Engagement ring trends for 2012 brings an interesting mix of
contrasting ideas. Having spent a good part of the year traveling and attending
jewelry shows and exhibitions, we've come away feeling good about the
latest and greatest styles. There was just so much to see!
In terms of new design, 2012 has two primary style influences. The first is
all about simplicity and purity, while the second focuses on romantic creations that dazzle the eye.
However, the biggest difference we noticed was that sustainability
and being 'green' is becoming even more important for today's bride so
vintage engagement rings and 'green' diamonds are big this year too!
Engagement Ring Trends 2012: Setting The Scene
2011 was all about adornment and embellishment of the metal with intricately
detailed settings, but now in 2012, it's all about the purity of shape and the
natural beauty of the materials.
The latest styles are all about getting back to basics, whether it be in the
metal or stones. The
Tiffany Bezet round brilliant solitaire
(below right) is timeless. It brings all focus on the stone and highlights the
The same is true for the other
set in yellow and white gold from
JamesAllen. The beauty lies in the simplicity of the
metal and the low profile stone.
Engaging Tip: The
settings above are not only elegant but also functional since they protect the
diamond from chips and scratches like no other setting. They are perfect for
anyone with an active lifestyle.
This is in stark contrast to one of the biggest
engagement ring styles of 2011 where
we saw raised settings with heavily adorned and detailed shanks.
The second big trend in engagement rings for 2012 still keeps its focus on
simplicity but adds a heaping dose of romance. The rings are still simple and pure in form, the
difference between these and the others is that these are encrusted in diamonds.
rings with pave settings and halo mounts are huge for 2012.
There are no complicated engraved metals, filigree work or metal
detailing (like last year). This year it's all about the pure metal and
diamonds. Lots and lots of little diamonds that pave the metal band, create a halo around the center stone,
and bring undeniable romance and style.
Engagement Ring Styles 2012: Bring on the Color!
This trend continues to grow. Although Europeans have embraced gemstone
engagement rings for years it took Kate Middleton's fantasy wedding and
sapphire engagement ring for it to really catch on in North America.
It's just so exciting to see so many
fancy colored diamonds
and fabulous colored gemstones like
emeralds, pink and blue sapphires and rubies, 2012 is all about color too!
Choose a birthstone to represent the month you were born, the month you met,
the month you're getting married, or any other gemstone whose color you really
love and pile on the romance!.
Sustainable & Green Engagement Rings!
Another carry-over from last year is sustainability. Eco-consciousness and
being 'green' is a big trend in
weddings these days and many brides-to-be feel it's important that their
engagement rings reflect their beliefs.
As far as engagement ring trends go, we think this one's here to stay. The
mantra here... Go old or go green!
For some young brides
vintage engagement rings
are the only way to go.
Why not choose a beautiful design from another era and help to save the
environment at the same time?
Another option for the green bride is finding a jeweler whose collections are
based on sustainability.
This means recycled metals, conflict-free materials
and social consciousness.
Monique Pean is one jewelry designer that comes to mind when looking for
greener alternatives and non-traditional style.
Engagement ring trends and styles reflect what's going on in society. 2012 is a
year for getting back to basics, romance, and knowing what's truly important in