Engagement Ring Styles
Every engagement ring is a work of art with its own story, but in the centuries that engagement rings have been a feature of the bridal environment, certain styles have become ingrained in the minds of designers. Rather than becoming ossified standards, the most exceptional designers have used these trends to create something that riffs on ideas without becoming burdened by them. Here at GMG Jewellers, we’ve been serving the most exceptional collections of engagement rings on the market for decades, and we like to think of ourselves as style experts when it comes to bridal jewellery. We’re here to help you learn about engagement ring styles!
ClassicThe classic engagement ring style got its name from its universality. What do we mean by that? When you close your eyes, what engagement ring do you imagine? You’ll almost certainly be imagining a classic ring. Marked by its commitment to minimalism, the entirety of a classic engagement ring is built around the centre stone. If you’ve selected a diamond that’s worthy of such attention—such as a large-carat stone—the classic design may be ideal. In this style, you’ll find prong settings and yellow gold, which are both strong workhorses in the world of design.
VintageHaving described the “classic ring,” you may be wondering what the distinction is between classic and vintage rings. While classic rings are timeless, vintage rings are built to channel a particular era of design. The period between 1880 and 1930 was one of the most revolutionary periods of jewellery design, and the organic curves and colours of the Art Nouveau period join with the architectural lines and boldness of the Art Deco to make vintage looks. If you’re partial to milgrain beading, platinum, elaborate filigrees, and halo settings, you may appreciate taking a look at vintage rings.
ModernOn the other end of the spectrum is the modern engagement ring. Generally defined as the period from the 1980s to today, modern engagement rings are typified by minimalism, clean surfaces, and recessed details. However, the “mechanical cool” part of modern rings isn’t the only thing that sets them apart. There’s an ironic touch here: Elements from previous generations of design are repurposed for the modern ring, including bezel settings and rose gold. The diamond shapes of choice for the modern engagement ring are princess and oval cut diamonds, two of the most contemporary innovations in diamond cutting.
BohoBohemian, alternative, DIY-aesthetic—all of these names circle around a central idea. The boho engagement ring is one that deliberately cultivates a sense of “going one’s own way.” Given that the 2010s favored the idea of personalized jewellery, it’s become extraordinarily popular for designers to turn their eye toward strikingly unique stones (such as pink diamond, tanzanite, kunzite, or tourmaline), unique metals, and unusual methods of setting stones. Even if you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for among designer collections, there’s no better time than today to commission your own custom boho-style engagement ring!
If you’d like to learn more about engagement ring styles, don’t hesitate to get in touch with GMG Jewellers today! You can reach our Saskatoon, Saskatchewan showroom at (306) 665-8463!