Engagement ring trends are quite often a merry-go-round. A particular style will come into fashion, hang around for a few years and then disappear, often into relative obscurity. It’s hard not to get caught up in a trend, particularly when social media plays such a large role in society today. But, how much attention should you pay to fashion and trends when designing or purchasing an engagement ring?
Ideally, an engagement ring is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. If you’re planning on asking somebody to marry you, the implication is that they’ll be wearing their engagement ring for ever (and ever, and ever). Logically then, one of the key things to think about when designing a ring is a classic design that will stand the test of time. You want a ring that is going to remain desirable over decades, not a ring that is going to go out of fashion in a few years time.
There are a few key trends that are proving popular in the South African engagement ring market. Many of these may still be around in years to come, some may not – only time will tell. We take a look at the top 5 trends we’ve noticed in 2019:
Rose gold has been on trend over the last few years, particularly with regards to morganite (see below) but we’re designing many diamond engagement rings with it too. It works well with colourless or peach-coloured stones. Rubies also look fantastic when set in rose gold. We’re also getting requests for black diamonds and salt & pepper diamond engagement rings to be set in rose gold.
Despite having been popular for about 5 years now, morganite still continues to thrive. Available in beautiful hues of peach and pink shades, the price-point of morganite makes it especially popular in South Africa. With 2ct size stones available for less than R4,000 it’s very easy to design a show-stopper ring without breaking the bank. The complimentary hues of rose gold work very well with morganite, but it can be equally beautiful set in white gold.
Salt & Pepper diamonds
We really should bow to the marketing genius who coined the term “Salt & Pepper” diamonds. Whether it’s the fact that no two diamonds will ever be identical, or 21stcentury acknowledgement that nothing is ever perfect, we don’t know. All we do know is that enquiries are increasing daily and South Africans are embracing Salt & Pepper diamonds with enthusiasm. It probably doesn’t hurt that Salt & Pepper diamonds are very budget-friendly compared to your traditional, white gemstones, so you can get a decent sized stone for less than R10,000.
Halo engagement rings
A “halo” in the context of an engagement ring refers to a circle of gems surrounding a central stone. This gives the appearance of a much larger ring with much more visual impact. Often the halo will comprise white diamonds, which, when surrounding a coloured stone like sapphire and ruby, will provide fire and brilliance to the ring. Many engagement ring halo designs have diamonds surrounding diamonds, but a strikingly different combination would be coloured gems surrounding a diamond.
Halo gems should always be in proportion to the size of the central gem. In some instances, clients will opt for a double halo design for maximum impact.
If there is one diamond cut we’ve received more requests for than any other shape this year, it’s been the oval cut. Oval diamonds are perfect for long, slender fingers because they accentuate the length of the finger. Buying an oval diamond is a great way to maximise your budget because oval diamonds are cheaper than round diamonds. On a 0.50ct size, H colour, VS2 clarity diamond, a round is up to $1000 (R14,500) more per carat than an oval.
A 0.50ct oval can be approximately 1mm longer than a 0.50ct round diamond, giving significantly more visual impact.
There you have it – the 5 popular engagement ring trends we’ve spotted in South Africa in 2019. As a bespoke manufacturing jeweller, Katannuta Diamonds would be delighted to help you design and manufacture your dream engagement ring. Contact us today to set an appointment with our diamond and jewellery expert.