Did you know that the four most popular days for engagements are during the holidays? About one-third of engagements happen between November and February with Valentines Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve being the most popular days. With engagement season upon us, we thought we’d share the ring styles that are popular for 2014-2015.
1. Halo Settings and Diamond Bands
Halo settings are ones where small diamonds are set around a center stone or stones and diamond bands have small diamonds all or part of the band. These styles became more popular several years ago and interest doesn’t seem to be waning.
2. Emerald and Cushion Cut Diamonds
While round is still the most popular shape for round diamonds, emerald and cushion cuts are more sought after than ever. An emerald cut diamond can be anywhere from almost square to a thin rectangle and they have a secondary system of measurement beyond the well-known “4 Cs” (color, clarity, cut, and carat). Cushion cuts are somewhere between an emerald and a round diamond – their corners are rounded, but they have the general look of a rectangle.
Though platinum and white gold rings have dominated for years, many brides are looking at traditional gold rings again. We’ll see more jewelry designers offering several designs in gold this coming year!
4. Sapphire Engagements Rings
Some point to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring as the one that started getting more brides to want non-diamond engagement rings. Sapphires, emeralds, and rubies haven’t be absent from the engagement ring world, but this coming year is predicted to be the year that sapphires go more mainstream. Only time will tell!
This cushion-cut sapphire has two, half moon diamond side-stones in an 18k white gold setting. It is from the in-house collection at Fink’s Jewelers.