Guest infographic provided by Gear Jewelers
Guest infographic provided by Gear Jewelers
When it comes to buying engagement rings, most people tend to (smartly) play it safe. Jumping on some new and zany trend clearly may not be the most practical move when we’re talking about an item that is supposed to last for the duration of you and your partner’s *eep* lives. Luckily, there are some jewelry “trends” that do such an exquisite job of staying within the boundaries of class and sophistication, they will undoubtedly be able to go the distance.
The following styles are not just currently popular; they each hold a certain uniqueness that right recipient may verily identify with. Read on to see which variety may perfectly suit your soon-to-be betrothed, thereby ensuring an elated “YES!” – as opposed to a “Wow, well…it really is something.”
Twist and Shout
The Twist style is definitely not a new fad, but is seeing quite the surge in popularity these days. Dating as far back as the Victorian era, twisted bands are cool for a multitude of reasons. First, they look very intriguing, as if the wearer’s hand is ensconced in a vine and ivy laden forrest. Second, they symbolize an entwining of two partners, in what could be perceived in a highly (*giggle*) sensual manner. Just think, the people entering into this eternal bond of marriage, their bodies wrapped around each other, for life. Also, this is a nice pick if you just happen to like knitting.
Do I Detect an Accent?
As far as accents go, this year it’s go bold or go home (to your native land). There are actually a lot of ring styles and designs that fit into this category, so let’s examine a few of them. First, there are the floral inspired bands, which feature some flouncy flower element to them. Either tiny petals encircling a center stone, little leaves around the band or some other incarnation of naturally grown, blossoming beauty. Next, there are the bows. An elegant bow can enhance the aesthetics of an otherwise humdrum ring (however, try not to go overboard here, as a big, bouncy bow will make the ring look like a cartoonish cotillon present). Last, rings that feature a center diamond (or other gemstone) that is cut in an irregular shape or fashion. Within this sub-genre would be the rough cut diamond grouping. These stones can be breathtaking, and wholly represent “raw beauty.”
I can see your Halo…Halo
The double halo. This angelic motif has been around for a while, but has really been gaining momentum as of late. The obvious benefits of a halo setting are that it really directs the eye to the center of the ring and also gives the main attraction stone an added bolstering of melee side-sparkle. In addition, the halo aides in giving the illusion that the primary stone is somehow larger. Ergo, two halos do twice the heavy lifting in this sparkle-enhancing context. Twin halos also make the ring look “stacked,” as if there are just so many layers of diamonds on the thing, that it’s got to be extraordinarily valuable (not to say that that’s anyone’s goal or anything, *cough cough*).
Deco the Halls with Art
For the Gatsby-loving Gal, Art Deco can be the way to go. The current climate of ring design, and the general ethos surrounding engagement ring culture is that you can’t miss with pieces from, or inspired by, this era. Either actual vintage items from the 20’s/30’s or ones just now designed to recreate that distinct look, Art Deco rings have a style like no other. The mixing of colored gemstones, the rectangular and oblong cuts, the juxtaposition of the simple and the ornate; all leave quite the impression on one’s finger. There’s just something ravishingly regal and cool about Art Deco rings, as if the wearer is both elegant and refined, but also knows how to pop bottles and get down, flapper style.
This quartet of ring styles embodies what is currently trending; yet they each should have true staying power in their own right. If you think your special someone may prefer a more traditional mounting, by all means, go with your intuition. In truth, your best bet is to either ask their close friends what they really want or (depending on the kind of relationship you have) just ask them outright. While any ring will be appreciated, one that really speaks to them will be forever #adored.
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