No one knows trends quite like Facebook and, according to the social media giant, Christmas Eve is the most popular day to get engaged, followed close behind by Christmas Day and New Years. Since the holidays are fast approaching, we thought it would be fun to take a look at what people are looking for in engagement rings this year. As brides-to-be continue to rewrite the script on what makes the perfect ring, you might be surprised at some of their latest preferences and choices.
Picture Perfect Proposals
Hollywood romantic films may say otherwise, but a little blue box is not every woman’s engagement dream. In the real world, soon-to-be-brides are expressing an interest in making their engagement rings a true reflection of who they are, and what they want their special day to be. That often means designing a ring that defies the norm. For example, more women are choosing colored gemstones like rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, to complement their diamonds. Coupled with unique design elements or vintage settings, these rings let the wearers express their personal style and values. Here are some other trends:
- Alternatives to the classic cushion cut are becoming more popular. Natural diamonds remain the gemstone of choice, but shaped stones, such as pear and oval cuts, are trending, especially with younger couples.
- The size of the diamond still matters to many couples – but not all – as does what they’re willing to pay. What’s changed is how people optimize their choices within their budgets. Instead of getting the largest stone their budget allows, couples may choose to go with a lower carat in favor of higher quality characteristics.
- Delicate silhouettes are back, as couples choose thin, petite bands featuring accent diamonds that make the center diamond beautifully pop. Romantic, twisting silhouettes are also popular, with ring bands that feature intertwining strands of metal and diamonds. Couples see this style ring as a lovely symbol of infinite love.
- Vintage continues to grow in popularity, and experts don’t see it slowing down any time soon. Many brides-to-be are taking the “something old” tradition to heart, using vintage settings to showcase their diamonds.
Tradition Still Matters
None of this means traditional rings are going out of fashion. There will always be a place for a classic solitaire set with a natural round diamond. At The Diamond Reserve, we spend whatever time it takes to help couples select the most beautiful diamonds to create a ring that symbolizes their love and commitment, and one that captures their personal style.