2021 Engagement Ring Trends

Engagement season is in full swing! After a long, trying 2020, we’ve all had the chance to draw closer to loved ones as we look forward to a new beginning in 2021.

If your new beginning includes a marriage proposal, we’ve compiled a list of engagement ring trends you can expect to see while shopping for the perfect ring:

Classic Solitaire

You can never go wrong with a classic solitaire diamond. Available in a variety of cuts to suit any style, a single stone is a timeless piece that can be passed on as a family heirloom for generations to come.

Don’t forget the 4 Cs (Carat, Color, Clarity, and Cut) to help you pick a real sparkler. Pair with her favorite metal for a piece that will pair well with her other jewelry.

Colorful Gemstones

Colorful stones were on the rise in 2020, and we expect that trend to continue. Vibrant rubies, sapphires and emeralds make for an eye-catching statement piece.

For the bride who enjoys a more subtle take on the color trend, pastel stones in pinks, blues, and yellows are also forecasted to be extremely popular this year.

Halo Engagement Rings

While you will still see the traditional pavé halo surrounding a solitaire stone, many designers are debuting more creative takes on the halo engagement ring.

Expect to see a combination of cuts, starburst and crown patterns, and even separate bands that can be switched out as tastes change.

3-Stone Engagement Rings

Ever since Meghan Markle’s gorgeous 3-stone engagement ring (a 3-carat cushion cut diamond surrounded by two round cut diamonds) made its debut, the style has quickly made a comeback! This isn’t your mother’s 3-stone ring, though. Three large stones of the same or different cuts make a huge statement! And with a large variety of stones and metals to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

Band Style Rings

In many European countries, engagement rings are not common, and couples opt for eternity/wedding bands. Many brides in the U.S. are taking a similar approach with a band style ring to serve as a 2-in-1 engagement and wedding band. 

Statement, standalone bands are not only more affordable than your typical bridal set, but in the time of COVID-19, they are much easier to sanitize and will endure the endless washing.

Emerald Engagement Rings

The many green hues of the emerald make it a great choice for any bride! Darker emeralds look really good against fair skin and make it look milkier. For olive-toned skin, brighter, more vibrant emeralds really stand out and complement golden undertones.

Emeralds are softer and, therefore, more vulnerable than diamonds, but don’t let that deter you from hopping on to this trend. Simply store an emerald ring separately from other jewelry, and avoid knocking it on hard surfaces.

Black Gold Bands

Black is probably the last color you associate with a wedding, but it may be a stunning choice for your engagement ring and wedding band.

Blackened metals, like titanium and rhodium, add an edge to any band, and make the diamonds pop! Whether the main stone, or stones set in the band, the contrast is sure to make your stones look brighter. 

From vintage-inspired to sleek and modern, dark metals are a unique touch with so many possibilities!

Custom Engagement Jeweler in Frederick, Maryland

When it comes to popping the question, you want a ring that is sure to sweep her off her feet! Gold Thumb Jewelry in Frederick, Maryland, specializes in creating engagement rings and wedding bands as unique as she is. From vintage to modern, and everything in between, our technicians can help you create the perfect piece that is unique to your love story. Contact us today!

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