Top engagement ring trends for 2014

The holiday season is no doubt a popular time for engagements. As we move into a new year, new brides-to-be are looking to discover the hottest trends as they consider different engagement rings. While some of the most popular styles from this year will continue into the 2014, there are also a few new trends that have come to light.

An engagement ring is a memorable piece of jewelry, so of course, you want to make sure it's exactly what you've always dreamed of. Take these trends into account when you're shopping for your special piece from Fine Jewelers:

Gone are the days when brides had to choose between platinum, gold and other metals – many are choosing to mix two or more for a distinct look. You might select a ring that pairs yellow gold with white gold or even rose gold, which is particularly striking and has been gaining popularity over the past year. The different tones contrast with one another to create a unique effect. Not only that, but the multiple metals make these rings far more versatile, so you'll have an easier time matching the ring to your other jewelry.

Colored diamonds
Of course, a solitaire white diamond is the traditional choice, but brides are starting to opt for rings that feature colored gemstones. After Kate Middleton sported a ring with a stunning blue sapphire in the center, the trend surged even more, with many celebrities following suit. If you want a truly eye-catching ring, go for one with a fancy yellow or pink diamond and you're sure to attract some attention.

Between "Mad Men," "The Great Gatsby," and "Downton Abbey," there has been a rising interest in times past. This is also seen in jewelry designs, as many brides are looking to slip vintage-inspired rings on their fingers. For example, settings with intricate floral or filigree details are popping up more and more. Adam Levine of Maroon 5 recently proposed to supermodel Behati Prinsloo with a 1930s ring, showing that this trend is definitely not slowing down any time soon.

Every marriage is one-of-a-kind, and more couples are starting to personalize their engagement rings to demonstrate this. You might engrave the date of your wedding, the day you met or even your initials on the inside or outside of the ring as a reminder of what your relationship represents.

When one ring just isn't enough, you can always layer several slender rings for a unique look. Stacking is becoming increasingly popular in conjunction with the mixed metals trend and is a fitting option for the offbeat bride.