|Here's a picture of my non-traditional engagement ring from our Engagement session!|
—ENGAGEMENT RING TRENDS—
Sapphires and Sexy Gemstones: Kate Middleton’s sapphire stunner from Prince William is right on trend when it comes to engagement rings. Believe it or not, diamonds aren’t daring enough for every woman, and colored stones like sapphires, emeralds and rubies are now being sought after by many brides-to-be.
WeddingChannel.com Ring Shopping Tip: When you’re shopping for a colored gemstone, you still need to be educated. Hint: The 4Cs (cut, clarity, color and carats) still apply.
Designing Your Own Custom Ring: Instead of opting to buy a designer setting from a jeweler, many grooms—inspired by celebs like Stephen Moyer, who customized Anna Paquin’s engagement ring—are choosing to play the role of designer themselves!
WeddingChannel.com Ring Shopping Tip: Once ordered, a ring can take up to six weeks to arrive. If your custom-designed ring has a ton of detail, allot even more time for delivery.
Canary and Other Colored Diamonds: From Carrie Underwood’s yellow sparkler to Carmen Electra’s black diamond—and who could forget the six-carat pink diamond Jennifer Lopez received from Ben Affleck back in the day, Hollywood loves the colored diamond. Extravagant as these engagement rings may be, they aren't just for A-listers anymore.
WeddingChannel.com Ring Shopping Tip: Be forewarned: Pinks and yellows will cost more than the traditional blue-white. But the champagne and cognacs can be budget-friendly!
Geometric Shapes: Is your soon-to-be fiancée a woman of tradition? Geometric shapes like the oval and the pear are just another take on the old-fashioned diamond—and they’re in high demand. Even the stars are embracing this trend—Katie Holmes has an oval diamond, while Katherine Heigl’s is pear-shaped.
WeddingChannel.com Ring Shopping Tip: Don’t be embarrassed to actively ask your fiancée-to-be what style she likes. Sneaky ways to do research: Ask her what she thinks of her friends’ rings, and feel free to enlist a best friend—the one whose style she admires. You may need help to get it right!
Homage to the Past: Vintage rings have an elegant style, and though they’re rich in history, they’re definitely not a tired idea. Megan Fox, Miranda Lambert and Christina Applegate have vintage (or vintage-inspired) engagement rings.
WeddingChannel.com Ring Shopping Tip: One of the many charms of vintage or antique engagement rings is that they’re available in a wide range of price points—from as little as a few hundred dollars to as much as $50,000.
My engagement ring falls into trendy unintentionally... With a fancy light yellow color and a cushion cut shape, my husband found me something that was uniquely me. Although we got a designer ring (Parade Designs), we had it customized from horizontal to a vertical center setting which really does make my ring uniquely ME! While that was not our intent when we found my ring setting, it definitely came out well suited!