An engagement ring pro shares four ring trend predictions for the coming engagement season.
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Engagement season, which starts around November and ends in the New Year, is nearly here. If there's a chance you're getting engaged soon, you may be doing a little engagement ring shopping. Perhaps you're looking for timeless engagement ring styles, or you might be wondering what, exactly, this year's engagement ring trends are. To find out, we spoke with Ji Song, co-founder of Engage Studio, a jeweler that specializes in custom-designed engagement rings.

Oval and Pear Stones

Round stones have always been popular, Song says, but pear- and oval-shaped stones are being requested more and more.

"The way that they're cut, they show a lot bigger for their weight," Song says. These cuts can make a low-carat stone look bigger, perfect for those looking for major bang for their buck. "I think when people see how big they look compared to a round stone, that's a big selling feature," he says.

Celebrities such as Hailey Baldwin (Justin Bieber's fiancée) and Ariana Grande (engaged to Pete Davidson) have also been sporting oval- and pear-shaped stones, respectively, giving these styles a little extra publicity.

Diamond Alternatives

Sapphires and emeralds have been popular for engagement rings for a few years now (remember Kate Middleton's gorgeous sapphire engagement ring?), and Song predicts the trend will continue.

"Color's big," he says, adding that he expects to see morganite—a blush pink stone—as well.

Moissanite, "the closest thing to a diamond that's not a diamond," says Song, also continues to be popular. It's a more affordable diamond alternative that has the same clear look.

Three Stones (With a Twist)

Song at least partly attributes the rise in popularity of this multi-stone setting to Meghan Markle, who sports an engagement ring with one large diamond set between two smaller ones.

The three-stone look isn't new, exactly. The classic look typically has three stones in the same shape, but people are giving it a modern twist. "The most common way is just changing up the shapes," Song says. "So you have an oval center, and then you might have two pears on the side."

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Thin Bands

"We've been seeing a lot of really thin bands. Just clean, simple, classic bands," Song says.

A thick band makes for a more noticeable ring, certainly, but Song says Engage Studio clients have been asking for more dainty, elegant options. These rings may have more stones—in a pavé style with very small gems set into the band, for example—but stay far away from bulkiness.

This article originally appeared on Real Simple.