Engagement Ring Trends for 2012
Like any other piece of jewelry, engagement rings are not immune to trends. While a classically beautiful ring remains beautiful forever, trends do come and go with each season.
For 2012, the hottest styles include rings with halo settings, coloured stones, vintage styles, intricate settings and “green” rings that are made of recycled materials, which are more environmentally friendly than other rings.
The halo style marries a vintage look with a design that makes the center diamond appear larger, which most every woman will agree is a plus. The halo is a ring of stones wrapped around the center stone, which symbolizes an unbreakable vow between a couple. To keep the halo ring classic and timeless, diamonds should be used as the halo and the center stone. However, the trendiest halo look for 2012 is created by using diamonds for the halo and a sapphire or other coloured stone in the center – think Kate Middleton’s engagement ring from Prince William.
The Duke of Cambridge made the coloured stone one of the biggest trends for 2012 by proposing to the Duchess with the late Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond halo engagement ring. The most expensive and elegant coloured diamonds are pink, blue, yellow and brown, but that needn’t turn anyone off the idea of a coloured stone. Wallet friendly variations are available by purchasing rings made with gemstones rather than diamonds; sapphires, rubies and emeralds are more popular than ever. Vintage Styles Everything that is fashionable and trendy goes out of style only to come back later as a better reinvention of its former self; and the same is true for today’s vintage inspired engagement rings. Halo rings provide a slight vintage feel, but the trend for 2012 is far more vintage inspired, with rings created with floral bands and Victorian decor. Small, pave diamonds are also used to create a look that increases the bling factor on rings with smaller center stones, which is a classically vintage trend.
Everyone knows that the diamond or gemstone is the center of attention on any engagement ring, but some are taking this a step further and creating personalized rings with intricate settings for beautiful stones. In 2012, expect to see an array of engagement rings with braided bands, twisted bands and bypass rings. Bypass rings, also known as tension set rings, are bands that appear to be unconnected save for the center stone which is held in place from two separate sides. These rings are becoming increasingly popular with women everywhere, and are rings that men will see more and more in jewelry stores this coming year.
Some women are only happy with the biggest and best diamond or gemstone engagement ring in the room; others want something a little more meaningful. Fortunately, in 2012 there is something for everyone because one of the most popular trends of the year is the “Green” ring. No, it is not a ring made of emeralds or other green gemstones; it is a ring made of recycled gold or other recycled material. For the woman concerned with the environmentally responsible aspect of her ring, men can purchase diamonds and gemstones that are certified as conflict-free stones, which means they are guaranteed not to come from stones that are not used to fund war or drug lords.
Popular and Classic
Despite what the trends are saying for 2012, the most popular type of engagement ring – also the most classic, elegant and timeless – is the diamond solitaire. The solitaire is exactly what it sounds like, a single diamond in a setting as simple or elaborate as a bride wants. This ring style is popular because of its timeless quality – diamonds never go out of style, and the solitaire engagement ring is something that will always remain sophisticated and elegant.
Another style that is currently very popular is the Pave setting. Pave diamonds are small diamonds inside the band of a ring that complement the solitaire in the center of the ring. In addition to adding a little extra bling, pave diamonds create the illusion that the center stone is larger and more sparkly than it actually is, which is something many women are happy with. Pave diamonds are small and add carat weight to a ring, but without the overwhelming look of several larger diamonds on one band. The use of pave diamonds adds a hint of elegance and a vintage feel to an otherwise plain solitaire engagement ring. Trends come and go but love lasts a lifetime. A bride will wear her engagement ring forever and potentially pass it down from generation to generation for her daughters to wear. The trends and styles of 2012 incorporate classic looks that should remain elegant and sophisticated for years to come.
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