Our Favourite 2019 Engagement Ring Trends
As a bespoke jeweller, we see an array of ideas enter our workshop and the diverse completed designs leave our showroom. From those that keep their engagement rings simple, classic and minimalist, to bolder and more colourful designs - we have a deep respect for catering to each individual’s tastes.
It’s important that engagement rings are made to last and transcend fads, and we know the importance of balancing stylish design decisions with wearability and timelessness. Don’t fall prey to style choices that may one day be in, and the next out - instead follow our experts’ advice on how to create an engagement ring that is every bit as durable as it is trendy.
Fancy Shape Solitaires
A Unique Solitaire Engagement Ring
Diamond solitaire engagement rings are undoubtedly one of the most timeless styles to choose. Often credited with establishing today’s custom of proposing with a diamond ring, De Beer’s 20th century campaigns featured the tagline ‘a diamond is forever’, alongside images of single stone diamond rings. Since, solitaire rings have entered the pysche of cultures around the world, their simplicity the backbone of the iconic, timeless look. Whilst traditionally set with round brilliant diamonds, we’ve seen a pique in interest to update the simple beauties into slightly more unusual engagement rings. How? With fancy shaped diamonds - from square-like cushion and princess cut diamonds, to ethereal shapes like pear cuts. More unusual diamond shapes such as rose cuts and hexagonal diamonds are a beautiful way to give the classic solitaire style a fresh and contemporary spin.
2. Multi-Stone Rings
Not Just A Trilogy Ring
Following Prince Harry’s proposal, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring saw a huge rise in the popularity of trilogy engagement rings - after all, why have one diamond when you can have three? .. Or four, or five? Cluster rings are a timeless style choice, traditionally set with round diamonds in simple arrangements - yet we’re seeing a demand for multi-stone rings to feature a cacophony of diamond shapes and coloured gemstones, for designs that are anything but ordinary. We adore model Emily Ratajkowski’s pear and princess cut duo for a contemporary take on the multi-stone ring, or try combining 5 or more diamonds of varying sizes for an ethereal, dainty engagement ring. Let your imagination run wild!
3. Chunky Rings
An Alternative Bridal Ring
The antithesis of the simple solitaire, we’ve seen chunkier rings become more popular amongst those wanting a more unique, individual style. Whilst many prefer a refined design, we love the bold choice of a heavy halo, a large centre stone and diamond set shoulders - a maximalists dream. Whether set in platinum with colourless stones, or in yellow or rose gold with sapphires, rubies or emeralds - this is a style designed to be eye catching. Try boxy shapes, using cushion cut, emerald cut or princess cut diamonds, play with graduated side stones, use a vintage-inspired pavé set halo.. This is your opportunity to have a lot of fun with your custom ring design!
4. Unsual Coloured Centre Stones
A Different Kind of Blue Sapphire
Increasingly, our clients are looking for ways to make their engagement ring unique and distinct, without having to compromise on the appeal of classic design. The solution? Using an unusually coloured centre stone in an otherwise timeless setting. There’s nothing like the juxtapose of tradition with an unconventional spin - so why not try a peacock sapphire engagement ring? The flecks of teals, greens and blues make for a centre stone with bags of character, and are perfectly complemented with the bright whites of platinum and colourless melee diamonds. Now that’s one seriously unique engagement ring.
5. Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Rings
A Traditional Classic
There’s nothing new about sapphire and diamond engagement rings - the combo is timeless, thanks to a worldwide appreciation of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s engagement ring. The oval sapphire, framed with a diamond halo, has become the most iconic of diamond and sapphire ring designs, but there are plenty of other ways to make the duo your own. Consider using sapphire shoulder diamonds, or add subtle colourful detail to areas like the bridge of the mount, for a flash of colour.
Create Your Unique Engagement Ring
Feeling inspired? If you’ve got an idea of the engagement ring you’d like to craft, or would like some advise, get in touch with our experts today.
Book an appointment to visit Queensmith Master Jewellers and meet with our experts. The Hatton Garden jewellers is open Monday to Friday and is located just a few minutes walk from Farringdon Station and Chancery Lane tube station.
Queensmith Master Jewellers
29A Greville Street
Hatton Garden, London