Engagement rings are becoming more personalised as innovative designs continue to prop up left, right and centre. Meanwhile, many traditional romantics are still opting for classic cuts. So what exactly are the most popular engagement ring shapes, styles and sizes… and why?
Kicking things off on our list is the oval diamond ring. This ring was made exceptionally popular by Blake Lively in her engagement to Ryan Reynolds. (The couple married in 2012).
Blake Lively was also the first major celebrity to sport a rose gold ring. Hence, both the colour and shape have become increasingly popular as a result.
In particular, Lively’s stone has a distinctive light pink tint, and is set in solitaire over a slim pavé band. This clim band compliments the sturdy weight of the diamond. Pavé bands are also a popular choice that can work with any ring style and make them instantly stunning. This is because they catch light and sparkle from any angle. A plain setting, on the other hand, would rely on the stone itself to do all the work.
Oval diamond rings are also becoming popular due to their unique shape, and illusion of size. They have all the benefits of a dazzling round brilliant but with a slightly different feel. Meanwhile, the oval face gives the impression of a larger size, implying a larger carat weight than it really is. Pretty cheeky! But that’s not to say they aren’t expensive.
Blake Lively’s engagement ring cost a mind-boggling $2 million, while the centre stone sits at 12 carats.
Moreover, pink diamonds are amongst the rarest in the world. Less than 0.01% of all diamond carats mined are quality pink. So their rarity and colour is really what makes them so pricey.
What do you think? Would you be willing to spend a little extra on a beautiful ring like this? We’re certainly tempted!
2. Toi et Moi
Literally translating to ‘You and Me’ in the language of love, the Toi et Moi engagement ring style has become an increasingly popular choice for lovers wanting to express their originality.
It’s already been worn by a host of celebrities, including Emily Ratajkowski, Ariana Grande and even royalty like Queen Margarethe of Denmark.
So what is it?
Simply put, the Toi et Moi involves two main stones incorporated into the one design, usually side by side. Doing so is a symbol of the union of two people, but it also opens up for infinite possibilities. The endless combinations of stones provides full flexibility, experimentation and exploration in expressing one’s true identity. No two rings will ever be the same. It’s therefore become a popular representation of personal style.
Emily Ratajkowski debuted her fabulous ring in 2018 after her engagement to film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard. Ratajkowski sported a princess-cut with an off-kilter pear-shaped diamond placed over a thin gold band. In this instance, the femininity of the pear contrasts with the architecture of the princess, and it looks fabulous!
Meanwhile, Ariana Grande’s ring contains a mix of stones and shapes. A lovely oval-cut diamond and small round pearl create a unique and fitting feel for the singer.
Finally, Queen Margarethe’s double-cushion-cut diamond ring is nothing short of spectacular.
Ah, yes. The famous Carrie Bradshaw ring from Sex and the City. All the way back in 2002.
That was nearly 20 years ago, and soon after these babies quickly dropped off everyone’s list. Until now.
Pear-cut diamonds have seen a resurgence in the last couple of years and we can see why! These beautiful gem cuts are timeless, elegant and remarkable.
Equipped with a single point and rounded end, the pear shaped diamond, otherwise known as “teardrop”, always seems to sparkle just a little bit more than its counterparts.
The elongated shape also has the benefit of appearing bigger than other stones, similar to the oval cut. They can range from minimal solitaires to vintage-inspired styles, with further customisation made possible by an unlimited array of colourful gemstones.
If you’re striving for even more individuality, don’t hesitate from setting these darlings over less conventional structures. Clusters, double-band-rings and off-kilter stones are always available.
The pear shape is also a more versatile offering in itself, as it can be worn with the diamond facing up, down, left, right or slightly off-kilter.
With pear-shaped diamond cuts back in fashion, we highly recommend giving one a try!
4. Diamond Cut
Will this fashion ever go out of style? Probably not. Diamond cuts make the definitive engagement ring, and it’s easy to see why.
Diamond cuts are the most iconic, classic and popular stones of all time, and it all comes down to their magnificent sparkle!
A standard round brilliant diamond, for example, has 58 facets which maximises light reflection, making it super shiny.
With the correct proportions, diamond cuts can sparkle even in the most dim-lit rooms. But whilst these diamonds may come with gorgeous colours, flawless clarity and a large carat weight, it’s the cut itself that gives it its real quality. Get this part wrong, and you’ve got a diamond that just isn’t worth its weight in gold.
In fact, there are two main components that determine a diamond’s quality.
First of all, there’s the material itself being cut. Because diamonds are a natural material, it’s going to vary from stone to stone.
Second of all, its down to the master cutter to give the stone its life and cut quality. The quality of the diamond’s cut ultimately determines the sparkle and beauty of the stone.
So what are the different types of cuts?
The list is endless. Some of the more popular styles include the aforementioned brilliant cut, the step cut, rose cut and single cut.
With a brilliant cut, the majority of facets are angled towards each other, creating a kaleidoscope effect that gives off a, well, brilliant sparkle. It’s easy for inclusions and the diamond hue to be masked with this one.
Meanwhile, a step cut has the majority of its facets angled parallel to one another. The result? A stunning window into the diamond itself.
No wonder the diamond cut makes the most popular engagement ring!