Searching for the perfect engagement ring can be challenging at the best of times, so with the sales season nearing its end, I’ve compiled a short list of tips and advice to help secure the perfect ring for yourself and your fiancé-to-be. The list summarises some of, what I predict will take off as the most popular ring styles for 2019.
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Replicas: Since the Royal engagement where William offered to Kate his late-mother Diana’s ring, replica rings play a big part in the modern jewelry market. His symbolic and sentimental act made the Blue Sapphire ring hugely sought after and soared in popularity. Replicas have maintained their popularity, especially as of late what with Meghan Markle’s 6.5 carat, yellow gold engagement ring garnering attention. If your partner is into something a little more striking, bold and dignified yet still retains and resonates a personal touch, then there are plenty of copies that can be found online of massive resemblance to Kate and Meghan’s, but cheaper than Meghan’s £275,000 ring.
Be ‘Extra’: 2018, in both fashion and on a more societal scale embodied what it meant to be proud to be yourself and express yourself as boldly as you’re comfortable with. Being ‘extra’ means to stand out and draw attention to yourself, and 2019 sees that trend set to continue with elaborate diamond rings of all shapes and sizes. Maintain tradition but exaggerate with a twist as celebrities like Cardi B and Hailey Bieber have been doing with oval, cushion and pear-shaped diamond rings, perfect for those that like to keep it real and traditional but fancy a variation on a theme, certain to draw all sorts of positive attention.
Be Green: Increasingly popular with millennials and sure to broaden and develop this year, a more environmentally friendly option of diamonds is those that are grown in laboratories. As they don’t require to be mined, lab-grown diamonds are produced sustainably with a significantly-reduced carbon footprint and all-the-more affordable for it as well. Paralleling some of the finer diamond rings in the world whilst offering peace of mind with its eco-friendly production methods, lab-grown diamonds are sure to be on the rise this year, making them worthwhile to keep an eye on.
Colour: Coloured stones like emeralds, sapphires and rubies are on the rise also, offering an engagement ring that can speak in greater volume about the bride. For example, often a romantic route taken with coloured stones is selecting birthstones or diamonds significant to a particular place or person. Referencing royalty once more, Prince Harry took stones from Diana’s ring to give to Meghan, transforming and evolving one precious ring into another. Coloured rings are inherently sentimental and meaningful that can be found cheap online and in shops.
Hopefully 2019 will surprise us with this direction of new and exciting rings, seeing it branch into other forms of jewelry too.