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 and styles. So what exactly are the most popular engagement ring styles … and why? We spoke to the team at Midas Jewellers about what is trending in 2021 and what styles they think will stand the test of time.
Kicking things off on our list is the oval diamond ring. Emanuel, jeweller from Midas Jewellery said “Currently the oval shape diamond is what is on trend, and when it is on the hand it has a lengthening effect which can slim the look of your fingers”.
This ring was originally made exceptionally popular by Blake Lively in her engagement to Ryan Reynolds.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. 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 slim 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 are really what makes them so pricey.
Rebecca from Midas Jewellery stated that “for a decent size and quality engagement ring, they can range anywhere from $8,000.00-$15,000.00”. If you want to add a pink diamond however, your costs are going to be much higher.
What do you think? Would you be willing to spend a little extra on a beautiful ring like this? We’re certainly tempted!
The Round diamond is known as “the classic” style and its popularity is truly timeless.
When Preston J. Cook proposed to Julia Stiles in 2016, he decided to keep things classic. He chose a simple, stunning round diamond, set on a slim gold band (shown above). It was the perfect ring and obviously worked, because the two wed later in 2017.
This style of engagement ring has been the choice of brides around the world and is seen on many of our most loved celebrities wedding fingers. Miley Cyrus was only too happy to show off her round engagement ring from then fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. They, unfortunately, didn’t go through with the wedding, but the ring was still the talk of the town and remains an inspiration for many future brides.
Ernesto, head jeweller from Midas Parramatta, commented that round diamonds have a “rare beauty and sparkle due to their light performance” adding that round cut diamonds have always been popular for decades. “This coupled with an endless number of setting designs are just some of the reasons as to why the round brilliant cut diamond is known as the “classic” engagement ring.”
The round shape is often seen in solitaire engagement rings but can also be in two or three-piece settings. A brilliant cut with a round diamond maximises the beauty of the diamond and at the proper reflection of light, the sparkle is like no other. It is no surprise that this is number 2 in our list. We all love a good sparkle!
Round diamond engagement rings are great for all brides, from the ones who love the classics to brides who want a simple but stunning look, to those who want sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle. Whatever bride you are, you know with the round shape your engagement ring will stand the test of time.
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!
When choosing your pear-shaped diamond, Rebecca from Midas Jewellery said “most important thing to look at when choosing an engagement ring is the quality of the diamond” as it influences the sparkle and brilliance of any diamond.
If you are looking for a beautiful engagement ring, visit the team at Midas Jewellers today. No matter what shape and style you love, the team at Midas can design and hand make you the engagement ring of your dreams.