So, you’re thinking about getting engaged. Of course you are, or you wouldn’t be perusing through wedding blogs. Normal, happily single people generally don’t do that, right? So if you’re already thinking about your engagement, you’re probably also thinking about your ring. I’m sure you’ve got that hidden Pinterest board just FULL of ring ideas for your perfect man. You have the idea of what you want your ring to look like, but do you have the terms down? Do you know the difference between the princess and the cushion cut? Do you know what kind of setting you want? There are a LOT of Minor details that you need to figure out before you give your soon to be fiancé that long, long list of requirements.
Let’s start with the cut: what’s the most popular cut this year? Round cut. You’ve probably seen them, the round diamonds, usually set on a simple band. (Let’s face it, the diamond is big enough that it would be overwhelming with anything else.) They have a lot of sparkle, and they’re attention grabbing, which makes a big difference to most consumers. The second biggest seller is the princess cut diamond, which is square and usually accompanied by smaller diamonds on the band. Another big trend this year is the use of a nontraditional stone, like a sapphire or another kind of stone, which always make the ring a little bit more unique than the traditional diamond.
As far as settings go, the two most popular this year are the single solitaire, and the halo. The halo setting is the band of smaller stones that surround your stone, quite literally giving your stone a shining gem halo. The solitaire is the simple, single diamond. Close behind these is a solitaire diamond with side accents, or smaller stones on both sides; and the bridal set, which includes the wedding band to achieve a nice uniformity between the two rings. It’s an important choice because the band and setting can change the appearance of your entire stone, for better or for worse.
Finally, you need to consider what kind of metal you want your ring to be made of it. Consider which metal you use the most often, but don’t let that force you to rule out a beautiful ring and setting! I never wore gold jewelry until I got my ring, and now I prefer gold to any other metal. So far this year, the most popular metal has been white gold, which, for those that don’t know, is gold that is mixed with a metal that is light colored, and then coated with another stronger metal, causing it to look nearly silver and surprisingly durable, even with the most delicate bands.
Engagement rings are the first hard decision you and your soon to be fiancé will have to make, and it’s important, just like with everything else in your wedding, to make sure you don’t go above your budget. And don’t be upset if your fiancé doesn’t ask you what you like in a ring! My ring came from my fiancé’s grandmother, and I had no idea what it was going to look like, but I love it more than I ever dreamed was possible. There are a million different ways to go about buying your ring, and no one specific way is best. Enjoy the process, and enjoy your planning! You’re in for a wild ride!