Head’s up! These 10 engagement ring and wedding band trends for 2019 will rock your finger.
Not only are engagement rings and wedding bands a symbol of commitment, love and promise, when gifted by the love of your life, these rings become even more precious. So, it is not surprising that couples today are searching high and low for the perfect rings before deciding on the one. To help couples along with their quest, we speak to four renowned jewellers, eClarity, Furrer Jacot, Lee Hwa Jewellery and Soo Kee Jewellery, on the up-and-coming trends for wedding rings and sussed out 10 engagement ring and wedding band trends that will be all the rage in 2019, so you can say “I do” to the trendiest rings in town.
Trending and Up-and-Coming Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Styles in 2019
Couples today are looking for something different and more representative of their personalities as individuals and as a couple for their once-in-a-lifetime from their wedding venue to the colour of their wedding dress, and now, to the bling on their finger. For 2018/19, couples are leaning towards these seven trending and up-and-coming wedding band styles for a more personalised and unique happily-ever-after.
An eClarity Tale of Love With Diamonds and Wedding Rings
In 2019, more and more couples will be leaning towards bespoke pieces for their engagement rings and wedding bands. “We expect wedding band trends to emerge on a higher level of customisation with mounted gemstones or birthstones,” Amanda Koo from eClarity shares. “Couples will be more persistent about having wedding bands that symbolise their love in a unique and personalised way.”
The gradual popularity of bespoke wedding rings is no surprise. In the same way that they wish to personalise their wedding day, couples are looking to customise their rings that reflect their personalities, love and story. “From the shape, texture, to each carefully encrusted stone, the wedding bands must completely encapsulate this unique connection between the couple,” Lucas Ruppli, Chief Designer at Furrer-Jacot adds.
Tansey and Phil’s Elegant-Chic Wedding in Malaysia by Samimage Photography
No longer just the choice of alternative brides, coloured gemstones are slowly gaining popularity among mainstream brides. As more couples opt for a higher level of personalisation in their weddings and wedding rings, they are looking for more unique gemstones to adorn their rings other than the good old diamond for jewellery that is one-of-a-kind.
Different Cuts of Gemstones
For centuries, the round solitaire has been every couple’s choice of cut for their wedding bands. Today, couples are leaning towards unusual cuts of gemstones for their rings as they demand for greater personalisation and uniqueness for their once-in-a-lifetime. Brides who yearn for something unique yet not too different from the traditional round solitaire can opt for Pear or Oval cuts while those who are set on a one-of-a-kind ring can go for the uncommon but unique Emerald or Marquise cuts.
Audrie and Eugene’s Dreamy Pre-Wedding Shoot by Smittenpixels Photography
This year, minimalism is coming out on tops, especially after Meghan Markle walked down the aisle in a beautiful, classic and minimalist wedding gown by Givenchy and attended her reception in an equally stunning dress by Stella McCartney. “Thinner wedding bands are gaining popularity these days because more couples wish to keep their wedding bands simple and minimalist,” Yu Xian, Brand Manager at Aspial-Lee Hwa Jewellery, observes.
So, it’s no wonder that couples are seeking to incorporate the minimalist trend into their wedding bands by opting for thinner or smaller bands. It also doesn’t hurt that thinner or smaller bands look more flattering on a bride’s slender fingers and might be easier to stack with her engagement ring.
Rose Gold Rings
Lorraine Z Rose Gold Wedding Bands by Soo Kee Jewellery
While the rose gold wedding band trend is no newcomer, it is here to stay in 2019. “Rose gold wedding bands are increasingly and continuously popular as young couples find it more unique and contemporary,” a Soo Kee Jewellery representative shares. A refreshing departure from the usual traditional yellow gold or the more common white gold rings, rose gold bands are modern, elegant, feminine, different and extremely flattering for fair to medium skin brides. So, it’s not difficult to see why this trend is still going on strong.
Rings in Different or a Mix of Finishes and Metals
An eClarity Tale of Love With Diamonds and Wedding Rings
Can’t come to an agreement if your wedding bands should be glossy or matte, in rose or white gold? Well, you don’t have to anymore. Wedding bands with a different finish and mix metal and finish rings will be the rage in 2019.
Wedding bands with a different finish (think matte instead of glossy) offers couples the option of something different without being too out of the world, while mix metal or finish rings are great for those who cannot agree on one metal or finish. Unique, flexible and modern, this contemporary wedding band trend also signifies the coming together and unity of two individuals despite your differences – exactly what your marriage should stand for.
Gone are the days where your wedding band has to match your engagement ring or even your groom’s wedding band. In 2019, complementary wedding bands will be trending as brides place more emphasis on their wedding bands as a standalone piece of jewellery rather than a companion to their engagement ring or their partner’s wedding band. With a greater demand for customisation and personalisation, complementary bands offer brides the freedom to express their individuality into a ring that signifies a promise of lifelong love, happiness, companionship, loyalty and fidelity.
Now, grooms also get to benefit from this trend of complementary wedding bands too. You get to choose a ring that you like and would wear on a daily basis instead of being forced to wear a wedding band with a splay of diamonds that matches your bride’s. In the same way going for complementary bands offer her the freedom to decide what she wants and input her personality, grooms get to design a ring that belongs only to them as well, so its a win-win situation.
Classic Styles That Are Trending in 2018/19
Sometimes, old is gold, and these stunning classic styles are definitely still swaying couples’ hearts in 2019. “Trends may come and go, but a classic design will never go out of style,” Lucas Ruppli, Chief Designer at Furrer-Jacot explains. “Years later, it will still be an elegant and timeless statement of a couple’s love.”
Yellow and White Gold Wedding Bands from Lee Hwa Jewellery
Stand aside rose and white gold – yellow gold is making a comeback in 2019. “With more contemporary designs to choose from, more young couples are going for yellow gold because of its timeless and classic look,” Yu Xian, Brand Manager at Aspial-Lee Hwa Jewellery predicts.
“Easy to keep clean and does not dull easily, yellow gold is regaining popularity as its warm yellow gold tones gives it an enduring and high quality character that withstands the test of time,” Lucas Ruppli, Chief Designer at Furrer-Jacot adds. So, stay on trend and opt for yellow gold wedding bands instead!
Channel-set Eternity Diamond Band from Soo Kee Jewellery
Another wedding band trend that is no stranger to brides but is here to stay is the eternity rings. “Timeless and classic, eternity rings symbolise an eternal love,” Amanda explains. “The continuous array of diamonds on the band of an eternity ring is a perpetual expression of love in a never-ending circle.” Eternity rings are also really versatile as gifts. They can be worn as an engagement ring or wedding band, or given as an anniversary gift or a present for other milestones.
Milgrain Matterhorn Rings from Furrer Jacot, available at Lee Hwa Jewellery
With couples paying more attention to the design and feel of their wedding bands in 2018/19, milgrain designs are quickly gaining popularity due to its intricate details and unique heirloom look. “Each decorative design gives the piece a sense of intricacy, allowing the wearer to feel its texture,” Lucas Ruppli, Chief Designer at Furrer-Jacot elaborates. The degree of design, intricacy and craftsmanship needed to create a milgrain ring lends a sort of uniqueness and character to the ring that cannot be replicated, making it a perfect trend for once-in-a-lifetime wedding bands.
More Wedding Band Shopping Tips From The Experts
“Couples should attend non-obligatory talks by professionals to understand their needs better and learn about customising jewellery from how to tell the quality of gemstones to the different types of gold, finishes, broadness and ways to mount the stones,” Amanda shares.
“Plan ahead of time and create mood boards of your preferred style of ring if you are planning on customising your wedding bands,” Yu Xian, Brand Manager at Aspial-Lee Hwa Jewellery says. “Couples should also take into account their lifestyle before choosing their rings to ensure a comfortable fit. Last but not least, shop for your wedding bands together!”
“Give yourselves ample time to shop for your wedding bands, ideally three to four months before your big day so that you have sufficient time for customisation or ring alteration,” Soo Kee Jewellery’s representative advises. “Most importantly, always set a budget for your ring shopping so you don’t end up overspending beyond your means.”
Credits: Feature Image from Romantic Opulence on The Bay Wedding Styled Shoot at Monti at 1-Pavilion by The Beautiful Moment Photography //cropped ; All other images courtesy of eClarity, Lee Hwa Jewellery, Furrer Jacot and Soo Kee Jewellery.