Each year brings with it an exciting new crop of engagement ring trends. And if you’ll be shopping for an engagement ring in 2020, it’s a great idea to learn more about what’s trending for the upcoming year. Discovering the year’s top trends is an excellent way to get inspired as you look for an engagement ring that’s perfect for you. Wondering what’s trending this year? Read on to see the 6 most dominant engagement ring trends of 2020.
1. Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Yellow gold is easily the biggest engagement ring trend of 2020. This beautiful, traditional precious metal has always been a classic option. But in recent years, yellow gold’s popularity had paled in comparison to the popularity of other types of gold, like white gold and rose gold. However, yellow gold is experiencing a huge boom in popularity for engagement rings in 2020.
It’s hard to say exactly why yellow gold has become so overwhelmingly popular in 2020. But, if we had to guess, we’d say it’s because there seems to be a general passion for more traditional engagement ring styles. Classic styles like three stone engagement rings, solitaire engagement rings, and pave diamond band engagement rings are all trending at the moment. And yellow gold, as a highly classic precious metal, pairs beautifully with these more traditional styles.
2. Oval Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings
Fancy shaped diamonds have been trending in general for several years. But this year we’ve seen a few fancy shapes rise above the others in terms of popularity, including oval shaped diamonds. Oval shaped diamonds have become incredibly popular over the last year or so, and their popularity only seems to be growing as we head further into 2020.
There’s a lot to love about oval shaped diamonds, so it’s easy to see why this shape is currently in such high demand. Oval diamonds have a similar look to round shaped diamonds, with their classic rounded style and high brilliance. But oval shaped diamonds have several advantages over round cut diamonds. One, they’re less expensive, as round cut diamonds are by far the most expensive diamond shape. Two, they actually look larger per carat than round cut diamonds, since so much of their mass is distributed on their table (their top). And three, oval cut diamonds are highly flattering on the fingers, since their elongated shape provides a slimming effect.
3. Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Rings
Emerald cut diamonds are another fancy-shaped diamond that’s trending for 2020. Emerald cut diamonds have likely become more popular for many of the same reasons oval cut diamonds have since they have many of the same advantages. Like oval cut diamonds, emerald cut diamonds are a more affordable diamond shape. Also like oval cut diamonds, emerald cut diamonds look larger per carat than many other diamond shapes. But though oval cut diamonds and emerald-cut diamonds share some of the same advantages, these two diamond shapes have noticeably different styles. So it makes sense that both of these beautiful shapes are trending at the moment. Someone could love the advantages of both these fancy shapes but have a strong preference between the two due to their unique style preferences.
In terms of style, emerald cut diamonds are elegant and chic, yet also quite eye-catching and glamorous. The emerald cut diamond is one of several diamond shapes that is step cut, rather than brilliant cut. Emerald cut diamonds feature long, linear step cut facets that give them an elegant, clean look. These facets allow you to see clearly into the center of an emerald cut diamond, showing off the true beauty of the diamond. Then, these facets also reflect light in large, dramatic flashes, which amps up the glamour of this sophisticated shape.
4. Floral-Inspired Halo Engagement Rings
Floral-inspired halo settings have experienced a noticeable uptick in popularity in 2020. This lovely, romantic style was the choice of many celebrities who got engaged in 2019, which is most likely why this style is on the rise. Katy Perry, Irina Shayk, and Elizabeth Olsen are among the numerous celebs who said “yes” to a floral-inspired engagement ring in 2019.
Though the floral-inspired halo is newly trending, it’s worth noting that this engagement ring style is far from new. Floral-inspired halo settings were very popular in the Victorian era, so this engagement ring style has actually has antique origins. In the Victorian era, it was very popular to pair a floral-inspired diamond halo setting with a colorful center gemstone. This same pairing is popular in 2020, as is an all-diamond floral-inspired halo engagement ring.
5. Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three stone engagement rings are another classic style that’s currently trending for 2020. This style has been trending ever since Prince Harry presented Meghan Markle with her custom engagement ring, which is a beautiful and classic three stone design.
All types of three stone engagement rings are trending for 2020, including both classic and modern three stone designs. In the modern category, fancy shaped diamond three stone rings are particularly popular, as are three stone engagement rings that incorporate gemstones.
6. Colorful Gemstone and Birthstone Engagement Rings
Colorful gemstone engagement rings started trending a few years ago and this trend is stronger than ever in 2020. This year, we’re seeing even more types of gemstones trend for engagement rings. Virtually every type of gemstone is trending for engagement rings in 2020, including classic precious gemstones, unique semi-precious gemstones, and every birthstone. Diamond halo settings have been the most popular setting style for gemstone engagement rings since they began trending, and they remain the most popular style for 2020.