If you're on the hunt for that perfect engagement ring, then these top trends for 2019 might help you spot the diamond in the rough.
Whether you're looking for a regal style fit for a princess, or want something a little more unusual, there's something for every kind of bride this year. We spoke to Grant Mobley, a diamond expert and gemologist to find out what to look out for...
1. Oval Rings
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While 2018 was all about Meghan Markle's engagement ring, this year we'll be inspired by other celebs. Grant says: "This year we can expect to see a lot of elongated cuts – ovals, marquise, and emeralds. What many may not realise is that these fancy shapes usually appear larger compared to the same size round, or square cut diamond.
"These cuts elongate the fingers and the size illusion makes them a great choice for your everlasting investment.
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"Hailey Baldwin’s engagement to Justin Bieber and Victoria’s Secret model Devon Windsor are two gorgeous examples of the recent popularity of oval diamonds."
2. Large Diamonds
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Subtlety is absolutely not the name of the game for 2019 - in fact, we'll all be wearing bigger rings than ever.
“This year will show that size really does matter and that large diamonds aren’t just for celebrities," Grant explains. "The average engagement ring size has increased to over 1ct.
"When it comes to natural diamonds, the larger the size of the diamond, the more increasingly rare and sought after. Throughout 2019 we are definitely going to see large natural diamonds trending."
3. Multiple rings
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The trend for stacking jewellery was huge last year - particularly for those wearing multiple necklaces - and it seems like it's set to stay, as Grant predicts we'll be piling the rings on.
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“Another trend that we are going to witness this year is multiple wedding bands paired with an engagement ring," he says. "It seems that one wedding band is no longer enough and matching sets are a thing of the past.
"Layering multiple diamond wedding bands with a diamond engagement ring is a trend expected to continue in 2019 and beyond.
"Because no two diamonds are alike, there are endless combinations and ways to personalise your stack of rings."
4. Mixing metals
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Good news for those who can't choose between silver, gold, or rose gold - wearing all three will ensure you're bang on trend this year.
"We have seen mixing metals growing in popularity in recent years, but this year the trend is really going to make some noise.
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"Mixing platinum, yellow and rose gold is something we are going to see a lot of, which is surprising and unconventional, but certainly a stunning alternative.
" Natural diamonds make this trend easy to wear as they come in an endless variety of shapes, colours and sizes, each of which can be complemented by a different metal.”
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