Apart from the perfect setting, what is the most important part of pre-nuptials? Yes, the engagement ring needs to be stellar!

If you're on the hunt for that perfect engagement ring, then these top trends for 2018 might help you spot the diamond in the rough. Whether you're looking for a regal style fit for a princess, or want something a little more unusual, there's something for every kind of bride this year. even if you're not really looking for a ring, it never hurts to know, after all, love hits us when we least expect it!

1. The three stone rings

It's no surprise that the royal engagement at the end of last year is going to have a lasting impact on 2018's bridal trends. Even though three stone rings are actually quite a classic style, their popularity has never been higher than now, following Prince Harry's pick for Meghan Markle.

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Grant Mobley, a gemologist and the Director at Pluczenik comments: "Three stone rings are a marvelous choice because their design possibilities are endless - diamond shapes and colors can be any combination you like, making this a true classic option".


2. Yellow diamonds

While fancy yellow diamonds have been a popular gemstone choice for jewelry for some time, their use in engagement rings is a much more recent affair.

Iggy Azelia's engagement ring. (Source: Pinterest)

"Yellow diamonds with a fancy grading are even rarer than white diamonds, and generally come at a higher value", Grant says. And this makes them a natural celebrity favorite. "Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Iggy Azalea and Heidi Klum are among those who have all been seen sporting amazing yellow diamonds."

Clarkson's yellow diamond. (Source: Pinterest)

3. Oval cuts

This has been a stand-out diamond shape for some time, with Blake Lively, Serena Williams and Kirsten Dunst all sporting them - and Grant reckons it'll only gain popularity in 2018.

Blake Lively's oval cut. (Source: Pinterest)

"Elongated diamond cuts such as the oval usually appear larger next to the same size round, or square cut diamond", he says. "This size illusion makes it a great choice."

4. Rose gold

"When it comes to choosing a metal for an engagement ring, the most popular conventional choices have been white/yellow gold and platinum," Grant says. But this year, he expects the growing trend for rose gold bands to hit the markets.

Leighton Meester and her rose gold ring. (Source: Pinterest)

We have seen stars such as Allison Brie, Leighton Meester, and Hayden Panettiere with rose gold and diamond rings, showing us that rose gold is not only a unique option but a beautiful one that will stand the test of time.

5. Open rings

“This is one of our signature styles, and we anticipate it becoming even more popular this coming engagement season,” says Jenny Klatt of Jemma Wynne. Adds Stephanie Wynne Lalin, the other half of the design duo, “It’s alternative, but still feels timeless. It give brides a real opportunity for personalization and—bonus!!—she can have two stones.”

Model Oliva Hamilton's open ring. (Source: Instagram)

Whether you stick to diamonds or play with colored gemstones, the possibilities are endless.

6. Eternity bands

Eternity bands are metal bands with crystals embedded into them.

Cameron Diaz's bands. (Source: Pinterest)

Instead of a single stone, consider a blinged-out band. “I have a lot of brides opting out of solitaire settings and choosing more substantial eternity bands,” says Lizzie Mandler of Lizzie Madler Fine Jewellery. “One of my most popular styles alternates tapered baguettes and trillions. It provides just as much bling as a big center stone, but is more suited for brides who aren’t comfortable with the height of a solitaire.”

7. Real diamonds

Real diamonds have been used for engagement rings for centuries because of their symbolism of love, authenticity, and strength."But while they have been big in the engagement world for hundreds of years, recently laboratory-grown diamonds have started cropping up in jewelry - and they are not understood," says Grant.

Laboratory-grown diamonds are made 'in a matter of six weeks in a microwave, they have no inherent value and most certainly won't be trending this year'. Rather, couples will be opting for the real deal - which is made over the course of billions of years.

8. Solitaries with pointy prongs

Actress Maggie Grace's ring from ex-fiance Matthew Cooke. (Source: Pinterest)

The solitaire setting is definitely coming back but with six to eight prongs. It is a homage to the past and the Victorian era and it makes rings look edgy and modern. Though these settings also look great with round centers.

Duchess Kate Middleton's ring. (Source: Pinterest)

9. Unisex rings

Katy Perry's gemstone band. (Source: Pinterest)

Many new engagement rings and wedding band styles come with no gender specification and would look good on any two partners men, women and non-binary. They are not only stunning, they feel like a million bucks on the finger, weighty and smooth.

10. Salt and Pepper

Jessica Biel's cushion cut salt and pepper ring. (Source: Pinterest)

Finding beauty in imperfections, isn’t it what this human life is all about? Instead of trying to hide a greyish color or inclusions, salt and pepper diamonds are gorgeous and mesmerizing just because of them. Opaque grey diamonds have been a strong trend in alternative bridal in the past few years but this year, the transparency of salt and pepper diamonds will be very appealing.


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