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Top Engagement Ring Trends from the Past

4th February 2020

by Tara W.

Top Engagement Ring Trends From The Past

With so many different styles, diamond shapes and precious metals to choose from we understand that finding the perfect engagement ring for your loved one can be overwhelming. 

Trends may come and go, and although it can feel great to have a piece of jewelry that is in fashion it is also a good idea to choose an engagement ring that your partner will love forever. 

This is why we have created a rundown of some of the biggest engagement ring trends from the past three years. All of these trends have remained firmly in fashion and proved that they are unlikely to go out of style anytime soon.

Trends of 2019 

Colored gemstone engagement rings

Gemstone Engagement Rings

Colored gemstone engagement rings came firmly back into fashion when Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s blue sapphire engagement ring. Whether as the centrepiece or as side stones, colored stones are popular for those searching for a ring that is a little more unique. 

Unsurprisingly, blue sapphires are one of the most popular gemstones, followed by emeralds, yellow diamonds and pink sapphires. If you are searching for a way to add sentimental value to your chosen design, why not select your loved one’s birthstone?

Bypass settings

This style of setting has been around since the Victorian era but has seen an increase in popularity in recent years. A bypass setting features a band that overlaps and parts instead of forming one single line, holding the diamond in between both ends.

Bypass engagement rings can hold many different diamonds shapes and gemstones creating a stunning and out-of-the-box piece. You can add some more sparkle with some accent stones on the bridge or by choosing a pavé band.

Vintage style rings

Intricate engraving, milgrain designs and fancy diamond shapes that are reminiscent of past times, vintage rings have been, and still are, one of the most popular styles for those who are looking for a unique ring. Compliment your vintage style ring by choosing pretty rose gold or a yellow gold metal for a beautiful antique finish.

Trends of 2018

Split shank engagement rings

A split shank offers an elegant, architectural finish to an otherwise simple solitaire diamond ring and has been a firm favourite among brides-to-be for many years. This is where the shank of the ring is split either side of the diamond, revealing part of the finger, and is more commonly found on solitaire designs. There are many variations of this style, from simple and contemporary to diamond-adorned vintage designs, which is probably why it is a trend that is here to stay. 

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Rose Gold Engagement Rings

Otherwise known as the metal color of love, rose gold has a loyal fanbase, with many brides-to-be choosing this precious metal for both their engagement and wedding rings. First seen in home furnishings and tech, rose gold has seen a massive rise in popularity in recent years - proving that the pretty blush tone is here to stay.

Emerald-cut diamond rings

If it’s good enough for Beyoncé then it’s certainly good enough for us. Beyoncé’s ring is reportedly a whopping 24 carats! We love her emerald cut diamond and it seems that many brides-to-be agree, as this contemporary shape has become a firm favourite for proposals.

Trends of 2017

Classic solitaire rings

As the old saying goes, ‘If it ain't broke, don’t fix it’, and it seems to apply to the solitaire diamond engagement ring. This classic style has been popular since De Beers encouraged more men to purchase diamond engagement rings back in the 1940’s and it’s fanbase certainly isn’t diminishing anytime soon.

Side Stone Engagement Rings 

Side Stone Engagement Rings

Another timeless and classic favourite - the side stone ring! A solitaire diamond with intricate side stones on the band was the second most popular engagement ring style in 2017 and remains a firm favourite today. 

Halo rings

Unsurprisingly, halo rings were, and still are, a popular choice for an engagement ring. This style consists of a central diamond that is surrounded by a halo of smaller stones, giving the illusion of one larger stone (perfect for smaller carat weights). Not only is this style a pretty and glamorous choice for white diamonds, it is also popular for colored gemstones.