engagement ring trends

Did you know that there are over 2.4 million weddings every year in the United States?

This means that millions of engagement rings are purchased every year as well. While you may know about the classic options, engagement ring trends have evolved over time. 

Modern engagement rings come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The latest trends include the use of black diamonds, lab-grown diamonds, and even vintage throwbacks that come with tons of minor details. This is why you should keep an eye on the latest trends before you buy an engagement ring for your special day.

Are you thinking about buying an engagement ring? Read on for a complete guide on the popular ring styles to look out for in 2023.

Black Diamonds

Whether you’re looking for a simple ring or a complex, detailed option, black diamonds are incredibly popular. Choosing black diamonds for your engagement ring doesn’t require much change as you can simply replace your traditional diamonds with black alternatives. 

Black diamonds give off an elegant, unique, modern look that simply can’t be replicated with traditional diamonds. If you’re wondering about the authenticity of black diamonds, you don’t need to worry. Black diamonds are 100% real diamonds. 

There are naturally occurring black diamonds and lab-grown black diamonds for you to choose from. The different types of diamonds can drastically differ in price, but the option allows you to find the perfect diamond for your budget. 

Black diamonds are just as stunning and durable. This allows you to get the exact cut and style you want for your engagement ring.

Pear-Shaped Rings

If you’re looking for the perfect engagement ring, there are a few different shapes you can choose for the main stone. While you may be aware of the princess cut, the pear halo is a growing trend that you should keep an eye out for. This unique cut has an elegant, almost royal look that instantly makes the ring stand out. 

The minimalist approach usually contains a single, round diamond on a plain, elegant band. While this is an undisputable classic, there are many rings that you can find just like this at most retail stores. In this way, the pear shape helps instantly turn heads and grabs your attention. 

Chunky Bands

As mentioned above, the minimal approach has been incredibly popular over the last few decades. While these rings are incredibly elegant, the modern approach has evolved significantly. Chunky engagement rings are a bold, heavier option for those who love that fashionable look. 

Chunky engagement bands come in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking for black diamonds or a single emerald, the chunky band can bring it all together. These engagement rings are built with care and are built to last, making them worth every penny.

The thick, wide band gives you more real estate to design the perfect ring. This means that you don’t have to squash tons of tiny stones along the sides but can design the exact cluster you want. 

Sustainable Diamonds

When it comes to choosing the stones you want for your engagement ring, there are tons of options available. While the most popular option is still a diamond, many couples are migrating to other precious stones such as emeralds. However, lab-grown diamonds are a great option for those who want a sustainable diamond.

Just like the name suggests, lab-grown diamonds are not naturally occurring. These diamonds are made in special labs and are exactly the same as real, natural diamonds. Sustainable diamonds are made with a controlled technological process that crystalizes carbon to form the exact same structure as a natural diamond.

Lab-grown diamonds are incredibly popular as they come with a handful of benefits. These benefits start with how natural diamonds are sourced and mined. Synthetic diamonds are created in a controlled environment so that you don’t have to worry about any of that. 

Another major benefit of lab-grown diamonds is the price. Natural diamonds have a much larger and more intense supply chain, all adding to the overall price of the stone. In contrast to this, lab-grown diamonds are more affordable to produce, resulting in a lower overall cost.  

Wavy Bands

If you think that your engagement ring has to come with a solid, thin band, that’s not the case. This is because wavy bands are a new trend that has grown in popularity over the last few years. 

The wavy bands can include unique stones that take advantage of the shape. In this way, the wavy design doesn’t end up looking like an additional band. Wavy engagement rings are more quirky but are incredibly fashionable and popular in the bridal market for 2023. 

Emeralds

If diamonds are not your best friend, consider an emerald engagement ring. These rings are incredibly stunning and have a unique green color that sets them apart from other rings out there. The best combination is to pair the emerald with a gold band, but you can also add other stones to complement the ring. 

Most people add diamonds to either side of the center stone, but you can also add additional emeralds there. However, the classic emerald center stone is more than enough to turn heads everywhere you go.  

Bezel Settings

When it comes to engagement rings, many modern rings are designed around the center stone. This center stone is held above the band, with a few clasps holding it in place. While the stone is always supported, the supporting structure is carefully hidden away so that nobody can notice. 

Bezel settings take a different approach as they offer more support for the stone. This kind of ring is used for stones that may be precious and fragile to work with. In this way, the bezel circles the entire stone to protect it. 

Bezel set rings still look elegant, with the only difference being the thin outline of metal around the stone. These rings work with all kinds of stones, designed to protect even the most fragile of centerpieces.  

Gender-Neutral Rings

Gender-neutral rings have grown in popularity over the last decade. Made for everyone, these rings can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The best way to get the perfect gender-neutral ring is to customize it with ideas that you can take from other styles.

These rings can include stones, but can also be made to incorporate a pattern directly into the band. This can help add depth to the band, highlighting it even more. By customizing your engagement ring, you can have full control of every aspect of its design. 

This means that you can choose the metal, the stone, the cut of the stone, and how everything fits together. Custom engagement rings are always the best choice as they allow you to create something that nobody else has, something truly personal.  

Vintage Rings

Who would have thought that a growing modern trend would be vintage jewelry? Vintage jewelry is incredibly unique and comes with a ton of detail that has been missing for quite a while. The last decade has seen tons of minimal, sleek rings become the new standard. 

Vintage rings are a great way to find something unique for your special day. These rings come in all kinds of styles and are made with incredible attention to detail. In most cases, vintage rings were entirely handmade with the finest craftmanship money could buy. 

Many people may decide to take a vintage ring from a parent or grandparent and refurbish it to bring it into the modern era. This could be simply replacing stones, fixing engravings, or even incorporating part of the vintage ring with something new. Either way, the styles and elegance of vintage rings could be a great place to look for inspiration. 

Stacked Bands 

Why settle for one band if you can have two? Stacked bands are a growing trend for engagement rings as they add a ton of elegance to your ring. The additional bands let you add even more detail and stones to the ring. This can help you spread everything out without making the ring look cramped and awkward. 

Stacked bands are usually reserved for complex wedding rings. In some cases, an engagement ring can be designed to merge into your wedding ring to complete the stack. The same can be done with a stacked engagement ring as your wedding band can be added to it later. 

Salt and Pepper Rings

If you can’t decide between white diamonds and black diamonds, why not get the best of both? These are known as salt and pepper diamonds and give off a very unique look compared to the more traditional engagement rings of the past. The uniquely flawed diamonds can be used to make some incredible patterns and designs, elevating the entire ring in the process. 

Salt and pepper diamonds have a wild, mysterious look to them. The base color can be a combination of colors, adding to the mystery of the entire diamond. While you can keep things simple and include a central diamond in the middle, you can also use smaller diamonds to add a wave of mystery throughout the ring. 

Male Engagement Rings

Male engagement rings are growing in popularity all around the world. There are tons of options to choose from when designing your engagement ring, including the choice of metal that you want. While gold is an incredibly popular choice, platinum and tungsten are also in demand. 

Stones and gems can also be added to your engagement ring as requested. However, modern male engagement rings tend to be thicker, wider bands with one or two stones at most. When it comes to your choice of stone, that’s where you can include diamonds, black diamonds, or other kinds of precious gems.

Hidden Details

Engagement rings don’t need to be standardized and simple. They can be incredibly detailed and unique to celebrate the person you love. This is why more people are opting to add hidden details in their engagement rings specifically for their partner alone. 

While the common detail that many people add to engagement and wedding rings is engravings, there are other subtle things you can add as well. This includes unique patterns and designs that can symbolize specific events in your life. This is a more artistic approach, but you can work with your jeweler to find the perfect design for you. 

Unique Clusters

Engagement rings with clusters of diamonds are also a growing trend for 2023. These clusters can contain two, three, or even ten diamonds aligned together instead of a central diamond. The cluster of diamonds or stones gives the ring a unique look compared to the more minimal options. 

The cluster can also take on a shape of its own. This is because you don’t need to use the same-sized stones to make up the cluster. This way, you can position each stone exactly how you want to create the exact design you’re looking for.

The engagement ring trends for 2023 include incredibly unique offerings. The modern market has evolved to include lab-grown diamonds, black diamonds, male engagement rings, and incredibly detailed, vintage options. 

However, the best way to propose is with a custom engagement ring. This way, you can take inspiration from a variety of other rings to create a unique one for you. 

Fine Custom Jewelry offers a unique experience when creating custom engagement rings for you. If you’re interested in creating a custom wedding ring, don’t hesitate to contact us today.