You have already seen the first in our engagement ring series… all about picking the perfect diamond. Classic, vintage-inspired, or trendy? The right engagement ring style for you depends greatly upon your personality, what you do each day, and of course, your own personal sense of style.
Classic Engagement Ring Styles
Diamond jewelry has been popular for thousands of years, and there’s no doubt that it will continue to adorn people for centuries to come. Among all the types of diamond jewelry available, diamond engagement rings are probably the most popular. They’re signature pieces that express the love and joy two people find in one another’s company.
Classic engagement rings have never gone out of style – in fact, some previously trendy engagement ring styles are now considered classic! Maybe you’re familiar with some of them:
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Solitaire engagement rings are simple, with a single diamond showcased atop a band. There are different styles of this particular engagement ring classic, including different band types and different diamond cuts, so don’t feel as though you’re tied to an exact standard if you happen to like the look of a solitaire.
Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Rings
Pave halo diamond engagement rings aren’t just a trend for 2015, they’re a classic engagement ring style that takes advantage of a “halo” of smaller diamonds surrounding that makes the main stone appear larger and more luxurious. This style has plenty of sparkles!
Classic Pave Engagement Rings
The classic pave engagement ring setting features pave diamonds along the band. Like other engagement rings, it is available in a number of different styles and can be made with your favorite diamond cut.
Three-Stone Engagement Rings
These classic engagement rings feature a trio of stones that symbolize the past, present, and future.
Cathedral Diamond Engagement Rings
Cathedral engagement rings offer a beautifully balanced look and plenty of sparkles, often with diamonds on the band as well as a stunning center stone that may or may not be surrounded by a halo. Many types of diamond cuts work well with cathedral settings.
Engagement Ring Trends for 2015
Sometimes things that have been popular in the past become trendy once again, and this is the case with what many in the industry are projecting for 2015’s most popular engagement rings. As we take a look at upcoming engagement ring trends for 2015, keep in mind that classics remain very popular.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
Gemstone engagement rings may or may not have center diamonds, and they may feature a gemstone at the center with diamond accents. The sheer number of styles available is astonishing, and if you combine this 2015 trend with that of having your ring custom-made, you will be at the height of fashion – particularly if you combine the third trend, which is to wear a ring inspired by vintage designs.
Custom Engagement Rings
What could be more special than an engagement ring the two of you design together? It’s not at all surprising that custom engagement rings remain trendy for 2015, as there’s very little to limit what is available, design-wise.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Engagement rings inspired by vintage designs are incredibly popular in 2015, perhaps because they’ve recently been favored by top celebrities. Simple, elaborate, with or without gemstones: the options for vintage-inspired engagement rings are endless.
How to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring
Whether you’re more interested in a classic style or one of the top 2015 trends, choosing an engagement ring is a process to be approached with great care and plenty of deliberation.
For many, choosing an engagement ring represents a first foray into the world of fine jewelry, and the number of dazzling options available can be a bit intimidating. Luckily, the following steps make the process much easier than it once was.
Know Your Budget
A budget is a great thing – you know how much you can reasonably spend without adversely affecting other parts of your life. Unless you have an unlimited amount of money to spend, choose a venue that allows you to view prices alongside the rings offered for sale, or pick one that has a tool that allows you to enter a price range and have an array of rings that fall into that category displayed. This way, you’ll be sure to fall in love with a ring that meets your financial requirements.
Research Shapes and Styles
If you’re shopping for a ring with your fiancé, knowing which shapes and styles both of you like is simple. If you’re planning to surprise her, you may need to do a bit of detective work to find out what she really wants. Paying attention to the styles she favors can clue you into what to get, and so can this in-depth guide to diamonds. Armed with the information it contains, you can confidently choose the perfect engagement ring to represent the love you share.
Be sure you read our post all about the different types of diamonds. Whether you want to purchase a princess cut, or emerald cut, or simply want to learn about some very important terms you need to make sure you understand before you go shopping for a diamond, this post will be your best friend!
Are you about to propose? Start thinking about those engagement photos you will soon be taking together. Here is a great post all about how to pose during your engagement photos.