No pressure, but did you get engaged yet? “Engagement season” is in full swing, and you’ve only got until Valentine’s Day to pull it off. Starting at Thanksgiving and lasting through February 14th, these three months see 40 percent of all engagements in the US.
Of course, there’s nothing more Jewish than a diamond engagement ring. In Antwerp, Belgium, where 84 percent of the world’s rough diamonds are traded, 90 percent of the city’s Jews are involved in the industry. And Haredi Jews still do a brisk business in the diamond districts of London’s Hatton Garden and New York’s 47th Street (incidentally, the setting of the forthcoming Adam Sandler movie, Uncut Gems).
And how can you not love a comedy culture that gave us the Plotnick diamond? According to everyone’s favorite diamond-related joke, this enormous sparkler comes with a curse — Mr. Plotnick.
So I’m feeling kind of smug as I look down at my engagement ring. More than 20 years after the event, it’s finally on trend: a pear-shaped stone in a yellow gold band.
When it comes to the central stone, elongated cuts are headed for sparkly greatness this year. Ariana Grande’s ring from her short-lived engagement to Pete Davidson featured a three-carat pear-shaped diamond, while Hailey Baldwin broke hearts around the world when she flashed her engagement ring from Justin Bieber — the enormous oval diamond at the center is estimated to weigh six to ten carats.
2The band is back
As for the band, after decades of white gold and platinum dominating ring fingers around the world, yellow gold is back. Meghan Markle’s three-stone engagement ring features a yellow gold band — “because that’s her favorite,” Prince Harry told the BBC — and the Baldwin-Bieber ring is in yellow gold too.
3It’s hip to be square
If oval’s not your thing, you can’t go wrong with an Asscher cut diamond — according to Pinterest, searches for this step-cut square shape rose by a whopping 1344 percent last year. And if you’re thinking beyond the traditional diamond, then emeralds, black diamonds
4A fifth C — conflict-free
You probably know about the four Cs to remember when you’re looking for maximum bling for your buck— cut, clarity, carat, and color. Increasingly, millennials are adding a fifth: conflict-free. Natalie Portman led the way here with her double halo engagement ring. With an antique central stone surrounded by certified conflict-free diamonds on a recycled platinum band, it’s perfectly in tune with her activist credentials.
If you’re looking for similar reassurance, Tiffany & Co. kicked off the New Year by announcing it’s sharing the provenance of its newly-sourced diamonds. For now, you can find out the country or region where your diamond was mined; by 2020, you’ll be able to find out where it was cut and polished too.