Buying Engagement Rings Dublin in 2020
As with all things, engagement ring trends come and go so we are taking a future outlook on what trends will be popular in the coming year. However, it is important to keep in mind that there are very few engagement ring trends that are considered ‘out of fashion’ but these are simply trends that we think will be spiking for 2020.
Halo and melee set engagement rings rapidly grew in popularity over the last few years, however, simple solitaire styles have restored their dominant position in the market and there is no sign of customer preferences shifting away from them them any time soon. Solitaires are truly a timeless design, featuring just a single diamond on a plain band – it is hard to go wrong! The beauty of the solitaire is its subtlety, in that, the diamond is showcased without any distractions and focus is kept on the centre piece. Not all solitaires are the same – they can come in all shapes and sizes, they can have the classic 4-prong setting, or be set in a compass setting, the band can be straight or have a more twist-style setting, the options go on! So, despite their more simple appearance, it is the details that make all the difference! See here for our range of solitaire rings.
Three stone rings are also in the midst of a spike in their popularity and this does coincide with the increase in popularity of solitaires, as both styles would be considered elegant and a more classic style. The variations of the design of a three-stone ring are endless and you can combine almost all fancy diamond shapes together in order to create your perfect look! This style has also been particularly popular among celebrities. Multi-stone rings can also be worn as eternity rings or ‘just because’ rings, meaning they are a very versatile style. Trilogy rings can also be created with a gemstone centre, allowing for a more eye-catching and interesting look. See here for our range of three-stone rings.
Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Although 18k white gold is still our most popular choice for most couples, there is no doubt that 18k yellow gold is enjoying a revival that is looking set to continue into the coming year. Yellow gold suits many complexions and definitely oozes the classic vibe many seek for their engagement ring. Yellow gold suits all styles of settings and is also a great complement to many gemstones such as emeralds and sapphires which helps create a more antique-inspired look. The beauty of yellow gold is that it is also one of the easiest metals to maintain as unlike 18k white gold where the issue is that the yellow gold in the alloy begins to come through, requiring the wearer to need the rhodium re-plated, this is not an issue with yellow gold. This metal just needs a polishing when you feel it is due. The influx in popularity of this metal may be attributed to the increased number of celebrities who are sporting this metal – including, Emily Ratajkowski, Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lawrence. All of our settings can be made in the metal of your choice, including 18k yellow gold.
Lab Grown Diamonds
Lab grown diamonds have grown exponentially in popularity this year, and we can see why. These stones are identical to natural diamonds in terms of physical, chemical and visual properties with the only difference being their origin. Natural diamonds form under intense pressure, and high temperatures, deep in the Earth’s crust and make their way up to the Earth’s surface. In contrast, as the name suggest, lab-grown diamonds are created in the lab in conditions that replicate how natural diamonds are formed. These stones are a fraction of the cost of natural diamonds and this is due to their cost effective nature, given that the most expensive element of a typical diamond supply chain is cut-out – the mining. To find out more about this diamond alternative, see here for our blog, that also discusses moissanites, another great natural diamond alternative. All of our settings can be set with natural diamonds, moissanites or lab-grown diamonds.
These are just a few of the trends that are expected to dominate in the coming year, but the list is by no means exhaustive. Also, personal tastes always outweighs market trends so when buying your engagement ring it is essential to prioritise what you feel you would still be in love with in 50 years time rather than focusing on what’s more popular now.
To see some of the styles discussed above, pop into us in our Dublin store, located in the Powerscourt Townhouse where we are happy to help you find your perfect ring.