What are the latest engagement ring styles to hit the high street?
Following the busiest ‘proposal’ times of the year we thought this was the perfect timing to look at the latest engagement ring styles. It’s an absolute minefield out there when you start to look for, what is going to be, the most special ring of your life. Of course, it is all very dependent on the budget available, and in times gone by, it was deemed suitable for the prospective groom to spend an entire month’s salary on the engagement ring. These days, with rising living and mortgage costs, it may not be practical, but there are a whole host of engagement ring styles and gemstones that will not break the budget.
Below, we’ve shown you some of our fave latest engagement ring styles, and of course you can always find a jeweller who can design a bespoke ring for you.
We have listed this first as this is one of the most popular classic engagement ring styles. It takes it’s name from the French word ‘alone’. and it carries one single stone. Solitaire rings are elegant in their simplicity and are usually set high, which will allow maximum exposure to light, enhancing the sparkle. You can choose different cuts from a brilliant to princess diamond, or indeed different gem stones, if diamonds are not your thing.
This engagement ring style will have a central gemstone which will also have a ‘halo’ of smaller diamonds around the outside. This emphasizes the brilliance and will also make the stone appear larger. This has very much become a new classic of engagement ring styles. In addition, many engaged couples will add diamonds set in the shank of the ring.
The trilogy ring of three gemstones. You can have a centre diamond, mixed with sapphire, ruby or emerald, or three of the same. The style is to symbolise your past, present and future together as a couple. The centre stone can be set higher to give it more prominence, it is also usually the larger and adds depth to the ring.
Another French twist on a design, taking its name from the word ‘paved’. The gemstones on a pave ring are set as close together as possible so that little or no metal is shown. The encrusted stones, usually diamonds. gives the appearance of a solid surface with an amazing sparkle. It is difficult to wear a wedding ring with some of the designs, so this could be a dual purpose ring, using it as your wedding ring on the day.
The centre diamond in a cathedral setting is firmly nested between bands extending from each side. They angle up in such a way that draws the eye to the gemstone. This type of engagement ring setting provides good protection for the diamond so is a good choice for a woman on the go.
The biggest wedding theme over the past few years has been vintage, so why not extend that into your engagement and wedding ring for the years to come. Vintage rings have no bounds. You can find a vintage style with a contemporary twist, or visit one of the many Antique jewellery shops that sell second-hand for a ‘real’ vintage engagement from a bygone era.
Small diamonds are embedded along the band to extend the brilliance of the center diamond. You can combine a channel set ring with a halo centre-piece or pave style. The options are endless for channel set, not only in the shank design but the cut of the diamond.
Engagement ring styles can incorporate different metals, from yellow, rose and white gold to platinum, even titanium. Band details vary widely in width and style, and then we get onto the gemstones themselves. Different cuts, different colours, so it can be overwhelming. Hopefully this guide will give you the information you need to decide on which style you prefer and one which suits your lifestyle.
We have some great wedding tools available for download, including the wedding budget calculator, which will let you know how you can budget for your big day.