Believe or not, the holidays will be here before we know it. And that means proposal season is also on the horizon. Before making a final decision, check out these trends that will be huge this year.
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The past was all about classics, but nowadays women want more and more to stand out, say the pros at BlingJewelry.com. A semi-precious stone--like a sparkling opal--is a great alternative for a diamond and a great way to show off your unique style.
Fancy shapes will be popular, especially the more traditional ones such as Asscher and Emerald, says Rusk. "Pippa Middleton's Asscher cut engagement ring is sure to influence the trends this winter."
This beautiful style adds that extra sparkle to your finger and nods to the relationship between the couple, says Oded Edelman of JamesAllen.com. "The bands can be adorned with small diamonds or left plain, drawing the focus to the center stone. Either way, this style is always a winner."
This distinctive setting flips the diamond on its side so it’s laying horizontally across the finger. "The look is chic and modern and favored by many celebrities and fashion influencers," says Edelman.
Unique setting styles like bezel are becoming especially popular for brides looking to break the mold, says Edelman. A major plus with this contemporary look is that it’s especially protective of the center stone.
Ladies are always looking for something unique when it comes to their engagement ring and mixing gemstones is a great way to achieve a unique look, says Katie Jones of R.F. Moeller Jeweler. "Whether it's a sapphire center with diamond side stones or a halo of rubies with a diamond center, mixing and matching gemstones ensures your ring stands out in a crowd."
Yellow gold has been on the rise in bracelets, necklaces and earrings for the past few years, and this holiday season we'll see the leap to engagement rings, says Jones. "Yellow gold has a wonderful warm and romantic quality that makes it perfect for a winter proposal."
Two Stone Engagement Rings
"We started to see two stone rings cropping up last winter and we expect to see that trend grow this holiday season," says Jones. "There are lots of choices when it comes to two stones rings, everything from vintage rings to contemporary halos."
Braided Band Styles
Whether it's a traditional braid or a delicate twisted style, this is a romantic and popular style, says Slisha Kankariya of Four Mine."The curve of the band adds some dimension to the band and looks best with a round center stone. It's also a great way to get a wider band, without making the ring look too chunky and overwhelming."
Vintage never seems to go out of style, says Edelman. "This growing trend takes us back to another era with delicate detailing and personal touches. These rings are romantic and beautiful and stand out in a crowd."
Colorful diamonds such as pinks and yellows, as well as rubies and sapphire's are a beautiful option as well as rose gold with the traditional white diamonds, says Layna Friedman of the Alan Friedman Company. "Black diamonds are trending as a non-traditional ring."