#6 – The Edgy Engagement Ring Style
By far the trendiest of all 8 styles, the edgy engagement ring style continues to gain momentum in the jewelry industry. It’s an animal all its own. Wildly popular with your inner rocker and even tolerated by your inner schoolmarm (black is a classy color after all), it’s now a beloved fashion statement thanks to a little movie titled Sex and the City 2. Sure Carmen Electra had a black diamond engagement ring long before SJP… but there’s no one that can create a firestorm in the jewelry industry like Carrie Bradshaw. I don’t know how long this trend will stick around, but judging by the ripple effect black diamonds have had, I’m guessing it’ll be awhile before this trend fades to grey.
1. Anna Sheffield 2. Atelier Minyon 3. Kyle Anne via Etsy 4. Monique Pean 5. Sarah Perlis 6. Anna Sheffield 7. DeMaria Italia 8. Yael Designs 9. Anna Sheffield 10. Atelier Minyon 11. Nora Kogan 12. Itay Malkin
Characteristics: Black antiquing (black rhodium over gold, making the metal look dark), natural black or white diamonds, and an almost Gothic element.
Pros: This is such an awesome style and noticeably unique; and if you prefer your diamond to have a more rugged, raw look to it (like #10 by Atelier Minyon), your ring will likely be one-of-a-kind. How cool is that?
Cons: If you’re looking for a ring that sparkles, you may have to leave that up to your wedding band, or the melee diamonds that accent the engagement ring (if there are any). Black diamonds absorb light and don’t allow much refraction. There is very little fire in comparison to a white diamond. The wow factor comes from the color, not the sparkle.
Black rhodium plating is extremely popular right now. It’s a finish that’s added to metal to make it darker, and unfortunately it’s not permanent. Because this is the piece of jewelry that you wear all day everyday right next to your skin, the rhodium finish can wear off. You may have to have it redone on a somewhat regular basis. Depending on your body chemistry or even your occupation, the plating may wear off faster than it would for others. So like all engagement rings, be aware of what you’re doing with it on. Just a side note: black rhodium is not likely to turn your skin black… Your finger won’t look like it was abducted by an alien.
High Polish Favorite: I fancy #4 – a one-of-a-kind ring from Monique Pean. It’s edgy and geometric, and I absolutely love the center diamond. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a diamond cut like that. It’s gorgeous.
What do you think about these rings? Is this a style you could rock?