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Welcome to engagement season! If you’re waiting for a proposal, November through February just might be the moment when you get to say “Yes!”—which means you’ve probably got a full of engagement rings and may have already tried a few on. And while we’ll always love a classic engagement ring (think solitaires, pavé bands, and sparkling round-cut stones set in platinum or white gold), there’s always something new and totally jaw-dropping to consider. So if 2018 is looking like your , now’s the time to dive into the up-and-coming trends. We turned to four jewelry designers for their insider take on what you won’t want to miss when you head to the jewelry store.

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

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Jemma Wynne 18k Rose Gold One of a Kind Open Ring with prong set diamond pear and cut pink sapphire, Price Upon Request, from .

Unique Stone Shapes

“Traditional stone cuts will always be popular, but we’re seeing more and more brides opting for a shape that’s a little bit different,” Klatt says. She loves the shield cut, an angular shape that’s a far cry from your classic round stone.

Jemma Wynne 18k Rose Gold One of a Kind Cigar Band with diamond shield and pave diamonds, $6,720, from .

East-West Settings

“This style has been around for a little while, but I see the trend getting even stronger this year,” says Lizzie Mandler, CEO of . “I have set almost every shape this way, from a marquise or to a pear or emerald-cut stone. It’s a great way to take a simple silhouette and make it unique.”

Lizzie Mandler Fine Jewelry East-West Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring. Price Upon Request, from .

Engagement Eternity Bands

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 Mandler. “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.”

Lizzie Mandler Fine Jewelry Trillion Eternity Band, $22,000, from .

Colored Stones

“We try to offer something for everyone, and ever since we added Morganite to our collection, this gorgeous gem has gotten a lot of love,” says . “I love to use the peachy stones in rose gold, but some of the paler pink stones have a blueish hue, so they look beautiful in yellow gold.”

Anna Sheffield Bea Three Stone Ring in Yellow Gold with Peach Morganite (11x7mm), $4,400, from .

Chevron Bands

“We have a lot of brides mixing v-shaped bands into their ceremonial sets, even next to classic round engagement rings,” says Sheffield. “We added a few new shapes that fall somewhere between curved and pointed. The Orbit bands are shallow, with almost a “{“ shape, while the Chrysalis band has a deep v reminiscent of calligraphy. They stack beautifully, and also make a statement when worn alone.”

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Anna Sheffield Nesting Suite No. 19, $3,680, from .

Rose Gold

“This trend is here to stay,” says . “But I recommend a slightly different take, opting for the setting that holds the center stone to be in platinum or white gold, even if the rest of the ring is in a colored metal. Diamonds can take on the color of the metal they’re set in, so mixing metals within the ring will show a diamond in its best light.”

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Selin Kent Custom Rose Gold Engagement Ring, Price Upon Request, from .

Oval-Cut Diamonds

“Oval diamonds are becoming a popular alternative to both round and emerald shapes,” says Kent. “The elongated shape is so elegant, and can make your fingers look more slender.” She loves that the shape varies from stone to stone and therefore can be chosen based on how it looks on your hand. “Some prefer a more elongated oval, while others prefer one that is more round.” The most classic length-to-width ratio is between 1.4 to 1.6. “Just watch out for the bowtie effect, which happens when light doesn’t bounce back in the middle of the stone. It leads to a dark bowtie shape across the center, so search for a stone where this effect is less pronounced.”

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Selin Kent Custom Oval Diamond Engagement Ring. Price Upon Request, from .

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If any of these trends tickle your fancy, here are shopping tips straight from the designers themselves to help you find your :

● “It’s crucial to find a jeweler you trust,” says Mandler. “This is a special process, and shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all.” She emphasizes the importance of trust and honesty. “Sadly, there is a lot of deception in diamond buying. Find someone who will really guide you through the process. If you click, the diamond-buying process will be much easier, and you’ll end up with a ring that really represents your aesthetic.”

● “Try on as many rings as you can,” says Klatt. “I can’t tell you how often brides think they know exactly what they want, and then, once it’s on their hand, realize the shape or style doesn’t suit them at all. Try on a variety of styles to see how they’ll look on your hand, from stone shapes to colors of metal, before you commit to one style. Plus, it’s so fun to spend a weekend popping into jewelry stores and playing with diamonds!”

● Shop for a stone in person. “Seeing a diamond or other in real life allows you to see whether there is ‘life’ in them,” Sheffield says. “Lower-quality gemstones can often be dull in person.”

● Consider timeless options. “Your engagement ring is something you’ll have forever, and might even pass on someday,” says Wynne Lalin. “If you’re torn between a trendy option and something totally classic, go with the one that will stand the test of time.”

● Don’t do too much research online. “There is a lot of conflicting information out there, and it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction,” Mandler says. “Use the internet to start the process, but shop in person. This way you can ask questions, put together the pieces, and have a great experience.”

● If you’re shopping for a chevron band, try them on in person if you can. “This way you can see how they’ll fit together with your ring, and build a dramatic stack,” says Sheffield.

● Get what you like! “Brides ask me all the time if trends will go out of style, and my answer is always, ‘Who cares?’” Mandler explains. “If you love it, get it. If you don’t wear any white gold, for example, why start with your engagement ring?”

Source : https://www.brides.com/story/engagement-ring-trends

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