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Top 5 Engagement Ring Trends for 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018  
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True or False: Valentine's Day is the most popular day of the year to pop the question.

The answer is "False." Christmas Day is the most popular day for proposals, followed by  Valentine’s Day. An estimated 40% of engagements occur between November and February,* which means at any given point during the year, Cupid is striking his bow and couples are getting engaged.

If you’re looking for some ring inspiration, here are the top five engagement ring trends for 2018, with a few examples from some American Gem Society (AGS) members:

 

The Classic Solitaire

The classics never go out of style, which is why they are called classics! The sparkling diamond solitaire has experienced a variety of style changes throughout the centuries, but the single diamond in a six-prong setting remains a beloved symbol of engagement.

Jade Trau
Jade Trau Six Prong Solitaire.
Designs by Vatche
Classic Six Prong from Designs by Vatché.

 

Oval Cut Diamonds

An oval cut can give a vintage look to any style and has been gaining popularity because of its elegant, elongated shape.

Memoire
Oval diamond engagement ring with oval halo,
by Memoire.

Harry Kotlar
Oval cut diamond with two tapered baguettes,
by Harry Kotlar.

 

Cushion-Cut Diamonds Set in a Halo

The cushion cut is a square or rectangular shape with curved corners. Adding a diamond halo gives the illusion of a much larger diamond!

Christopher Designs
Cushion Crisscut® diamond engagement ring by Christopher Designs.
Joshua J. Fine Jewelry
Cushion cut diamond with triple shank by
Joshua J. Fine Jewelry.

 

Rose Gold Rings

The soft, warm glow of rose gold could give any diamond engagement ring that extra touch of romance.

Supreme Jewelry
Rose gold engagement ring designed by
Supreme Jewelry.

Ritani
Micopavé diamond band engagement ring set in rose gold, by Ritani.

 

Three-Stone Ring

Leave it to the British monarchy to lead the way in trend-setting engagement rings. The heavily publicized engagement of American actress Meghan Markle to Prince Harry has had the world admiring her three-stone diamond engagement ring.

Precision Set
New Aire three stone radiant diamond engagement ring, by Precision Set.
Designs by Vatche
Classic three oval cut diamond engagement ring from, Designs by Vatché.

 

Do you have a favorite style or an idea of your own design? Visit an AGS-credentialed jeweler near you.

When you purchase diamond jewelry, always ask for an AGS Laboratories Diamond Grading Report. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your diamond was graded by a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Accept no substitutions and buy your diamond with confidence!

 

*source: https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/top-10-most-popular-dates-to-get-engaged


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