[Posted on December 26th 2013 by Beth Bowes-Carter]
Purchasing engagement rings in Dallas is a big step for any couple. With so many to choose from, how do you know which one is right? These four trends — some as big as Texas itself! — are the perfect way to get started in finding your ultimate engagement ring.
#1: Large Center Stones
The old saying that “everything is bigger in Texas” certainly is true when it comes to buying engagement rings in Dallas. A recent survey by popular fashion magazine, Lucky, found that locals are spending just as much on a large center stone as couples in New York and Los Angeles.
So, what exact gem size is appropriate? This will ultimately depend on a couple’s budget and individual tastes. However, many are opting for a large and flashy stone that will turn heads. The exact shape of the diamond also varies. The classic round-cut diamond is eternally popular; while princess-cut and emerald-cut styles are also considered a noticeable trend.
#2: Pave Bands
Pave bands are also quite popular with Texan couples. This style includes a large center stone (see above) surrounded by tons of smaller sparkling gems around the actual band of the ring itself. This beautiful design easily catches in the light, creating a stunning look that any bride-to-be would adore.
(One important note to remember about pave bands is that they can be difficult to resize. A custom jeweler can often create a design that offers the look of pave with a bit more flexibility for change down the road.)
#3: Decorative Bands
As an alternative to pave, decorative bands are also quite popular with local brides. Often, these styles mimic the ornate filigree designs of Victorian-era and/or antique rings. If a piece is custom made, it can include symbols or images unique to the couple. (Examples include Celtic knots, certain family symbols, flowers, engraving, etc.) In some cases, side stones or smaller gemstones including sapphires, emeralds, and rubies are added to the decorative band for an extra pop of color.
#4: Side Stones
Engagement rings that have side stones are also quite sought after in Dallas. This look can include smaller diamonds next to a large center stone and/or colored gems. The shape is usually similar to the larger stone, but can also include trillion-cut or baguette-cut diamonds.
Dickinson By Design is a custom jewelry designer offering pendants, bracelets, wedding bands, anniversary gifts, and engagement rings in Dallas. Please contact them today for more information about finding your perfect fine jewelry piece.