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Shopping for an engagement ring? This year's most in-demand styles are...

June 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM ET

From oval cuts made popular by celebs like Blake Lively to a sprinkling of colored stones, we found three standout engagement ring trends that will withstand the test of time. While the classic round solitaire will never go out of style, brides (and their fiancés) today have a whole world of shapes, settings and colors to choose from. Which engagement ring styles are most in-demand? We asked Jennifer Gandia, owner of New York’s chic Greenwich Jewelers, to share the hottest trends:

The trend: Oval cuts
Blame it on Blake Lively, whose stunning pink diamond engagement ring has converted many brides to the elegance of ovals. “Oval-shaped diamonds and gems are hands-down the hottest shape in engagement rings right now,” reveals Gandia. “While they’re traditionally set vertically, we have seen a number of couples choose rings with a horizontal-set oval for a contemporary look.”

Oval diamond ring with pear side stones


oval diamond ring with pear side stones
Russell Starr / Kwiat

Two pear-shaped diamonds flank this dazzling oval — it’s a classic three-stone with a modern twist. (Kwiat oval diamond ring, price upon request, kwiat.com)

Peach gold granulated oval diamond ring

Reinstein Ross Alternating Braid ring
Reinstein Ross

Love exploring the antiquities collection at the Met? Then this 20-karat peach gold ring, inspired by ancient gold jewelry, is for you. (Reinstein Ross Alternating Braid ring, price upon request, reinsteinross.com)

Oval yellow diamond ring

Kwiat oval diamond ring
Kwiat

Set “east-to-west,” this fancy yellow diamond ring is like wearing sunlight on your hand. (Kwiat oval diamond ring, price upon request, kwiat.com)

The trend: Colored stones
“We’re seeing many couples who want more color in their engagement rings,” says Gandia. “Some are selecting uncommon colored gems, such as morganite or tourmaline, while others use mixed metals or rough or colored diamonds.” Either way, there’s a rainbow of beautiful options from which to choose.

Pink tourmaline ring

Danhov ‘Abbracio’ ring
Danhov

Icy white diamonds put a spotlight on this rich berry-toned tourmaline. Bonus: The color’s stunning on all complexions, from pale to olive to ebony. (Danhov ‘Abbracio’ ring, $4,430, greenwichjewelers.com)

Sapphire halo ring

Brilliant Earth sapphire ‘Harmony’ ring
Brilliant Earth

Inspired by Kate Middleton’s iconic bauble? This deep blue sapphire is a regal stand-in. (Brilliant Earth sapphire ‘Harmony’ ring, $3,425, brilliantearth.com)

Emerald and sapphire ring

Betteridge Collection emerald ring with sapphire surround
JAMES KATT / Betteridge Collection

Why settle for one color when you can wear two? This unusual piece features an emerald-cut emerald center stone surrounded by pave sapphires. Think of it as couture color-block. (Betteridge Collection emerald ring with sapphire surround, $27,000 at betteridge.com)

The trend: Eternity bands
“Increasingly we are seeing couples picking bold diamond bands as an engagement ring and wedding band in one,” says Gandia. “This is a major shift away from the classic look and is the perfect choice for someone who wants to create a stack of bands over time.”

Pink gold bezel set diamond band

De Beers ‘Adonis’ band
De Beers

The details on this band are simply stunning. Inspired by a rose vine, it features bezel-set marquise diamonds, waves of pave and a pink gold settings. (De Beers ‘Adonis’ band, $3,700 at debeers.com)

Rose cut diamond band

Kwiat Vintage Collection rose cut band
Kwiat

Rose cuts — an antique cut of diamond that’s back in fashion — are known for their dimensional, faceted shapes and diffuse sparkle. Stack this beauty with more bands or wear it on its own. (Kwiat Vintage Collection rose cut band, $4,250 at kwiat.com)

Five row pave diamond band

Greenwich Ceremony Collection diamond band
Greenwich Ceremony Collection

Five rows of diamonds will catch the light with every move of your hand—bling at its most sophisticated. (Greenwich Ceremony Collection diamond band, $4,850, greenwichjewelers.com)



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