They say that diamonds are forever, which is probably why they’re such popular engagement ring stones. After all, when we make the choice to spend the rest of our lives with someone, we want a ring that can keep up. But with this longevity comes a potential downside: The decision you make in picking out a diamond engagement ring is one that you and your spouse are probably going to have to live with for a long, long time.
Well, don’t worry; we’re here to help. Check out our guide to the most popular engagement ring trends for 2021. From classic cuts to unique new designs, we take an expert look at the most popular new engagement ring trends that are turning heads, to ensure that your forever decision is one that you’ll be happy with.
The Basics: The 4 Cs
Now, before we get into specific options for engagement ring trends, it makes sense to offer a quick recap of the standard diamond grading criteria, and that means considering the 4 Cs — cut, color, clarity, and carat. Let’s take a brief look at each:
Not to be confused with a diamond’s shape, a diamond’s cut refers to the diamond’s facets — namely, how effectively they refract and reflect light within the stone.
A diamond’s color should be, not white but colorless, or at least close to it. The less color a diamond has, the higher quality it is.
Diamonds, whether they’re mined from the ground or grown in a lab, often include small imperfections within the stone (called inclusions). The presence of these imperfections, along with any surface flaws (called blemishes), are taken into account when rating a diamond’s clarity.
Perhaps the most straightforward of the 4 Cs, carat refers to the diamond’s weight. A single carat diamond weighs 0.2gm.
Taken together, each of these criteria helps to determine the overall quality, and price, of a diamond. Your choice of diamond is also going to be heavily influenced by your budget, so it helps to know which categories are the most important to you, and which ones you’d be willing to pay less on. Also, it’s worth noting that some ring styles can make up for stones that otherwise fall short in certain areas. Get a more in-depth look at the 4 Cs of diamonds.
OK. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the most popular engagement rings trends of 2021.
2021’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Trends
One of the problems with following a new trend is that it may end up being just that — a trend. And once the trend loses steam, you could be stuck with something that looks dated. That said, there’s a big difference between dated and timeless. That’s why the first trend on our list is one that bucks the new in favor of something a bit more established: vintage rings.
Vintage engagement rings carry with them a certain amount of history. And whether you use an heirloom that’s been in your family for generations, or start a new tradition by purchasing an antique ring from a jeweler, you’ll be incorporating that history into your own story. Vintage rings often stand out as representations of the time periods and art style they were made for. So, if you or your intended fiancee are interested in a particular era — such as Art Deco — choosing a vintage ring from that time is a great way to add some stylish antiquity to your union.
And, if you have the vintage ring but aren’t sure about the stone, an experienced jeweler will be able to replace or upgrade your diamond. This is particularly useful when you have an heirloom ring that may have lost a gem or two over the decades. Many jewelry companies (such as Clean Origin) nowadays also offer vintage-inspired rings that give you the antique look and feel but with updated materials or gemstones, such as lab-grown diamonds.
Lacey Oval Ring
This ultra-feminine design showcases special details from every angle with open accents of precious metal, a scrolled gallery, and four round brilliant diamonds accenting the oval shape center diamond of your choice.
Deco Emerald Ring
The Deco Emerald Ring evokes a vintage feel with Art Deco-inspired geometric milgrain accents, compatible with the emerald-cut diamond center stone of your choice.
Traditionally speaking, the point of a diamond engagement ring is to stand out as a very visible representation of a couple’s love and devotion. But sometimes, standing out is about not overstating things. Featuring clean, sleek lines, fewer facets, and very little in the way of extra ornamentation, modern minimalist engagement rings are generally diamond solitaire designs, or feature a larger center stone set between two smaller stones.
Minimalist rings not only deliver a touch of elegance and refinement but also stack easily and beautifully with most wedding rings.
Arielle Solitaire Ring
This elegant design features a modern east-west set oval lab-created center diamond on a sleek 1.7mm cathedral band of high polish precious metal.
Holly Solitaire Ring
The Holly Solitaire features delicate cathedral shoulders and hidden rows of diamonds for subtle sparkle and understated elegance.
There’s certainly nothing wrong with a classic solitaire. But why settle for one diamond when you can have three? The three-stone engagement ring dials up the wow factor, by adding two slightly smaller stones on either side of the center stone. Together, these stones represent a couple’s journey; the largest stone signifies the present, while the stones on either side represent the past and the future. Alternatively, the three stones may signify friendship, love, and fidelity, or stand as an eternal reminder to love, honor, and cherish one another.
Classic 3 Stone Ring
This Classic 3 Stone ring with a tapered band features a cluster of three stunning lab-created diamonds with the center stone shape of your choice. We love the bold look of pairing it with an emerald-cut diamond.
Vineyard 3 Stone Ring
Our Vineyard 3 Stone pave ring features scalloped interior detail and a hidden diamond on the raised setting. The diamond-studded band adds even more sparkle to this eye-catching ring!
Yellow Gold Rings
The beautiful color of yellow gold on your engagement ring combined with the clear beautiful design of your hand-selected diamond is another ring combination that provides not only something that is on-trend — but something that will be timeless and you can enjoy for decades to come. Designed to complement a range of skin tones, yellow gold engagement rings are an option that will truly magnify the beauty and show off your Clean Origin center stone.
The 1.5mm Solitaire is a timeless engagement ring with a classic four-prong design. Available with every shape of center stone, this minimalist ring stuns in yellow gold.
The Countess Ring features four lab-created round diamonds delicately arranged in pear shapes on both sides of the center stone of your choice. The accent diamonds on your band will gorgeously shimmer and sparkle in a stunning yellow gold setting.
With access to more information than any generation before, today’s couples are extremely informed and conservationally minded. As such, many of them are shying away from supporting the traditional diamond market. This is because diamond mining can be a very environmentally unfriendly process. In fact, for every carat of diamond that is mined from the earth, approximately 6000 lbs of mineral waste is created. Additionally, conflict diamonds (also called blood diamonds) make diamond shopping a problematic moral issue — one that modern couples are very aware of.
That’s why lab-grown diamonds are becoming so popular.
Lab-grown diamonds are chemically and physically identical to mined diamonds. But perhaps even more importantly, lab-grown diamonds create almost no mineral waste and are completely conflict-free. And as an added cherry on top, they also tend to cost 20–40% less than mined diamonds.
Environmentally mindful, socially conscious, and financially responsible — it’s no wonder that lab-grown diamonds are becoming such a popular option for engagement rings in 2021.
Diamonds are forever, and the same is true for your choice of a diamond engagement ring. So, when it comes time to make your decision, consider these popular options. After all, trends may come and go, but if you can find a unique and personal way to represent your love, you’ll have a timeless and brilliant ring that’s always in style.