2017 Engagement Ring Trends
The idea of an engagement ring representing a lasting love remains constant. The fashion trends for engagement rings, themselves, however, are constantly evolving. Today’s rings incorporate timeless classics, intricate vintage designs made new and innovative creations that step outside the lines of tradition. Definite styles and designs are taking center stage for the rest of 2017 and the early part of 2018. They include the simple elegance of a brilliant cut solitaire, the delicacy of the settings our grandmothers wore, the ever-popular halo setting, and more. There are also other trends that were once considered nontraditional that are quickly growing in popularity. For example, the use of varied color, in both the stones and bands.
The brilliance of a lone diamond offset by the elegant simplicity of a gleaming unadorned band should never be underestimated. It is a style that has been a popular choice for decades and shows no sign of stepping into the background. For someone who loves its timeless beauty but wants to make an edgy fashion statement, something as simple as a slight shift in the placement of the prongs can be enough to take this classic to a new level, with the prongs set at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock spots, instead of the usual 1, 5, 7, and 11 o’clock spots.
A halo engagement ring setting has been popular for several years now, and it continues to hold its own with the latest trends. The small, usually pavé, diamonds frame and enhance the brilliance of the center stone. There are variations in this vintage inspired design that allow a personal statement.
- The cut of the stone gives each setting a distinctive appeal. Whether the center stone is an oval, a cushion cut, or round, the sparkle and appeal of a halo setting is constant.
- The halo can be a single row of small diamonds, or the center stone can be surrounded by a double row of diamonds.
- A geometric design of the halo stones, like a diamond shape, can give the halo setting a bit of an art deco flavor.
- Incorporating a little color into the setting through either the precious metal or surrounding or main stones can give it a bit of unique flair.
A diamond ring no longer has to be pure white. Incorporating a little color can allow a bit of a personal statement. The color can be introduced through the ever popular rose gold, the yellow gold that is making a recent comeback, or even a combination of rose, yellow, and white, perhaps in a twisted design. Colored stones are also becoming more popular as a way to make a diamond ring distinctly personal. The main stone can be the colored diamond or stone, with smaller diamonds acting as accent stones or vice versa. The mix can be in a symmetrical design, like a halo setting, or an asymmetrical design, with single smaller stone, or a cluster of smaller stones to the side. Sometimes the meaning of a stone can play a role in determining the color choice. For example, the pink morganite represents heavenly love while the brilliant blue sapphire is connected to fidelity.
It’s time for the wedding band to stop taking a back seat to the engagement ring, and nesting rings are the perfect way for that to happen. What’s more, we are no longer tied to the idea of a mere two rings. Three, and even four, stacked rings or bands are perfectly acceptable. The rings can gently curve together, or they can have sharper lines and angles for a more modern appeal. For anyone interested in upping the sparkle factor, pave diamonds set in the stacked rings can add some dazzle.
The vintage style rings, particularly those styles from the early 1900s, continue to remain sought after as a desirable engagement ring. With intricate and delicate designs in the band surrounding the diamond/diamonds, they are reminiscent of the glamour of bygone days. The elaborate designs of the bands can also be seen from the sides of the ring, perhaps not immediately visible to the casual observer, but seen and enjoyed with a more in-depth look.
Splits and Twists
The band of the diamond ring, as well as the wedding bands are taking on more dimension with new intricacies. A split shank can frame a diamond, and if pavé diamonds line each side, the sparkle is multiplied. Twisted bands, sometimes in a mix of precious metals, up the singular appeal of a ring. When the twist continues up into the prongs that hold a diamond, the entire ring takes graceful and fluid lines.
Gone Today, Here Tomorrow
Today, traditional symmetrical settings with three or more stones have not been seen on the fingers of newly engaged women. Neither have channel set stones or the heavier wedding bands that seems to overshadow and subdue the sparkle. Today’s looks are lighter and fresher.
As for tomorrow, east/west diamond settings, with an orientation that is horizontal, are started to gain popularity. They can incorporate a variety of stone shapes, including the marquis, the oval, and the emerald cut stones. They can even use a pear shaped stone for a more asymmetrical appeal. Some of the reasons for this style’s popularity lie in the way it makes the stone look larger and the way it can make the finger look longer. It is also an excellent style for anyone interested in wearing multiple stacked rings.
Styles may come and go, but the secret to the perfectly designed ring lies predominantly in the personality and preferences of the one who will be wearing it. Therein lies the greatest influence on a ring’s ability to stand the test of time.