The beginning of the new year means that we invite new trends. Whether it’s now fashion – hello, bold colors – home decor or skin care, everyone is looking for a variety of cool and chic ways to stay trendy. And it’s no different with engagement rings.
The engagement ring is the symbolic gift of the promise of marriage: a token of love, which the future groom will give to his beloved in view of the wedding. The wedding etiquette has it that the bride wears the ring ring finger of his left hand.
What is an Engagement Ring?
Engagement is an equally important moment where the couple declares that they cannot live alone without each other and are committed to building a life together in marriage. The times have made the distance between engagement and marriage not very clear, there are no boundaries. Each region has different customs and etiquette in engagement. The symbolic thing that we usually see is how a lover and his family give various gifts, including rings or other jewelry given to his partner.
History of the engagement ring
One cannot take such a significant step without knowing where this tradition comes from. You must know that the history of the engagement ring has very distant origins, probably beginning with the ancient Egyptians. The ring was given to the woman as a sign of trust and respect, a way of saying that she was considered a person you could count on and with whom you could create a family. In Roman times, however, it was customary to give two rings to the bride, one in iron to take home and another in gold to show in public, both to represent a gift and a token of love from the man towards his wife.
The appearance of the ring has undergone a notable change over the centuries, slowly approaching the type of jewel we are used to today. It was in 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Habsburg gave his bride Maria of Burgundy a diamond-encrusted ring, bringing precious stones onto the scene for the first time. The idea of solitaire, on the other hand, has its roots in the late 19th century and each era of history differs in the types and cuts of stones set in the rings.
Finally, the tradition of giving a diamond ring as a gift has spread more and more also for the production of diamonds from South Africa, which became more and more massive until the dawn of the twentieth century. Then, in 1938, the De Beers company launched an advertising campaign indicating how much to spend on a proposal ring – “a month’s salary” – and in 1948 a journalist coined the famous slogan “A diamond is forever”, giving them away to an endless tradition.
An engagement ring is a timeless piece of jewelry that you will wear for a lifetime. Nevertheless, there are clear trends to be discovered here, which will differ from year to year. Large, classic or with colored stones? Here are the 2022 engagement ring trends you need to know before you get down on your knees.
1. ENGAGEMENT RINGS WITH FANCY CUT DIAMONDS
We’ve been seeing this trend for a while, but it seems to be getting more and more popular not to opt for the classic round diamond. Fancy cuts mean the different diamond shapes such as oval, pear, cushion, emerald and marquise.
The desire to opt for a unique cut and special engagement ring also seems to be growing in the USA, UK, and AUS etc. An engagement ring with a special fancy cut diamond is of course a perfect option. Discover more about the different diamond shapes.
2. YELLOW GOLD IS THE GOLD COLOR OF THE MOMENT
Yellow gold is currently extremely popular. Look at interiors and jewelry in general and you will see a clear preference for this metal color. Until recently, a white gold was often chosen for a proposal because of the optimal brilliance of the diamonds, yellow gold is the most requested option in 2022.
Last year 75% of our customers opted for a proposal ring made from 18k yellow gold engagement ring. Working with yellow gold creates a ring with a beautiful and warm appearance.
3. ETHICAL PROPOSAL RINGS MADE FROM SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS
We see more and more awareness among consumers and notice that the sustainable aspect is becoming more important among our customers. Did you know that we work with 100% gold for your engagement ring?
Choosing a lab-grown and loose diamond also means choosing a more sustainable option than the traditional mined diamond. Discover everything about our special materials from our Gemistone Jewelers online store.
4. DIAMOND ETERNITY BANDS
Stacking multiple rings with different designs has been a big trend among jewelry lovers for some time now. And of course you can also perfectly apply this fashionable look to your engagement and wedding ring. An eternity band often has several diamonds of approximately the same size set (semi) all around, instead of one larger center stone.
As the name suggests, eternity rings symbolize infinite love and that is of course what a proposal is all about! Emerald Cut Full Eternity Band is a stunning example of a diamond eternity ring. Combine these engagement rings with, for example, a gold wedding ring and other rings for a fashionable look.