Check out the “Guide to Engagement Rings” I wrote for Etsy’s blog–I broke down the top five trends I feel are really popular right now. Here is the post:
Danielle has been a jewelry collector since she was four years old. Her career in the jewelry business officially started in 2008 when she launched her blog, Gem Gossip, which focuses on jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry, and features exclusive designer interviews. Her hopes for the future include a jewelry line and a book documenting her vast collection.
I work at a jewelry store, and every day I hear the same refrain: “There are just too many engagement rings to choose from, and they’re all so pretty! How could someone pick just one?”
Choosing a ring is tough; it’s the one accessory you’ll be wearing every day of your married life. If you’re overwhelmed by the vast array of choices, don’t fret! Allow me to break down the top five engagement ring trends. Trust me, you’ll love them all.
[Platinum Halo Ring by OroSpot | Shop Halo Rings]
This design features a diamond in the center, surrounded by smaller, full-cut diamonds. It creates the illusion of a bigger diamond, an ode to the illusion setting of the 1940s, except with diamonds rather than more metal or the “boxhead” style.
[White Topaz Split Shank Ring by Onegarnetgirl | Shop Split Shank Rings]
This style takes any shaped diamond in the center and flanks it with a split-shank band, with or without diamonds. The split in the shank can be subtle or dramatic, depending on its width.
[Classic Solitaire Ring by Ldiamonds | Shop Classic Solitaire Rings]
Just as it reads, one diamond set in a mounting with no other diamonds. There are lots of different looks possible for this timeless and versatile concept: a four-prong setting, six-prong setting, or bezel setting. A round, brilliant cut diamond in a four-prong setting is the ultimate classic. The metals can vary as well: white gold, yellow gold, platinum or even rose gold.
[1925 Antique Ring from Erstwhilejewelry | Shop Antique Rings]
I consider an antique ring to be anything pre-1940s. (If I wore my grandmother’s ring from the 1950s, I would categorize it as “vintage.”) There are many styles for antique rings, and many are unique, usually set with Old Mine, Old European, or Transitional cuts.
The Art Deco period (1920s-30s) is popular right now. This style is characterized by a white on white look, provided by white gold or platinum with diamonds. Filigree and/or hand-engraving is evident throughout. Choose this style if you truly want a “one of a kind” sort of ring.
Erika April 7, 2012 at 7:08 am:
Thank you so much for your fantastic article – I love them all and would happily say "yes" to any of them!
Jacob Berger April 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm:
Just to clarify Art Deco pieces are not antiques. According to the U.S. Customs Service an antique is an item at least 100 years old. To sell or advertise a piece of jewelry made after 1912 as an antique is incorrect and potentially illegal.
Diamond Solitaire rings April 13, 2012 at 11:13 am:
wow unbelievable design of rings
diamondboy April 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm:
I love the antique diamond ring at the end of your article. how does it cost?
Chic Jewelry April 21, 2012 at 1:00 am:
Love that you got some publicity through Etsy 🙂
Harry Salmon August 4, 2012 at 6:33 am:
Let me tell you something that I've been collecting antique and classic solicitor diamond rings for years. But I must say that I never thought of an unconventional rings. But you views and styles of your unconventional ring mesmerized me.