We’re now halfway through in 2019, and while more couples are getting engaged we’ve seen some engagement ring styles rise above the pack. The reason? Celebrities and Instagram of course.
Like wedding trends themselves, engagement ring inspiration and trends are lingering in the wedding world for longer thanks to social media. While a celebrity might have got engaged last year, those engagement rocks will keep popping up on social media, meaning the trends themselves last longer.
So we chatted with jewellery connoisseur Aris Arman, from Arman’s Fine Jewellery in Sydney, to see how real couples are bringing these online trends into the real wedding world in Sydney.
The most popular engagement ring of 2019
First, let’s get back to basics. When you think of the most popular engagement ring cut, everyone usually thinks of a round cut diamond which has been the most popular shape since forever! And while still a traditionally popular choice because of its elegance and timeless, round engagement rings are not the most popular cut of 2019! Can you guess what is? The oval cut diamond!
One of the biggest trendsetters to ever hit the engagement ring scene, we can thank Blake Lively and Hailey Bieber (formerly Baldwin) for this one. Following their engagements in the middle of 2018, we’ve seen an explosive reaction to the oval cut design, which was previously given minimal notice from celebrities, couples, and high-end jewellers.
“In all my years in the engagement ring industry I’ve never seen a trendsetter quite like the oval cut engagement ring,” Aris says. “And it’s not slowing down. The oval cut design is just as popular 12 months on as it was as soon as Blake Lively and Hailey Baldwin got engaged.”
So what about the cushion cut?
Rewind about 6 years ago to the engagement of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Firstly, who can believe that was only 6 years ago!? Secondly, we saw cushion cut engagement rings soar in popularity when Kanye gifted Kim her first engagement ring.
“Before Kim and Kanye got engaged, very few people ever asked about cushion cut engagement rings,” Aris says. “Now, even after all these years, it’s still the second most popular ring design.”
What do Paris Hilton, Ariana Grande and Cardi B have in common?
No, they’re not releasing a collaboration (we’re not sure whether we’d be happy or upset with this). But yes, they all got engaged at some point in 2018. And they all have the same style of engagement ring, the pear shape.
Being A-listers, of course, this comes with rumours of who copied who, but we know that with engagement rings it’s all about your personal preference. And being a more unique shape, pear cut engagement rings are definitely going to be something that you need to make sure you’re happy with.
The pear-shaped engagement ring, very similar to oval-shaped rings, has a longer shape and is, therefore, more suited to elongated hands. This is definitely one to keep an eye on as a new trend-setter!
The emerald cut vs emeralds
One of our all-time favourite Jennifer Lopez recently got engaged to Alex Rodriguez, and when pictures of her engagement ring popped up online we saw a spark in the number of enquiries coming through for emerald cut engagement rings.
Despite the name, emerald cut engagement rings are a particular type of diamond cut, not an emerald gemstone. It’s a timeless, more rectangular-shaped design that has been catching the eye of a lot of people who are looking at getting engaged. If you like the look and feel of a cushion cut or princess cut diamond but want something a little bit more unique, then this is the ring for you!
Why is the princess cut less popular?
Princess cut diamond rings have been popular for the last 20 years, but with the new trends in engagement rings and the bigger influence of celebrities and social media, we’re seeing couples drifting away from this design.
When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, unless you are a Kardashian, then the chances are you’re probably just going to have the one to wear and cherish for the rest of your life. Making sure you’re choosing something that you love is important (though not as important as your future spouse of course!), which is why this traditional style has been very popular in the past.
However, with the increase in cushion cut designs more couples are opting for something a bit more out there, meaning that the princess cut has become less sought-after. Still, we love the traditional but elegant square design of the princess cut.
Round engagement rings
Of course, the most popular engagement ring in history is the round engagement ring cut. The traditional choice of most couples, round engagement rings are timeless, elegant, and are a great cut if you’re looking to embellish the band of your ring instead.
However, with the introduction of Instagram and celebrity engagements, they have dropped in popularity for 2019. That said, if you don’t want to go with the flow and instead want a traditional ring, then choosing a round engagement ring will still give you plenty of options when it comes to adding a halo or twisted or diamond band. Aren’t they stunning?
What other shapes can I choose from?
Two cuts that aren’t quite there are trend-setters yet, but that more couples are asking for,m are the marquise diamond and the radiant shape diamond. They have both recently come into the spotlight so if you’re looking at being a trendsetter yourself, then one of these rings will make you a contender!
The marquise diamond is similar to the oval cut being more elongated, but with pointed edges like a pear diamond. It’s a stunning design that will particularly suit you if you’ve got long or slender fingers.
Separate to that is the radiant-cut diamond, which is Aris’ pick for the hottest engagement ring trend in Sydney for 2020! Similar to the cushion and emerald cuts, the radiant diamond is being heavily sought after by A-list celebrities and will definitely be a contender for the most popular spot against the oval. So keep an eye on Instagram, Pinterest and the glossy mags for this one because time will tell!
Want to know more about engagement rings, bands, or looking for your perfect forever-accessory? Check out Arman’s Fine Jewellery in Sydney or find a jeweller in your area.
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