Allow us to illuminate your path as we explore the shimmering world of engagement rings in 2023. Prepare to be captivated by the brilliance and radiance of these sparkling trends!
An engagement ringsymbolizes a lifetime commitment, both to your partner and to a piece of jewelryyou'll wear for the rest of your lives together. While the world of engagement rings may not move at the breakneck speed of seasonal fashion trends, it does evolve.
Knowing what trends are emerging might help you determine which ringis suitable for you.
To get a sense of what's trending in the world of engagement rings in 2023, we spoke with Kristina Buckley, Managing Director of the Natural DiamondCouncil, the industry authority and resource on natural diamonds.
What was the recurring theme that kept coming up? Distinctiveness and rule-breaking. There is no prevailing trend in engagement rings these days because everyone seems to want a ring that is unique, personal to them, and indicative of their personal style and beliefs.
That means a lot of the old rules are out the window. Three months' salary as a standard budget? Nope, set whatever budget feels right to you. Grading diamonds on a traditional scale? Nah, imperfections can be part of the draw.
“We always suggest looking 'beyond the 4 Cs,' says Buckley, referring to cut, color, clarity, and carats. “Once you fall in lovewith a stone, any inclusions or color grading it may have on paper doesn’t matter.” Wearing your ring on your left ring finger? Not necessary if you’d prefer somewhere else. You get the gist: Anything goes!
Learn about some of the trends Buckley predicts couples will embrace in 2023, including "moval" cuts, akimbo settings, and salt and pepper diamonds.
While ovals remain a popular diamond form, their uncommon sister shape, the "moval," is gaining popularity. It's a cross between an oval and a marquise cut, and Buckley says it's a popular form right now. Buckley explains:
These stones look amazing set north-to-south, which is the classic setting, or set east-to-west for a more contemporary style.- Buckley
When it comes to the east-west setting, it warrants its own trend mention. Brides-to-be are using this chic female setting to update the style of their ring for a variety of stone shapes.
Buckley emphasizes that this setting provides optimal diamond-finger coverage, even for tiny diamonds.
Buckley predicts that rose cuts, ancient Europeans, and old mine cuts will make a resurgence in 2023. "These cuts were invented before electricity and usually have chunkier facets meant to sparkle in candlelight," Buckley explains. "How romantic is that?!"
According to Buckley, akimbo engagement rings, in which the diamond is positioned askew, are "huge right now."
While she describes the setting as "fabulous on its own," she also mentions that it allows for the sought diamond-finger coverage because extra diamonds or stones can be placed around the main diamond.
Salt and pepper diamonds, which feature visible imperfections, a rougher diamond appearance, and greater warmth in color, are becoming more popular.
Buckley credits this development to a greater priority placed on individual expression, which has liberated people from the dogmatic belief that every diamond must be perfect, sparkling, and white. There is beauty and originality in seeming flaws - in diamonds and in life.
In recent years, yellow goldhas experienced a significant rebirth in daily jewelry staples such as herringbone chains, hoops, and paperclip chains.
Buckley points out that many customers desire a ring that they can wear every day and that complements their existing style.
On the other hand, the metal you choose for your engagement ring does not have to dictate the rest of your jewelry collection.
Buckley claims that some people choose one metal for their engagement ring and another for their wedding band. "There are no more rules when it comes to bridal jewelry and we are here for it!" she exclaims.
"I think culturally we are moving away from having humongous, flashy stones," Buckley adds. If size is important to you and you can afford it, go for it. However, if the trend these days is quite a luxury, downsizing is a deliberate choice.
Colored side stones, which can frame and enhance the beauty of a center diamond, are another popular method to add flair and personality to a ring. Buckley advises combining blue sapphires, emeralds, pearls, and opals with diamonds.
Using a public Pinterest board to drop hints? It couldn't be a fiancée from 2023. According to Buckley, women are not only acquiring diamonds in record numbers (which we love! ), but they are also actively engaging in the choosing and design of their engagement rings.
Women are selecting what they want and making it happen through more equal partnerships and atypical relationship forms. Buckley observes:
There aren’t many items we consume with the intent to wear every day forever. It’s the most exciting type of purchase and women want to be at the forefront of that process for themselves.- Buckley