5 Engagement Ring Trends to Swoon Over According to Top Designer Neil Lane
You may know jeweler-to-the-stars Neil Lane from his role as the official jewelry designer for The Bachelor. But long before reality stars were proposing with one of Lane’s eye-poppingly gorgeous engagement rings, he was falling in love with vintage pieces in Paris and launching a period jewelry collection. Flash forward to 2019, and the Brooklyn-born star in his own right, who has a flagship store in Los Angeles, is partnered up with Kay Jewelers offering us mere mortals the opportunity to wear sparkling baubles on our ring fingers just like celebrities. MyWedding talked to Lane about the biggest engagement ring trends for what’s known in the biz as “proposal season,” A.K.A. the holidays. From a clean aesthetic, which is all about geometric shapes and minimalism, to bands featuring a pop of color like garnet and quartz, to daring diamond shapes such as pear and oval-cut, to modern metals like rose gold, here’s everything you need to know about the most up-to-date engagement ring fashions.
Do you think the engagement ring trends we are seeing have to do with the rise in popularity of vintage styles?
“Absolutely! Pear-shaped stones, for instance, have resurfaced as a very popular trend,” Lane tells MyWedding. He adds, “My mother had a pear-shaped diamond, so the stone holds a special meaning for me and has even inspired a number of the designs in my collection at Kay Jewelers.”
What trends, like color or diamond shape, are most popular with celebrities?
“Many celebrities are asking for ‘modern’ designs, combining straight lines, contrasting stones and unconventional details,” Lane explains. “A white diamond accented by smaller black diamonds or an emerald-cut stone with a split shank, for example, embody Old Hollywood glamour, and offer unconventional takes on otherwise classic looks.” He adds, “Colored diamonds and gemstones were once an avant-garde choice, but their popularity has also heightened and brightened.”
Is there a danger in combining too many trends like rose gold and pear-shape and morganite, or just go for it?
“If you absolutely love a trend, or multiple trends, go for it!” Lane advises. “Couples today are looking for unique designs and unexpected combinations like pairing two differently shaped stones together and mixing metals like rose gold and platinum. With so many customizable options out there, everyone can find a ring that works with their personality and style.”
If she loves these trends, how can a bride know she will love her engagement ring forever?
“Always be true to your heart,” Lane counsels. “Your ring should celebrate you, so don’t choose something just because it’s the latest trend or will impress your friends. A ring that makes you smile, one that you can see yourself wearing years and years from now, is the ring you want.”
Rose gold is everywhere! Do you think it’s here to stay?
“As romantic designs become increasingly popular, I think it’s safe to say that rose gold will be around for a while,” Lane tells MyWedding. “Pretty hues, combined with delicate details, celebrate love and happiness.”
What types of wedding bands pair best with the new engagement ring trends?
“I’m a big fan of diamond wedding bands. A diamond band calls attention to the center stone of a ring and adds a little extra sparkle.” Lane adds, “I always say the more sparkle the better!”
These trends seem like a great way for people to express themselves! Where’s the best place to start if you love one of these new trends?
“Check out my Neil Lane Bridal collection at Kay. Whether you’re a trend seeker or a traditionalist, there are beautiful, one-of-a-kind options for everyone.”
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