As the 2015 wedding season winds down, we can honestly say it has been an interesting year. While we do see emerging trends every spring insofar as wedding bands are concerned, the early trends for 2015 proved to have the staying power that may make them remain popular for the 2016 season. The best wedding bands for 2015 based on this year’s top trends may very well be the best bands next year as well.
It is interesting to note that a few of the more important trends encompass both the ladies and gents. It turns out that some men are taking a more active role in choosing wedding bands in much the same way single women are coming to understand they can buy diamonds for themselves. Wedding bands and custom jewellery are truly in a state of transition right now.
Trends in Metal Choices
The predominant trend in men’s wedding bands for 2015 was one of choosing non-traditional metals. Gold took a backseat to other choices including tungsten and titanium. Tungsten has been especially popular among men who are more of the rugged, athletic type and who prefer a wedding band with bevelled edges and cut grooves rather than the traditional, flat look.
The ladies still prefer gold, but they are more willing to mix the colour of gold in a single piece. For example, rose gold and white gold make a very good pairing on a wedding band that features multiple sets of smaller diamonds. Rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold can also make a beautiful tri-colour combination.
Stacking Gemstones for Her
Where gemstones themselves are concerned, we have noticed that one of the hottest trends for 2015 is the stacked look. What is this look? It is one that encompasses multiple thin bands with individual rows of diamonds. Stacking two or three bands together creates an impressive piece sure to get everyone’s attention. Some couples are starting out with just one band, then adding a second and third on appropriate anniversaries. Others are choosing multiple bands with the same purchase and then mixing and matching them on any given day as it strikes them.
The stacked look is more prevalent among the ladies than it is the men. But even the men are getting in on the game by choosing wider bands that can accommodate a set of between 6 and 12 smaller diamonds. This kind of setting gives them a bulkier and more manly looking wedding ring that still lets them show off their love of diamonds.
Wedding Band Engraving
One thing we haven’t seen a lot of until 2015 is wedding band engraving. What used to be something only a few couples did has now become widely popular. Some couples may choose to go simple by just engraving the date of their wedding inside their custom wedding bands. Others are choosing something more complex; perhaps a personal message that says something unique about their relationship.
Vintage Making a Comeback
Lastly, the designers here at Engage Diamond Studio have noticed that vintage is making a comeback. More clients looking for custom wedding bands are looking back at the pieces their parents and grandparents wore; some are looking back even further to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They are looking to combine the best elements of the past with their favourite elements of the present.
The best wedding bands of 2015 have been truly impressive. We are looking forward to what 2016 has in store.