Before you dive headfirst into the craziness of *planning* your wedding, there鈥檚 a blissful phase that starts with a gorgeous ring! So, if you鈥檙e in the market for a ring or you just really love diamonds (who doesn鈥檛?!), read on to learn about the top ring trends we鈥檙e seeing for 2018, with expert advice from jewelry aficionados Zahava Ryzman, founder and creative director of NYC-based Sara Chloe Jewelry, and Vanessa Stofenmacher, founder of Vrai & Oro, a brand that specializes in the ethical production of the highest quality gold and diamond jewelry.

Size Doesn鈥檛 Matter

That鈥檚 right, smaller can be better! This year, the trend seems to be a focus on both the quality and the origin of the stone 鈥 instead of the traditional carat count. 鈥淲e鈥檙e noticing that women are caring less about the size of the stone and more about where it came from,鈥 says Stofenmacher. Ethical fashion has become much more en vogue as of late, and future brides are increasingly interested in sourcing non-blood diamonds as well as recycling family heirlooms or buying from antique stores and auction houses. Brit + Co Pick: Vrai & Oro 18K Yellow Gold The Oval ($4,291+).

INFLUENCERS Are Important

It seems social media stars are changing the way we shop for rings! According to Ryzman, a lot of her clients are coming to her with inspiration from fashion influencers and bloggers. 鈥淥ftentimes, when customizing a ring for a private client, they鈥檒l reference an influencer that epitomizes their look and style.鈥 How the times have changed! Brit + Co Pick: Sarah Chloe聽Aria Bridal Halo Diamond Ring ($20,000).

Geometry Class

This year is all about geometric shapes *and* delicate pave settings. 鈥淲e鈥檝e seen a lot of interest in dainty settings that enhance the center stone,鈥 says Ryzman. She also notes that emerald cuts and other sharper angled cuts and designs are trending. For other ideas, be sure to check out Asscher, baguette, and marquise cuts too! In addition to a shift in stone setting and shape, the rose gold trend of 2017 is out and yellow gold is IN 鈥 big time. 鈥淸Yellow gold is] modern and classic at the same time,鈥 says Stofenmacher. Brit + Co Pick: Sarah Chloe Aria Bridal Amalia Diamond Ring ($15,500).

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(Photos via Vrai & Oro and Sarah Chloe)