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Top Diamond TrendsMarch 22, 2019 - Diamond Articles
Diamonds may be forever, but they are no exception when it comes to trends. As a gemologist, I see different diamond styles and diamond trends come in and out of fashion every year. Whether it’s a preference for more traditional cuts or a move towards a specific time period of jewelry designs, diamonds tastes are constantly shifting and evolving.
Let’s look back at last years’ top diamond trends:
- Top diamond trends
- Most popular diamond jewelry styles
- Most popular engagement ring styles
- Affordable diamond jewelry
Top Diamond Trends
The top diamond trend last year was cushion cut diamonds. The cushion cut diamond gets its name from its pillow-like shape. Combining a square cut with rounded corners, the cushion has been around for almost 200 years. For the first century of its existence, it was considered the most popular diamond shape, the de facto diamond of the 20th century, and it made a comeback last year.
The cushion cut is a popular center diamond in an engagement ring thanks to it’s soft, rounded edges.
The modified brilliant-cut marquise diamond hails its name from King Louis XIV of France. Allegedly King Louis XIV was so fascinated with the Marquise de Pompadour’s mouth that he had a stone fashioned to resemble its outline.
The marquise cut gives an illusion of having a greater size, due to a long and narrow shape, as well as a large crown surface area. Universally flattering, it gives semblance of elongated fingers for its wearer and saw a resurgence last year.
There has been a rise in popularity for diamond engagement rings with a marquise center stone. For those looking for a striking, unique ring, opt for a marquise diamond in a solitaire setting.
A fun diamond trend to emerge last year was the resurgence of the trillion cut. Developed in Amsterdam, the trillion cut was initially created as an accent stone. While typically used to flank a center stone of a different cut, we are seeing an increase in trillion’s used as center stones.
Last year, the cut has flourished into its own, and has become a look for the cutting edge and adventurous, triangular in shape and daring in concept. This cut is for those looking for a statement piece, as opposed to a more traditional center stone.
Most Popular Diamond Jewelry Styles
As always, history repeats itself: Gwyneth Paltrow famously donned a diamond choker when she accepted her Oscar in 1999 and we often associate the choker as a trend from the 90’s. The reality is that chokers have had their fair share of time travel.
From noblewomen of the middle ages stamping pendants of Saint Sebastian to protect themselves from the bubonic plague, to young women of the French revolution attending the secret victim’s ball wearing red ribbons around their necks to mimic the guillotined, chokers have had their place in history. Last year, top models and celebrities such as Kendal Jenner and Rihanna wear them often, proving that they stand the test of time as a fashion accessory.
2. Ear Climbers
Seen on the runway at Saint Laurent and others, diamond ear climbers climbed their way to the top last year. Another take on a 90’s trend, ear climbers can be adapted to any occasion, at any time of the day, and be dressed up or down. They give wearers the edgy look of having multiple piercings, without the reality of getting them.
Most Popular Engagement Ring Styles
The top engagement ring trend is for diamond rings with detail.
Embellished, vintage inspired settings made their way back last year. The dainty romance of lace-like rings created in gold and platinum replaced the plain bands of years past. Engagement rings with the essence and look of being timeless heirlooms are increasingly popular.
2. Rose Gold
Move over yellow gold and white gold: the trendiest editions last year included rose gold engagement rings.
With a hint of copper mixed into the gold creating a pink glow, rose gold became the metal of choice for those looking for something different. Often, these rings were set with rose cut or raw diamonds and were designed to be stacked with bands for future anniversaries
3. Art Deco
As the beloved Art Deco period made a splash again, the settings for jewelry from that period made a splash too. Favoring feminine, yet strong shapes and designs, Deco jewelry features angular lines, diamond pave and blue sapphires galore. A period ruled by great design houses, their diamond works very much came back into the market last year.
As minimalism made waves last year, so did more angular and edgy designs. With rectangle, triangle and pyramid shapes outlining the edges of accessories, there was a movement last year to value clean, yet understated lines in diamond jewelry. This aesthetic works particularly well at the office, where minimalist, contemporary designs can elevate any outfit without overpowering.
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