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For the couple who is at the forefront of cutting edge fashion and contemporary design, a modern engagement ring is the best way to celebrate your individual style and put a ring on it at the same time.

Contemporary ring design is characterized by its sleek aesthetic, clean lines, and minimalistic approach. Modern jewelry often features bezel or prong settings on untraditional stones, like rough or natural diamonds and gemstones. It’s all about being unconventional, alternative, and ahead of the curve. Let’s face it, it’s 2018, and there is no need to fit into conventional style guidelines anymore. Throw in your own flair – be weird, be different, do what you like. Whether you want an ombre halo, or a starburst of sapphires, or even a meteor ring, contemporary style is focused on expressing YOURself and the things that are unique to YOU.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: UNEXPECTED ACCENTS

The black rough diamond center stone in The Bridget is sleek and luxe.

 

Elegance and simplicity, The Torrey custom engagement ring features a 1.67 carat center stone.

Unexpected accents in unique shapes, like the ones here on The Bridget and The Torrey, add an unconventional touch and a personal flair to your contemporary engagement ring. Geometric accents, like the triangular trillion cut diamonds in the Bridget add structure and a luxe, sculptural aesthetic. More organic and free accents, like the sapphires on the Torrey not only are a fun pop of personality, but create a symmetrical composition that is artistic and vintage inspired – but totally of the moment.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: STRONG SETTINGS

A hammered finished on the rose gold band of The Lauren gives a more organic look.

The Nicole uses black diamonds to create contrast and drama.

Modern engagement ring settings often feature bezel or prong settings, because of the many variations these types of settings offer. Bezel settings, like on The Lauren, can be minimalistic and clean. They also are strong and durable, making sure your stone stays in place forever. Prong settings can be exaggerated for a more dramatic effect, like on The Nicole. This setting is generally more traditional, but like all contemporary design can be reimagined to create a new expression.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: SCULPTURAL BANDS

The Danika band features a sleek, brushed finished.

Metal ribbon on the band of The Sam creates dimension and texture.

Contrasting bands on The Linnea create a compelling composition.

Modern engagement ring bands often feature strong sculptural elements. Whether that be minimalistic like The Danika, more elaborate and bohemian like The Sam, or aesthetically focused like The Linnea. Though often taking a back seat to the center stone, the band adds so much to the overall look and feel of your engagement ring. It is the foundation in which the rest of the ring can build upon. Contrasting textures on bands like the Linnea, can make or break an entire ring. As a key element of good design, there is no better area to apply this technique than the band. When thinking about designing your ring, it’s important to not forget this oft forgotten key ingredient.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: USE OF COLOR

The Molly’s ombre halo uses colorless, champagne, grey, and black diamonds.

The brushed finished on the band of The Maria allows the color of her stones to really pop.

Something that traditional engagement rings frequently lack is color. Avoiding the use of white diamonds, modern engagement rings expertly utilize colored diamonds and gemstones, without sacrificing sophistication. The Maria uses a smokey grey diamond and deep blue sapphires, completely throwing tradition out of the window, opting for a more dramatic and stylish look. Using color adds an element of depth and mystery to your jewelry. Another example of a truly modern use of color is the ombre diamond halo in The Molly. These dark diamonds add an unexpected twist to a timeless silhouette. Add a touch of color into your ring design to show personality and make your custom engagement ring even more personal.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: LESS IS MORE

The Andrea gets its organic look from a hammered finish.

You won’t find any frills here. One of the characteristics of modern design is minimalism, which can translate just as nicely onto jewelry as it can to interior design. Many modern engagement ring styles use a minimalistic approach that is simple and elevated. The soft, organic setting of of The Andrea emphasizes its handmade quality but emphasizes the single diamond with asymmetry. For the gal who loves to keep it simple, it’s possible to create a stunning engagement ring with a single stone.

MODERN DESIGN ELEMENT: ETHICAL EMBELLISHMENTS

A three stone engagement ring like The Chelsea is a timeless design, but the moissanite stones make it totally modern. 

Gone are the days of having no idea where the stones in your jewelry were sourced, and at what price. With so many quality lab-grown options available that are 100% real, you can now have the best of both worlds: beautiful design and guilt-free sparkle. The ultra-sparkly stones set in The Chelsea are lab-grown moissanites, which cost significantly less than lab grown diamonds, and have even more brilliance and fire than diamonds. Every year, moissanites are becoming a more and more popular choice in engagement rings because of their guaranteed ethical sourcing and benefit to the environment. Canadian Diamonds, like the ones in The Kimi, are also an excellent option for your ethical engagement ring.

Modern engagement ring design can take a variety of forms. While there are basic elements that characterize this contemporary design movement, it’s up to you to take the design elements and make them your own. Whether that’s building off of tradition or completely charting a new course, we can’t wait to help you create your modern engagement ring.