They say that diamonds are forever, which is probably why they’re in so many styles of popular engagement rings. After all, when we make the choice to spend the rest of our lives with someone, we want a diamond engagement ring that can keep up.
This longevity comes with a downside. The decision you make when picking out a diamond engagement ring is one you and your spouse will live with for a long time. Is it worth it to follow ring trends?
Well, don’t worry; we’re here to help. From classic cuts to unique designs, we take an expert look at the newest engagement ring trends. These trends are turning heads and will ensure that your decision is one you’ll be happy with. So read on for our round-up of some of the most popular engagement ring styles today.
The Basics: The 4 C’s
Before we discuss engagement ring styles and trends, we will recap standard diamond grading criteria. This means considering the 4 Cs — cut, color, clarity, and carat. Let’s take a brief look at each:
Not to be confused with shape, a diamond’s cut refers to its facets. Namely, how effectively they refract and reflect light within the gem. Cut shouldn’t be confused with shape although the two can be used interchangeably much of the time. A diamond’s cut determines how sparkly your diamond engagement ring will look; the diamond’s shape is the form of the diamond. For example, a princess cut diamond is a diamond shape cut with facets to reveal dimension, scintillation, and shine.
A diamond’s color should be as close to colorless as possible. Diamonds with less color are more expensive. Colored gemstones, however, are increasing in popularity for brides who want a truly unique engagement ring.
Whether mined from the ground or grown in a lab, diamonds often include small imperfections within the stone. The presence of these imperfections, along with any surface flaws, 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 0.2 grams.
Each of these criteria helps to determine the quality and price of a diamond. Your choice of diamond is also going to be influenced by your budget. Therefore, it helps to know which categories are the most important to you. Once you know this, you’ll know which ones you’re willing to pay less on. Also, it’s worth noting that some diamond engagement ring styles can make up for stones that may fall short in certain areas.
This Year’s Most Popular Engagement Ring Trends
One problem with following ring trends is that your popular engagement ring shape may end up being just that — a trend. And once the trend loses steam, you could be stuck with something that looks dated.
But, there’s a big difference between dated and timeless. That’s why our first ring trend is one that bucks the new in favor of something a bit more established.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Vintage engagement rings are one of the most popular ring trends right now. These engagement rings carry some history. Whether you use an heirloom that’s been in your family for generations or start a new tradition with an antique engagement ring, you’ll be incorporating that history into your own story.
Vintage engagement rings stand out because they represent the time periods and art style they were made for. If you or your partner enjoy a particular era — such as Art Deco — choose a vintage engagement ring from that time. It will add some stylish antiquity with a personalized touch to your union. You can do this while still staying on top of the current ring trends.
If you have a vintage ring but aren’t sure about the center gem, a good jeweler can replace or upgrade it. This is useful if you have an heirloom engagement ring that has lost a gem or two over the decades.
Now, many jewelry companies offer popular vintage-inspired engagement rings that give you an antique look and feel. They do this by updating materials or gemstones, like adding lab grown diamonds. These options allow you to keep up with ring trends; they also let you honor the sentimental and storied value of the original design.
The Lacey Oval Ring
This oval engagement ring showcases special details from every angle. It has open accents of white gold, as well as a scrolled gallery. It also has four round brilliant diamonds that highlight the oval shape center diamond of your choice. These features make it a ring that is both refined and stylish.
The Deco Emerald Ring
Evoke the art deco period with our Deco Emerald Ring. This popular engagement ring was designed with a vintage feel. To achieve this feel, it uses art deco-inspired geometric milgrain accents and delicate pave diamonds. The main gemstone, an emerald-cut diamond of your choice, creates a stunning hall-of-mirrors effect. This results in a statement piece engagement ring that is both luxurious and stunning.
Minimalist Engagement Rings
Traditionally speaking, a diamond engagement ring serves as a visible symbol of a couple’s love and devotion. But sometimes, standing out is about not overstating things.
Minimalist engagement rings feature clean, sleek lines, fewer facets, and very little in the way of extras. Each part of a minimalist engagement ring should complement each other. Metals such as rose gold or white gold draw attention to diamond solitaire designs. Occasionally, a large center stone is set between two smaller stones of different shapes.
Minimalist engagement rings give a touch of elegance and stack beautifully with most wedding rings. There’s a reason these engagement rings are one of our most popular styles right now!
The Arielle Solitaire Ring
This elegant ring features a modern east-west set, oval lab created center diamond on a sleek 1.7mm cathedral band. The Arielle Solitaire Ring has a precious metal of your choice. Choose from white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, or platinum to create a diamond ring with a unique shape and modern look.
The Quiet Beauty Solitaire Ring
The Quiet Beauty Solitaire features delicate cathedral shoulders and hidden rows of diamonds for sparkle and understated elegance. The white gold band highlights the sheet of the luminescent princess cut diamond. This ring is a perfect example of less being more. It’s also perfect for someone who follows ring trends but isn’t defined by them.
Three-Stone Engagement Rings
There’s certainly nothing wrong with a classic solitaire. But why settle for one diamond on your engagement ring when you can have three?
The three-stone engagement ring impresses with two smaller stones on either side of the ring’s center gemstone. Together, these stones represent a couple’s journey. The largest gemstone signifies the present; the stones on either side represent the past and the future.
Alternatively, the three stones may signify friendship, love, and fidelity. They can also serve as an eternal reminder to love, honor, and cherish one another.
No matter how you interpret their meaning, the extra sparkle on a three-stone engagement ring is a stunning addition to any hand.
The Classic 3 Stone Ring
This Classic 3-Stone ring has a tapered band that features a cluster of three stunning lab created diamonds with the center stone shape of your choice. We love the bold look of pairing this ring with a pear-shaped diamond and lux white gold metal.
The Vineyard 3 Stone Ring
Our Vineyard 3 Stone pave engagement ring features scalloped detailing and a hidden diamond on the raised setting. The pave setting adds even more sparkle to this eye-catching ring. It is also available in rose gold, yellow gold, white gold, and platinum metals.
Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Yellow gold and hand-selected diamonds are another engagement ring combination that’s both trendy and timeless. Made to go with a range of skin tones, yellow gold rings can enhance the beauty of your center stone.
The 1.5mm Solitaire Ring
The 1.5mm Solitaire is a timeless engagement ring with a classic four-prong design. This is the ideal engagement ring for someone who wants to keep up with popular engagement rings and style trends but still wants one of our understated styles. Available with every shape of center diamond, this engagement ring stuns in yellow gold.
The Countess Ring
This ring features four lab created round diamonds arranged in a pear shape on both sides of the center stone of your choice. The Countess taps into rising ring trends of illusion; it creates what seems to be a larger diamond by setting smaller diamonds closer together. The round-cut diamonds on the ring band give the illusion of pear-shaped diamonds with an elongated shape. This one-of-a-kind ring will shimmer and sparkle in a stunning yellow gold setting.
Engagement rings are a symbol of love and commitment. Traditionally, they are diamond-encrusted circles of gold or platinum. But in recent years, there’s been a movement toward more non-traditional ring designs—and it seems to be gaining momentum.
The rise of non-traditional engagement rings is perhaps a response to the traditional vintage designs that have swept the market recently. What makes a ring non-traditional? The blending of styles and materials. Think, fancy-shaped or colored gemstones as the main stone with pave settings. They add glamour to simple styles.
This trend is still young, but you can expect to see more and more non-traditional engagement rings on your social feeds in the coming months.
The Irene Vintage Ring
Chunkier styles of rings like the Irene Ring artfully blend vintage art deco style with modern design sensibilities, and a center-round diamond gleams from its double halo setting. It creates an engagement ring that feels both timeless and modern.
The 7 Stone Emerald Band
Buck the traditional round cut center-stone diamond for a ring that speaks to your own personal style. The 7 Stone Emerald Band includes 7 twinkling rectangular stones set on a creamy yellow gold band. Without a central stone, each of the individual diamonds is able to truly shine.
Rose Gold Simple Elegance Solitaire Ring
There is nothing simple about this diamond engagement ring. Its rose gold band brings elegance to a refined chain of small diamonds. Meanwhile, the cathedral setting, highlighted by a central melee diamond, delicately offers the beautiful center stone.
Cushion cut engagement rings are a unique and fun choice for brides seeking alternatives to standard round cut diamonds. The Solon Ring is a solitaire setting so the cushion-cut diamond can be on full display. Diamonds outline the white gold band to create a glimmering effect that will have even the most traditional bride saying, ‘I do’.
Lab Grown Diamonds
Today’s couples are informed and conservationally minded. Couples looking for ring trends today have access to more information than any generation before.
As such, many of them are shying away from the traditional diamond market. This is because diamond mining can be an environmentally unfriendly process. In fact, for every carat of diamond that is mined from the earth, about 6000 lbs of mineral waste is created. Additionally, conflict diamonds (also called blood diamonds) make diamond shopping a problematic moral issue.
That’s why lab grown diamonds are becoming so popular.
Lab grown diamonds are chemically and physically identical to mined diamonds. But more importantly, lab grown diamonds create almost no mineral waste. They are also conflict-free. And as an added bonus, they can cost 20–40% less than mined diamonds. With that cost cut, couples can shop the most popular ring trends with larger diamonds for the same price as smaller mined diamonds.
Lab grown diamonds are environmentally mindful, socially conscious, and financially responsible. It’s no wonder that lab grown diamonds are becoming such a popular option for engagement rings.
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 much-admired engagement rings. Trends may come and go, but you can find a uniquely personal way to represent your love. With that, you’ll have a timeless ring that’s always in style.