2012 Wedding Ring Trends
By Marie Coles
Almost every culture exchanges a wedding ring as a symbol of their love and commitment at a wedding ceremony. But over the generations, taste and style has somewhat altered and changed. Wedding rings have become more varied than ever before due to a bigger variation in designs and metals. Here are a few rings set to be favorites in 2012 and beyond.
In 2012, we are set to continue past trends, as one of the biggest favorites will be the diamond wedding band or ring. The most popular metal to go with the diamond is likely to be the ever popular platinum, which outshines other white metals, as well as outlasts. Diamond clusters small and large will be upon most grooms and brides lists, as they look great on both men's and women's wedding bands. For men's platinum diamond rings, favorite patterns are likely to include geometrical, straight lines and triangular shapes with a less interior rounded edge (a soft or flat court band).
2012's Platinum trend will see women adorning their hand with thin wedding band with clusters of diamonds. Particular favorites, as we have already seen in the past few years, will be rings covered in a straight band of small diamonds, rings encrusted with one large diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds and platinum diamond rings with one single cushion or oval shaped diamond.
Another striking trend will be patterned wedding rings, a familiar favourite in the last few years. Patterned rings are probably a favorite due to their versatility and variety. From the bold and strong looking engraved lines to complicated Celtic patterns, the patterned ring is ideal for those who want to add a little interest to their wedding bands without adding a precious gemstone, such as a diamond.
A further trend is the combination of two different coloured metals, such as gold and white-gold in order to add an attractive finish and modern style to the ring. It has been already used in simple patterned marriage rings as a distinguishable patterned line, which gives any man's or woman's ring a stylish touch. A weaving wedding band has also become a popular look due to its simplistic and interesting style. Weaving wedding rings often use a strong metal, such as gold, white-gold, palladium and platinum weaved in between a thin but strong strip of contrasting coloured metal.
Plain wedding rings are still likely to be the utmost favorite in 2012, due to their shinning beauty. A plain wedding ring brings more focus upon the metal, rather than a pattern or a stone, allowing you and other to appreciate the beauty of the metal. Moreover, plain wedding rings can be altered to your unique style as a couple, enabling you to exchange rings that are somewhat more personally designed.