Top engagement ring trends for 2021
21 Oct 2020
Beaverbrooks reveals the top trends for popping the question in 2021
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.
Arguably the most classic engagment ring style, a traditional solitaire ring is the ultimate in sophistication and timeless style. Known for it's iconic single centre set diamond, many styles have been given a modern twist with diamonds around the band.
Left: Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring, £1,950
Right: Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring, £3,750
Halo rings always come back around each year due to their effortless wow-factor and celebrity influence. This style allows you to add as many, or as few, diamonds as you wish around the centre stone with a variety of shapes and sizes.
“Halo rings are cut so that they catch the light at all times for a truly breath-taking sparkle," says Lorna. "Pear-shaped diamonds have seen a real resurgence in 2020, with fashion-first celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski adorning the stunning shape.”
Left: Diamond Pear Shaped Halo Ring, £3,250
Right: Platinum Diamond Oval Cut Halo Three Stone Ring, £4,250
A new trend for 2021 is the addition of gallery detailling.
“One trend I’m expecting to see gain momentum in 2021 is gallery detailing," explains Lorna. "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."
As well as blinging up the bands, couples are looking for unique designs too.
“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," says Lorna. “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."
Platinum Diamond Halo Ring, £3,250
From Kate Middleton, Lady Laga, Penelope Cruz and Kelly Clarkson, celebrity culture has played a huge part in the increase for demand of coloured engagement rings.
“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," explains Lorna. “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."
Left: White Gold Diamond Aquamarine Halo Ring, £1,850
Right: 18ct White Gold Diamond Sapphire Halo Ring, £1,500