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December 2, 2019

2021 Engagement Ring Trends: Newest and Most Popular Styles

If you’re thinking of popping the wedding question, you certainly want to wow your bride-to-be. We’ve compiled five hot engagement ring trends, so you’ll know exactly what to look for when you visit your local jeweler.

Engagement Ring Traditions and History

Wedding bands date back into ancient history. If you’re not the traditional sort, this may disappoint you. But these traditions weren’t as glamorous as they are now. In all the centuries before, the ring was a symbol of partnership or ownership. The first diamond engagement ring wasn’t offered until the mid-1400s.

Now, though, rings are a symbol of how much you love someone. And how long you want to stay committed to them. Today’s rings—both engagement and wedding—are a testament to how trends change over the years.

Top Engagement Ring Trends

You want to propose but worry that the design may be outdated or something that she may not like.

If you’re not familiar with engagement rings, you might get confused when you search the store. Here we listed down the latest engagement ring trends in 2021 so you can chooose a unique yet timeless piece.

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Colorful Rings and Gemstones for Unique Brides

Because of the pandemic, fewer and fewer are going to showrooms to pick a setting or try a new design. We see an increasing number of couples opting for a more traditional setting.

However, that should not stop you from getting something unique. And what better way to stand out than to add some color?

Thanks to the popularity of royal families, aristocrats, and celebrities, more and more couples are opting for colored stones such as sapphires, rubies, and emeralds in platinum, or white gold metals. They are emerging as a trend for the last several years and we still see them as a trend this 2021.

Sapphire Engagement Ring
14K White Oval Blue Sapphire & Diamond Halo-Style Ring

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These stones are popular when designed in a halo style, or three-stone rings, surrounded by diamonds.

Emerald Engagement Ring in Platinum
Platinum Emerald Ring

These alternative engagement ring designs are gaining popularity as well for those who don’t want to spend much on a ring but want a bigger gemstone.

Metal Color Matters

Gold-Colored Ring on Hands Surrounded By Green Foliage

It might come as a surprise to some, but the color of the metal in a ring matters.

There are 3 main colors for wedding bands and engagement ring metals being used. 

  • classic yellow gold
  • white (or silver) in varying shade made with either gold, silver, platinum and other white metals, and 
  • Rose-gold, which is made-up of gold alloyed with copper to give it a pink hue.

Yellow gold is classic, white gold is eye-catching, and rose gold is a good mix. 

Pink Morganite Engagement Ring in Gold
14K Rose Morganite Ring
White Akoya Pearl Engagement Ring
14K Rose Cultured White Akoya Pearl, White Opal & 1/4 CTW Diamond

One of the hottest and newest engagement ring styles is mixed metals or two-tone rings and bands. For example, pairing a yellow gold band with a white gold halo. It allows for a whole new look that catches everyone’s attention.

Diamond Ring 14k-Two-Tone Gold Amethyst

Pear-Shaped Diamonds

The cut of the diamond is as important as the metal choice, if not more so. The way a diamond is cut says a lot about someone’s personality.

While princess and round cuts have always been the most popular, there’s a new shape in town. The pear-shaped diamond is the new classy cut. And it’s taking over the bridal scene.

Pear-shaped diamonds rings are gorgeous as a solitaire, but also in a halo-setting. Halo gives the illusion of a larger stone. This makes it popular among brides. 

2 Stone or 3 Stone Engagement Rings

While the solitaire is always a preference, more and more couples are choosing 2 stone and 3 stone engagement rings. 

Ariana Grande’s engagement ring, designed by her now husband Dalton Gomez, is a 2-stone Toi et Moi ring. This ring features a beautiful pearl and oval stones. 

Diamond Ring 14k White Gold Tourmaline

Toi et Moi (“You and Me” in French) rings date back 1796 when Napoleon Bonaparte gave Josephine de Beauharnais a pear-shaped diamond and sapphire stone. More recent variations now feature stones of different sizes and stones. Couples usually choose this to have their gemstones in one ring. 

Pearl and Diamond Toi et Moi Ring AaLAND

A three-stone engagement ring has also been in the market for a long time. Designs vary, depending on the couple. Most rings feature a larger center stone and 2 side stones of smaller carats. The center stone may be a diamond or another precious colored gemstone (usually sapphire, emerald, or ruby) cushioned in between 2 smaller diamonds. 

Engagement rings Chevron or “V” bands

Another trend gaining popularity are engagement rings either as a stand alone, or paired with V-shaped bands that frame the stone. 

Chevron V Ring Stackable

The appeal of this pair is that you can stack both rings and make it appear as one ring. 

The design, however, is not limited to V bands, depending on the size or cut of the diamond, you can make the wedding band. This way, stacked rings don’t feel clunky, but more like just one piece. 

Custom Engagement Rings

After the decision to get married, choosing the ring is the most important step. It can be daunting when trying to find the right ring for the one you love.

Marquis Diamond Ring

If seeing engagement ring trends doesn’t help, explore different styles at a jewelry store—or even design a ring of your own! At Aaland, we’re dedicated to helping you create a custom ring that speaks from the heart, one that makes your engagement (and, eventually, your wedding) special.

Make your appointment with us for a hassle-free, comfortable consultation. We love helping customers make their relationships even more special.

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