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Design Your Own Engagement Ring. The Latest Engagement Ring Trends

Aug 1, 2008
When designing your own engagement ring you have the opportunity to create the engagement ring of your dreams, right down to the tiniest detail.

What better way to find inspiration than the very latest engagement ring trends?

Square settings and diamonds are definitely the latest engagement ring trend. Many recent celebrity engagement rings including Mariah Carey, Ashlee Simpson, and Jessica Alba, all feature square central settings and square cut center diamonds. Square shaped diamonds include the Asscher, princess, radiant and cushion cuts.

Art Deco and vintage inspired engagement rings are popular, and this ties in really well with the square shaped central settings. A great advantage to this style of engagement ring is that you have a ring that is classically beautiful and timeless.

Colored diamonds can add a subtle or not so subtle element of color to your engagement ring. The advantage to colored diamonds is that they are the same hardness as traditional diamonds so they wear well. Colored diamonds vary in prices, with pinks and yellows costing more than the traditional blue white, and the champagne and cognacs costing significantly less.

Platinum and white gold bands and settings are becoming increasingly popular. While platinum is a more costly metal, it is much harder wearing, hpoallergenic, and will never wear out. Both white gold and platinum will enhance the size of your diamonds, and will not detract from the sparkle and fire of your stones. White gold is a more cost effective option than platinum, but the white gold needs to be regularly plated with rhodium to maintain a high luxurious shine similar to platinum.

Engraving special quotes, messages, or nicknames on the inside of the engagement ring is becoming increasingly popular and helps to personalize your ring.

Filigree working on a custom made engagement ring will transform an engagement ring into a truly unique piece of jewelry. Filigree working can be used to great effect with a relatively simple setting and solitaire stone. Hand working can also elevate ornate settings to absolutely heavenly. A great example of beautiful filigree working can be seen on the Tacori engagement rings.

Sparkling settings are in trend. Whether your custom made engagement ring is a solitaire, three stone,or five stone, there is always plenty of opportunity to adorn the surrounding setting, shanks or band with sparkle. Pave set diamonds can be a great way to maximize the sparkle factor without a hefty price tag. Baguette set diamonds are also popular set along the band but will be more costly than the pave settings.

Bridal sets look very finished and are becoming increasingly popular. When designing your own engagement ring you can have your wedding ring designed as a perfect fit at the same time. Choices include having a wedding band that has been worked or engraved to match your engagement ring, pave set diamonds on both engagement ring and wedding ring, or patterned rings that match. The great advantage to bridal sets is that the two rings are always going to sit perfectly together.

The latest engagement ring trends are favoring square settings and vintage inspired. Colored diamonds and bridal sets are also extremely popular. The traditional solitaire is always going to be a popular choice, but with a plain band or added sparkle? Custom made engagement rings allow every couple to create their very own unique ring.
About the Author
Andy Moquin has spent 20 years in the jewelry business buying and selling over $20,000,000 in diamonds, engagement rings and custom designed jewelry. He as traveled to Belgium and Israel to work with international diamond dealers and works as an advisor for DBC Diamonds an international consortium of diamond dealers. His experience in the jewelry business has become invaluable to consumers and business owners. He can be contacted at 1-888-296-4890 or to learn more about how you can design my own engagement ring styles visit Rokstok.
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