Engagement Ring Trends: 2021 Forecast


The year 2020 is coming to a close, which gives us a chance to look ahead to the future. Luckily, we’re seeing nothing but greatness coming in the year 2021 — for the engagement ring market, that is! Want to keep up with the latest engagement ring trends? Here’s what trends to expect in the world of engagement rings in the year 2021. 


Oval Engagement Rings

Oval-cut diamonds have been rising in popularity for several years now, but it’s likely they’ll be reaching their peak this year. As they utilize a fancy-cut, oval engagement rings feature diamonds with sophisticated elegance and a certain versatility that makes them the ideal choice for any soon-to-be bride. Oval engagement rings can be paired with various settings that enhance the face-up appearance of this stone.  

This diamond can be worn vertically, creating a finger lengthening effect. Additionally, this cut can be worn horizontally, creating a unique look and is perfect for a bride looking for a rare engagement ring style. Moreover, oval-cut diamonds have a large surface area, making them look larger face-up, even for those with low carat weight. They’re great for getting the most bang for your buck. 

Minimalist Engagement Rings

The year 2020 has certainly required many to take a “less is more” approach to life. Luckily, minimalist engagement rings take this concept to a new and stylish level. 

Minimalist engagement rings highlight the center stone, which is generally a solitaire. Many buyers opt for a colored gem to bring a touch of boldness to this ring style, but a simple solitaire diamond will also do!

Though minimalist engagement rings can feature multiple stones, halos, and more, they are typically a toned-down version of the classics. 

A lot of customization can be done to a minimalist engagement ring to make it uniquely yours. From the metal choice in the band to the shape of the stone, there’s enough room for customization to suit a wide variety of styles. 

Yellow Gold Settings

Yellow gold bands and settings have certainly experienced a drop in popularity from their height in the mid-to-late 1900s. For a long while, people have favored white gold, platinum, and even rose gold for their engagement rings. However, yellow gold is back in the spotlight—no question, due to its timelessness and elegance. 

Yellow gold is easy to care for and very durable. If you opt for a yellow gold band, you don’t have to worry about passing it down. It will hold up extremely well. Yellow gold also boasts longevity when it comes to style. It adds a pop of color that complements pretty much any stone it’s paired with. It’s certainly a great all-around choice for anyone looking to get the most out of their engagement ring setting.

Diamond Alternatives

Sustainability and frugality are two of the most common things on people’s minds these days. They’re issues that not only affect the here and now, but they can also have a significant impact on the future of our planet. That’s why shoppers are opting for more eco-friendly choices and seeking out diamond alternatives.

Lab-grown diamonds are expected to see a rise in popularity fueled by their position as an eco-friendly option and their affordability. Lab-grown diamonds are identical to mined diamonds, but they are created in a lab setting with advanced technology to mimic a diamond’s natural formation process. 

They’re less expensive to produce, and therefore, less expensive to sell! Manufacturers can pass those savings on to their customers and avoid traditional diamond mining’s negative environmental impact. Your wallet and your conscience will thank you for going with a lab-grown diamond.

Final Thoughts

We’re excited to see these trends emerge and keep an eye out for new trends as they grow. The engagement ring industry is always churning out gorgeous new styles and revisiting timeless classics. That said, you don’t have to choose an engagement ring that’s currently en vogue. Find one that best suits your partner’s style, and they’ll be happy wearing it for decades to come.