Key Engagement Ring Trends For 2016

From coloured gemstones and blended metals to new shapes and setting designs, engagement ring trends for 2016 are all about being original and choosing a ‘little bit of bling’ that truly reveals your personality.

Mixed Metals

Mixed Metals

If you have a dilemma whether to choose gold or platinum, yellow or white, or perhaps even rose gold, why not consider mixing metals and colours! Your ring will be even more unique if you combine different elements and create a unique setting. We especially like the combination of yellow and rose gold which makes the perfect setting for a clear white diamond, or a cluster of them. Some celebrity brides including Blake Lively and Lauren Conrad embraced the rose gold engagement trend, but jewellery designers are now introducing colourful blends which look even more chic and contemporary. Cutting edge designs include bejewelled bands with mixed metals, which are often replacing classic sparklers because they are easy to wear and look very modern.

Coloured Gemstones

Coloured Gemstones

While the classic white diamond has a timeless elegance and most traditional girls wouldn’t trade it for any other stone, coloured gemstones are popular with modern brides who want to express their individuality by choosing a unique engagement ring design. Sapphires, rubies, emeralds, aquamarines, garnets, tourmalines, citrines and diamonds in a rainbow of colours are stealing the show as more and more celebrities are opting for alternative ring designs. The list of celebrity brides who opted for coloured gemstones include Napoleon’s wife Josephine, Jackie Kennedy, Jessica Simpson, Halle Berry, Kelly Clarkson and Elizabeth Hurley. More recently Jennie Garth received a black diamond engagement ring from fiancé David Abrams.

Diamond Clusters

Diamond Clusters

A diamond cluster ring is a trendy alternative to a classic diamond solitaire engagement ring, which is becoming increasingly popular. Instead of purchasing a solitaire and worrying about the shape and cut, why not opt for a group of small diamonds locked in a pretty setting instead! This design offers endless possibilities and enables you to have a flashy ring with a wide diamond surface at lower prices. You can opt for a halo setting to accentuate a smaller gem and make it look bigger, or simply choose a design with a cluster of tiny diamonds which forms a round or oval shape. Celebrity brides who rocked the cluster diamond engagement ring trend include Scarlet Johansson, Miranda Kerr, Christina Applegate and Christina Aguilera.

New Shapes

New Shapes
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And if you want a truly unique engagement ring, choosing an exciting stone shape is definitely important. While round, square and cushion are great for classical diamond rings, you can consider other diamond cuts or even opt for a combination of stones in different shapes. Celebrity brides can be your inspiration for this trend too. While Blake Lively’s ring looks incredibly ladylike and romantic as it features an elongated elliptical white diamond with a rose gold setting, Avril Lavigne received a pear-shaped sparkler with two side stones, and Lady Gaga recently got engaged with a flashy heart-shaped engagement ring.

Unique Settings

Unique Settings
Rings by Tiffany & Co.

Setting design becomes more and more important for brides as it provides more opportunities for expressing individual style. Split shanks, twisted bands and intricate detailing are the key elements of this engagement ring trend which varies from Victorian and Edwardian influences to modern-style organic shapes. If you are an incurable romantic, think intricate floral decorations on your setting which are clasping the stone, or consider adding more diamonds of you love glamour, or pick an exciting curvy shape like Cameron Diaz did, and her engagement ring truly pushed the boundaries.

Andrew Mazzone Design Jewellers 2015

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