As couples from the Millennial generation are starting to get married, they are embracing what Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers describe as Millennial engagement ring trends. Like everything else they do, the Millennials are putting their own special stamp on diamond engagement ring trends in 2016. Although they respect the traditions of their parents and grandparents, today’s 20-somethings believe in walking their own path.
With a focus on custom design through CAD (computer-aided design) and the virtual reality offerings of Gemvision, the master jewelers at Ballard & Ballard are helping these Millennial couples realize their diamond engagement ring dreams. After all, as a high-tech generation, the Millennials like to take advantage of the very best engagement ring opportunities.
Four Key Millennial Engagement Ring Trends:
1) Planned Engagement Day = Planned Engagement Ring
Rather than popping the question with the traditional surprise, many Millennial couples are choosing to make an event out of getting engaged. They plan the engagement moment together, turning the moment into a mutual exchange of love. In most cases, mind you, the bride-to-be is still the only one receiving a diamond engagement ring.
In preparation for this more egalitarian engagement moment, Millennial couples decide to pick out or custom design diamond engagement rings together. The emphasis on custom design brings us to the 2nd of the three Millennial diamond engagement ring trends.
2) Creating A Millennial Engagement Ring With A Story —
While embracing the tradition of the diamond engagement rings, Millennial couples strongly believe in adding their own personalities and flavor to the process. Millennial couples want their diamond engagement ring to be truly unique. Sometimes this means a diamond engagement ring is not a diamond engagement ring. Colored stones like sapphires and emeralds are chosen over the traditional diamond. The Ballard master jewelers have experience choosing colored stones and creating unique colored stone settings for engagement rings. We can turn a Millennial colored stone dream engagement ring into a sparkling reality of character and grace.
The Engagement Ring Story Always Counts
Without question, however, the majority of Millennial couples still prefer diamonds. Millennial diamond engagement ring trends are original, but they also tend to keep connected to tradition. Millennial couples seem to love one-of-a-kind vintage diamond engagement ring styles. They also prefer distinctive diamond shapes ranging from Marquise and the Radiant to the Pear and Asscher cuts.
The vintage fascination is often a celebration of the past. In many cases, a Millennial couple will bring in a family diamond engagement ring heirloom or a picture of a famous historical diamond engagement ring, asking for a modernized version. By combining the Gemvision technology of computer-aided design (CAD) with value engineering, Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers can help make it happen.
3) Sustainable, Recycled & Responsible Sourcing
Given the importance of an engagement ring, Millennials are truly passionate that such an acquisition should reflect their values and perspectives. An enlightened generation that strongly believes in protecting the environment, Millennial couples do their best to make sure this belief in reflected in their diamond engagement ring. As a direct result, questions of sustainability, including the responsible sourcing of conflict-free gemstones, recycled gold and often man-made diamonds play a major role in Millennial diamond engagement rings trends in 2016.
Millennial couples place a lot of emphasis on the responsible sourcing of conflict free gemstones, particularly diamonds. They want to be sure that the mining of their Millennial engagement ring diamond did not promote suffering in a native community and that the funds from the original sale did not go to support an oppressive regime. Recycled gold is important as well for Millennial couples and tends to be their first or only acceptable option. In addition, with the recent rise of man-made diamonds that manage to avoid the entire issue of responsible sourcing while being less expensive, Millennial couples often are requesting this option.
Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers strongly believe in the responsible sourcing of all of our gemstones. We have been behind the conflict-free diamond movement since the beginning. Since recycled gold makes sense for both our society and the pocketbooks of our clients, we are proud to offer this option as well. As responsible master jewelers, the Ballard brothers promote the integrity of our industry. When it comes to man-made diamonds and other gems, we have excellent sources to provide the very best for our Millennial diamond engagement ring clients.
4) The Diamond Engagement Ring Selfie
With the incredible popularity of visual social media sites like Instagram, Pinterest, and the tried and true Facebook, the diamond engagement ring selfie has become a popular example of a Millennial diamond engagement ring trend. Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers sometimes help to take this trend to the next level by providing virtual reality pictures of the diamond engagement ring once the custom design is completed through our Gemvision technology. We also can provide a picture of the manufacturing process.
In fact, Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers hopes to create a new Millennial diamond engagement ring trend by offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a diamond engagement ring. Why not take the diamond engagement ring selfie to the next level of imagination and creativity? Why not see your diamond engagement ring from design to delivery?
To see how Ballard & Ballard Fine Jewelers embrace the Millennial diamond engagement ring trends of 2016 and maybe even create a new one of our own, please come into our Fountain Valley showroom and meet with the Ballard brothers. To learn more, call 714-962-0088 today.