Here are the Top 5 Trends for engagement ring designs that I have seen online, in stores, and on people’s hands.
Gold is back, baby! A few designers have gone back to–or never left–warm, rich yellow gold as a medium. Diamonds seem to sparkle more as they stand out in white relief from the world’s most popular metal.
Gabriel and Co. makes a number of settings using gold, including this engagement ring and wedding band combo.
The very talented Alex Sepkus has worked in yellow gold for a long time. I love his Klimt-like interpretations, and the finish on his gold is amazing.
This trend is all about the head, or the prongs that the center diamond is put into. Several designers have elevated this into an art form, with intricate profiles that look like tiaras.
This engagement ring by Jewels by Erica Grace has a stunning presence; the lines are lovely and very-well executed:
This stand-out ring from Erica Courtney actually hits on two trends: intricate profile, AND it is yellow gold. You can go with a scrolled pave diamond gallery underneath the diamond, or personalize it with initials.
Some designers are doing interesting things with the shape of the bands, casting or carving in sculptural reliefs. The result is a design that elevates and challenges traditional perception.
This interwoven band from custom atelier, 23rd Street Jewelers, elegantly showcases their work.
This engagement ring from Krikawa manages to be delicate and modern at the same time, and can be customized. I especially like how the prongs twist up from the band design to wrap around the diamond:
The vintage look continues on its white-hot run. There is something inherently familiar about these Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Retro and Victorian styles. In addition to the beauty and integrity in the lines, there is some confidence that the designs will be timeless.
You can go actual vintage or antique (anything at least 100 years old), or with a new vintage-style setting. With actual vintage, the designs are often exquisite and the hand-cut stones have a warmth and personality all their own.
Vintage reproductions have the advantage of estate style with new, crisp manufacturing and modern brilliant stones.
And no one does intricate platinum pave–or double claw prongs–better than this craftsman, Leon Mege:
A.B.T. (Anything But Traditional)
I am happy to see this trend gaining momentum. Engagement rings are meant to symbolize a commitment to your partner, and that can look very different to each person or couple.
Also from Erie Basin, this ring from the 1880′s has a romantic, Gothic feel with its navette shape and blackened silver around the Old European and Rose-cut diamonds:
If diamonds just aren’t your thing, this simply sculptural ring from Gemvara is lustrous–and infinitely customizable–in 18kt rose gold with a Sapphire center stone.
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What is your favorite ring or trend? Comment and add others!