Your engagement ring should be a reflection of your personal style. If you prefer a nontraditional ring or just want a standout sparkler, there’s no shortage of fab engagement ring trends for 2021. From fashion-forward two-stone rings to vintage-inspired designs to the gemstone colors you’ll be seeing on fingers everywhere, we got the scoop on what’s hot right now. And, while a simple solitaire engagement ring may be a classic choice, you’re probably going to want to step out of the box (ring box, that is!) once you see the one-of-a-kind engagement ring trends 2021 has in store. Check out popular engagement ring trends you can shop now, below.
Statement Wedding Bands
We’re predicting standalone bands will be hot in 2021 for a few reasons: They have a cool unisex vibe, tend to be more affordable than classic bridal sets (depending on the style) and in these post-COVID times, they’re easy to sanitize. The newest bands are bolder than ever, with diamond-encrusted, maximalist cigar bands, luxe signet rings and sparkly eternity bands that give the standard solid metal band a serious fashion upgrade. And, if you have your heart set on an elaborate band but also don’t want to forgo an engagement ring with a center stone – you’ve still got options. We love the idea of wearing your engagement ring and wedding band on separate hands or fingers, or wearing your engagement ring on certain days and your band on others. TLDR; You don’t have to stick to a traditional bridal set if you’re feeling a statement band.
Blue Engagement Rings
While pink and yellow engagement rings have been hot for a while now, engagement rings in 2021 will be all about putting your own spin on “Something Blue.” From aqua gemstones to rich royal blue ones, this trend gives us serious mermaid vibes and is surprisingly versatile. To make this “It” color work for you, choose a shade of blue and setting that speaks to your personal style – the choices are endless.
Emerald Engagement Rings
If blue isn’t your thing but you’re on the hunt for a colorful bling, consider going green with anmerald engagement ring. These vibrant green gemstones are associated with serenity and new beginnings – and are also just undeniably gorgeous. If that isn’t enough to get you hooked on the “it” stone of 2021, here’s another reason: There is a shade of emerald for almost every skin tone. If you have fair skin, a darker emerald hue makes your complexion look even milkier. If your coloring is olive, try a vibrant green emerald to brighten and bring out the golden undertones of your skin.
Note: Since emeralds are softer than diamonds and generally have more inclusions (read: internal flaws), they also have more breaking points compared with other gemstones. But don’t let that deter you from wearing your emerald engagement ring on a daily basis. Just make sure to treat it with care, clean it regularly and avoid knocking it against hard surfaces. And, how you store and care for your pretty green sparkler is key. Keep it in a separate case from your other jewelry, and never use commercial cleaners or chemicals to polish it.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Take a cue from the engagement ring trends of bygone eras and consider a sparkler with Victorian or art deco flair. What sets these rings apart? It’s all in the details. Intricate touches like milgrain (a beaded metal pattern), filigree (metal wire details) and elaborate halos give this bling an antique feel. Whether you’re repurposing a family piece, shopping estate jewelry or opting for a new design with a vintage-inspired setting, you can’t go wrong with an engagement ring with heirloom quality – it’s both glamorous and timeless.
Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Rings
Calling all old souls: This engagement ring trend is a true throwback. Popular in the 1500s, rose cut diamonds have a flat bottom and a domed top and resemble the shape of a rose bud. Since these antique diamonds are less faceted and lack the pavillion (read: the pointy bottom) of more complex cuts, their sparkle tends to look glassy and less brilliant than more modern options. Fun fact: Besides the obvious sentimental value of these old world sparklers, rose cut diamonds also look larger than their actual carat weights due to their flat bottoms, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
Two Stone Engagement Rings
Also called Toi et Moi rings (that’s French for you and me), an engagement ring with two stones stands out from the crowd and and offers twice the bling – what’s not to love about that? Besides the megawatt shine they offer, Toi et Moi engagement rings also have a special meaning: The two gems that sit side by side or close to each other symbolize two souls becoming one. And while this style is one of our favorite 2021 engagement ring trends, it’s actually nothing new. Napoleon Bonaparte famously put them on the map when he proposed to Josephine de Beauharnais in 1796 with a sapphire and diamond ring.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Call it the Meghan Markle effect. Ever since the Duchess of Sussex debuted her cushion-cut diamond flanked by two round diamonds, this classic setting has been popping up everywhere. Similar to two stone rings, this uber-sparkly option is rich with symbolism. Also called a trilogy setting, the three stones historically represent friendship, love and fidelity, or, a couple’s past, present and future. Another plus: It’s easy to put a custom twist on this setting by mixing up the combination of stone shapes and colors.
originally posted on theknot.com