Whether you’re co-shopping with your significant other or looking to drop some helpful hints, you have to make sure you know what style of ring you’re interested in. This often includes figuring out things such as what setting looks best and which of the 4 C’s is most important to you.
However, it can be difficult to figure out what you want if you are starting from scratch. This could be your first time getting engaged, and it is almost certainly your first time getting engaged to your current significant other, so you don’t have past experience to go off of. Researching the latest engagement ring trends can be a great starting off point, giving you ideas that you can mold into your own. So sit back with a cup o’ joe and learn about the predicted engagement ring trends for 2019. By the time you are done, hopefully, you will have an idea or two to spark your own imagination!
1. Refurbishing Heirloom Rings
Recently, there’s been a huge trend in historical movies and TV shows. From Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century to Downton Abbey in the Titanic Era, it seems that we’re obsessed with the recreated drama of these early times. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that more and more brides are looking to wedding rings past for inspiration. This type of jewelry is very unique and truly one of a kind.
Although new vintage-inspired rings are becoming more and more popular, it’s now very common — and fashionable — to refurbish an heirloom wedding ring with a new diamond. Not only does this give a polished look to a classic ring, but it allows brides to add their own modern twist.
One of the most popular loose stones that women are adding to these vintage rings is lab-grown diamonds. With the ethical and sustainable benefits of these diamonds, their ring now becomes a beautiful juxtaposition of old school and new technology. It also serves as a wonderful talking point at the next family get together!
2. Halo Popularity Continues
We know, we know — halo rings were a big engagement ring trend in 2018. However, the popularity of this gorgeous setting is not slowing down. And we think we know a few reasons why it will continue to be one of the top engagement ring trends in 2019 and beyond.
For starters, this ring style allows for a LOT of diamonds… and who doesn’t want more sparkle? Adding a brilliant halo to any solitaire style ring will always bring more radiance. With a gorgeous center stone and an outline of smaller diamonds, a halo setting can make the carat size of your center diamond appear much larger than it actually is! It also works great with any shape of ring, whether it is round, oval, or pear. You can never go wrong with a halo.
A halo can also make for a gorgeous ring finger once your wedding band is added. Since a halo setting usually forces the diamond to extend past the band, it creates a perfect place for your wedding ring to slide up under — and also makes it great for stacking with other bands. That is because it creates a look of cohesion, and layering it with a few colored bands can make a stunning ring stack.
3. Colored Bands & Stackable Rings
Speaking of stacking colored bands, let’s talk rose and yellow gold. For a while, white gold engagement rings had their time to shine (no pun intended), but thanks to the huge trend in rose gold, more and more women are opting for this gorgeous pink color in their rings. Not only does the color seem to match everything, but it also looks stunning next to other golds that could be placed alongside it in a ring stack.
At this year’s People’s Choice Awards, Camila Mendes even rocked this stunning 5.01c Clean Origin pink lab-grown diamond with a matching rose gold engagement ring band. The diamond was dubbed the most remarkable synthetic diamonds that the Gemological Institute of America has ever tested (not to toot our own horns or anything…).
So why is yellow gold back? For a while in the late 90s and early 2000s, yellow gold was seen on the ring finger of every finance. When white gold took its course, yellow got bumped to the back burner. However, since the 90s are back, so are yellow gold engagement rings.
Bonus: Helpful hints with the 4 C’s
So now you might have a better idea of what setting and band color you want, but one of the most important parts of purchasing a diamond engagement ring is knowing which of the 4 C’s is most important to you.
After doing your research, take one big thing into consideration: Lab-grown diamonds can be anywhere from 20-30% less expensive than mined diamonds. So if you’re really set on having a great color and good carat size at a budget of $5,000, you’re going to be able to get more bang for your buck (better color and/or bigger carat) if you go with a lab-grown diamond.
As always, if you’re struggling with any decision when it comes to your purchase, our diamond experts are here to help! No question is ever too big or too small, so never hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call or chat with them online.