Engagement rings are meant to show love for a lifetime. However, picking an engagement ring can be tricky because of the many styles. It leads you to wonder, what were engagement rings like way back when? These rings have changed over time in what styles and stones were most popular through the decades. Here, we will travel in time to see the most popular styles of the decades. After this, you’ll be able to shop rings for the one you love, whether it be a vintage look or a more modern ring.
The 1960s were filled with extravagant rings in a white metal setting. The hottest trend was huge rocks on your hand with simple designs. Apart from the large solitaires growing in popularity, there was also the emergence of colored stones as a popular choice.
Bold shapes and cocktail-style rings gained increasing popularity during the ’70s. While princess cut diamond rings came about in the 1960s, they hit top popularity in the 1970s. The 1970s were mostly filled with bold, yellow gold rings.
Everything was taken to the max when it came to engagement rings of the ’80s. If diamond rings in the 1980s were clothing, they would be puffy sleeves and shoulder pads. Rings at this time were all about making a statement. When it came to these statement rings, the chunkier, the better. Yellow gold rings became a standard in this time, but it wouldn’t be long before other metals gained popularity.
If the 1990s engagement rings could be described in one word, it would be simple. Fashion in the ’90s was incredibly minimalistic, and the diamond rings of the time were no exception. Two of the main styles that were most popular at this time were large solitaire rings or a large center stone with two smaller stones on each side. Also, this time, the metal wasn’t your traditional yellow gold, but white metals such as white gold and platinum.
The 2000s were all about the halo setting. The halo setting was one large stone surrounded by other small stones to create a halo effect. While the most popular cut was a round stone, many different cuts could jump on this trend, such as the square princess cut.
In this era of engagement rings, colored stones and accent stones were all the rage. Stones like rubies and emeralds emerged as the main focal point of rings. As for the metal type, rose gold was the best way to make a statement. Rose gold appeared when it came to ring metals, and many people even stacked the rose gold rings with other metal colors to create a more dynamic look. Cushion-cut diamonds were in style, and many rings were cut that way to go along with this trend.
There are many options to choose from in today’s time, whether it be oval-shaped stones or a three-stone setting. Moving forward, it is predicted that more non-traditional rings will gain popularity. More and more, there are other stones making appearances in engagement rings and alternative styles like two-stone rings.
The Perfect Ring
When shopping for the perfect ring, you can’t go wrong with a simple and elegant diamond. However, you have decades of styles to choose from that will make the ideal engagement ring. From the 1960s to now, rings have come a long way in their design, stones colors, shapes, and different metal options. As a result, finding the perfect ring has never been easier.
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