A Matter of Brilliance is a professional jewelry appraisal company based in Newton, MA, founded by Aimee Berrent, Graduate Gemologist. Our appraisals can be used to:
Engagement rings bring to mind a sparkling diamond. But millennial brides want something more individual—a ring that speaks to their own interests and lifestyle.
Here are some current trends in engagement rings, as noted by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA):
- Geometric shapes: Move over, circles and ovals, and make way for rectangles, triangles, and pears.
- Whimsical designs: Off-center stones; uncut natural stones with rough surfaces instead of facets.
- Unique bands: Instead of a simple band, rings have split and bejeweled bands. Plus, we’re seeing more mixed metals, like rose gold and white gold, in the same ring.
- Stackables: More than just an engagement and wedding ring set, brides are adding 2 or more bands for extra effect.
A BIG trend: Rainbows of colored stones
While the traditional engagement ring had a clear diamond, other gems, like sapphires and emeralds, have been popular. The use of colored stones has exploded. Tiffany is now featuring a ring with a large aquamarine, surrounded by two circles of diamonds.
More and more brides-to-be are choosing a rainbow of stones:
- Fancy yellow/brown/black/pink/blue diamonds
- Tanzanite, with a bright blue/purple hue
- Topaz, in blue, yellow, green, pink, purple, vibrant orange, and red
- Alexandrite, which turns different colors in the light—the GIA describes it as “Green in sunlight. Red in lamplight.”
- The bride’s birthstone
- Even pearls!
If you’re considering a non-traditional ring
- Consider the stone’s durability. That opal may be breathtaking but it’s not as durable as others, which may not work well in a ring.
- You love the ring now, but think about the future. A super-trendy ring may not stand the test of time.
- Do some homework on the stone you’re considering. Will it be in your price range? What sorts of treatments has the stone had?
As a GIA Graduate Gemologist, I’m ready to help you with the stones you’re considering, including appraising your engagement ring, and supplying you with the documentation you’ll need when it’s time to insure it.
Romantically yours, Aimee