Published on December 5, 2019

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Emma Stone is going into New Year’s Eve with a little extra sparkle: She’s engaged. The actress’s fiancé, Dave McCary, a writer-director for Saturday Night Live, made the announcement via Instagram yesterday by sharing a selfie. Stone’s hand was front and center. 

The blurry personal snap prompted mass hysteria as the Internet tried to ID the stone, and now it seems like we’ve found a match: the Winter Pearl Ring by Japanese jeweler Yoshinobu Kataoka, which costs under $5,000. The nontraditional pick might seem out of left field, but New York City–based fine jewelry designer Caitlin Mociun isn’t surprised. As 2019 wraps up, Mociun has noticed a lot of her customers stepping away from diamonds and leaning toward far-out silhouettes, including step-cut (that’s when the straight facets decrease in length as they recede from the girdle) and marquise-cut (or football-shaped) stones. And Stone’s ring definitely falls within this realm of edgy shapes.

 

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Another trend to watch: bold colors, like the ones in Montana sapphires, says Mociun, whose eponymous brand is known for its use of rare and unusual gemstones. Other forward-thinking makers include Anna Bario and Page Neal, who work with local Philadelphia craftsmen to incorporate engraving and glass enameling into their designs, and Anna Sheffield, who experiments with mix-and-match stacks. And if this year’s out-of-the-ordinary engagement rings are any indication, we’re going to go ahead and call it: 2020 will be the year of the unconventional bride.

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