Shopping for an Engagement Ring: 2018’s Trends
Engagement rings epitomise a relationship as they’re often the first commitment a couple makes to one another – a promise to become husband and wife.
However, over the years, some may suggest that engagement rings have lost some of their symbolic meaning, instead becoming a fashion accessory and statement of wealth (only in some cases, I hasten to add).
So just what are the 2018 trends for engagement rings and why?
They Need to Be Individual
Over the past decade, engagement rings have become increasingly varied, often being tailored to suit an individual.
A lot of people want something completely different to an off-the-shelf engagement ring – they want something that’s unique to them and their relationship.
This has given rise to custom-made designs, extravagant styles and hand-me-down heirlooms that boast a vintage twist.
They Can Be Risky
As the emphasis on individuality grows, it means people are daring to be bold when they’re choosing an engagement ring.
The design needs to be something that feels exclusive, whether this means an unusual stone or metal or untraditional colour. That’s why you’ll find a variety of shapes, sapphires and diamond colours on offer, which gives the personal touch that people so desperately want from their engagement ring.
They Can Hark Back to the Past
Alongside these more outlandish styles, there has also been a rise in vintage- or retro-effect designs. This is often due to how much work goes into creating these pieces, especially if they are actually antique.
With exemplary attention to detail, it gives the ring more meaning. And this bespoke, handmade feel has been added to contemporary pieces that boast the best of both worlds – a vintage-inspired look but modern, hardwearing touches – e.g. platinum metal.
They Need to Be Oval
If there’s one shape that’s dominating the engagement ring market, it’s oval.
So even though solitaires are still incredibly sought after, the shape has changed to become oval. This is due to their more elaborate shape but one that’s still irrevocably classy.
Oval engagement rings are timeless, unlike some of the other more out-there styles you may find available.
They Can Be Bought Online
Finally, it would seem as though many engagement ring shoppers are finding their dream ring online.
With such a vast array of styles available, the details available online give people more scope to find the ring of their dreams. So rather than visit their local high street to see what jewellers have to offer, they’re looking at their online collections instead.
Evidently, then, times are a changing. And even though off-the-wall styles are increasingly popular, it’s a welcome relief that individuality and meaning are returning to the engagement ring market.