Given that you hopefully wear an engagement ring for the rest of your life, it's important to try on rings first and see what suits you and what you like — what's fashionable, won't necessarily be the best fit for you.
However, that being said, it's always useful to know what the upcoming trends will be so you can shop around in-the-know, and it's always a help for anyone looking to buy a ring in the near future to know they can't go too far wrong.
So, with proposal season just around the corner, Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, talks through her predictions for the biggest engagement ring trends of 2021, and how to get the look.
While many classical styles will be returning in the new year, colour pops and new, intricate detailing will also be making an appearance on Instagram feeds throughout 2021.
'They don’t call it a classic for nothing! A traditional solitaire ring is the ultimate in sophistication and timeless style.
'A Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring (below) emphasises the central diamond beautifully, while a solitaire-style with diamond set shoulders such as this Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring (£1,950) brings a modern twist.'
'Some things never change, and halo rings absolutely fall into that category – this stunning style is here to stay!
'Halo rings are cut so that they catch the light at all times for a truly breath-taking sparkle, adored by our customers and us too! For those looking to dazzle, I’d opt for this Platinum Diamond Oval Cut Halo Three Stone Ring (below) or Diamond Pear Shaped Halo Ring (£3,250). Pear-shaped diamonds have seen a real resurgence in 2020, with fashion-first celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski adorning the stunning shape.'
'One trend I’m expecting to see gain momentum in 2021 is gallery detailing. The gallery of the ring is the part that is visible from the side view, upon which the centre stone is mounted. It’s such a sweet and subtle way of adding personality to a ring, whether it’s an intricate love heart or infinity symbol to represent your everlasting love.
'This Rose Hearts 18ct White Gold and Rose Gold Diamond Solitaire Ring (£796) features a symbolic rose gold heart detail, while this Beyond Brilliance 18ct White Gold and Rose Gold Diamond Solitaire Ring (below) has a secret infinity symbol under the central diamond.'
Split Shank engagement rings
'A split shank engagement ring is a very distinctive style we’re seeing increase in popularity, with a band that parts as it reaches the centre stone.
'The shape of the split shank frames the centre diamond beautifully, and as it’s the style of Beyoncé’s engagement ring, you’d be in good company.
'This Platinum Diamond Halo Ring (below) features a split shank and diamonds on alternating shoulders, for a truly distinctive style.'
'A classic style we anticipate still being popular in the coming year is coloured gems for the central stone. From birth stones to classic precious gems such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds, a pop of colour is a really eye-catching feature for an engagement ring.
'With its regal heritage, a sapphire is a timeless choice for an engagement ring with a splash of colour – think Kate Middleton’s iconic oval blue sapphire. This 18ct White Gold Diamond Sapphire Halo Ring (below) is a truly elegant ring, while this 18ct White Gold Diamond Aquamarine Halo Ring (£1,850) presents a modern aquamarine tone encased in diamonds.'
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