Just six years ago, same-sex couples weren’t legally allowed to marry.
Now, of course, queer couples can plan their special day just like everyone else, along with all the customs that may entail.
The exchanging of rings has been a traditional part of matrimony for centuries. Rings remain an important and symbolic gesture intertwined with a lifelong commitment.
However, like many such traditions, fashions come and go. As your friend in the jewelry business, Shane Co. keeps abreast of all the trends, monitoring what its customers ask for in-store and what they’re buying online.
As we gear up for a summer of matrimony, let us guide you through some of the latest dazzling trends.
1. Engagement rings
Because why not? The sharp rise in the popularity of engagement rings for men may or may not be linked to same-sex couples. We’re so used to seeing men getting down on one knee and proposing to their female partners that when gay men started doing the same, many wanted to be able to flip open that ring box. Engagement rings for both partners are now becoming commonplace — and these styles are certain to make a bold impression when presented to your future fiancé.
Crafted in quality 14 karat white gold (which has made a big comeback in recent years), this bold 10mm men’s engagement ring features 20 pavé-set round diamonds, creating four rows of additional sparkling accents. Choose the gemstone you wish to take center stage in the arrangement.
Round Diamond Engagement Ring (13mm) – $2,025
Also crafted of 14 karat white gold and enhanced by a brushed finish, the center round .20-carat diamond you choose to complete this setting will be surrounded by 20 sparkling channel-set round diamonds.
2. Shopping for bands together
Again, whereas it may have once been traditional for men to shop for a ring for their girlfriends, same-sex couples are less likely to conform to old norms. Many engaged couples now want a say in buying matching or complementary rings for one another. After all, this is something you’ll hopefully be wearing for the rest of your life — and frankly, two heads are better than one when making such a big decision.
This cluster leaf band is crafted in 14-karat rose gold. Sixty sparkling round diamonds, at approximately .68 carat total weight, give this laurel band radiance.
Nineteen round diamonds, at approximately .26 carat total weight, give this elegant 1.5mm band a luminous glow. These exquisite hand-matched stones are set in 14 karat rose gold.
3. Colorful center stones
Engagement rings don’t have to mean white diamonds. More and more people are seeking alternatives, whether that means swapping a standard diamond for a yellow or rose-tinted sapphire or opting for another stone such as aquamarine. Some people like to go with their birthstone.
A romantic starburst design in rose gold, this ring features 10 baguette diamonds (approx. .22 carat total weight) and 10 round diamonds (approx. .21 carat total weight) circling in a shimmering pattern around the center oval gemstone of your choice.
All good things always come back, which might explain the resurgence in vintage-style rings. This elegant offering boasts incredibly delicate detailing, with no less than 52 brilliant round diamonds, at approximately .32 carat total weight, set in quality 14 karat rose gold around your chosen center gemstone.
4. Customizing with an engraving
Want to really stamp your own mark on a ring? Engraving is the easiest and most effective way to go and can make a simple design truly personal and unique. A pet name? A significant date? The place you first met? Something only the two of you will get? This truly makes the ring one of a kind.
This classic, polished wedding band in 14 karat yellow gold is perfect for keeping things plain and simple. You can have up to 10 characters engraved on the ring in five different fonts. Shane Co. jewelry consultants can help you explore further options if you want more choices.
Slightly larger than the ring above, this elegant design in white gold, with a stylish satin finish, can be engraved with up to 20 characters in a variety of fonts.
5. Alternative metals
Like gemstones, you don’t have to just opt for yellow or white gold. Both of these rings are crafted with Australian tantalum, which can be resized in a similar way to gold, platinum, or silver. Tantalum is a rare, durable, lustrous metal that’s resistant to corrosion.
Hexagonal Black Ring (6.5mm) – $1,475
This modern design is made from tantalum and 14 karat yellow gold. It measures 6.5mm wide and features a hexagonal honeycomb design.
For those wanting an alternative to gold or silver, consider this tantalum ring with a hammered finish. Engraving options are also available to give your ring a truly personal touch.
6. Unique shapes
Rings don’t have to be simple, perfectly circular bands; there’s a trend for shapes with a twist. These can be subtle curves or a more intricate design, like the stunning bands shown here.
Contour Diamond Wedding Band – $1,585
This gorgeous contour wedding band is crafted from quality 14 karat white gold, and it can be worn forward or backward or accessorized with another ring. The sparkling design features six round diamonds, two pear-shaped diamonds, and one marquise diamond.
Fifteen round diamonds are set in this interlocking link design that’s sure to turn heads. This beautiful yellow gold style is also available in white gold.
Shane Co. offers a wide range of customizable options for its rings, in terms of size and the choice of metal, gemstone, and engraving. They also have a beautiful selection of matching earrings and other accessories. Need some help buying rings? Shane Co.’s friendly jewelry consultants are happy to talk you through different options and answer any questions, helping to make the experience as joyous as the celebration of your relationship.