We are half way through the year, and the diamond industry has witnessed a huge change in trends when it comes to engagement ring styles. While the most popular aesthetic has always been something simplistic and traditional, 2019 has been a year full of unique, contemporary designs that have stood out among the rest:
While the most popular trend among diamond engagement rings has been a clear, colourless gem, vibrant coloured stones such as blue, pink, yellow, green, and every other colour of the rainbow are making an appearance in many 2019 proposals. Coloured stones have been particular popular amongst A-List celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, and Heidi Klum.
2019 engagement rings have also seemed to take inspiration from the past. Bypass engagement rings initially became popular during the Victorian era and symbolized ‘two souls coming together as one’. Today, this style is popular for its mix of minimalism and negative spacing that’s not found with traditional rings. Another ‘antique’ style that has gained some popularity are ‘east to west ’rings. As described by their name, the horizontally-placed diamond is a growing favourite, and is the style of many celebrity engagement rings, such as Catherina Zeta-Jones and Portia de Rossi.
Pear & Oval
The most popular cuts of 2019 (so far)! A few different factors that are believed to contribute to its growing popularity are its unique shape, illusion of size, and price. Many couples have deviated from the traditional round cut, choosing pear, oval and even cushion cut for a more unique look with just as much sparkle. An advantage to choosing one of these shapes is that it looks larger than a round gem, even if they are within the same carat range. Both pear and oval cuts are less expensive than round ones, which has made them even more desirable to millennial consumers who want more diamond for less money.
Ever since the engagement of Prince Harry and now Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, three stone rings have become a 2019 favourite. Influence from such individuals like the royal family can impact and start many trends, just like this one. The same phenomenon occurred after Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with Princess Diana’s famous sapphire ring.
The term “avant-garde” refers to “new and unusual” or “experimental ideas”, especially in the arts, and has captured some of the most unique engagement rings we’ve seen. Each design is unique and beautiful in its own way. Whether it be an asymmetrical band, an unusual diamond placement, or anything that strays from the traditional look of an engagement ring summarizes this genre of styles. If you’re looking for something truly one-of-a-kind, avant-grade is your best bet!