And just like that...it's the start of a new year! If you’re thinking that 2019 is going to be the year of your engagement, we’re here to help! 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, what setting looks best and which of the 4c’s are most important to you. So sit back with a cup o’ joe and learn about the predicted engagement ring trends for the upcoming year.
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 doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more brides are looking to wedding rings past for inspiration.
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 are 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!
Halo Popularity Continues
We know, we know...halo rings were a big trend in 2018. However, the popularity of this gorgeous setting is not slowing down. And we think we know a few reasons why.
For starters, this style of ring allows for a LOT of diamonds...and who doesn’t want more sparkle? 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!
A halo can also make for a gorgeous ring finger once your wedding band (and maybe a few stackable bands) are 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. This creates a look of cohesion and layering it with a few colored bands can make a stunning ring stack.
Colored Bands & Stackable Rings
Speaking of 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 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.
Extra: Helpful hints with the 4c’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 them online.