With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’re in the midst of high season for engagements. If you’re on your way to making things official but are still debating which engagement ring might be the best fit, take a few cues from the styles that are finding favor at the moment. No matter what, you can’t miss: if you need to make a switch in the first year after your purchase, the Shop Confidently program makes it simple, allowing you to exchange your Gabriel & Co. engagement ring within one year of purchase for another of equal or higher value.
Already happily married and need some Valentine’s Day gift inspiration? Read on. We’ve got you covered, too.
Judging by the number of classic solitaires that are popping up in the Instagram feeds of newly engaged celebrities, there’s a pervasive urge, even among the most flashy personalities, to go back to basics when it comes to the rings that represent commitment and romance. Engagement rings with strikingly simple silhouettes, featuring a center stone, minimal embellishment and few, if any, accent diamonds are back in vogue. The timeless look seems especially fitting for the current moment, when some couples might feel uncomfortable flaunting an over-the-top opulent engagement ring. If you want to opt for the elegant, understated look but still crave a subtle helping of sparkle, consider a ring with delicate shank set with diamond pavé, a three-stone ring that flanks the center stone with fancy shape diamonds or a ring with a hidden halo that surrounds the base of the diamond. Each option has a sense of restraint with a satisfying touch of glamour.
14k White-yellow Gold Hidden Halo Round Diamond Engagement Ring
14K Rose Gold Hidden Halo Oval Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Round 3 Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
A Cut Above
Round brilliant diamonds are in no danger of losing their spot as the most popular diamond shape for engagement rings but emerald-cut diamonds are seeing a bump in popularity, helped along by the recent publicity boost they’ve gotten from high profile tastemakers like Jennifer Lopez and Maria Sharapova. Emerald-cut diamonds, with their crisp lines and sleek symmetry are an unconventional classic whose step-cut facets have a mesmerizing mirror-like sparkle. It’s a sophisticated look that works best in settings with linear shapes that show off the shape of the diamond or in Art Deco-inspired designs that echo their geometric silhouette.
14K White Gold Emerald Cut Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring
Unique 14K White Gold Art Deco Emerald Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired 14K White Gold Emerald Cut Wide Band Diamond Engagement Ring
Gems are Dandy
Diamonds have been the default choice for engagement rings for only a relatively short time — circa 1947, to be exact. That’s when the “A Diamond Is Forever” campaign made its debut. But colored gemstones have always retained their allure for some engaged couples, especially among the ranks of royals — see the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Eugenie for inspo — and they are seeing a resurgence right now. There’s no reason to restrict your options to just one stone when there’s a whole palette to choose from and going with a colored stone is another way to personalize your engagement jewel. Some choose their birthstone but there are no rules. Any option that just makes your heart beat a little bit faster will do nicely, though it’s advisable to think about the durability of the one you might want to choose. Some gems, like sapphires, are more durable than others. And for those who aren’t quite ready to trade in a diamond solitaire for a colored gemstone, try an engagement ring with a halo or other accents in color. It’s a playful way to mix things up without going all in.
Vintage Inspired 14K Rose Gold Round Halo Morganite and Diamond Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired 18K White Gold Round Halo Sapphire and Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Even if many of us are staying close to home and one day seems to blend into the next, important personal milestones still warrant celebration. If you’re still besotted by your partner year after year, the gift of an anniversary band is a failsafe way to mark a special occasion in style or a thoughtful way to upgrade from a more modest engagement ring. Designs run the gamut from ornate to simple bands of diamonds that surround the finger. Just follow the cues of your better half’s fashion sense. Want to amplify the look of her existing engagement ring? Try a ring enhancer to encircle it with additional diamonds. It’s a lovely way to celebrate while honoring the jewel that was present at the start of a long, happy marriage.
3 Row 14K White Gold Intersecting Pavé Diamond Eternity Band
14K White Gold Princess Cut Shared Prong Diamond Eternity Band
14K White Gold Diamond Ring Enhancer