Engagement ring trends vary a lot, just as wedding dress trends do. With social media feeds packed full of dazzling engagement rings from influencers and regular folk alike, many couples are looking for an engagement ring that’s worthy of going viral.
Whether you’re one to follow the latest trends or not, this selection of the most popular engagement rings for 2020 is sure to inspire you. Check them out below.
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Coloured diamond or gemstone rings
Remember Kate Middleton’s engagement ring? It featured a magnificent 12-carat oval sapphire. And although Kate and Wills tied the knot around eight years ago now, coloured gemstones and diamonds are still a hot trend for engagement rings. This one below contains a 0.90-carat sapphire with a diamond halo, set in 18k white gold.
In 2020, we may see more unconventional metals like blackened platinum being used in engagement rings. Rose gold is an excellent choice for the feminine bride, while yellow gold is making a comeback for both edgy and timeless engagement ring designs.
So is white gold and platinum now obsolete when it comes to being fashionable? Absolutely not. Both still look stunning paired with diamonds and sapphires, with platinum having the added advantage of being extremely hard-wearing and durable.
Engagement rings set with three stones have been popular for a while, especially since Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle with a timeless classic example of one. The three stones are said to symbolise a couple’s past, present and future, making this style utterly romantic. This is a current trend that’s expected to continue into 2020 and beyond.
Now here’s an engagement ring fit for a princess. Set in 18k white gold, it features a stunning 0.80-carat princess cut centre diamond, with two other, slightly smaller, princess cut diamonds on each side.
According to Harper’s Bazaar, a leading fashion magazine, Georgian-inspired ring designs are likely to be seen in 2020. The characteristics of Georgian jewellery include intricate metalwork and gem cutting styles like the table cut (square) and rose cut (round with a flat back and domed top).
Cluster settings were also seen during this era, where smaller diamonds surrounded a larger, central diamond. This stunning 0.85-carat vintage style halo diamond engagement ring has that vintage feel, but with a modern twist.
Emerald cut diamonds
Following on from vintage trends, emerald cut diamonds are also expected to be featuring more prominently in engagement ring designs next year. The stand-out feature of the emerald cut is its geometric shape and sharp facets that together create an elegant optical appearance.
Emerald cut diamonds are quite rare, making them a good option for brides that want a distinctive ring design. Due to their elongated shape, emerald cut diamonds help to make the fingers look slender. Pictured below is a 1.45-carat emerald cut trilogy diamond engagement ring.
As well as emerald-cut diamond engagement rings, another trend to watch out for is the emerald gemstone itself.
As well as being the birthstone for May, the emerald is also known as the stone of the heart. It symbolises unconditional love. So, if you’re looking for something a bit more unorthodox, an emerald engagement ring is worth exploring.
Multi-stone bands or irregularly-shaped bands
Diamonds that are set into the ring band add even more glamour to an engagement ring. Look out for rings with different shapes, sizes and cuts of diamonds all in the same band. As an example, see this unusual ring. It has a 1.20-carat oval cut moissanite in the centre of the ring, surrounded by varying sizes of round cut diamonds in the halo and on the band.
Katy Perry was seen sporting a rather spectacular engagement ring early in 2019; a pink stone (believed to be a ruby), set with sparkling diamonds around the outside, like a flower in bloom. Hers is undoubtedly one of a kind, but floral-shaped engagement rings is a trend expected to grow in 2020, according to Stylecaster.
This beautiful floral-shaped ring below ticks another of the on-trend boxes (colour), with its deep blue central stone (a 1.04-carat sapphire). The smaller round diamonds are each held in a claw setting that makes them look very much like petals.
Halo engagement rings have been in favour for the last few years and are likely to be fashionable for the foreseeable future. A newish take on this style is the hidden halo ring. This is where a circular ring of diamonds sits underneath a centre stone. They can’t be seen from the top of the ring, but they can be seen from the side.
The hidden halo adds a touch of glamour and intrigue to the overall ring design. You might see the hidden halo on solitaire engagement rings. Some traditional halo rings may also feature a similar design. For example, this 1.30-carat round cut double halo diamond engagement ring has a hidden gallery of diamonds under the halo top.
Unique or custom-made engagement rings
One way to truly stand out from the crowd is to design a bespoke engagement ring. You’d then have the whole spectrum of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones to choose from. When designing an engagement ring, you can reflect you or your partner’s personality and style to create something completely original.
A custom-made ring allows you to express a sentimental touch or meaning. For example, if the bride’s favourite colour is yellow, you could opt for a yellow diamond as the centre stone.
At Bespoke Diamonds, we specialise in making bespoke engagement rings. Our designer can help you bring an idea for your dream engagement ring to life. Once you’re happy with the proposed design, we can begin production right here in Dublin. Most custom-made engagement rings are ready for collection within three to four weeks.
The latest engagement ring trends are certainly one factor to think about when choosing the perfect ring for your loved one. But there are other things to consider too:
- Personal preference – this should be right up there at the top of your checklist. Choosing a ring that reflects your partner’s style and taste is crucial – yet this can be tricky if you’re planning a surprise proposal!
- Cost – you’ll want to make sure that you get the best quality stones and ring band that you can afford taking into account your budget. When choosing diamonds, ask your jeweller about the four Cs – cut, clarity, colour and carat. Together these elements determine the quality of a diamond.
- Preferences in the future – the latest trends aren’t for everyone. If you want to make sure you’ll love your engagement ring in ten years or twenty years’ time, as well as today, consider a timeless style of engagement ring, like the solitaire.
A solitaire engagement ring features just one diamond in the centre, making it a subtle and sophisticated choice for a bride that prefers the beauty of simplicity. While round cut diamonds are often chosen for solitaire rings, you can also experiment with other shapes like the oval cut, princess cut and pear cut.
For inspiration, check out these elegant solitaire engagement rings that will measure up in the fashion stakes not just now, but well into the future too.