Ready or not, 2019 is just a few days away! The start of a new year is an exciting time, a fresh beginning that’s full of possibilities and potential. When it comes to up and coming engagement ring trends, there is much to look forward to in 2019. In the coming year, we anticipate there will be a shift away from the familiar designs that have dominated the past two decades. Traditional design elements like yellow gold and diamond halos will maintain popularity, while emerging styles, such as asymmetrical engagement rings, are expected to be in very high demand.
Colorful Center Stones
Rather than a traditional colorless diamond, fashion forward brides have begun opting for engagement rings with colorful center stones. Not only are colored gemstones rare and captivating, they also make a great alternative to diamonds for a number of different reasons. For starters, gemstones like sapphire, topaz, and morganite all fair pretty well on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, meaning they can withstand the wear and tear that comes with everyday use. Additionally, you can choose a gemstone that is personal to her, like her birthstone or a gemstone of her favorite color. Though this trend is not necessarily new, we predict it will only continue to grow in popularity as we approach the new year.
Halos have been a popular engagement ring embellishment for some time now, and 2019 will be no exception. But instead of your traditional pavé halos, designers are finding ways to put a modern twist on this old classic. A baguette diamond halo is perfect for the unconventional bride-to-be. The individual baguettes are arranged so that they resemble a sunburst, a design that is both dazzling and unique. Halos are also an easy way of adding some extra sparkle to her engagement ring, especially if budget is a factor, as they give the illusion that a diamond is larger than it really is.
Colorless metals like white gold and platinum have dominated engagement ring trends of the past two decades, while yellow gold has taken a bit of a backseat. Once the number one choice for engagement rings, yellow gold became thought of as dated, matronly, and completely out of style. However, with chic brides like Meghan Markle sporting yellow gold engagement rings, the trend seems to be experiencing a revival. Yellow gold is excellent for engagement rings, as it is both durable and easy to care for. Whether she prefers a vintage-inspired design, or something more modern, a yellow gold engagement ring is sure to impress this new year!
In 2018, ring stacking was one of the most fashion forward engagement ring trends. It seems this style is here to stay for 2019, but with a bit of a twist. More and more, brides are steering away from traditional designs and opting for double bands, or split-shank settings. The open silhouette of this design acts as a frame for the center diamond, for a look that is equal parts elegant and edgy. Add pavé diamonds to both of the bands for an extra bit of sparkle.
If there is one style that is likely to take 2019 by storm, it’s pear-shaped diamond engagement rings. This particular diamond shape is a favorite of celebrity trendsetters like Karlie Kloss and Hailey Baldwin. Pear cut diamonds typically have 58 facets, just like a round brilliant cut, making them one of the most scintillating diamond shapes. Does your future bride love unique, unexpected designs? Then she’ll absolutely love a pear shaped diamond engagement ring.
Increasingly, brides are opting for non-traditional engagement rings. One trend that has really taken off in the latter half of the year is asymmetrical engagement rings, a style you’ll be seeing a lot more of as we approach 2019. This design is great for brides who prefer a custom engagement ring, as you can mix and match the stones to fit her preference. For a more unique look, you can choose two stones of a different shape, like supermodel Emily Ratajkowski’s pear and princess cut diamond ring. Or if she prefers something with a bit of color, you can opt for a combination of precious gemstones and diamonds.
East-West settings are a trendy take on an otherwise traditional design. Rather than the center stone being positioned vertically, it is arranged horizontally. This adjustment may seem small and simple, but it truly transforms the appearance of an engagement ring. Certain diamond cuts look particularly striking in an east-west setting, such as oval and emerald shapes. Adorn the center stone with a diamond halo or pavé band for a look that is unlike anything she’s seen before.
Antique & Vintage Designs
It’s no surprise that for yet another year, antique and vintage engagement rings will be hugely popular. This trend has persisted year after year, and 2019 will be no exception. There are a number of reasons to love antique and vintage engagement rings. For starters, they’re generally more affordable than buying a ring brand new. This is a major selling point for most couples. In addition to their attractive price point, antique and vintage designs are rare and distinct, meaning her ring will be one-of-a-kind. For many brides, this is what intrigues them most about an antique or vintage engagement ring. Not to mention, jewelry that is a bit older is usually quite durable, so she’ll never have to worry about her ring withstanding the tests of time.
One of the most popular engagement ring trends of 2019 is going to be intricate braided bands. This style has picked up pace in the past few months, and is expected to really take off in the coming year. Is your future bride the outdoorsy type? If so, she’s sure to fall in love with the earthy, nature-inspired look of intertwining bands. Want to add something special to her ring, but can’t quite afford more diamonds? Choosing a twisted metal band will save you some money, while also giving her ring a distinctive and custom look.
Shop the Latest Engagement Ring Styles at Leo’s
Planning a proposal for 2019? We’ve got you covered! Shop all of the latest engagement ring trends at Leo Hamel Fine Jewelry & Engagement Rings Store in San Diego. Whether her heart desires bold, colorful gemstones or edgy, fashion-forward settings—there’s something that she’s sure to love at Leo’s. We’re constantly adding items to our vast showroom, so there’s always something new to discover.