonds are treated to become a green so dark it appears black, but not opaque. To discuss a bespoke piece, please book a consultation here.For those who want an alternative option that still retains a traditional appearance, blue Sapphire halo rings are a great option. It might be worth noting the symbolism of a gemstone, traditionally, sapphire symbolises nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness. Sapphire engagement rings may not be the most edgy, ‘out there’ option, but they are certainly a change to a ring set with diamonds only.
Sapphires could also be incorporated into more of an unusual design, such as the example below. Symbolism is not a concern for everyone, aesthetic being the main priority for most. The important thing to remember are there are no rules. Trends come and go but ultimately it is totally subjective. The engagement ring must fit the needs and taste of whoever will be wearing the ring. Bearing this in mind may help you make a more conscious, open minded decision.
The most important factors to keep in mind are that the ring needs to feel significant, beautiful, and a perfect choice for you or your partner, so that it can be treasured for decades.
- Non-traditional options, a shift towards bespoke design are increasingly popular
- Coloured stones: either gemstones or coloured diamonds to add a personal touch
- Botanical designs through floral elements, leaves and vines
- Minimal influences- continuation, incorporating maximal design elements
- White Gold and Platinum taking centre stage
If you have any questions or require some guidance regarding engagement rings, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.