The 2010 post on the Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends is one of the most popular posts ever on idazzle.com. Here is a round up of top engagement ring trends for 2012. Even if you aren’t engaged, or already have your ring, there’s no harm in looking at the gorgeous options. Be sure to comment on your favorite trend, or what you have actually selected as your ring.
Colored gems as engagement rings have been around for centuries, but Kate Middleton’s sapphire ring made colored gemstones desirable as the centerpiece of an engagement ring for a new generation. They have been big news since, as seen with Jessica Simpson’s Neil Lane ruby, and Elizabeth Hurley’s new sapphire sparkler. Golden- or pink-hued diamonds, rubies, sapphires of all colors, minty green tourmalines, luscious mandarin garnets: there is a whole rainbow of colors out there to choose from. If white diamonds have always left you cold, you can try something else knowing that it has some staying power.
This trend has been around for a while, and seems to just be gathering speed. Bands and prongs are treated as sculpture, with flowing details making the ring spectacular from all angles, not just the top. Blue Nile’s new Eiros Collection is a beautiful example of this, as well as lovely sculptural bezels by Megan Thorne, and unique halo and under gallery from Jewels by Erica Grace.
Hip to Be Square(ish)
Square-cut diamonds are truly classic, and continue to sparkle with current brides-to-be. Anne Hathaway’s lovely ring by Kwiat, and Kim Kardashian’s now-infamous showstopper designed by Lorraine Schwartz, are both anchored by Emerald cuts. Outlines have shifted towards the octagonal outline of an Asscher cut diamond, or the rectangular lines of a well-proportioned Emerald cut or slightly rounded cushion shape. For the setting, contrast the icy angularity with softly rounded details, or accentuate the outline with sculptural clean lines like the Danhov halo setting from Greenwich Jewelers. If you just have to have a ring like Kim Kardashian’s, Leon Mege can do it better than the original, with perfectly-matched emerald cuts or cushion shapes.
I have noticed more diamonds being set in interesting directions, versus simply up and down the finger. This can make a pear shape, marquise, or oval look totally fresh. Especially lovely are emerald cuts set east to west across the finger, like Kate Becksale’s gorgeous Neil Lane ring. I predict seeing more of these designs unfold this year.
Organic, or A.B.T. (Anything But Traditional)
This category is big, and getting much bigger. Supple gold and silver metals–often recycled, which is environmentally responsible–are handcrafted into sinuous shapes that enhance slices of diamonds, or organically-drawn outlines of gemstones. Customize countless designs, metal color, and gems at your local jeweler or at Gemvara, the site where you can truly make your ring own. Also exciting is Laurie Kaiser’s new collection of raw diamonds, and Aroc Urtu’s new “I DO” collection in earth-friendly materials and non-conflict gemstones. Your interpretation of what your ring should look like has never been so beautiful.
So…what do you want (or have) on your finger?