ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Your engagement ring is a symbol of your love and forthcoming union, and you’re likely be rocking it every day for the next 50 years. So choosing the perfect one is a big decision. You want to make sure it shows off your style and personality. Seeing what’s out there can actually help fine tune your search.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Before you go shopping, make sure you are in the know about the 4C’s — colour, clarity, cut and carat weight. If you know the shape of the diamond you’re after, that will help narrow your hunt immensely. (See below the guide to cuts and the celebs who wore them)
Every shape (or “cut”) is priced differently — and each has a different price per carat. Round cuts are the most pricey because they are classic and in demand, whereas pear and marquise are less expensive, and as gorgeous.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE WEDDING BAND
While it is easy to get caught up in the perfect diamond, the engagement ring is only one half of the equation. Be sure to take into consideration what style of wedding band would go with your ring as some engagement rings don’t allow a band to fit flush against them.
2017 TRENDS IN BLING
To narrow it down even further, here are the top engagement trends for 2017.From Edwardian-inspired designs to intertwined bands, you’re sure to find “the one” that’s perfect for you.
Halo settings have been popular for some time. A row of sparkling gems draws attention to the beauty of the center stone and makes it look bigger, too. This year, there’s a more unique take on the trend — everything from intricate, vintage-inspired designs to geometric blinged-out halos.
Coloured stones were a big trend last year, and they’ll continue to be totally covetable this year too…but with a twist. Instead of a single coloured stone, 2017 will bring gemstone accents. Think an emerald and diamond duo or a pink diamond halo.
Many non-traditional brides are drawn to the edgier look of a dark stone. Beyond their visual appearance, black diamonds are associated with certainty and passion — making them a symbolic choice for your engagement ring.
Stacked rings have been popular among boho brides for the last few years.. Don’t be surprised if your Instagram and Pinterest feeds are filled with digits adorned with pairs, trios and quadruples of blingy bands this year.
Opals are a dreamy alternative to a diamond. This stunning stone has a rather mystical quality, which can be attributed to its “play of colour” (the rainbow of hues that flash when the stone catches the light). More than just prized for their unique beauty, opals are associated with love and loyalty — requisite qualities of a long, successful marriage.
A twisted band is so romantic — symbolic and stunning, this on-trend design represents two lives coming together and becoming one.
They are considered the ultimate symbol of passionate love and known as the “gem of the heart.” Those that love a vintage sensibility will treasure an antique ring, while modern brides can opt for a newly made design that incorporates this stone.
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ENGAGEMENT RINGS THAT MAKE THE CUT
The cut of a diamond can affect the amount of light it reflects (i.e. how sparkly it is), what type of setting you’ll need, and ultimately how much you’ll likely end up spending.
Here’s your guide to the most popular cuts and what’s made the cut for some of our favourite celebrities
By far the most popular shape. The sparkling iconic cut boasts a standard 58 facets for maximum reflection of light.
Celebrity Match: Miranda Kerr, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gisele Bünchen, Natalie Portman, Michelle Obama
Boasting a large, glassy table and step-cut facets, an emerald cut is ideal for showing off diamonds with a high grade of clarity. Plus, the lean rectangular shape elongates the hand. Winning!
Celebrity Match: Beyoncé, Amal Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Mariah Carey, Kate Hudson, Grace Kelly
These feature softened corners and large facets for extra sparkle which means it’s a cut better suited to larger stones. This style has a distinctive vintage charm, but put it in a sleek setting and it feels instantly updated.
Celebrity Match: Kim Kardashian, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Biel, Chrissy Teigen
Developed in 1902 by the Asscher Brothers in Holland, the Asscher cut is often called a “square emerald cut” for it’s cropped corners and square shape. One of the most famous Asscher cut diamonds is the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond, given to Elizabeth Taylor by her husband Richard Burton in 1968.
Celebrity Match: Elizabeth Taylor, Nicky Hilton, Jessica Alba, Pippa Middleton, Gwyneth Paltrow.
Cut with its even, perfectly symmetrical design and elongated shapes this cut will flatter any hand, giving the illusion of length.
Celebrity Match: Blake Lively, Kate Middleton, Behati Prinsloo, Julianne Hough, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Kate Moss.
A cross between a Marquise and oval cut, this sparkling teardrop is an elegant and flattering option. Plus, it’s unique shape makes smaller carat stones look larger than they actually are (clever!)
Celebrity Match: Victoria Beckham, Jackie Kennedy, Margot Robbie, Zoe Saldana, FKA Twigs, Mia Farrow.
Traditionally square-shaped with pointed, cut corners, the princess cut gives major sparkle with a combination of step and brilliant-cut facets.
Celebrity Match: Kate Bosworth.
Inspired by the smile of the Marquise de Pompadour, the elongated marquise cut diamond with pointed ends was commissioned by Louis XIV to match it. The elongated cut on both sides makes hands look long and lean, and its exaggerated shape requires wedding bands to sit underneath or in perfect compliment to it.
Celebrity Match: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Victoria Beckham, Portia de Rossi.
Combining the elegance of the emerald shape with the brilliance of the round, the 70 facets of a radiant cut diamond maximize the effect of its colour refraction.
Celebrity Match: Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Megan Fox, Khloé Kardashian.
Like an emerald-cut, baguette cut diamonds have step cuts. The cut overall is more minimal and linear in look and feel and often lends itself well to being paired with other stone cuts, or with others of its kind.
Celebrity Match: Kylie Minogue, Marilyn Monroe.
At Canal Walk we have the finest selection of reputable highly experienced jewelers to assist you in making the right choice and finding the perfect ring. Marios Jewellers, Browns the Diamond Store, Diamond Dreams, Jack Friedman, Harris Jewellers and Shimansky are just a few of our specialist stores ready to help you. Find their contact details here.
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