Solitaires with colourless diamonds are still the most popular choice for engagement rings. And perhaps, they will continue to be. But don’t go with the norm if it’s not your style. While your engagement ring is a symbol of your love and relationship, it should also reflect your personality and taste. In fact, it would be even more special if it does.
If you’re looking for an engagement ring design that will fit your fashionable self, some of the most stylish choices you can make today are vintage, east-west setting, coloured stones, coloured metals, and eternity bands.
1. Vintage Inspiration
With international celebrities flashing the old Hollywood style in most of the red carpet events recently, it isn’t surprising that fashion has a taken a trip down memory lane. Vintage-inspired clothes and jewellery have been the favourites of film and TV idols. Even in engagement blings and wedding bands, nostalgic glamour often steals the limelight these days.
If you want this look, go for centre stones in cushion or emerald cuts and in prong or halo settings. Pavé-set accent stones are also characteristic of antique rings. Another detail you should incorporate in your jewellery is scrollwork or milgrain.
2. East-West Setting
Perhaps, the best known example of this alternative setting for an oval, emerald, or marquise-cut stone would be actress Catherine Zeta-Jones’s engagement ring courtesy of another Hollywood big shot, Michael Douglas. Her 10-carat Fred Leighton bling has been featured in many celebrity, fashion and bridal magazines.
You can take any precious stone in an elongated cut and ask your jeweller to set it horizontally, instead of the traditional vertical, or north-south, setting. East-west is also ideal for those who’d like to make their centre stone appear larger than its carat weight.
3. Coloured Stone
Colourless diamonds are still at the top of the list of valuable rings. But you might prefer something that’s more eye-catching and unique rather than the price per carat weight. You should opt for coloured diamonds or other types of stones like sapphire or emerald.
It seems that J.Lo’s rock given by her then-fiancée Ben Affleck started this craze over coloured-stone engagement rings. These days, canary diamonds aren’t so hard to find and are superb stones for vintage rings. You can choose according to your favourite colour, your birthstone, or the shade that best flatters your skin.
4. Coloured Metal
Maybe couples have gotten tired of the white-on-white jewellery that adorn women’s fingers. Aside from coloured stones, coloured metals are also in vogue these days. Even if platinum is still the most valuable metal when it comes to ring bands, many are choosing coloured gold or oxidised titanium to give at least a hint of tint to their rings.
If you’re a romantic, you can go for rose gold whose pinkish hue just speaks love and femininity. If you’re an antique lover, you could also consider yellow gold. Modern couples, however, are trying even bright purples, blues, and reds with the oxidised colouring on titanium rings.
5. Eternity Band
Instead of having big featured stone or stones on their rings, other couples pick eternity bands. Some women wear only one band, but the more fashion-forward love to have a stack of three or more.
What women love with eternity bands is that it can look as simple as you want them to be. But it can also be stunning, colourful, or glamorous, depending on your taste. You can have it in all white – colourless diamonds on white metal. Or you can have a stack of gold bands in yellow, rose, white, and even green. For the stones, you can even use different types or colours or stones in one band.
About the author
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.