Trend Spotlight: Colorful Engagement Rings
Trendy brides-to-be are increasingly opting for colored diamonds. Nontraditional engagement diamond colors, like yellow and pink, let brides-to-be stand out from the crowd. Kelly Clarkson’s yellow canary diamond engagement ring is a true stunner and made even more special by the fact it was custom-designed by her husband, Brandon Blackstock. Not to be out done, fellow American Idol alum Carrie Underwood has been sporting a flawless, yellow diamond engagement ring since her 2009 engagement to hockey player Mike Fisher. Perhaps the most stunning celebrity engagement ring belongs to Blake Lively, who wears an extremely rare seven-carat pink diamond set in delicate rose gold and pave diamonds.
For even bolder statements, brides are opting for colorful center gems like sapphires, rubies and emeralds, which give off an instant, vintage vibe. When Evan Ross proposed to Ashlee Simpson, he opted for a unique Art Deco-style engagement ring that features a 5-carat marquise-cut diamond accented with rubies and 140 small white diamonds. Ashlee’s sister Jessica Simpson also has her own ruby-and-diamond engagement ring, with the center 5-carate ruby selected to honor Jessica’s July birthday.
The resurgence of gemstone engagement rings is thanks in part to Prince William’s decision to propose to bride Kate Middleton with his late-mother Princess Diana’s stunning sapphire and diamond ring. The 18-carat oval sapphire is surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in 18-karat white gold– truly a ring fit for a queen!
Are your engagement ring dreams in color? Here’s how to use the 4C’s when evaluating a colored diamond:
- Color. Unlike clear diamonds the goal here is color intensity, depth and richness of color. The more intense the color, the more rare (and valuable) the diamond will be. Check to be sure that the diamond is certified as naturally colored and that it has not been exposed to potential irritants like dyes or irradiation.
- Clarity. Clarity matters less for colored diamonds, since the color tends to mask the diamond’s inclusions. If you are flanking your central colored diamond with a colorless diamond setting, check that these smaller diamonds have a high clarity rating, which will enhance their natural brilliance.
- Cut. Unlike colorless diamonds that are cut to emphasize brilliance, colored diamonds are cut primarily to emphasize their color. In fact, too much brilliance can sometimes detract from a diamond’s natural color. When selecting a diamond, be sure the cut flatters the color and does not detract.
- Carat. Since both colored diamonds and large diamonds are rare findings, expect the cost for a colored diamond to rise dramatically with the carat weight.
Do you dream of a colorful engagement ring but are not sure if a colored diamond is right for you? You can still add color to the ring by opting for colorful accent stones. Sapphires, emeralds and rubies are all popular accent stone options that can give your solitaire diamond a unique look. Or opt for a traditional diamond in a rose gold setting; the rosy, feminine hue is universally flattering for all skin tones.