Welcome to 2018!
It’s a new year, and that means new trends are coming into style. We spoke to our product development team and our designers, and here’s what you can expect for this New Year.
East-West is Going Strong
One trend that we’ve been loving for the last year or so is East-West, and it keeps growing in popularity. With accented or plain bands, big carat weights or small, in any metal type—we love how these rings put a spin on a classic look. The most popular is the Emerald cut, but Radiant, Oval, Pear and Marquise each make their own style statement.
And it’s not just for engagement rings! East-West Necklaces are a new way to wear a pendant. They’re perfect for every day, or to dress up, and we’re even seeing lots of bridesmaids wearing them on the big day. Gorgeous!
Thanks to the future princess, Meghan Markle, three stone rings are surging in popularity! The classic design is meaningful: The stones represent the past, present and future of a relationship. And, like Ms. Markle’s ring, which is a Cushion cut center flanked by two Round cut stones, you can mix up the stone shapes to find the look you love. Though three Round or three Princess cut stones will always be traditional, choosing unique cuts—like Oval or Marquise for the center, or Triangle for the sides, or a cluster of three Emeralds—has a modern style that still feels classic.
The Rise of Oval & Pear
Modern brides tend to want an engagement ring that stands out from the crowd. And while Round stones still reign supreme as the most popular cut, the trends show more and more fancy cuts in solitaires, three stones and halos. Oval and Pear cut stones in particular are growing more popular, and for good reason. These oblong, gently rounded shapes are almost universally flattering; and both cuts maximize the carat weight, so they’ll look larger than a Round cut stone of the same size. Double score!
Carat Weights Are Getting Bigger
From earrings to engagement rings, carat weights are getting bigger. Powerful studs, bold eternity bands, big cocktail rings and (of course) large engagement rings are on the rise. And these bigger carat weight pieces aren’t staying in storage until a special occasion; these are staples that can be worn daily.
Warm Gold Tones
Though white gold has long been the most popular color for engagement rings and fine jewelry, recent years have seen the introduction of rose gold. First, it was a trendy look, but over time it has become a new classic. This love for the warmth of rose gold reintroduced yellow gold as a trendy-yet-timeless hue for engagement rings and fine jewelry. The rise of mixed metals in bridal and jewelry has also made it easier to branch out and try a different metal type for new pieces, rather than matching every piece to the metal of your wedding set.
What do you think of the trends? Which one do you want to rock in 2018?