The Wedding Scoop — 2018
Good news for all you bride-to-be’s who want to put a unique twist on your bridal style: the white wedding dresses is no longer the only dress in town. And, lucky for you, this pretty trend has become increasingly available now that designers are creating pastel masterpieces. From mint to lilac, these pastel wedding dresses are sweeping the bridal industry with no signs of slowing down.
Engagement ring shapes
With so many to choose between, we have rounded up the top five engagement ring shapes for modern brides.
The princess cut is the second most popular shape for an engagement ring. Suitable for almost any ring style, its pyramid shape with 58 facets and four bevelled sides increases light dispersion and helps hide inclusions. Tiffany Grace ring (from $10877.62).
Pear-shaped engagement rings have an elongating effect, making them the ideal choice for those not blessed with long, slender fingers. Very glamorous, it’s not surprising that they grace the hands of many celebrities, including Victoria Beckham. De Beers Classic ring (from $10227.33.
Heart-shaped engagement rings are arguably the most romantic of them all. They look best in a solitaire setting or framed by pavé diamonds like this Boodles Vintage engagement ring (from $6502.00)
Originally used for emeralds, hence the name, this shape rose to popularity in the Art Deco era. The vintage-style silhouette of an emerald cut makes it an elegant choice, but bear in mind that the flat surface will emphasise any flaws or inclusions. Harry Kotlar ring ($4469.00).
By far the most popular shape, a round brilliant-cut solitaire is a timeless engagement ring that will never date, but this versatile diamond shape also looks fabulous with a halo surround like Andrew Geoghegan’s Clair de Lune ring ($4043.64) or as part of a three-stone design.
The hard truth about birthstone engagement rings
Not all birthstones are durable enough for daily wear, so speak to an expert to avoid making a costly mistake. “A lot of people are going in that direction,” says Florence, who has created engagement rings set with sapphires and alexandrite for women with these birthstones. “Everyone feels attracted to their birthstone, and jewelry represents who we are, so birthstones are the perfect point to begin.”
Non-diamond engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular, and unless your betrothed’s birthday falls in April – the month that claims diamond as its birthstone – this method allows you to introduce some color. A dreamily azure aquamarine for March, a classic blue sapphire for September or a vivid blue topaz for December, perhaps.
The idea of birthstones dates back to ancient times when the Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, Persians and Indians all assigned different gemstones to each month of the year. According to the stories behind birthstones, legend has it that wearing a gemstone during its assigned month boosts its healing and therapeutic powers.
Birthstones are a fantastic way to add a special meaning to jewelry and make great gifts to mark a birthday, anniversary, graduation or other memorable occasion.
Rose gold engagement rings
Rose gold has emerged as a leading trend in fine jewellery in recent years. With a subtle warm glow that is both sophisticated and romantic, it’s no wonder that it has now filtered down into the engagement ring category.
The feminine rosy hue is flattering for all skin tones, and while it perfectly complements a crisp white diamond it also looks spectacular paired with coloured gemstones such as pink or black diamonds. First popularised in the Victorian era, rose gold also has a timeless vintage appeal so it works very well with older diamond cuts like rose, old mine and old European.
Pink diamond engagement rings
Colored gemstones are becoming an increasingly popular choice for brides-to-be who want a more unique center stone than the ubiquitous white diamond. Pink diamond engagement rings in particular are enjoying a moment in the spotlight, which is hardly surprising given their irresistible beauty and extreme rarity.
Fancy diamond cuts
The round brilliant has been the most popular diamond cut for many decades and there is no denying that its scintillating sparkle makes it the perfect candidate for a center stone. Recently, however, we have seen a growing trend for women to veer away from the round-cut solitaire in favor of more unusual fancy cuts. Vintage-inspired cuts such as the pear, cushion and emerald have seen an upsurge in popularity
Halo-style engagement rings, where a row of smaller diamonds orbits the center stone, have also surged in popularity recently and with good reason. Not only does a halo setting add an extra layer of sparkle to your engagement ring, it will also make the center stone look bigger than it actually is, giving you more carats for your money. Diamonds or colored gemstones of almost all shapes and sizes can be accented with a halo and the smaller stones can be pavé, channel or invisible-set. A halo is also a practical choice as it acts as a protective shield to guard the center stone from everyday wear and tear.
Horizontally set diamonds
Elongated center stones such as oval, pear, emerald or marquise-shaped gems are traditionally set vertically, with the longest part of the stone stretching down the finger. Also known as an East-West setting, turning a center stone on to its side instantly creates a fresh look.
Split-shank engagement rings
Split-shank engagement rings have a band that splits into two strands at the crown with open spaces that elegantly frame the center stone. Usually the two bands are set with diamond pavé and the result is an intricate yet graceful design that complements many different diamond shapes. If the split shank is combined with a halo design, the effect is even more striking. Tiffany’s Lucida engagement ring is a perfect example of how a split band tapering out from the central diamond can give a contemporary feel to an otherwise classic design, while the split shank in Maniamania’s ring gives it an authentic vintage look.
Unusual engagement ring designs
If you’re looking for an unconventional engagement ring, there are a myriad of choices out there for break-the-mold brides who want to steer clear of the generic diamond solitaire. From colored gemstones to unusual settings, there has never been a more fun time to hunt down quirky designs.
My personal pick is ultra chic modern, black diamond engagement ring something like this.
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Statement earrings are a great way to showcase personal style while showing off your wedding hairstyle at the same time.
Move over statement necklaces, there is a new show-stopping accessory sweeping wedding aisles everywhere. Statement earrings are a great way to showcase personal style while showing off your wedding hairstyle at the same time.
The earring are a classic twist on the simple diamond earring stud drawing attention to your flawless makup and perfectly coiffed hairdo.
We already know how cool geodes are. Mix it with the blush accessory trend and it is a winning combination. These blush geode statement earrings are both feminine and unique. After your wedding day, wear them out with jeans and a white tee for a casual dressed up look.
Another trending theme for weddings are jeweled tones. Not just for the mother of the bride jewelry, these dazzling beauties definitely deserve some attention. From the intricate design to the gorgeous colors, these earrings would look great with a simple and minimal wedding dress.
From colored gems to split shanks, let this be your guide to the hottest styles of what engagement rings are in fashion right now and the jewelry accessories to go with.