As we are rocking along in 2018, Colleen, Kerry and I are seeing some cool transitions in engagement ring trends. Many of our clients are on the younger side (at least compared to me, ahem) and we find ya'll absolutely keep an eye on what's trending, it's all kinds of awesome. For the last several years, one of our most popular styles primarily included a delicate diamond shank with a big ass center stone. Thankfully with moissanite a big ass center is totally doable. (ballin' on a budget!) This style of engagement ring, like our ever popular Shay ring, looks beautiful stacked with narrow mixed bands. By mixed we are talking about stacking a few different styles, different metals, or both. It's a cool modern look, definitely not your Mom's wedding set.
Another style we sold quite often was a big yummy solitaire, perfect for stacking with bling bands. Our Katya ring is a beautiful example of that style, with a sweeping trellis style setting.
Yellow Gold is Hot
There are a couple of changes coming en vogue that I am super stoked about. The first is yellow gold, it's gaining ground in popularity after white metals have been the front runner for many years. We saw yellow gold first coming back early last year in fashion jewelry - especially in delicate layered necklaces and mixed sets of stacking rings. Now we are finding yellow gold is growing in popularity with engagement rings and other fine jewelry. We do consistently sell some rose gold pieces, it's a gorgeous color, but we find yellow is a bit ahead in the popularity contest between the two. Madison is a sweet new engagement ring style in our shop, and I love it with a big delicious asscher cut center.
Two Tone is Sexy Again
The next trend we are seeing are more requests for two tone rings, typically a yellow gold shank with a white gold head. The white gold prongs blend with near colorless and colorless moissanite or diamonds, so they aren't as noticeable. Leans towards that look of, "make it look like my stone is floating". Two tone rings were fairly popular about 20 years ago and they are coming back. I find trends always work their way back around, fashion is very cyclical. In the mid 90's (before some of ya'll were even born) I was wearing high waisted jeans and crop tops, and now they are back! I however, will be passing on that particular trend this go around.
Longer is Better
Last up, and this is super fun, are the shapes people are leaning towards lately. In the recent past, our most popular shapes were rounds and square cushions. Now we are finding radiant cuts and elongated cushions are surging in popularity. Ovals are as well. We love an oval moissanite in a setting with a vintage vibe, like our supa sexy Annette ring. Radiants and e-cushions look especially amazing in a 3 stone ring. Rounds are classically beautiful and will always be, er, around, but it's fun to see some elongated shapes gaining ground, especially when flanked by trapezoids or trillions.
How Big is Too Big?
Interestingly enough, our most popular carat size for an engagement is 2 carats. A few go smaller, and many go larger. Some wayyy larger. How about a 10.5 carat cushion? Did you know we can cut any shape moissanite, in any size? If you want a 15 or 20 carat monster just let us know. The big ones are fun to play with. Mm-hmm, I said it.
As I wrote about in Carat Size - How Big Can You Handle It? we find our clients want to balance a big delicious stone that will garner ya some attention, while still keeping it believable. No one wants to be getting the side eye, amiright?
We can also source champagne and green moissanite now, any shape or size. I'm having some champagne cut as we speak, will share on Instagram once they come in. I've seen samples and they are gorg!
You Do You, Baby
Something to keep in mind, while the new styles we are talking about are quite fabulous, a big ass center/diamond shank ring or a halo engagement ring (like our sweet Anya) are still gorgeous. So are white metals like platinum and white gold. This is all about what is beautiful to you. Bottom line is, all of what is trending or hot is fine, but you gotta roll with something that makes you smile. It's totally personal preference. Go with your gut. If you were initially drawn to a big yummy halo, or a big ass center on a delicate diamond shank, then rock that shit with a big ol' grin. Trends are just that, trends. They are fun to watch, but you should follow your heart. There is something to be said for bucking the trends, because being unique - being you - is what's it's all about, bitches.
Below is a 10.5 carat (13mm!) ZAYA cushion cut next to a 2 carat cushion cut. I couldn't get the 10 carat to stand up straight on my gem board, so I finally gave up and just said F... it, nobody will notice anyway. (...and now that I pointed it out, well, yeah, maybe I shouldn't have said anything. *snort*)