With summer fast approaching, warmer weather means backyard barbecues, vacations, family reunions, and wedding season. If you’re a bride-to-be, you’ll want to get a leg up on the hottest engagement ring trends of the season. Here are five engagement rings trends you’ll see this summer.
1. Summer Styles That Stun
Bold styles are in, with chunky, blingy and geometric designs being among the most popular styles of jewelry for this summer. Think unique and striking. Bigger is better, as they say, and engagement rings are no exception to this trend. Make a personal statement with your ring by choosing something unconventional that suits your style; a colored stone, a chunky band, or a setting with multiple sets of stones.
2. Colored Stones
This years’ brides-to-be are ditching the traditional, colorless “white” diamonds in favor of colored stones for their engagement rings. Pinkish-brown, fancy deep yellow, very light blue, or faint violet; there are thousands of extraordinary colored diamonds to choose from. The only limit to your creativity is your imagination—and your wallet, of course!
Naturally colored diamonds are rare and retail for thousands—sometimes hundreds of thousands—of dollars. Most people cannot afford a naturally colored diamond. The solution? A color-treated diamond. Color-treated diamonds can be a more affordable way to get the dazzling, yellow diamond of your dreams. Or stunning red, or any other color and intensity you desire, for that matter. Whatever the color and intensity that you can afford, it is sure to look uniquely stylish this summer.
3. Geometric Shapes
Say good-bye to princess cuts and hello to oval, pear, and emerald cuts! While you’re at it, bid that traditional, round band adieu and make way for custom, geometric bands! These unconventional shapes are not only a way to show off your personal style, but they also can increase a gem’s brilliance. Buying a cut that enhances the intensity of a stone is a great way to save you and your honey some cash. In fact, you should pay careful attention to a diamond’s cut in order to get the best value as possible. This is because a diamond’s cut is seen as the most important of the the four “Cs,” which are the cut, carat, color, and clarity of the stone.
4. Oval-cut Diamonds
Though it seems contrary to the geometric shape trend, oval-cut diamonds are also very popular this year. Oval-cut stones have been around for a while, but jewelers are seeing a comeback of this classic style. The reason for this could simply be that the oval-cut is considered classic. Another reason could be that it has the fire and brilliance of round-cut, but a more unique shape. An added bonus to this cut is it makes your fingers look longer and slimmer.So, if these fancy new trends are a little too daring for your taste, try on a colorless oval-cut diamond for a timelessly elegant look.
5. Duet Rings
A duet ring has two stones set in the band instead of one. These rings are hugely popular this year, likely because all of these unique trends can be incorporated into one ring. Want something truly spectacular? Pick a duet ring with geometrically-cut stones in a stacked setting for an original silhouette; a pave or micro pave setting adds extra bling, and colored stones make a statement. If you want a chic twist on a classic look, choose a duet ring with colorless white diamonds.
What’s your favorite style? That pretty duet ring is my favorite!