Ring Trends 2022 – Both Bridal & Fashion
Ring, ring! Our phones are literally ringing in new trends. We all spend so much time on our personal electronic devices that we notice our hands more than ever before. It is no surprise that fashion has been embracing the hand as the perfect canvas for showing off baubles and unique forms of self-expression. The most common theme appears to be “more is more,” whether you pile up stackable rings, wear your rings on multiple fingers, or find the largest statement ring your budget allows. Looking to the Spring/Summer 2022 and Fall/Winter 2022-2023 runways for inspiration, we have gathered the latest ring trends for both the fashion savvy and the brides-to-be.
“There is something highly personal about rings,” says Giuseppe Picchiotti, a veteran designer of bridal and fashion rings. “Women try on rings more often than any other category of fine jewelry. Because she can see her hands all day, without the need of a mirror, the ring or rings that she chooses must be something she truly loves, that will bring her joy every time she looks down at her hands.”
Rings on Multiple Fingers and Stackables
What The Zoe Report is calling “Beyond the Ring Finger” is the exciting trend of wearing rings on more than one finger. Tracey Ellis Ross literally wore a diamond ring on every single finger, including her thumbs, at the 74th Annual Golden Globes in Hollywood earlier this year. The trend is unisex, too, as evidenced by Timothée Chalamet wearing diamond rings on many fingers for his red carpet appearance at the Academy Awards in March.
Trending for a few seasons now, rings on multiple fingers has become a steady and lasting trend. Spring/Summer 2022 runways featured designers like Givenchy, Moschino, and Valentino promoting the look. Dior featured three rings on the model’s hand in several looks from the Spring/Summer 2022 collection, as well as in their Fall/Winter 22-23 runway shows in Paris.
The trend will continue for Autumn/Winter 2022-23 as fashion gurus at Balmain, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen, Oscar de la Renta, and more put multiple rings across several digits in their Couture runway shows. Saint Laurent even paired a huge stack of cuff and bangle bracelets with rings on three or more fingers of the same hand/arm, while de la Renta put several rings on each hand with statements cuffs both left and right. Some fashion designers featured only one hand with rings on multiple fingers. Others had a couple of rings on each hand. However you choose to embrace the look, have fun with it and curate your own unique styling. Consider mixing it up from day to day, the trend is versatile and puts you in charge of the ring selection and the styling.
PICCHIOTTI Xpandable™ rings are perfect for wearing on multiple fingers because they can literally expand up to about 2.5 rings sizes (in U.S. sizes), making them comfortable to wear on various finger sizes. They also expand easily and comfortably over the knuckle and often knuckle size is slightly different on each finger. They can also be midi-rings, worn closer to the nail than the hand. Experiment with wearing rings on different fingers and various places on the fingers or the hands. Curate your own look by featuring your favorite precious metal and/or gemstone or mixing various colors that you like together.
PICCHIOTTI Xpandable™ rings are also great for stacking as the 200+ styles can be mixed and matched by personal preference. Owning more than one also gives you the flexibility of wearing them stacked one day and on multiple fingers the next.
Cocktail rings have also been trending for a while. The so-called “cocktail ring” is a sizable striking ring that often has a large center stone or combination of center gemstones. According to Veranda magazine, the cocktail ring became popular during the Prohibition era. Flappers from the Jazz Age of the 1920s “flaunted not only their figures but also their participation in the speakeasy culture, wearing large rings on their right hands as symbols of their freedom – and as a not-so-subtle nod to the cocktail glasses those hands held.”
Today’s red carpets are filled with cocktail rings. Often worn anywhere but the ring finger, sizable rings were worn by stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Ariana DeBose on the forefinger at the 2022 Oscars. Marlee Matlin wore hers on the middle finger of her right hand, allowing it to sparkle whenever she signed. Serena Williams wore hers over lacy black gloves. Zendaya sported a beautiful emerald cocktail ring at the Venice Film Festival last Fall, while Kesha wore hers as a pinky ring at the Grammys. More recently, at the Cannes Film Festival in late May 2022, Hailey Baldwin, Riley Keough, Diane Kreuger, Valerie Kaufman, and Gemma Chan all wore bold cocktail rings as part of their ensembles.
PICCHIOTTI specializes in superlative gemstones, and often, those truly special, extraordinary one-of-a-kind gems become the center of rings in the PICCHIOTTI Masterpieces collection. Deserving the prominent center position in a cocktail ring, these remarkable gems are conversation starters. A fabulous fancy yellow oval diamond is framed by hand-cut baguette diamonds in a spectacular color diamond Masterpiece ring. Or a spectacular cushion cut Zambia emerald is surrounded by round diamonds in beautiful large Masterpiece ring. Each of these cocktail rings come with laboratory grading reports for the center gemstones. The Xpandable Cocktail Ring collection offers the convenience of cocktail rings that do no need to be sized, as well as the comfort of rings that fit snugly even with large knuckles.
Colorful gems are also in vogue for bridal. According to Brides.com, “Colored stones are having a moment, allowing couples to pick something bold and bright to represent their love story.” Perhaps inspired by royals like Princess Kate, the Duchess of Windsor who wears a blue sapphire engagement ring or Princess Eugenie who got engaged with a padparadscha pink sapphire, the colored gemstone engagement ring is also popular with celebrities in the last ten years or so. Katie Perry & Eva Longoria wear ruby bridal rings, Halle Berry has an emerald, and Penelope Cruz has a sapphire engagement ring. Megan Foxx wears a toi et moi style with both diamond and emerald. Diamonds of color are also part of this trend. Heidi Klum, Kelly Clarkson & Carrie Underwood each got engaged with canary yellow diamonds. Scarlet Johansson, however, opted for a light brown diamond engagement ring. Anna Kournikova has a pink pear-cut ring. Many of the PICCHIOTTI Masterpieces ring would be perfect for the bride-to-be wanting to wear a colorful statement to reflect their specific and unique story of love. See other bridal trends below.
According to Rachel Garrahan, the jewelry editor at British Vogue in London, “The trend for bold, make-you-smile colour will continue to be all the rage in jewellery this year.” The so-called Dopamine Dressing that prevails in the fashion world expresses itself in fine jewelry with delightful splashes of color in gemstones. Following the lengthy pandemic and ravages of war, PICCHIOTTI’s “Perfect Harmony” collection balances yin and yang in a refreshing and playful design that both charms and delights. Part of the larger Essentially Color collection, the Perfect Harmony rings are offered in coral, turquoise, or black onyx, each mixed with diamonds. These statement rings not only serve as conversation starters, they also put a huge smile on your face when you wear them.
All white diamond jewelry is also on the rise – white diamonds with white metal. PICCHIOTTI’s Fiocco (Bow) collection features several designs inspired by the fluidity of ribbons. The craftsmen in the factory in Valenza take great pride in producing the bows in metal and stone to reflect the supple contours in fabric and ribbons. For those who love a pop of color, there is also a fun myriad of color combinations. Bows with blue sapphires and white diamonds, or options with rubies and emeralds.
Statement rings also provide a chance to show off some serious bling. The new Fine Jewelry Chandelier ring features a mix of cuts in fancy yellow diamonds. Oval, marquise, and round diamonds are clustered in an eclectic mix on an 18K gold shank. Or the Fine Jewelry Gem Ceramic ring offers a nod to the Art Deco era with stylish black ceramic stripes set in 18K white gold and topped with coral, bullet cut diamonds, and a large 4.02 carat radiant cut diamond center. This is a statement piece for Deco fans or diamond lovers seeking a truly unique pedestal for their center stone.
Bridal Trends – Gender Neutral Styles, Yellow Diamonds
Other bridal trends include the popularity of the yellow diamond, not only in engagement rings but also in bridal and anniversary bands. PICCHIOTTI’s new Fancy Color Diamonds Xpandable collection features a lovely variety of fancy yellow diamond designs, many of them in Xpandable bridal bands. Emerald cut white diamonds are flanked by round yellow diamonds, or an array of fancy yellow oval diamonds creates a gorgeous and unusual wedding band. Or a center stripe of yellow diamonds (round, emerald or cushion cut) are framed by white diamonds of various cuts, including the signature PICCHIOTTI baguette cut.
Gender neutral styles are also trending, given the modern freedom of expression and rise of same gender weddings. Breaking with gender conformity, the Gen Z generation is willing to reject traditional pronouns and rules. This calls for jewelry that seamlessly appeals to all genders. The PICCHIOTTI Xpandable rings offer a nice variety of styles that can easily be worn by people of any gender. Couples can match their styles or each create their own look. The simple and singular beauty of an emerald cut diamond Xpandable band is a good example. It would work well for anyone, regardless of gender preferences or norms. A double row of emerald cut diamonds is also perfect for all. The new Xpandable bands with high polish yellow gold frames of center diamonds are ideal for the bride or groom with classic styling that will stand the test of time and endure like the couple’s heartfelt love.
There are so many exciting new ring trends to experiment with and to try out for yourself. Take your cues from the runway and the red carpet and wear multiples or a single large statement or cocktail ring. The best part about rings is that we can enjoy them ourselves because they are in our sightlines all day long. We can also play with them and cherish them and use them to express our own unique sense of style.
Feature image at top – Clockwise from Upper Left – model wearing PICCHIOTTI Fine Jewelry Gem Ceramics Art Deco Ring, Lauren Whitmore at the British Academy Film Awards, PICCHIOTTI Perfect Harmony Ring in Turquoise and Diamonds, Tracey Ellis Ross at the Golden Globes, PICCHIOTTI Fine Jewelry Gem Ceramics Art Deco Ring
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