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Summertime is here and love is in the air, which means we’ve been busy creating lots of engagement rings. Whether we’ve been setting a diamond in one of our already-made settings or custom creating a ring from scratch, we’ve been noticing a few trends that keep appearing in some of our latest engagement rings. Here are some of the main engagement ring trends that are happening right now:
Engagement Rings with Low Settings: Today’s woman leads an active lifestyle. Whether she’s at the gym or working with her hands at work, she doesn’t want to wear an engagement ring that will get in the way. Having the diamond (or other gemstone) set close to the finger will help protect the engagement ring from any possible damage that may result from accidentally banging it against a hard object or snagging the ring on a piece of fabric. Just be forewarned that the diamond won’t stand out as much as if it were placed in a higher setting.
Solitaire Engagement Rings: No surprise here, solitaire engagement rings are here to stay. The simple design of a solitaire ring ensures that all the attention is directed towards the center gemstone. This classic setting also allows couples to allocate more of their engagement ring budget towards the center gemstone instead of putting that money towards a fancy setting and ending up with a lower quality diamond.
Platinum and Yellow Gold Engagement Rings: Platinum has many benefits including being hypoallergenic, durable, and low maintenance. And unlike white gold, platinum doesn’t have to be re-dipped every few years in rhodium, saving you time and money down the road. But with all these added benefits comes additional cost. Depending on the amount of metal used, you can expect to pay almost double the price for platinum vs. white gold. Because of this high cost, some couples choose to go with a yellow gold engagement ring instead. These rings offer a warm, classic look and can be set with lower color grade diamonds if couples wanted to save money that way. Similar to platinum, yellow gold doesn’t have to be re-plated every few years and typically won’t cause any allergic reactions.
Engagement Rings with Thin Bands: The smaller, daintier bands found on recent engagement rings are popular for several reasons. These bands tend to make the center diamond appear larger and are typically more affordable than other thicker rings since less metal is needed. These rings are a little less pronounced and nicely accentuate slim fingers. The few downsides to skinny bands are that they are more prone to breaking and won’t protect accent diamonds quite like thicker bands will. They can also look disproportionate on larger fingers (which is one of the reasons why men’s wedding bands tend to be a lot thicker than women’s).
Oval and Emerald Engagement Rings: While round still continues to be the number one choice for center diamond shape, other shapes are becoming increasingly more prevalent in today’s engagement rings. These diamond shapes are often more affordable than round diamonds and can actually appear larger. Win-win, right? The oval diamond offers a brilliance that rivals round diamonds and features a shape that can actually make your finger appear thinner. Emerald cut diamonds offer a level of elegance and sophistication to the engagement ring, and like an oval diamond, can also elongate the appearance of one’s finger.
Three Stone Engagement Rings: Thanks to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the three stone engagement ring has never been more popular. The three main gemstones are said to represent the couple’s past, present, and future together, making this ring a sentimental choice for an engagement ring. And since more diamonds lead to more sparkle, you’ll definitely take notice of a three stone engagement ring whenever you see one.
Custom Designed Engagement Rings: We’ve seen this trend a lot in recent years, and don’t expect it to go anywhere anytime soon. Having an engagement ring custom designed allows couples the opportunity to create a ring that’s exactly what they’re looking for. They can choose the type of metal, gemstones, and ring style they want, all while making sure their ideal ring stays within their budget. Besides, who wants the exact same ring that everyone else has?
For more information on engagement rings, contact Kloiber Jewelers at 414-276-2457 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view some of our current engagement ring styles, click here.