Just like any other accessory, engagement rings come “in” and “out” of style and while picking out the perfect engagement ring is a very personal experience, some people do care about what’s trendy at the moment and what’s not.
With that in mind, Who What Wear gathered top jewelry designers and experts in the business to give their opinion on what they think are the most popular engagement styles of fall 2020. They named 10 styles in total, including art deco–inspired, comfort, signet styles, classic, compass prongs and heirlooms. We listed our four favorite below along with some beautiful options that you can shop.
“Two-tone engagement rings are becoming a huge trend for us. Clients have a hard time choosing a metal color for their engagement ring. When you do a two-tone ring, it gives you the flexibility to mix metals throughout the wear of your ring. I recommend a platinum top or diamond setting with a yellow gold band. When you set diamonds in platinum it can make the diamonds pop, and the metal color blends in with the white of your diamond. Having a yellow gold band brings some warmth to your ring. So as trends or your tastes change over time your ring will easily look great with either all yellow gold jewelry, all-white metal jewelry, or a mix. I also love mixing metals in a wedding band stack for some added interest!”—Ashley Zhang, designer
“We are seeing a renewed interest in black diamond engagement rings, which is interesting since we launched in 2011 with these stones in many of our signature styles. Since then we have added more grey diamonds and other gemstones, but it’s nice to see black back in favor. I love the way these stones look paired with white diamonds as a compliment, like in a three or five stone ring or even just a solitaire with delicate pave on the band.”—Anna Sheffield
Fancy Cuts and Large Stones
Asscher and marquise cut engagement rings are part of this trend that people can’t seem to get enough of.
“We have been seeing an increase in requests for fancy cut diamonds. They resonate with our clients who want to reflect their modern and unique individuality.”—Kat Kim, designer
“Post-COVID, we are seeing a trend for engagement rings with beautiful diamonds in unique bespoke settings. There is a greater importance on the gem and its ability to hold value so that it’s not only a symbol of romance and love, but also a solid investment. Couples will go for spectacular shaped diamonds to reflect their personality and style; a curvier pear diamond, elongated ovals, or shield cut. Sometimes sitting asymmetrically. I’ve seen a rise in the use of atypical materials such as ceramic and I find myself discussing solitaires sitting in very nontraditional style settings, with clients preferring modern silhouettes and edgier designs to tell their story. I don’t see this changing anytime soon.”—Thelma West
“Today’s brides want something that is going to stand the test of time, but also something that feels unique to them, so it’s all about personal and unexpected details…Think timeless platinum settings, but with a twist, like a fancy-shaped diamond instead of a more traditional round diamond, or a hidden halo under the diamond basket for extra sparkle, or a bezel-set diamond for a modern twist.”—Micaela Erlanger, celebrity and bridal stylist/designer