|The marriage proposal is definitely one of the most exhilarating, romantic and emotional moments in a girl’s life. The added delight of receiving a sparkling ring heightens these emotions even further and gives us something to remember this amazing moment by because we probably lost our heads in excitement! Engagement rings in 2011 are all about vintage glamour and timeless elegance.
|Intricate vintage-style engagement rings are very popular this year. Square or rectangular shaped diamonds such as the asher-cut and the cushion-cut (my personal favorite) are in fashion. You’ll find these stones on split shank or twisted bands embellished with an array of tiny pavé diamonds.|
|Another popular trend is framing the focal diamond of the ring with a row of tiny diamonds. This gives the illusion of a larger stone and adds incredible brilliance to the ring. This style looks lovely on all shapes of diamonds.|
|Perhaps due to the media craze surrounded the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton, colored stones, such as Kate’s stunning 18 carat sapphire and diamond ring, are increasing in popularity this year. Popular choices for gemstone engagement rings include rubies, emeralds, sapphire and colored diamonds. Colored stones look incredible when accented or framed by small white diamonds.|