Can classic be a trend? Classic rings are always in; and something
you can never go wrong with. You might want to get a diamond
solitaire or a diamond accented at the sides with baguettes. As far
as stone shapes are concerned, round and emerald-cut diamonds
continue to be strong, but the latest classic cut on the scene is
the oval. And platinum continues to be the metal of choice for a
Antique rings are the newest fashion. The trendy yet nostalgic
pieces, well match the vintage theme that’s now hot in clothes and
accessories. These rings can feature unique details like filigree
settings, floral accents, or gemstone baguettes.
Platinum has become the new choice for many diamond engagement rings
because its rich luster brings out the brilliance and fire of
diamonds like no other metal. Platinum is naturally white and will
maintain its shining luminosity forever, unlike other white metals,
which, in time, may turn yellow or tarnish. It is also the strongest
precious metal used in jewelry, and is almost twice as heavy as
Platinum Bands enhanced with hand-carved custom designs, filigree
and inset stones are in fashion. Chunky platinum rings encrusted
with diamonds continue to be popular among men, while women favor
delicate vintage-inspired platinum creations.
Modern styles capitalize on clean, streamlined designs for
cosmopolitan chic and daily wear use. For a most contemporary style,
look for bezel-set styles and designs where the diamond is
"tension-set" (seeming to float in space, held in the
setting at its very edges) or set flush to the surface of the metal.
Rings with colored stones are very fashionable, since they offer a
very personalized flair. Even colored diamonds are all the rage,
with yellow, pink, blue and black varieties. If you want to stick
with a white stone, you could accentuate it with lively gems like
sapphires, rubies, emeralds or even your birthstone.
CUTS AND SETTINGS
So you’re not too fond of rounds, emeralds and pears? Take
advantage of the recent innovations in the world of diamond cutting
and opt for an entirely new shape. The popular new cuts include the
Zales Diamond, which display more facets than traditional cuts to
increase the stone's fire; and alternative shapes like the
princess-cut (modified square), which offer the bride-to-be more
individuality than the more traditional round, marquise, emerald,
pear, or oval shape.
Other new settings for engagement rings are tension (the stone is
only held on its edges, suspended, and appears to float) and bezel
(the stone is flush with the ring's surface).