Engagement ring trends change yearly more often than eyebrow shapes which change every decade. And just like trending eyebrow shapes that have gone from the thin, downward-sloping style in the 1920s to a brow for everyone in the 2020s, current engagement ring trends are bold, unique, and one-of-a-kind.
Modern brides and grooms are breaking traditions and thinking outside the box when it comes to all things weddings. They have high standards and want their wedding to be as memorable and unique as they are. They book the venue, take their breath away, select colorful tuxes for the guys, and hand-select a dress and engagement ring that matches the bride’s personality, comfort, and style.
Every woman has different needs and desires regarding an engagement ring. One bride may want a simple white gold band, another may wish for a 12-carat pink diamond solitaire, and yet another may want something unique and custom-made with a black or salt and pepper diamond.
Vintage Engagement Rings
We will see a lot of vintage engagement rings in the coming year. These rings feature a romantic glow with detailed designs in milgrain settings and are often set with Old Mine, Old European, and Rose cut diamond shapes.
Rose-cut diamonds are the most popular and are considered one of the original diamond cuts dating back to the 1500s. The Rose cut will maximize your diamond setting if you’re on a tight budget. The base of the diamond is flat, creating a larger surface area, therefore making a significant impact with a smaller diamond.
The Old European cut diamond is also widely seen amongst vintage engagement rings. This cut is round, has 58 facets, a high crown, a smaller table (top facet), with a larger culet (bottom facet) —it’s the predecessor to the round brilliant cut diamond—and is often set in an Edwardian or Victorian design. Old European diamonds were cut and fashioned from 1890 to 1930 and were especially common during the Art Deco period.
An Old Mine cut diamond is similar to the modern-day cushion cut. These rectangular-shaped diamonds have rounded corners, a high crown, a small table, and a flat culet. Each stone is unique as it was cut by hand in combination with early machinery. Old Mine is a cutting style dating from the early 18th century to the late 19th century and was the most common cut during the Georgian and Victorian eras.
Modern Bridal Sets
Modern bridal sets are chic, classy, sophisticated, and unique. The stacked wedding band and engagement ring comes in diverse shapes, settings, and materials with colorful diamonds. Some examples include an engagement solitaire wrapped in two micro paved bands or a diamond with a halo with an insert wrap to really add some bling to your hand.
Rose gold, white, and yellow gold are all options in 2023. Rose gold is a modern option with added color; yellow gold is more on the traditional side, while white gold and platinum are elegant and striking.
Pear-Cut Engagement Rings
Pear-cut diamonds look like teardrops and come in various shapes and sizes. This cut is perfect for women with wide, slim, or long fingers—be sure to consider the stone size compared to your finger/hand size—which is most likely why it is so popular. Even though it is popular now, you can make it one-of-a-kind with a custom setting or select a unique diamond color such as green or blue.
Rose Gold Rings
Rose gold has been around for a few years and keeps picking up momentum—each year getting more and more popular. Rose gold has a decadent look to it and oozes elegance. This color is perfect for the bride who doesn’t want the traditional feel of yellow gold yet wants some color in the metal ring. Rose gold is versatile and also pairs well with white gold and yellow gold jewelry.
Unique Engagement Rings
Designers are continually pushing the boundaries in ring design. Engagement rings are getting bolder and bolder with a big center-colored diamond and unique-shaped side twists.
Custom-made engagement rings are another option for those looking for something made especially for you. This is the perfect way to combine two or three-ring styles you like by taking elements from each or creating something never seen before to fulfill your dreams and vision.
Your options are endless!
An engagement ring is a symbol of love and commitment. The bride will wear this ring daily for the rest of her life and may even pass it down to the next generation as an heirloom. Be sure to take your time, look at some options—maybe even a few that you had never thought of as ‘you’—and have fun in the process!
For over three decades, I have had the fun and pleasure of helping brides-to-be select or design the engagement ring of their dreams. I’d love to work with you! Contact me for details!