Top engagement ring trends and the celebrities who "rock" them
Want to know what the latest trends in the jewelry market are right now? Women who are looking at engagement rings shouldn't necessarily go along with a trend, but rather with a cut and style that fits their personality (and that they can see themselves wearing for the rest of their lives). However, it doesn't hurt to do a little research and know what's hot right now, especially because "trendy" items typically surface from past fashions. Here's a quick guide to the top engagement styles right now and a look at where they may have stemmed from:
Actual colored diamonds are one of the most rare stones you will ever encounter. A diamond that has not been modified in any way and has a hint of blue, red, yellow or brown are referred to as "fancy" diamonds and will likely be a bit more costly than traditional diamonds. For brides who are looking for a rare and distinctive engagement ring, a fancy colored diamond may be just the ticket.
After Kate Middleton wed longtime beau Prince William in 2011, sapphire engagement rings soared in sales, just like they did after Prince gave the same ring to his betrothed, Princess Diana. Other celebrities who don colored engagement rings include Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Hurley.
The vintage look isn't going away anytime soon, especially when it comes to engagement rings. Vintage-anything is often regarded as a treasure in the world of fashion, so why should your ring be any different? Women love the idea of a vintage wedding ring because they know their design is truly unique. Many of the engagement rings made in the first half of the 20th century were finished by hand, offering a one-of-a-kind look and unspoken quality. Today, many jewelers offer clients the option to create their own custom engagement rings, in order to replicate the look of a vintage piece.
Another reason vintage engagement rings may have surged in popularity is due to "Twilight," the hit book and movie franchise in which vampire Edward Cullen proposes to his then-mortal girlfriend, Bella Swan, with his mother's oval vintage engagement ring. Real life celebrities who boast vintage engagement rings include Milla Jovovich and Emily Blunt.
Art deco details
Cushion cut diamonds have taken the jewelry world by storm over the past few years. The intricate detailing that goes into this particular engagement ring cut offers an elite brilliance to the overall design of the ring. Cushion cut diamonds were very popular during the 1920s and 30s. The intricate detailing of diamond accents, also referred to as a halo design, have the ultimate sparkle factor, even if the carat weight isn't necessarily that high.
The much-anticipated film remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" hit movie theaters last month, causing an invested interest in the fashions and style of the flapper era. Stars who are rocking the art deco trend include Miley Cyrus, Molly Sims and Giuliana Rancic.
Some brides-to-be are opting for a diamond eternity band to replace the traditional single or three-stone engagement ring. The ring offers an understated, yet stunning look. This particular engagement ring style is not for everyone. However, the meaning behind the ring remains the same as traditional engagement styles: that marriage is forever.
Celebrities who rock this simple, yet elegant look include Jennifer Garner, Bethenny Frankel, Nikki Reed and Naomi Watts. Most of these ladies adorn eternity wedding bands as well, creating a stacked ring effect, which is also a huge trend right now.