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Sometimes I forget how hilarious How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is– and then I watch a snippet, and I’m immediately reminded. From the moment Kate Hudson referred to the leash of her Chinese Crested, who she nicknames Crawl (the Warrior King), as “frosting,” I immediately eliminated the term bling from my vocabulary. Anyway, long story short, when the opportunity to collaborate with International Diamond Center presented itself, I jumped at the opportunity learn about all the newest spring engagement ring, ie “frosting,” trends, even though I’m not, nor am I getting, married. I stopped by their incredible Rings for Spring extravaganza at their headquarters in Clearwater last weekend, and I was literally blown away by all the precious diamonds. Oh, and the flowers and food, too. Obviously.
I got to spend a couple hours chatting with a handful of industry experts about nine of the most prominent spring engagement ring trends for 2016, as well as the current must-haves in fine fashion jewelry. Keep scrolling to catch ’em all.
1. MIXED METALS
Why choose one metal when you can have two? Blending setting tones creates a chic and unique look for a truly stunning piece of jewelry. According to BRIDES.com, selecting a mixed-metal ring affords you many more styling possibilities. Specifically, it can eliminate the stress of having to match all of your jewelry from the day of your proposal on to your 25 year anniversary and can open up options when it comes to mixing your engagement ring with a wedding band.
My personal favorite jewelry designer who heavily incorporates this style into their regal designs is Veraggio. With interwoven diamond-encrusted bands to exquisite lace, scroll, and tiara detailing, all of their rings, particularly those from the Couture Collection, are truly customizable and unlike any other.
2. COLORFUL DIAMONDS
One of the most popular ways to ensure your engagement ring stands out from the crowd? Colorful stones. Everyone remembers Princess Kate’s absolutely jaw-dropping 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in 18-karat white gold ring, and I personally can’t get the image of Carrie Underwood’s Jonathon Arndt yellow diamond ring out of my brain. Cost aside, a colorful stone can also add extra meaning to this already sentimental piece of jewelry. Choosing a birthstone, favorite color, or incorporating heirlooms are just a few of the many ways to personalize your ring. One of my absolute favorite collections featured at the International Diamond Center’s Rings for Spring event was the Henri Daussi Fancy Colors collection.
3. BRIGHT COLOR ACCENTS
If you’re a fan of a traditional clear diamond (like admittedly I am), a more subtle way to set your spring engagement ring apart from the rest is to incorporate bold and bright accent stones into its split shank, side stone settings, or halo.
This particular ANC ring from the Henri Daussi Cushion collection absolutely stole my heart, as well as several of his other colored designs. It’s really no wonder he’s one of Europe’s premier diamond cutters and designers of fine jewelry. Tacori is another popular designer who incorporates a lot of colored stones into both their traditional engagement ring and fine fashion jewelry designs.
4. VINTAGE DESIGNS
I feel like this is a borderline oxymoronic statement, but vintage designs will never go out of style. Timeless vintage-style rings originate from romantic eras of the past, and their undeniable beauty lives on from generation to generation. Important Side Note: A very exclusive, select few rings on the International Diamond Center showcase floor, like the masterpiece pictured below, fall into the 7-figure price range.
5. INTRICATE SIDE DETAILS
Let’s be real, there were a lot of rings at the Rings for Spring event, and after a while, they all start to look the same. I visited the IDC’s selection of Michael M designs last, so I should’ve had virtually no reaction to yet another display of the same type of jewelry… but I was so blown away with his entire collection of spring engagement rings.
The attention to detail is unmistakable on each and every piece created by the skilled Michael M artisans at their California studio. From elegant diamond weaves to bevel accents to intricate split shanks (keep reading if you don’t know what a split shank is), Michael M rings are created to combine elegant elements from the past with modern design.
6. SPLIT SHANKS
A split shank, although it sounds like a foul ball or broken bone, is a delicate pave band that splits in two or three. The split shank offers a larger palette for designers to add touches of elegant detail. All of the rings pictured below are designed by the aforementioned fine jewelry genius known as Michael M.
7. STACKABLE RINGS
Why settle for just one ring? The more stackable, the better, right? Gone are the days when a wedding ring was nothing more than a simple band of gold. According to an article by Glamour Weddings, “‘Brides are looking for a band that not only complements the ring but can be worn on its own,’ says Isaac Gurary, president of Aspiri by Maiden Lane. ‘Some of the biggest trends I’ve seen lately are stacked eternity bands, colored statement stones, multi-stone statement bands, and curved bands.'”
And if you’re looking for stackable rings with pizzazz, look no further than Henri Daussi. As you’ll see in picture below, these stackable bands can easily give the appearance of a more expensive, intricate, and cohesive statement ring.
8. THREE-STONE SETTINGS
Three-stone settings are the perfect combination of sparkle and symbolism, and at the International Diamond Center, nobody does them better than Michael M, whose attention to detail is unmistakable, or Tacori.
Handcrafted by artisans in California, Tacori engagement rings truly are a work of art. The collection of these stunning rings, available at all International Diamond Center jewelry store locations, includes Tacori diamond solitaires and three-stone styles set in platinum, yellow gold, or rose gold precious metals.
9. MODERN HALOS
Put a new spin on the classic diamond halo engagement ring with diamonds in alternating shapes or colors. The best thing about halos? They make your center stone look even larger. The artistry in the design of ring halos, in my opinion, is what sets Bez Ambar engagement rings apart from the rest.
As the inventor of the princess cut diamond (fun fact of the day), Bez Ambar’s trademark is actually diamonds on fire– and his effortlessly classic engagement rings are absolutely stunning. No colored stones or mixed metals needed.
MEN’S WEDDING BANDS
For obvious reasons, I’ve never taken much interest in men’s wedding bands, but Christian Bauer‘s metallic rainbow caught my eye. Christian Bauer uses its own recipes for its alloy compositions that are made entirely in house. These have been refined over the decades for the very specialized production of it’s extremely high quality wedding rings, and every original can be identified by locating its hallmark, a fir, on the inside of the ring.
FINE FASHION JEWELRY
Even though I’m in my mid-to-late twenties, I rarely identify as an actual adult, so this whole “fine jewelry” industry is brand new to me. Since when did those animal-shaped rubber bands go out of style anyway? Aside from a few trips to Tiffany’s with old boyfriends and a graduation-inspired David Yurman ring (or two), I knew very little.. so if you’re in the same boat, here are a few brands and pieces you may want to start reading on your totally grown up radar. For starters, I want approximately 17 different Michele watches. With straps made of luxurious and exotic materials, you can create a personalized look that’s customizable, versatile, and completely chic. Plus, they add a touch of luxury to an accessory you’re likely to wear every day, so the price tag is totally justifiable (right?).
Secondly, Fope are the original creators of the exclusive Flex’it system, which makes the brand’s gold woven chains flexible and results in beautifully designed, sinuous, easy-to-wear bracelets and rings. Their fun, fine fashion bracelets are easily stackable conversation pieces, and I think I need at least one in every color.
Luckily, I somehow managed to make it out of the store with my credit relatively unscathed. My diet, on the other hand, was a different story thanks to the sips and sweets provided by Hands On Sweets.
What spring engagement ring trends are you loving this season? Anything I left off the list?
Thank you, International Diamond Center, for sponsoring this post! As always, my opinions are my own.