2011 Engagement Ring Trends


Jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells us the top trends for engagement rings in 2011. From vintage to colored gemstones, get all the details on what type of diamond rings are in style.

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Holiday engagements were in full force this year and celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Leann Rimes got engaged with unique diamond rings with rare cuts and vintage accents. To kick of 2011, jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells us his top three engagement ring trends to look for in the coming year:

1. In 2011, we’ll see engagement rings with a variety of floral motifs inspired by the 70’s. Whether this design surrounds the center diamond, or it’s part of the band, much of this intricate detailing can only be accomplished in platinum. This style is ideal for the romantic bride.

2. Inspired by the hit television show “Mad Men,” classic dressing and classic engagement ring styles are back! Remember the timelessness of celebrities like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. Think the sophisticated elegance of a polished platinum setting with a solitaire diamond, or a vintage-inspired style with filigree. Investing in classic styles is not only a wise choice from a wear-ability standpoint, since they will never go out of fashion, but the investment in a platinum engagement ring means that the ring you purchase today will last for a lifetime and ready to hand down to future generations.

3. Fashion-wise, we’re seeing more colorful fabrics with exaggerated movement and ruffle detailing. This will translate into engagement ring designs by incorporating colored gemstones such as citrine, sapphire, and ruby, set into platinum. Since platinum is a naturally white metal, it will maximize the brilliance of all colored gemstones.

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