Style is important when picking dresses, suits and accessories for the wedding party. But when it’s time to choose the rings, it’s even more crucial – to last a lifetime, the rings must be timeless. Choices and designs come and go, but there are qualities enviable for now and always.

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic solitaire in a clean, gorgeous setting, but these days couples are looking for pieces that are as individual as they are themselves. Wedding sets and trios sometimes are mismatched, but there is almost always a quality connecting them. White gold and platinum are still popular choices, but couples are warming to rose gold and yellow gold as a striking contrast to the icy fire of diamonds.

Cluster diamond rings have something that solitaires can’t always deliver – a ton of sparkle. Grouping together smaller diamonds in an inventive setting has a contemporary appeal, plus it may be a more affordable option. Some couples are going even further to make diamonds an accent to rubies, sapphires, emeralds and other brilliant gemstones taking the spotlight. No matter what kind of stone you choose or how many, turn tradition on its side with a broad-cut stone set horizontal with the band. It’ll make it look bigger.

Vine, leaf and petal details are also hot now. Both feminine and delicately delightful, they lend an heirloom quality to rings that are in line to be passed down for generations to come.

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