Ah, hello love month (a.k.a February > a.k.a. Valentine’s Day). While a Hallmark holiday, this time of year naturally gets all of our hearts-a-flutter thinking of our beloved and all the ways we love them!
“When will they propose?” we think, directly before thinking: “AND WHAT WILL THE RING LOOK LIKE?!”
Engagement rings are an age-old tradition to commemorate our “eternal” love for each other - a bold shining beacon of our bathrobes affections to wear for the world to see! Like standing atop of a metaphorical mountain to declare your undying devotion - except that mountain is in the shape of a diamond that sits elegantly on your left hand.
Anthropologists believed this tradition originated from a Roman custom in which wives wore rings attached to small keys, indicating their husbands' ownership - my how times have changed! (#GIRLBOSS)
In 1477, Archduke Maximilian of Austria commissioned the very first engagement ring on record for his love, Mary of Burgundy. This sparked a trend for rings among European aristocracy and nobility. The Victorians then introduced this trend to the mainstream where it continued to grow in popularity - now a tradition the world-over and an industry worth upwards of $16 Billion dollars and rising!
Rooted in ancient tradition, engagement rings have naturally evolved in style over decades and decades of different cultural and ethical influences. With so many styles and options to choose from it can become a daunting task when it’s time to choose “THE ONE” - that’s where we come in! Here’s a curated list of the top three engagement ring styles/trends in 2019 to pass on to your BFF so she can tell your future hubby (*HINT, HINT*).
1) The Vintage Ring
Stand out from the crowd with a unique, one-of-a-kind vintage ring - the perfect way of paying homage to the past with a contemporary twist on an antique style. Something like our Emerald Cut Amethyst Ring. This 14K yellow gold vintage cocktail ring is set with a luscious, purple amethyst which shimmers and shines with vibrant violet reflections. Set in a lovely vintage mounting, this piece is the ultimate combination of old-world-charm in the 21st century. Sure to stand the test of time, you’ll fall in love forever with this stunner.
2) The Contemporary Ring
Sleek and clean, we’ve seen a movement towards a more contemporary looking engagement ring in recent years. Architectural in shape and built for durability our Wide Swan Engagement Ring is the perfect example of this trend. Set in 18K yellow gold (another huge trend thanks to a certain new Princess… *cough* Meghan Markle), the center stone is a 100% Natural Certified Diamond set in a four prong setting. The ultimate in understated elegance, this beauty is bound to be loved and passed down for generations to come.
3) The Minimalist Ring
In an era so immersed in consumerism, we’ve seen a recent shift towards a more understated and minimal approach to style - a bit of a rebellion from the bold and flashy trends of yesteryear (move over, Kardashians!). This is apparent from fashion to lifestyle to home decor + more (hello, Marie Kondo!) - less really IS more. This ethos is perfectly embodied in our Dorit’s Classic Engagement Ring a delicate 18K yellow gold band that houses a six-prong setting and a 100% Natural Certified Diamond. This is for the woman that prefers the simpler things in life. The one that embodies style and grace. If this ring were a celebrity, it would be Grace Kelly.
We hope this little guide will help when choosing which ME Engagement Ring you’ll want to share forever with! We have no doubts that whatever ring you choose, it will have a timeless appearance and a quality like none-other. If you have any questions about our engagement ring options or wish to add something custom or unique, please send us a message. We’d love to be part of your love story and share in your happily ever after story!