Years ago, nearly every bride wore a single solitaire diamond engagement ring and a plain gold band for a wedding ring. Options today are limitless and all the old rules have been thrown out. Mixing and matching colors, cuts, and styles is trending.
Let’s start with the stone itself. Fancy shape diamonds are back in a big way — from pears and ovals to Asscher (similar to a square emerald cut, usually with larger step facets, a higher crown, and a smaller table) and emerald cuts, according to Jennifer Rachinsky, buyer at David Harvey Jewelers in Darien and Norwalk. “This trend is also reflected in wedding bands, too, offering a sleek and unique look in multi-shape, stackable bands,” she says. “Elaborate side views, featuring scrollwork and floral accents, are springing up in bridal jewelry, creatively suggesting petals, vines and other organic motifs.”
Laura Verses, vice president at Craig’s Fine Jewelry in Ridgefield, notes that the popularity of halo engagement rings continues. The halo ring, which debuted in the 1920s when the Art Deco style was hot, is a setting in which the center stone is encircled by smaller accent diamonds or gemstones. “The halo has been super popular,” she said. Halo rings also have the advantage of giving more bang for the buck, as the center stone tends to look larger in this type of setting. As for stone type, diamonds are still the winner, although on occasion Craig’s gets inquiries for colored stones, Verses says. “When it comes to stone shape, round is the winner, but a close second are cushion and oval.”
Mixed metals and stacking rings are also trending. “For the last 15 years, every girl wanted a white metal — either a white gold or platinum. Now rose gold and yellow gold is coming back,” Verses observes. “When choosing the accompanying wedding band, people are mixing the metals and silhouettes for a more vintage, one-of-a-kind look. It’s not uncommon for a woman to wear more than the traditional two rings (engagement ring plus wedding band). While not all are fortunate enough to get multiple bands for the wedding itself, women are often thinking ahead to their first anniversary or to the birth of a first child. That’s when they add that second (and third, fourth …) band.”
Pink and yellow gold are absolutely making a comeback in bridal rings, Rachinsky concurs, noting that these warm shades flatter every skin tone. Liz Osta, co-owner of NAGI Jewelers in Stamford, says that many couples are choosing rose gold and simple settings featuring diamonds on the band.
“Designing your own ring is always a trend, as women seem to always do their homework before coming in,” Osta adds. “Round diamonds are still most popular, but oval is coming up close.”
Three-stone engagement rings are also trending, Osta adds. Celebrities and tastemakers wield heavy influence on market trends. Take Meghan Markle’s three-stone ring, for example. Prince Harry designed it with one large diamond from Botswana and two smaller ones from Princess Diana’s collection.
“You can get even more creative by selecting a rainbow mix of different colored stones on your band,” according to brides.com. “Spiff up your diamond ring by adding two side rubies, or let a sapphire take center stage by setting it beside two white diamonds. Three-stone rings offer endless possibilities.”
Another trend, according to theknot.com, is going vintage or at least capturing a vintage look. “Take a cue from vintage-inspired trends and consider a ring with Victorian or Art Deco flair. You can’t go wrong with an engagement ring with an heirloom quality — it’s both glamorous and timeless.”
Each couple and wedding is unique, so take your time and choose rings that express your personality and are as special as your love story.