Engagement Ring Styles and Trends

An engagement ring should be an extension of a woman’s personal style and flair. Luckily, for today’s girl, there are nearly as many engagement ring styles as there are ladies to love them. Finding that perfect ring, however, may require a bit of a hunt. Here we look at some of the currently popular styles and trends to aid you in your ring buying search. 

Engagement Ring Trends

Hairstyles, clothing fads and accessories may change drastically from decade to decade but engagement ring styles last quite a bit longer. In fact, what was considered in vogue forty years ago may still be very much in style. The following is a break-down of the many styles that are considered trendsetters right now as well as a brief description of the type of woman who usually favors that style.

Halo Style

The Halo style engagement ring is denoted by the rim of diamonds that encircle the center stone. Often, this rim of diamonds spills out into the band as well. A diamond encrusted band is also the mark of a Pave style ring, so be careful not to confuse the two. The halo specifically has a halo of diamonds around the entire circumference of the center diamond. Below are two popular examples from James Allen…

Diamond Halo Pave Engagement Ring

Diamond Halo Pave Engagement Ring

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Ring

Cushion Cut Halo Engagement Ring

The effect is very spectacular and dazzling. The rim, or halo, of diamonds causes the central diamond to appear larger and more sparkling.

This ring is ideal for a romantic gal who has one foot in the Victorian age and one foot in the present. The presence of many small diamonds is also a metaphor for the many happy years the couple will spend together. Any woman who is in love with being in love will absolutely swoon over this ring.

Colored Stones

No one ever said a diamond had to be the main star of all engagement rings. If a woman is in love with the color green, an emerald engagement ring is the perfect way for her to wear a stone that is precious to her.

Vintage Style

Most vintage styled engagement rings are ornate and feature many small diamonds alongside one large diamond. Rings with delicate filigree and milgrain engravings derive their inspiration from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. For the most part, the metal of choice is platinum or white gold, which contributes to its antique air.

Women who look to a time where romance and love reigned as king fall in love with vintage engagement rings. Similar to the halo ring, this style, with its swooping lines and curly details, evokes a feeling of bygone eras.

Intricate Settings and Twisted Bands

Twisted bands (also known as Infinity Bands) and split shank engagement rings have become quite popular lately. The name, “split shank,” refers to the way the band is cleaved so that it splits into multiple bands which branch out from the top and the bottom of the diamond. Each branch of the band is encrusted with small diamonds. This is a very ornate ring that has a vintage sort of feel.

Women who love classically beautiful tailored clothing, along with a flair for the extravagant often sway towards a split shank ring or a twisted band ring. This is usually because while this ring is grand, it is also supremely elegant and sophisticated.