In the past few years you may have noticed that there have been some pretty wild changes in diamond engagement ring trends. One of the most notable is definitely the emergence of rose gold, another is the prevalence of diamond halos, but most notably is the arrival of many new diamond shapes. There’s no doubt that the round and round brilliant diamond shapes are by far the most popular, and as far as we can tell, they always will be. However, from time to time different diamond shapes will rise in popularity and take the world by storm. These days, we’re seeing tons of cushion cut diamonds, asscher cut diamonds, and rose cut diamonds. Gone are the days of the princess cut diamonds, which have been permanently encapsulated with the relics of the early aughts. Here are some other ways that tastes have shifted in the world of diamond engagement rings.
In the past few years we’ve seen a major shift from the overwhelming dominance of white metals, such as white gold, platinum and palladium, to a shift back toward yellow gold and rose gold. In addition to yellow gold making a comeback, we’re seeing higher purity in yellow gold. In fact, the “gold standard” so to speak for almost all of the 20th century was 14 karats, however, most people are opting for 18 karat yellow gold, or even 20 karat yellow gold.
Colorless, or white diamonds, have long been considered almost the only choice for center stones when it comes to diamond engagement rings. Although, more and more now we’re seeing the rise in the popularity of colored diamonds. Yellow diamonds are definitely the most prevalent, but we’re also seeing pink and blue diamonds as well. Pink and blue are a lot more rare, and thus, a lot more expensive, but if you’ve got the cheddar, why not spend it on the ring you’ll wear every day for the rest of your life? Aside from colored diamonds, we’re also seeing a lot of colored stones in general. If you do decide to go for a colored center stone on your diamond engagement ring, and you can’t afford a colored diamond, it’s definitely best to go with a sapphire. Not only does sapphire come in every color of the rainbow, but it’s the next hardest stone after diamond, and hardness is essential when it comes to a ring that gets daily wear.
Lastly, we’re seeing a lot of diamond eternity bands. In the past, most women wore a simple metal band with their diamond engagement ring. This wedding band is the ring that the groom puts on the bride’s finger during the marriage ceremony. It is meant to be worn as a companion to the engagement ring, and can add an extra little oomph to the whole look of your wedding ring. That’s why a lot of women are choosing to go with a diamond eternity band. An eternity band is normally encrusted with small diamonds that wrap all the way around the ring, however, they can also be very large diamonds. We’re seeing these diamonds get bigger and bigger lately, to the point where they’re really starting to pull a lot of focus away from the diamond engagement ring itself.