The Latest Engagement Ring Trends
As a destination that offers something a little fresher than most Hatton Garden shops, we at Queensmith think we’re pretty on the ball when it comes to the latest engagement ring trends. Specialising in handmade engagement rings, Queensmith love seeing the unique ideas people bring to us - and with our own in-house workshops, we can pretty much craft any design! With some of the coolest independent jewellers, London is certainly the right destination for your chic engagement ring needs, and we’ve seen some pretty cool engagement ring designs leave our workshop lately. Striking the balance between cool and classic is no mean feat, so here’s everything you need to know about choosing a unique engagement ring that’ll cause major trend-envy, as well as transcending any pit-stop fad. After all, an engagement ring is for life.
All About The Shape
Diamond Shapes | Diamond Cuts
Whilst we’re always a little biased towards round brilliant cut diamonds due to their unequivocal sparkle, we can certainly appreciate the unique beauty of some slightly more unusual shape diamonds. Dating back to 18th Century France, marquise diamonds are making a big comeback among alternative brides and those wanting something a little edgy. Pair a marquise diamond with 18k yellow gold for an uber contemporary engagement ring. We love pear shape diamonds for something modern and romantic, and rose cut diamonds (which actually date back 500 years or so) for a clean, minimal and contemporary look.
The Meghan Trilogy
Bespoke Trilogy Engagement Rings
We couldn’t discuss engagement ring trends without mentioning what is possibly the most Googled piece of jewellery ever: Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. Thanks to Prince Harry’s choice to create *that* bespoke engagement ring for the now-Duchess of Sussex, London jewellers have seen a rise in demand for three stone rings. And we’re loving it: a trilogy engagement ring features a stone for the past, the future and the present of its wearer’s relationship. So. Romantic. A bespoke ring design is also a really sentimental way to add meaning to your engagement ring; a unique, one-off design made especially for you, and no one else.
Sapphire engagement rings | Gemstone Rings
We’re pretty enamoured with fancy coloured diamonds and gemstones. We’ve seen a rise in sapphire engagement rings, coloured diamonds and gemstone detailing. In fact, diamond colour can range from blue to pink, yellow to violet - anything you fancy really! Propelled by obsessions with millennial pink, Instagram hashtags like #pursuepink and #thatsdarling are flooded with sparkly, rose-tinted engagement rings - just like the cushion cut, peach sapphire halo engagement ring Queensmith created for influencer, Jade, of @dropsomesparkle. As well as pretty pink creations, we’re seeing more bold designs using blue sapphires and intense yellow diamonds, for a playful contemporary look.
Coloured gemstones are certainly having a moment, but their use in popular jewellery actually dates back thousands of years - from rubies, used for protection in Ancient India, to emeralds, a favourite of Cleopatra’s.
The New Solitaire
Solitaire Diamond Rings
If there’s one thing that’ll never go out of style, its the simplicity of a single stone engagement ring. Update your solitaire engagement ring with a ‘rubover’, or ‘bezel’ setting. The effect of a rubover setting is a super clean, minimal design, that lets your sparkly stone do all the talking. According to The Jewellery Editor, the rubover setting is a less formal option than claws - great for laid back jewellery fans. Despite a contemporary aesthetic, the rubover setting technique has actually been around for thousands of years - and we don’t think it’s going anywhere soon..
Vintage & Art Deco Engagement Rings
Brand new settings inspired by vintage, antique engagement rings are major right now. While Victorian and Art Deco engagement rings are stylish and characterful, purchasing a genuine antique can be risky business - the setting may not be as sturdy as it should be, the stones may be chipped, damaged, or cut using far less effective techniques than those used today. We love when clients come to us with retro engagement ring designs for us to recreate. Try a flower halo for a nod to Victorian design, or let symmetry and geometry rule for Art Deco inspired pieces.
For more trendy and unusual engagement rings, check out these celebrity engagement rings you may have not seen before (we're obsessed with Kate Bosworth's!).