Even though we’re in the dead of summer right now, many couples they’re starting to talk more seriously about getting married. With Christmas, the most popular time globally to get engaged, right around the corner, you’re likely to start looking more seriously for the ring of your dreams. Of course, coming up with the proposal also takes a lot of work. If you’ve nailed down which engagement trend to follow for your big day but still are searching for the perfect ring, keep reading for some inspo.
The most popular style to pop the question with is round diamond engagement rings – for a good reason. The classic round cut is universally flattering on everyone, and its simplicity is not only romantic but timeless. Whether you consider yourself a traditionalist or more fashion-forward, there are round cuts that will suit your personal style. If you want to add more bling to a round-cut engagement ring, halos make a beautiful statement. You can also flank your round stone with colored side stones like emeralds or rubies. One thing is for sure, this engagement ring style can easily have a modern twist put on it, and it will never, ever go out of style, an heirloom in the making!
East West Settings
Whether you go with a heart-cut stone, marquis, emerald, or pear, the East-West setting is a modern take on a classic solitaire stone. The East-West setting twists the stone to the side, setting it horizontally as opposed to the traditional vertical setting. East-West ring settings give the illusion of a larger stone, making it a great choice if you’re on a budget where your engagement ring is concerned. While you can set any cut of stone in this style, it’s most flattering with traditional cuts like pear, opal, and emerald.
You & Me Rings
If you’re familiar with the current engagement ring style trends, you’ve likely come across the You & Me style in your shopping. If you haven’t, the You & Me trend takes two stones of different cuts and sometimes different colors and sets them side by side. Not only is this trend a beautiful homage to the relationship you’re taking to the next level of marriage, but it’s also a beautiful upgrade to a traditional single-stone engagement ring. Beautiful pairings like a pear-cut white diamond and a square-cut emerald look stunning together, whether you set them in white, yellow, or rose gold. Many couples opt for their birthstones as the choices for their You & Me rings. If you’re looking for a chic and playful take on a classic engagement setting, the You & Me is an option worth exploring.
Pearl Engagement Rings
Many brides-to-be are shirking the traditional diamond altogether in favor of something more delicate. The romantic and beautiful white pearls have come roaring back into fashion over the last couple of years. While pearls require more TLC than a traditional diamond, they’re worth the delicate care in beauty. Pearl’s symbolism makes them an ideal choice for an engagement ring as they mean wisdom gained through years, purity, and loyalty. When you think about what you value most in a relationship or what you need from a partner, the pearl stands for it all. One downside to the pearl is that it’s nowhere near as hardy as a traditional diamond, so this isn’t an engagement ring you can wear every day without a second thought – at least if you want to keep it looking its best. You’ll have to verse yourself in the cleaning, caring, and maintaining these jewels of the sea.
Lab Grown Diamonds
With the ethical dilemma of Earth-mined diamonds no longer being much of a secret, many couples are making modern, thoughtful decisions regarding their diamonds. Opting for a lab-grown diamond over an Earth-mined gives you peace of mind, not to mention saves you significantly regarding the cost of your ring. Save your money for the honeymoon of your dreams and make the ethical choice to go lab-grown if your heart is set on a white diamond.
It can get overwhelming with so many options to choose from when it comes to your engagement ring. By narrowing down the style you want and going from there, the above-mentioned list of trends can help push you in the direction to make your decision easier. Congratulations and happy shopping!