Monday, November 8th, 2010...12:04 pm
Ready, Set, Get Engaged! JEWELRY
The 6 Hottest Engagement Ring Trends
From colored stones to twisted bands, check out what’s new in engagement rings.
By Heather Levine
Ring designers clued us in to the hottest new engagement ring styles. A simple solitaire may be a classic (and safe) choice, but you’re sure to please with these over-the-top dazzlers.
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s relationship might not have lasted, but the lure of colored engagement rings sure did. Her 6.1-carat pink diamond engagement ring set the stage for a bevy of other colorful gemstones like beryl, sapphires, and rubies to take a leading role.
From left to right: Ricardo Basta $7,000; Amgad: $22,500; Peter Norman & Co, $28,850; Adria de Haume, $32,000.
Trend #2: Diamonds All Around
A gorgeous diamond gets lots of character from its surroundings. And these current styles drizzled with diamonds are definitely a hit among brides and designers alike. Not only do the extra diamonds add tons of sparkle, but they can enhance the size or at least give the illusion of a larger center stone. What bride-to-be (and groom too) wouldn’t love that?
From left to right: Hearts on Fire, $6,500; Precision Set, $8,450, and band, $3,440; Diamond Ideals, $2,250, not including center stone; South African Diamonds Private Collection, starting at $8,500.
Trend #3: Intricately Raised Settings
The newest ring settings are really raising the bar — elaborate and (more important) lofty designs are hot. There’s nothing like a delicately draped bow or precision-cut mold to give your center stone the spotlight.
From left to right: Tiffany and Co., $48,200, and band, starting at $2,475; Art Carved, $1,879, and band, $1,535, not including center stone; Diana Classic, $1,899, and band, $345; RhondaFaberGreen, $7,855.
Trend #4: Twisted Bands
Designers have opted to put a little more swing in their rings. From swirling diamond bands to more streamlined metal twists, we’re enamored with this smooth move.
From left to right: Mercury Ring, $2,495, not including center stone; Mark Schneider Designs, $2,975; Diaco Diamonds, $6,550; Novell, $2,200, not including center stone.
Trend #5: Vintage Glamour
Heirloom styles, though rich in history, are definitely not a tired idea. Think intricate settings with metal and diamond detailing.
From left to right: OGI, $1,450, not including center stone; Whiteflash.com, $3,500; Gary Ptak, $13,700; VAN CRAEYNEST for Clay-pot.com, $3,285.
Trend #6: Eco-friendly Rings
These dazzling designers prove that it’s hip to have more than just a green thumb. Decorate your ring finger with conflict-free diamonds and recycled gold settings.
From left to right: Brilliant Earth, $5,500; greenKarat, $3,275; Bailey, Banks & Biddle, $6,900; Earthwise Jewelry by Leber Jewelry Inc., starts at $6,550.
Photos: Gary Ptak and Whiteflash.com images courtesy of Goldstein Communications
Van Craeynest images courtesy of Clay-pot.com
OGI, Adria De Haume, AMGAD, Mercury Ring, Peter Norman & Co, and Ricardo Basta images courtesy of Platinum Guild International
ArtCarved, Diana Classic, and South African Diamonds Private Collection images courtesy of Goldman Images
All other images courtesy of designer
Please Note: All retail prices are approximate.