Looking to learn about what’s hot in the wedding ring market? Next year will be ringing in with lots of fun, classy trends that bring wedding jewelry to the next level. Whether you want to buy someone unique for someone else, or you are window-shopping styles for hint dropping, there is something for everyone popping the question this season.
Two Stone Rings
What could be better than having a diamond ring? Having two diamonds, perhaps. The rise of two stone rings is a phenomenon that began with the brilliant Signet “For ‘Ever Us’” campaign, and momentum has no signs of stopping. One stone represents love, and the other friendship, as the cornerstones of a solid marriage and union.Aesthetically, the combination possibilities are beautiful and the symbolism is meaningful. Double the diamonds and you double the fun.Asymmetry
From fall fashion to bridal, asymmetry has taken fine jewelry by storm, creating some gorgeous looks. When showing off center stone engagement rings with diamond wedding bands, the trend is to stack small melee, baguettes and miscellaneous cuts so they spontaneously cascade along the fingers. Wedding ring sets are also being designed asymmetrically, with various sizes and colors of stones being incorporated in designs, without regular patterns. The result is a fresh, modern look.
Center Stone Cuts
A slew of non-traditional cuts are emerging in center stone popularity. There is a rising trend in diamonds shapes that have the appearance of looking larger, in
particular– rose and trillion cuts are on the rise. The rose cut is one of the oldest cuts, dating to the 1500’s, a precursor to the ideal cut– which was invented in 1919. Traditional and lovely, there has been a resurgence of interest, particularly amongst millennials who find beauty it its origins and in the aesthetic of it replicating rose petals, reflecting an interest in florals. On the other side of the spectrum is the triangular-shape of the trillion cut, often with rounded edges, which offers a more modern and edgy look for the fashion conscious bride-to- be. Paired with angular shapes, it is a shape for women who want a statement-making look to complement their wedding style.
For colored gemstones, the sugar loaf shape is coming back, especially in emerald and sapphire form. Rounded, conical and raised to a point, the sugar loaf’s goal is to accentuate color…and it is accomplished beautifully. Structurally more raised on the surface than a cabochon, color is brought to the eye, and lack of facets makes hue easy to appreciate. With more and more brides and grooms choosing to incorporate colored gems into their rings, it is a great choice.
Color and Material Mixing
It was only a matter of time before bridal began a color explosion. Today’s customer is looking for something custom, something different, and something with a story. Naturally, incorporating color, and symbolically mixing and matching alternative materials were the next train stops on the trend track.
First and foremost, we have more material options than ever. Gold comes in yellow, white and rose varieties, 18k and 14k purities (traditionally, for bridal), and in addition, platinum and palladium are on the rise on the white metal scene. Fine jewelry materials are also being mixed with alternative materials.For example, Carbon 6 designs Carbon Fiber rings that are a popular choice for men’s jewelry, with many choosing to mix the material with gold for a function-meets- high-end look. Meteorite inlaid within gold is also popular, giving an ethereal “out of this world” feel to men’s bands.With colored gemstones, certain stones have been rising in popularity as alternative center stones for engagement rings, as well as accent stones for men’s bands. Blue sapphire, pink sapphire, emerald, and tanzanite have been the traditional rising stars. More surprisingly, Kunzite and Aquamarine are also joining the mix, as well as a slew of colored tourmalines, bringing pretty in pastel beauty to everyday bridal bliss.
Check out the jewelry designs of Audrius Krulis for the hottest modern looks using unique and contemporary colored gem material.Moonstone and opal has also seen resurgence—with milky varieties working well with diamonds to add a pop of subtle color.If you are looking to sell your jewelry to invest in the perfect engagement or wedding, be sure to seek expert advice first on how to move the fine jewelry you don’t use, putting it towards your future and knowing which pieces have the best resale value.