Engagement ring trends for 2011

Dec 16, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. ET

A diamond solitaire on a platinum band is still the favorite choice among engagement rings. However if you are looking for something different, you can get plenty of ideas from the latest engagement ring trends.

Engagement ring with scrabble tiles

Colored gems

Engagement rings aren't just about diamonds. In 2011, jewelers and trend experts say that more and more women will be wearing engagement rings featuring colorful gemstones including ruby, sapphire, emerald, topaz and peridot.

Check out Kate Middleton's sapphire and diamond engagement ring >>

Check out Jessica Simpson's ruby and diamond engagement ring >>

Emerald engagement ring

Mixed metals

Though platinum and white gold are top choices in engagement rings, many brides-to-be will be sporting rings created from a combination of metals. A platinum band embedded with yellow gold seems to be a favorite. Twisted bands are also becoming more popular.

No ring at all

If you don't want an engagement ring, that's okay. Many couples are choosing to tuck away the money traditionally spent on an engagement ring and puting it toward their honeymoon or a down payment on a house. Skipping an engagement ring and exchanging very basic wedding bands will be a very hot trend in 2011.


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