Whether you've just said yes to a very special question or your idea of commitment consists of finishing that box set on Netflix, most of us can agree on one thing: Ogling engagement rings never gets old. Few can resist pausing at the windows of jewellery stores to take stock of the shimmering trinkets on offer, and we're certainly no exception. But there are virtual methods too, i.e., looking at the latest jaw-droppingly expensive A-list rock or a new brand we've discovered on Instagram. For those of you who are already betrothed, set to be in the not-so-distant future or simply a keen gem-hunter (like me!), the quest for the perfect engagement ring can begin. But with so many cuts, colours and carats to be had, it's overwhelming to know where to begin.
You probably have an idea of the metal you like most. Personally, I'm a yellow gold kind of girl. As for the rest, we suggest looking to the engagement ring trends set to boom in 2019 for inspiration. Jewellery trends are less frivolous than fashion, so don't worry about your ring choice dating—it's just nice to be ahead of the curve, isn't it? To help us decipher the 2019's engagement ring trends, we sought expert advice from our pals at Pinterest as well as Katie Rowland, creative director at sustainable diamond and jewellery brand Lark & Berry. Scroll down to see which sparklers she's tipping to be big news on the engagement scene next year.
"We've seen such a shift in the engagement ring market from the traditional to the unique," Rowland told us. One of the easiest ways to stand out from the crowd? Try a coloured stone in place of a classic white diamond.
Pinterest has reported a substantial rise in the number of Art Deco–inspired rings repins in 2018, which is likely to continue into next year. Vintage designs are beautiful, but if a quality guarantee will put your mind at ease, opt for one of these expertly crafted engagement rings.
Effortlessly elegant and timeless, Pinterest has also seen a spike in pearl ring repins. Pearl jewellery has had a resurgence of late, so it's no surprise engagement rings with freshwater focal points are also on the up.