As the year comes to a close, we often look back at the highlights of the past 12 months, and there were plenty of highlights in the world of bridal jewelry. Vintage engagement rings were incredibly popular in 2012 and it’s not hard to see why. Although these are the styles of generations past, their feminine beauty has given them the ability to endure as the decades pass and as fads come and go. Since they’ve stood the test of time, they’re a fitting way to represent love that’s far more than a passing trend, and over the past year many brides have worn these beautiful, meaningful styles.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five engagement rings of 2012:
1. 3/4 Carat Three Stone Princess Cut “Floret” Diamond Ring: This stunning piece is both a glimpse into the romanticism of the past and a beacon of hope for the future. Three princess-cut stones—one 0.30 beauty and two smaller side stones—create the centerpiece of this ring, while six channel-set round diamonds accent the band for extra sparkle. A meticulously-carved leaf and floret motif adorns this band on three sides, completing a look that overflows with elegance.
2. Antique-Style 1/3 Carat Diamond Wedding Ring Set: For those in search of perfectly-coordinated bridal jewelry style, this pair of rings came out on top. A 0.35 carat diamond glimmers in the vintage engagement ring rich with swirls and cutouts, while a slender matching wedding band curves alongside. While this 14K white gold set was the most popular, if you’d prefer another metal, this pair is also available in platinum, yellow gold or 18k gold by request.
3. Art Deco 1/2 Carat Diamond Ring in 14K Two-Tone Gold: This 1920s-inspired ring is a true stunner. A stylized flower of 14K yellow gold elegantly opens its shining petals to reveal a half-carat round diamond. A 14K white gold band provides contrast in color as well as texture: a swirling leaf motif gives this band a lively, graceful touch. This is a unique look that’s sure to turn heads.
4. Antique-Style Diamond Ring in 14K White Gold (0.35-carat): It’s no surprise that this ring made the top five twice if you count its appearance as part of the bridal jewelry set featured in the second-place pick. This piece’s feminine vintage styling and sparkling diamond made it a winner in its own right.
5. 3/4 Carat Diamond Circle Ring in 14K White Gold: While this ring isn’t a vintage design, its timeless glamour would have been just as at home on the finger of an early Hollywood star as it is on the left hands of many of today’s brides. A dazzling 0.40 carat diamond is surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds and set on a diamond-studded band for look that’s bursting with sparkle.
Each of these gorgeous rings made a big splash in 2012, and they’re showing no signs of stopping. The timeless beauty of these pieces also makes them perfect for the year to come.