While an engagement ring is to be worn for life, we can’t deny that many of them are still influenced by trends in the fashion, art and cultural worlds. As we move deeper into 2014, we’re taking a look at which styles are set to be the most popular across the next 12 months.
A huge trend for 2013, the halo style is in no danger of fading away. Inspired by vintage design, they appeal not only because they make a center diamond appear larger – they also enhance the ring’s sparkle. The effect is truly captivating, with halo settings providing great value for overall carat weight.
While in recent years, white gold and platinum have been the overwhelmingly popular metal choices, yellow and rose gold are becoming increasingly sought after. Their antique feel appeals to those with an eye for distinctive design, adding an unexpected twist to otherwise modern or timeless ring styles.
Now more popular than the brilliant princess-cut, the modern cushion-cut diamond is a hybrid of antique Old European and Mine cuts. With less sparkle than the round, but characterized by soft, rounded edges, this is a shape that feels truly romantic. They look absolutely incredible set in the aforementioned halos, too.
While the emerald-cut is also filled with vintage charm, it is very distinct from the cushion. A step-cut facet pattern, rectangular in shape, it cuts a striking silhouette that has been popularized by several celebrities recently. From Ciara to Angelina Jolie, each star wears the diamond in their own way, highlighting its versatility and timeless beauty. Asscher cuts make a stunning alternative.
While we’re not saying that Kate Middleton is the sole reason for sapphires’ new popularity, she has most definitely contributed. Other likely explanations are their relative affordability compared to similarly sized diamonds – and, of course, that they look beautiful. Set in a halo of diamonds in a micropavé band, sapphires make a stunning alternative to diamond engagement rings for those who love to stand out with elegance.
Which trends are you most looking forward to this year?