Times are changing: it’s time to be bold, to be you, and express yourself in ways you never even thought were possible.
While diamond engagement rings have endured as the standard for proposals for centuries, the true hallmark of love and commitment for loving couples the world over, the changing tides of jewelry trends have opened the door to a world of originality.
Industry giants are now beginning to cater to those who want to be unique, to make a statement with the creation of a truly bold and personalised engagement ring. Mixed metal bands and colored gemstones are some of the ways the jewelry industry is changing for the inclusive good.
Gone are the days where mixing metals was frowned upon, like double denim or mixing prints. Click To Tweet Now, each day we see women confidently stacking wedding and eternity rings of vastly different metals with their engagement rings.
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Three pave diamond eternity rings set into their corresponding gold color.
In recent years, the combination of contrasting mixed metals, such as gold and platinum, has become a favorite for both stylish men and women looking to break the mould. We’ve seen in an increase in metallic tones across the entire jewelry and fashion industries – from champagne diamonds and the rise of rose gold to fashion accessories such as headphones and clutch bags with metallic finishes.
Mixed metal rings afford you more styling possibilities, eliminating the need to match all your jewelry from the day of your proposal. Best of all, it opens up the options when it comes to mixing your engagement ring with a different color wedding band.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of individual and distinctive combinations of mixed metals and colored gemstones for you to try, all of which truly allow you to express yourself. Combinations abound, such as rubies or pink sapphires set into blushy rose gold; the bluish tones seen in emeralds, enhanced when set into buttery yellow gold or blue sapphires set into bright white gold or icy platinum – each metal vividly enhancing their centre stone’s color tones.
Not just limited to enhancing the color of your center stone, your metal choice can compliment your skin tone too. Rose gold works well with all skin tones which explains its increase in popularity in jewelry and accessories. White metal tends to work best with fairer complexions, while yellow gold tends to favor medium to dark complexions.
This ring makes a statement with an emerald set into yellow gold, highlighting the stone’s striking color. Notice the white diamond is set in platinum to enhance its brilliance – an example of a mixed metal engagement ring perfectly enhancing the colors and tones of its gemstones.
‘Moi et toi’ style engagement ring with emerald cut white diamond and emerald.
As well as mixing metals, some women are even going further, choosing stones that were once neglected over the timeless diamond engagement ring, such as ruby, morganite, tourmaline, emerald, tanzanite and sapphire. Many style mavens, like the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, are at the forefront of this jewelry revolution.
The Duchess has a sapphire engagement ring set into a white gold band, while her wedding band is yellow gold – a wonderfully unique mix which women from all walks of life are emulating.
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The power of colored gemstones
With the Duchess leading the way, other influencers have climbed aboard the colored gemstone trend with gusto; Eva Longoria’s choice of ruby, Halle Berry’s emerald, and Penelope Cruz’s sapphire center stone means each of these distinctly unique women has a ring to match.
Colored gemstones are about being daring and adventurous; go big and go bold! Click To Tweet Gemstones give you the opportunity to express your personal style and use colors that compliment your complexion. If you work with your hands or lead an active lifestyle, the best gemstones to choose are sapphires and rubies as they will hold up well against everyday wear and tear.
For those wanting to choose a rare and unique colored gemstone, Paraìba tourmalines and Padparadscha sapphires are excellent choices. Paraìba tourmalines, with their neon bluishgreen hue, come exclusively from a single mine in Paraìba, Brazil while Padparadscha sapphires, known for their perfect balance of pink and orange, like a Santorinian sunset, are only sourced in Sri Lanka.
The demand and popularity of colored gemstones is undeniable, and now is the perfect time to join those in pushing the boundaries of jewelry trends.
Having the confidence to mix both metals and colored gemstones opens up a world of fashion flexibility. At Rare Pink, they make sure your custom engagement ring design truly matches your personality – there truly is no limit beyond your imagination.