A new year means change. It means a fresh start and a fresh outlook and fresh ideas. That translates into nearly everything, including engagement rings. While certain rings are timeless and will never go out of style, there are certainly trends that exist. You might not want to follow the trends, but it's still a good idea to know what they are.
Choosing an engagement ring is a big deal that requires a lot of thought and research. If you’re planning on proposing this year, it helps to have as much information about rings as possible. This can help you make an informed decision. With that in mind, here are some current trends that you will want to watch out for in 2017.
Halos are a series of smaller stones that surround the larger diamond in an engagement ring. They highlight the main diamond and ensure that it remains the focus of the ring. However, they also add to the overall sparkle and appearance of the ring, making it look more dazzling and interesting.
Colored Accent Stones
In addition to incredible diamonds, more and more engagement rings are featuring accent stones of varying colors. Not only do these stones give your ring a unique style that will certainly stand out, but they also (much like halos, listed above) serve to highlight and draw attention to the main diamonds on the ring, which is always a good idea.
Stacked rings have been very popular for several years now and this trend continues in 2017. Stacking your engagement ring and your wedding ring allows them to come together to make an impressive duo that will certainly attract attention. Plus, with stacked rings, you can even add additional rings for various milestones such as anniversaries or the birth of a child. Stacked rings can be worn together or separate on days when you’re looking to change up your look.
While platinum and white gold remain some of the hottest trends, rose gold is certainly making a comeback. This precious metal has a very unique and feminine look to it that a lot of people enjoy. Plus, it harkens back to a more traditional look, which is also a common trend these days.
More and more often, jewelers and designers are adding a variety of intricate details to all parts of their rings. This is especially true on the sides of the ring. Adding details such as engravings or stones to the sides of an engagement ring keep it looking stunning from all angles.
More ornate bands, such as twisted bands, also help make your ring look more interesting from all angles. They also serve to help your ring stand out from the crowd and complement your setting. Twists, bows and floral accents are all common trends right now.
Pear-Shaped and Marquise Cut Diamonds
While round cut diamonds remain the most popular choice for a center stone, other shapes are becoming more and more common as well. Longer and more tapered cuts are increasing in popularity and there are many reasons why. One of the main reasons is that these stones slim and elongate your fingers.
Custom Engagement Rings
If you are truly looking for something unique, then consider a custom design. Custom engagement rings allow you to express yourself through your ring and to create a one-of-a-kind piece that your special someone will absolutely adore. When it comes to custom engagement rings, the process begins when you meet with a designer. He or she will take your ideas and bring them to life. You can design a classic look, a modern piece or something completely out of the ordinary.
For more information on custom design, please check out our page on custom engagement ring design.
Of course, there’s nothing saying that you have to follow any of these trends. Trends are just a guideline and, of course, you can choose to follow them if you’d like. As always, the engagement ring that you choose for yourself or your special someone should be one that you personally love. This is a ring that is going to be worn for a lifetime, so it certainly should be something like you take pride in and that you consider beautiful.