Lucky are those who get a proposal this year. Because while the classic solitaire will never go out of style, the rising engagement ring trends of 2018 are truly spectacular. From three stone to east-west settings to rose gold, we see an increase in more non-traditional cuts, shapes, and designs.
Here are our top five favorites:
THREE STONE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Ushered in by Meghan Markle’s royal engagement, the newfound popularity of this dazzling ring is entirely understandable. Meghan’s ring - a cushion-cut 3 carat diamond with two smaller stones flanking the larger one - is a classic version of the style. It’s contrasting diamond sizes accentuate the 3 carat stone and allow for a sparkling stream of light to flow through. Equal sized diamonds are just as gorgeous. Play around with different shapes and combinations to find what fits your look best.
ROSE GOLD RINGS
The luminous beauty of a rose gold setting for engagements has been on a rising trajectory for a while now - going from once trendy to now near-classic. According to Vanessa Stofenmacher of L.A.-based Vrai and Oro Wedding, “Rose gold tends to be more subtle than yellow or white gold and looks beautiful with all ranges of skin color.” Also, as dual-metal engagement rings are increasing in popularity, rose gold mixes well with other colors for a ring that is very original.
This beautiful ring style has come into its own this year - due, in part, to the increased popularity of stacking rings (for which this style is a natural pairing.) Also, with its elegant shape and curvature, an open ring is very flattering, plain and simple. Also, with an open cuff, the bride has an opportunity to wear two stones instead of one.
EAST WEST SETTINGS
An east-west setting refers to when a stone is placed horizontally on the ring band instead of vertically. The effect can be very sleek and modern, and the best stones for this setting are radiant cuts, emerald cuts, and oval cuts. The beauty of this style is that it’s both timeless and classic, but also different enough to be noticeable.
Courtesy of Vrai and Oro
OVAL CUT DIAMONDS
While the Round Brilliant has long been the most popular diamond cut, oval cuts are becoming increasingly prevalent. The reason is apparent, the elongated shape of oval cut diamonds are not only unique, but can make your finger look more slender. The classic “length-to-width” ratio is 1.4mm by 1.6mm, but buyers can change ratios depending on what they’re looking for.