What’s Trending: The Most Popular Types of Engagement Rings
Dreaming of your big day? If you’ve been thinking about your future wedding from an early age, the perfect proposal is where it all begins! You may have even started to research and browse rings that would look oh-so-gorgeous on your left hand.
Or maybe you’re planning a proposal to your partner and need some guidance on how to find and buy an engagement ring that will make them swoon.
Whether you’re looking for something timeless or trendy, there are a variety of engagement ring styles you can select from. And if you’re looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll recap some of the most popular engagement rings of 2019 and what the 2020 engagement season has in store.
The Top 10 Engagement Ring Styles This Year
This year, we saw some classics hold true and some upcoming trends take center stage. Here are a few of 2019’s most notable engagement ring types and styles:
1. Solitaire Settings with a Round Brilliant Diamond
There’s nothing wrong with a beautiful classic! Solitaire engagement rings, like the Grand Solitaire from the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry collection, highlight one center stone with a plain band surrounding it. Solitaires usually feature a 4-prong or 6-prong setting to secure the stone. This classic style has always been a favorite and will continue to be a popular engagement ring in 2020.
Solitaire settings look great with nearly all diamond shapes, but they look especially stunning with a round brilliant diamond—just take a look at the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Park Solitaire engagement ring. The round brilliant cut is just what it sounds like: round and brilliant! It’s a timeless cut that will never go out of style and, when done well, really shows off the beauty of the diamond. The cut has 58 facets, so it’s designed to sparkle from every angle.
2. Halo and Double Halo Settings
Halo engagement rings, like the Decker from the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Collection, have increased in popularity recently, and for good reason. They feature a center stone that’s accented by smaller diamonds surrounding it, which enhance its sparkle and brilliance. The result? Your center diamond looks bigger and brighter!
Plus, you can customize your halo engagement ring however you want. You can have a diamond center stone accented by gemstones, vice versa, or any other combination you can think of. These types of engagement rings are as unique as the person you’re giving it to.
Another popular engagement ring trend we’ve seen this year is the double halo, which features two bands of smaller diamonds around the center stone. Like the single halo, double halo engagement rings make a diamond look bigger and offer a huge amount of sparkle. The Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Lexington engagement ring shows off this doubly brilliant and beautiful setting.
3. Fancy Shapes
When it comes to different diamond shapes, classic round and princess cuts are just the tip of the iceberg! If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, fancy shapes are the way to go. Some popular shapes include:
- Cushion - Hilary Duff showed off her square-shaped, cushion-cut diamond on Instagram in June, and we can’t get enough! The cushion cut, featured on the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Enright engagement ring, is like the modern cousin of the traditional oval and features rounded corners and curved sides. Because cushion cut diamonds have larger facets, they conceal inclusions better than a round or princess cut.
- Emerald - The emerald cut is one of the oldest diamond shapes, dating back to the 1500s. Its art deco-inspired shape features broad, flat planes, rounded corners, and a rectangular body. The Ann engagement ring from the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Collection pays homage to this classic style.
- Oval - The oval cut is similar to the round brilliant and has been around forever. We especially love it because it can help elongate your finger and can make the diamond look bigger. A solitaire setting, like that of the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Bowery Solitaire engagement ring, can do wonders to complement the elegant simplicity of an oval cut diamond.
4. Lab Grown Diamonds
More and more brides and grooms are turning to lab grown diamonds because they are physically identical to natural diamonds but often come with a lower price tag. The only difference between lab grown diamonds and natural diamonds is their origin! Lab grown diamonds are graded on the same scale (carat, color, clarity, and cut – the 4 Cs) and can be used for every type of engagement ring, from simple solitaires to stunning princess cuts.
5. Colored Stones
Pinterest noted a spike in searches for alternative and colored stones last December, and the trend stayed strong all year. While diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, gemstones like emeralds and rubies are unique, beautiful, and make quite the statement. When it comes to finding a one-of-a-kind ring, colored stones make it easy to think outside of the box without sacrificing quality or style.
And with so many celebrities rocking these unique looks (including Scarlett Johansson’s pear-shaped brown diamond, Katy Perry’s flower-shaped ruby, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s sapphire sparkler), we don’t see this trend leaving anytime soon.
6. Rose Gold Bands and Settings
Speaking of color, another popular engagement ring style we’ve seen lately are rings adorned with rose gold. Offering a bit of feminine flair, rose gold engagement rings have made headlines on the hands of Blake Lively, Alison Brie, and Lauren Conrad. Whether you want a rose gold band, like that of the Crosby from the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Collection, or a smaller pop of rosy color in your setting or diamond, you can make it your own. Bonus: rose gold is typically infused with copper, making it more durable than gold alone!
Multi-top engagement rings are gaining popularity, and for good reason. Instead of a single diamond in the center of the ring, multi-top rings feature stacked, concentric layers of smaller diamonds, which creates a dazzling and kaleidoscopic effect. Because of their dimension, multi-top engagement rings are some of the most enchanting options on the market. Their stunning design is one you won’t want to miss.
8. Stackable Sets
Why have one engagement ring when you can have several? This year, we saw more brides stray away from one large center stone and instead create a collection of stackable engagement rings. These types of engagement rings are both minimalistic and stylish and look great on their own or as part of a collection. It’s a more modern take on the classic engagement and wedding ring pairing, and the combinations are practically endless! Try mixing and matching metals, colors, and shapes to create your ideal look.
9. East-West Settings
Another Pinterest-approved trend in recent years is the East-West setting, which features a pared-down solitaire with a simple twist: the stone is placed horizontally instead of vertically. This modern engagement ring style is unique without being too alternative, and pairs well with diamonds in longer-length cuts, like oval and pear. Hey, if it’s good enough for Kate Beckinsale and Portia de Rossi, we’ll take it!
10. Pavé Engagement Rings
This type of engagement ring is the perfect modern choice for the 2020 engagement season. It features smaller diamonds all around the band and can be paired with any cut of diamond. The name pronounced “pa-vay,” comes from the French word “to pave” – which accurately describes the ring, as the entire band is paved with diamonds.
With a stunning center stone and carefully placed smaller diamonds, pavé engagement rings look like one continuous sparkle. This type of engagement ring shows off your center stone and features a little something extra to really accent the look. The Lenox engagement ring from the Kleinfeld Fine Jewelry Collection showcases the brilliant effects of pavé.
Ready to Shop?
This year, we saw so many beautiful trends rise to the top. From clean and simple to modern and flashy, today’s engagement rings are more beautiful than ever. And with so many different styles, shapes, and settings, you can piece together your favorite look.
Whether you’re more classic, trendy, or just appreciate the beautiful things in life, we have the engagement ring for you. Shop our exclusive Kleinfeld engagement ring collection and we’ll help you find that amazing ring to celebrate this special time in your life!