This Engagement Ring Style Is Officially No Longer as Popular

Lauren Eggertsen

If deciding what to order at a restaurant gives you anxiety, then the idea of choosing an engagement ring—one of the biggest fashion commitments you'll ever make—is probably not sitting too well with you right now. Between the various diamond cuts, metals, settings, and price points, even attempting to find a place to start this shopping endeavor is a challenge in itself. Well, thanks to private jeweler and founder of The Clear Cut, Olivia Landau, it no longer has to be.

Olivia and I recently sat down for a quick coffee so I could pick her brain on all things diamond related. After all, it's not every day you're in the presence of a GIA graduate and fourth-generation diamantaire. I quickly learned that, like with anything in fashion, there are trends that pump through the engagement ring market, and the one trend that's currently decreasing in popularity had me quite shocked—pavé halo rings.

"In the past year, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of requests for diamond pavé halo engagement rings," Olivia informed me. "For quite a while, the halo ring was one of the most coveted engagement ring designs, providing the center diamond with some extra sparkle and the illusion of a larger size. The halo consists of tiny pavé-set diamonds that frame the center stone, which can make the diamond appear a carat or two larger than its actual size. I like to think of a halo as a push-up bra for your diamond."

"However, like in fashion, trends come and go with jewelry and engagement rings as well. Perhaps the halo's initial surge in popularity is the [reason for] its current decrease in popularity. When girls see all of their friends with the same rings, they tend to lean toward getting something slightly different. As a result, we are seeing a shift to more unique diamond cuts and simpler ring designs." Unique cuts? Simpler designs? You know we pressed her for more information and thankfully, she obliged by telling us the most popular engagement ring trends of the moment. Whether you're currently in the market for an engagement ring or are one of those girls looking to update your wishful wedding Pinterest board (no shame), the engagement ring trends ahead are definitely worth knowing about.

Go on to find out which engagement ring trends are increasing in popularity and what Olivia has to say about each, and then shop our favorite selects.

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