The engagement ring is not just a token of good faith, but also a fashion and style statement of the wearer. Everyone lusts for a timeless piece of jewelry to dazzle their loved ones or keep as a family heirloom, and why not do it in style?
In this guide, let’s explore the most current & hottest engagement ring trends of 2017 that you need to know, when choosing your own little treasure!
Style Trends: The Best Engagement Rings of 2017
Engagement ring styles evolve with the fashion of the times, yet many of the essential characteristics remain unchanged. A combination of four crucial elements determines the overall style of a ring: shape, color, cut and stone setting.
There are countless ways that you can combine these essential characteristics to create amazing designs. Have a look at our top 3 most popular engagement ring styles to get a feel for how they work together.
Solitaire engagement rings are those simple, single-stone rings with no added embellishments. This is a timeless design that usually features a diamond in a solitaire setting – a type of mounting that can feature 4 up to 6 prongs that keep the stone in place.
Solitaire diamond rings are hugely popular for their simplicity and elegance.
If you’re looking for a piece as quirky as your personality, go for a unique engagement ring with unusual stones or details. Other attractive features include engravings and unexpected stone settings, such as twist or tension-set gemstones.
An engagement ring with black diamonds is a perfect unconventional choice for a non traditional bride. Or, if you’re after a little more sophistication, an engagement ring with intricate bands might do the trick.
A ring that has been passed down for generations symbolizes the strength of ancient marital unions. If you want to be the first in your family to start this tradition, you should know that 1920’s engagement rings are a favorite among brides-to-be.
Art deco engagement rings are particularly favored for their bold, geometric designs. More intricate styles are also appealing for people who wish to carry a piece of golden-era glamor on their finger.
Vintage engagement rings are even more delicately crafted. You will recognize them by their impressive filigree details and open metal work that emulates the lavish style of the era.
This trend is also perfect for more mature brides, who would appreciate a heirloom look to their ring.
Engagement ring metal colors
Choosing a metal color is the first step you should take when designing or picking your ring. This is a matter of personal taste rather than trends, but the color of your ring will determine the general look of the design.
Generally speaking, the most popular engagement ring styles are made out of gold. The purity of gold is measured in karats, ranging between 14K (58%) and 24K (100%). Gold jewelry can have three different colors, depending on the other metals mixed in.
The natural color of gold in its pure form is yellow. A yellow gold engagement ring is a traditional choice that remains as popular as ever.
If you pick a clear or a red gemstone, the yellow-colored ring can create a beautiful contrast to highlight your centerpiece.
Nowadays, rose gold is a popular color for a variety of accessories – from watches to eyeglasses to phone cases. Rose gold engagement rings are no exception to this trend.
The pink color of rose gold jewelry comes from the copper that’s mixed in with the gold. Like pink champagne, the rosy tint oozes exclusivity.
Traditionally sold for higher prices than other types of gold, white gold is harder to fabricate and includes more expensive metals in its alloys and plating, such as rhodium and zinc.
White gold engagement rings are used especially with colorless diamonds. The shine of the white metal brings out the natural sparkle of the stone.
What Diamonds & Gemstones are in Style
Arguably the fanciest, precious stone, blue diamonds are extremely rare, amounting to only 0.1 percent of the world’s diamonds. The brilliant sparkle of a blue diamond will always stand out as a sign of luxury.
Blue is the color of the sea and it represents strength and serenity. It is said that a blue diamond engagement ring will bring balance and peace in your relationship.
An edgy alternative to the traditional colorless stones, black diamonds are both fashionable and more affordable, and a favorite for any off-beat future bride. The dark color of the stone is a symbol of inner strength and deep-rooted feelings.
The color of natural black diamonds is not completely black, but dark gray. Each stone draws its personality from the inclusions that give its color and the stone cut can make the difference in terms of color intensity and sparkle.
Fancy and exclusive, pink diamonds are the epitome of feminine chic. These jazzy stones look wonderful as a center stone on a white gold engagement ring. Another great option is to combine them with colorless diamonds, on a white and rose gold ring.
Pink diamonds are a definite head-turner, so we recommend choosing a pink diamond engagement ring only if you want to make a lasting impression.
Best Non-Diamond Engagement Rings
Although diamonds are a typical option for engagement rings, that doesn’t mean it’s the only one that matters.
Lab-grown diamonds make an excellent alternative to natural ones. While the best diamond-simulant engagement rings can cost about 20% less, colored man-made diamonds can be as much as 80% cheaper.
Moreover, there’s no difference between their chemical compositions and physical appearances. The higher price tags of mined diamonds are more about sentiment than intrinsic value. In fact, most of our ideas about diamonds were created through clever marketing, such as the DeBeers 1938 campaign.
Alternatives to Diamond Engagement Rings
Colored gemstones like rubies and sapphires are more affordable alternatives to diamonds, and they are also more expressive in meaning.
As opposed to diamonds, which are treasured for their brilliance, other gems are loved for their intense hues. Colored gemstones are also more fitting for vintage style engagement rings.
While they can be found in any color except red, the blue variety of these precious stones is the most sought after. Purple and violet are secondary hues that contribute to the beauty of the blue stone, but shades of green are generally not desirable. Other colors, like yellow, green or orange, are “fancy” sapphires.
The most famous royal blue sapphire engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana and now, to the Duchess of Cambridge. The intense blue of the sapphire stone is associated with refinement, and it carries a meaning of deep loyalty and trust.
The ruby has an intense red shade and it is the stone of passion and courage. Rubies and sapphires are in the same family of gemstones and their value is in direct relation with the intensity of their color.
A ruby engagement ring looks great in combination with warm metal tones, like yellow or rose gold. It’s a captivating stone that is said to have aphrodisiac powers, and it makes an ideal centerpiece for a ring that you can pass down for generations.
Although pearls are not technically gemstones, they are so precious that they used to be considered the “queen of the gems” in the past. Pearl jewelry denotes a certain kind of sophistication, which makes a pearl engagement ring unique in its charming elegance.
Pearls symbolize harmony and purity, carrying a timeless beauty that makes them ideal for bridal accessories. However, they are less resistant to wear and need to be handled with care.
Colored Accents & Gemstones
Engagement rings with colored stones are a big trend this year and there are plenty of gemstones you can choose from.
If you don’t want to renounce the classic center-set diamond, you can still include colorful side stones to enhance the look of your main gem. An engagement ring with black diamond accents creates a remarkable contrast that highlights the center stone.
Tip: Instead of a large center diamond, surround a medium-sized gem with smaller diamonds. This creates what is known as a halo effect, which gives the ring more sparkle and makes the stone appear bigger in contrast to the smaller stones.
Minimalist Engagement Rings
Understated bridal jewelry is gaining popularity, as more people want their engagement rings to carry a special meaning, rather than a high price tag.
Dainty engagement rings are very much in fashion. Thus, don’t shy away from low-key designs, if that’s your style. Engagement rings without claws are more practical for day-to-day wear, and there are many contemporary designers subscribing to the “less is more” aesthetic.
Another option is to go full minimal and opt for an engagement ring without gems. In this case, a subtle detail such as a knot or a delicate engraving can give the ring the kind of character you are looking for.
This style is perfect for any non-traditional or for the tomboy future bride.
Most Popular Stone Cuts on Engagement Rings
If you’ve already chosen your favorite stone and metal color, you need to know what engagement ring cuts are most popular before you can pick a remarkable piece of contemporary jewelry.
The cut of the stone determines the amount of glitz that the stone carries. Thus, it’s important to know some characteristics of each cut, so that you can determine which engagement ring cut is the best for your style.
1. Princess Cut
A versatile square shape first created in the 1980s, the princess cut is a “fancy” diamond cut. This cut is full of glitz and it is suitable for many types of jewelry.
Princess cut diamonds are less expensive than round brilliant cuts. This is due to the fact that a rough diamond loses about 60% of its size when it’s cut round, while a princess cut can keep as much as 90% of its original size.
2. Cushion cut
Cushion cut diamonds are similar to the fancy princess cut, but they feature rounded corners that give them a smoother outline. Recently this shape has seen a resurgence in popularity and they are particularly popular for halo settings.
There are two main types of cushion cuts, which determine appearance and brilliance. They can be Chunky Cushions, with clearly defined facet patterns, or Crushed-Ice Cushions, with more sparkle and no discernible faceting.
3. Radiant cut
A radiant cut diamond is a bridge between the princess and cushion cuts. It features a brilliant-cut facet pattern on both sides of the stone – the crown and the pavilion.
The light-catching splendor of this modern cut makes it ideal for just about any setting. For a sleek effect, choose a solitaire setting to highlight this attractive cut. Alternatively, include it in a three-stone setting, for extra bling.
4. Emerald cut
Compared to the high-sparkle brilliant cuts, emerald cut diamonds have a distinctively elegant look with a more discreet glimmer.
This cut creates a subtle hall-of-mirrors effect through the interplay of light and dark surfaces. It’s ideal for high-clarity stones with very very slight inclusions.
Emerald cut engagement rings carry an Art Deco vibe that makes them very popular with modern brides.
5. Asscher cut
The Asscher brothers first used this cut in 1902 and it became very popular during the 1920s. Thanks to modern additions to the cutting technique, Asscher cut diamond rings became in vogue again in the early 2000s.
The Asscher cut is a square cut with cropped corners similar to the emerald cut. A well-cut Asscher diamond features concentric squares and carries more brilliance than the emerald cut.
Engagement Ring Setting Trends
If you’ve already chosen the type, color and cut of the stone, it’s time to think about the different types of setting (mounting) that are suitable for your style. Here are our top 3 engagement ring setting types for 2017.
The most traditional setting technique involves four to six prongs – small claws that keep your stone in place. The prong setting gives a clean, elegant design and it’s perfect for solitaire ring types.
The pavé setting (pronounced “pa-vay”) is the result of mounting small diamonds close to each other so that the final effect is one of continuous sparkle on the paved surface.
The stones are grouped as a centerpiece or encrusted around the ring band, for enhanced radiance. This technique is very effective for achieving a glitzy look with smaller stones and thus, a smaller budget.
A halo setting is particularly useful if you want a smaller center stone, but don’t wish to compromise on the overall appearance of the ring. Halo engagement rings feature a main gemstone surrounded by smaller stones, which will make it appear larger.
You can combine the halo setting with pavé bands, or you can pick different colored stones for your halo, to achieve an interesting contrast between the center and the outline.
Engagement Ring Design Shapes Trending This Year
Oval engagement rings are very fashionable thanks to the antique feeling they radiate. Often found in halo settings or with floral embellishments around the edges, oval-cut stones are elegant and feminine.
The round brilliant cut is probably one of the most popular engagement ring stone shapes of all time. It has a classic look and carries a lot of sparkle, looking wonderful on its own or as the centerpiece of a channel-set engagement ring.
Some of the most popular engagement ring cuts trending this year – such as the Asscher and princess cut – are ideal for square engagement ring settings.
Whether you pick a square 1920s engagement ring or frame your center stone between gems of contrasting colors, the modern square shape remains one of the most elegant choices this year.
Size Trends: Are Engagement Rings Getting Bigger?
This question usually generates a lot of anxiety for first-time buyers, but size should be the last of your concerns when choosing your engagement ring.
Don’t feel compelled to spend three months’ salary on your engagement ring – this number is part of a marketing strategy and you shouldn’t take it as gospel.
There’s no point in tying yourself down with debt for years to come. Remember that you can always upgrade the ring later if you feel like you’ve hit a good time for your relationship, but not your finances.
How many carats should an engagement ring weigh?
In the U.S., the average carat weight of a diamond ring is somewhere between one and one-and-a-half carats, with the center stone averaging about one carat. In the rest of the world, the average size of an engagement ring diamond is between 0.4 and 0.7 carats.
Most U.S. women consider anything between one and two carats a good size. Generally, jewelers agree that all that goes over three carats is a head-turner.
Remember that bigger isn’t always better. A two-carat stone won’t look double the size of a one-carat. The cut of a diamond determines its brilliance, as well as its visual size.
The apparent size of the stone has to do with its spread (ratio between depth and table), as well as how it’s mounted. While diamonds are generally cut to a standard shape to maximize brilliance, other gemstones can be cut with heavier bottoms in order to deepen their color.
There are countless ways that you can personalize your engagement ring, so that it suits you perfectly. Don’t stress too much over the perfect ring, but rather go for something that feels familiar, like it’s always been there.
Our best advice is that you stick to the essentials and follow your heart. After all, this is not just a unique gift, but a permanent piece of jewelry that you should never want to take off.
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