There are a number of styles of engagement rings of 2008 that are incredibly trendy. Everything from pave diamond rings and colored stones to “green” rings and channel set diamond rings became very popular in 2008.
Pave diamond rings are rings with three or four rows of small, even-sized diamonds that typically go around the entire ring. A larger center stone set above the rest of the ring completes the look. Pave diamond engagement rings are one of the best engagement rings of 2008 because they are an elegant choice for an engagement ring while creating a lot of sparkle on a soon-to-be bride’s ring finger. You’ll also find pave diamond wedding bands that match your engagement ring and make it even more sparkly.
Colored stones have also grown in popularity. Because of this, rings with colored diamonds are among the best engagement rings of 2008. Diamonds come in a variety of colors, including yellow, blue, pink, and even black. True colored diamonds are extremely rare, which makes them extremely expensive. A one-carat colored diamond can run upwards of ten thousand dollars. However, if you cannot afford to spend this much money on an engagement ring, there are a couple of alternatives that will still allow you to be trendy with a colored stone. With the latest technology, you can buy a man-made colored diamond. With the advances that have been made, most people cannot tell the difference between a mined diamond and a man-made one. If you buy or commission a man-made diamond, you can choose whichever color you prefer, and save several thousands of dollars in the meantime. Alternatively, if you want a colored stone but don’t need a diamond, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies make wonderful alternatives for engagement rings and are far less expensive than mined colored diamonds.
Green engagement rings are also among the best engagement rings of 2008. With more people concerned about the environment and about the human rights issues that surround traditional diamond mining, more people are looking for alternatives to traditional engagement rings. One possibility is to buy an engagement ring that has a diamond that was mined in Canada instead of South Africa. Canada doesn’t have the same human rights issues revolving around its diamond market, so it’s considered to be more friendly to the world. Alternatively, buying a man-made diamond ring is also considered to be more “green” because not only does it not have the same human rights issues that mined diamonds do, but it doesn’t destroy the earth like mining for diamonds has a tendency to do. Alternatively, the best engagement rings of 2008 include antique engagement rings since the greenest engagement rings are those that are recycled and reused. By buying an engagement ring that is antique, you are not contributing to the new diamond ring market or the destruction of the environment.
Channel set diamond rings are also on the list of best engagement rings of 2008. Channel set engagement rings have the stones set within the band of the ring, so the top of the stone is even with the top of the ring. Channel set rings are especially ideal because the diamonds are protected from being damaged because you cannot get to the stone to chip them. Even more popular are channel set diamond rings made out of platinum, which has recently grown in popularity. If you want to buy a ring that is even more unique, though, you can have a channel set engagement ring set with stones other than diamonds. Sapphires are an especially popular choice for engagement rings.