Fresh off the heels of Valentine’s Day, engagements are top of mind. Less than two months into 2018, we’re already noticing new ring styles emerging everywhere from Instagram to celebrity couples. But what is the engagement ring style that will be big this year? To find out, we turned to an expert.
We enlisted the professional opinion of designer Montana Coady of Coady Culha, a Los Angeles–based fine diamond jeweler. Coady, who works with a range of women with exquisite taste, is used to dreaming up custom pieces for her clients and working with them to create designs they will love. And she noted that recently, she has “seen a lot of interest in older cut stones.” She added, “Old mine-cut and old European-cut stones are becoming more and more popular again. I personally love the look of an older cut stone. They are less uniform and more unique looking.”
And we’re on board. It’s refreshing to see pieces that are truly special and different. Hand-cut, rather than shaped by machine like most diamonds today, old mine-cut and old European-cut stones are often imperfect and designed to maximize sparkle against candlelight. And whether you have the romance of a bygone era fluttering through your mind, or you just want something no one else will be wearing, these beautiful engagement rings are sure to fit the bill.
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.
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