Favorite Engagement Ring Styles for 2014
What are women looking for in an engagement ring? To help answer that question, we’ve visited the Wedding boards of brides and brides-to-be to find the most popular and favorite engagement ring styles that women are pinning for 2014…
Cushion Style Halo Engagement Rings
One of the most fashionable and frequently “pinned” rings is the Halo Engagement Ring. And one of the most popular Halo styles is the Cushion style. Recognized by its “cushiony” rounded corners it has a gentler and softer feel than the traditional round halo.
As an example, below is a beautiful cushion style halo engagement ring from Whiteflash, with the popular flush center diamond, and “no gap” and pave diamonds.
Verragio Split Shank Cushion Style Halo Engagement Ring
Twisted Band Halo Engagement Ring
The traditional round halo is also a popular favorite. The ring [above] from James Allen, is a classic round Halo with a fashion-forward twisted band.
Interestingly, the cushion style halo doesn’t necessarily need to use a cushion cut diamond as the center stone. A popular variation is to use a round cut diamond as the center stone. By cleverly designing the Halo, jewelers are able to have the look and feel of the cushion halo while using the more brilliant round cut diamond.
When choosing your halo design there are a couple more choices you need to make. One of which is whether the center stone should be flush with the halo or raised above the halo.
When the center diamond is flush to the halo [below] the two blend together, adding more sparkle, and making the center diamond appear larger than it actually is. With the less popular raised design [below] emphasis is placed on the center diamond and the halo acts as an accent.
Diamond Halo Pave Engagement Ring
Pave Halo Engagement Ring
Another choice you will need to make is whether there is a gap between the halo and the center diamond. The “no gap” design is the most popular, and like the flush design it makes the center diamond appear larger and more sparkly. The less popular “gap” design emphasizes the center diamond with the halo again acting as an accent. [see below]
Pave Halo Engagement Ring
Halo Engagement Ring
Yet another feature to consider is whether there should be diamonds along the band, or whether the band should be plain [see above]. Designs with diamonds along the band, known as pave set diamonds, are the most popular of the two styles and add more overall sparkle to the ring.
In general, the rule of thumb for halo rings is that the more sparkle the ring has, the more popular it will be! For more information on halo designs, please visit our Halo Engagement Rings page.
Infinity Bands, Twisted Bands, and other Intricate Settings
Another popular trend that women are pinning are designs with intricate settings. Rings with Infinity Bands are romantic and timeless. Settings with split shanks, twisted bands and diamond-encrusted braids add extra sparkle and give a new look to classic designs. To learn more, check out our article on Twisted Band Engagement Rings.
Twisted Pave Shank Contemporary Solitaire
Infinity Pave Engagement Ring
Thin Band “Petite” Pave Engagement Rings
Like the Cushion Halo, rings with thin bands are another popular pin. Known as “Petite” designs, they are delicate and feminine. Petite refers to the width of the band (not the size of the diamond!), and typically are between 1.5mm and 2mm wide. One nice feature of the petite ring is that the thinner band makes the center diamond appear larger.
Going virtually hand in hand with the Petite style are designs with diamonds along the band. Called pave set diamonds (pronounced pah-vay) they are one of the most beautiful settings and add extra sparkle to the ring. Check out our article on Pave Engagement Rings to learn more about pave and petite pave settings.
Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring
Vatche Petite Pave Princess Cut Engagement Ring
The Classic Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
Nothing says tradition like the classic “Tiffany” style diamond solitaire engagement ring. Introduced in 1886, it is one of the most popular pins for brides-to-be. The Classic setting is available in either four or six prongs, and is designed to hold one perfect diamond snugly and beautifully in place. It is the perfect setting for a woman who is looking for a ring filled with elegance and tradition! Find out more on our Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring page.
2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Ring
Six Prong Knife-Edge Diamond Ring