The 10 most popular engagement ring trends of 2019
When it comes to jewellery, it's safe to say that every girl wants something that's nothing short of a perfection. For an even more meaningful and special occasion like an engagement or wedding, it's no different—a design that embodies their personality and style is truly a dream come true. As expected, Hollywood A-listers and royalties have the biggest influences on the trends of the year. Kate Middleton's 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring set in 18-karat white gold was the most popular trend in 2010, and it continues to be one of the most sought after styles nine years later. This year, we take a look back at all the celebrity and royal engagements and weddings, and narrowed down the 10 top trends in rings from the past year.
While there are many diamond shapes to choose from, oval and pear-shaped stones have been two of the most popular cuts in recent years. This year, the trend will continue, with other cuts including cushion and princess also coming on top of the styles preferred. Sarah Hyland's oval-shaped diamond from her tropical proposal is the perfect classic style.
Did you know that aside from the halo and the band, you can opt for adornments on the gallery too? These details add to the visual appeal, and there has been an increasing demand for intricate gallery styles as of late. It also complements the stone and gives minimalistic rings that added interest. NFL Player Tim Tebow proposed to Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with a giant 7.25-carat diamond ring, and you can get a peek of the details in the South African beauty's Instagram post below:
The three-stone ring has always been one of our favourites, and with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, the trend has come back in full swing. The stones typically represent the past, present, and future of the couple, as well as the trinity of their friendship, love and fidelity. Made up of a large stone in the center with two smaller stones on the side, or three stones of similar sizes, these days, you can find options that feature different cuts or coloured stones that are perfect for the unconventional bride-to-be. Heidi Klum's ring that's made from alexandrite stone that's set between two diamond baguettes is the perfect example.
Aside from giving the illusion of a bigger stone, the halo setting also gives a distinctive look to the ring. This design was initially only used for round brilliant and cushion-shaped diamonds back in the day, but more couples are choosing this for pear-shaped stones as well. One of the examples? Ariana Grande's $100,000 engagement ring from Pete Davidson—when they were still together.
What's better than a diamond? Several of them! The clustered design features several diamonds together in a symmetrical or asymmetrical pattern, which results in an enhanced brilliance and sparkle. Also another unconventional style for the modern women, Emily Ratajkowski's self-designed sparkler comprises of pear and square-cut diamonds on a gold band.
The solitaire setting has been a favourite throughout the years thanks to its timeless appeal, and it's a minimalistic design that highlights any cuts of diamonds and jewels. Jennifer Lopez's 18-carat emerald-cut ring from Aaron Rodriguez tops this year's list of most awe-inducing celebrity engagement rings.
Coloured stones and jewels
Kate Middleton's blue sapphire engagement ring—which belonged to the late Princess Diana—brought the coloured stone trend back in full swing. Now, nine years have gone by and it's still one of the most popular picks. While coloured diamonds are definitely hard to come by, with lab-grown diamonds being a sustainable option nowadays, it's possible to get one in a high quality too. We've been seeing more pink diamonds and jewels as it complements all metals and styles—Katy Perry's ring from Orlando Bloom is proof.
There's something about the intricate designs of a vintage engagement ring that makes our heart skip a beat. These days, you don't necessarily have to find an heirloom ring as more and more jewellers are introducing vintage-inspired settings. Cushion and marquise-cut diamonds, in particular, suit this style best, although Zoë Kravitz's 18th Century rose-cut diamond ring in a foil back setting is definitely one of our favourites on the list.
Engagement rings don't only represent the wearer—it's also a symbol of their relationship. A custom-made ring lets you create a design that best represents your personality and your love story. A pear shaped pink diamond ring with yellow diamond halos? Work with the right jeweller and you'll get your dream ring. Bindi Irwin (aka the late Steve Irwin's daughter) got proposed to earlier this year with a custom nature-inspired engagement ring (of course) that's made from recycled rose gold and a lab grown diamond.
Although mixing metals is no longer considered a faux pas, many couples are still, understandably, quite apprehensive about the trend. But if you're into breaking some rules, trust us when we say that the contrasting metals help enhance each other's luster, apart from giving you a statement-making finish. Here's another idea: Stack your white gold engagement ring with a classic gold band à la Kate Middleton.
This guest post was originally written by ALTR, a lab-grown diamond brand based in New York City.