Whether you’re planning to pop the question or you simply want to stay in-the-know when it comes to the most popular sustainable engagement ring styles, 2020 is the year to watch for a major shift. From thinner bands to gorgeous halos — there’s a lot to keep up with. Here are some of the biggest engagement ring trends to watch in 2020!
Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings
One of the most important shifts in the engagement ring styles is one that affects their hardware. 2020 is the year of sustainability. Consumers are looking for the most eco-friendly options for their engagement rings and their best bet is to purchase lab-grown diamonds.
Not only do lab-grown diamonds offer an eco-friendly option for consumers, but they also serve as an ethical solution for those who don’t want to support unethical mining practices. Lab-grown diamonds are created in a lab setting using advanced technology to mimic the natural processes that cause carbon to transform into diamonds.
Expect to see a lot more people rocking lab-grown stones — not that you’ll be able to tell, lab-grown diamonds are physically and chemically identical to mined diamonds.
Yellow Gold Bands
The long reign of platinum or silver bands is coming to an end. While these bands help to create a distinctly modern and minimalist aesthetic, they’re not the right choice for someone who wants to make a more pronounced look. Yellow bands are likely to become the favorite of 2020.
Yellow gold is subtle enough to wear every day without clashing with your outfit. Not to mention, yellow gold gives off a distinct golden hue that glitters when it catches the light. It’s the perfect band to compliment your stone.
But make sure your yellow gold is coming from the right place! Ensure that the company you’re purchasing your yellow gold engagement ring from uses recycled metals.
Halo Ring Settings
If Jourdan Dunn’s stylish ring is any indicator, halo engagement rings are making a major comeback (not that they ever really left). Dunn’s beautiful and elegant ring features a big center stone that is highlighted with a simple diamond halo. Halo settings can be thought of as stage lights — they make the star of the show look great! Whether you’re going with a solitaire or a few stones as the centerpiece of your ring, a halo setting will ensure that whatever stone you choose is brilliantly showcased.
The only thing to keep in mind when it comes to halos is that you have to do a bit more research to get a sustainable halo setting. A lot of companies will use mined diamonds in halo rings, even if your center stone is lab-grown. Double-check with the company you’re purchasing from — you shouldn’t have to pay more to have your entire ring be ethically sourced!
Bold Stone Cuts
Princess-cut diamonds move over! Bolder stone cuts are making a big entrance in 2020. Many soon-to-be brides will be sporting emerald-cut stones that give the illusion of depth pooling at the center of the stone. Emerald-cut stones are perfect for those who want to make a bold statement without having to purchase a giant stone at exorbitant prices.
You might also see Asscher-cut stones making an appearance. These rounded-square cut stones are unique and aren’t often chosen by the masses. That said, those seeking bolder cuts this year will likely flock to this cut.
As always, make sure your diamond is certified! All diamonds, even the fancy cut stones, should come with a grading certification at purchase. This will not only ensure the diamond was lab-grown, but that it was graded using the four c’s — cut, color, clarity, and carat.
Thin Bands Paired with Large Stones
Thin bands that are paired with large stones create the perfect balance of subtle and striking. Together they can give the illusion that a stone is simply floating on your finger, especially from a distance. Jenna Dewan’s engagement ring is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
Jenna Dewan and Steve Kazee got engaged after announcing that they were expecting! Kazee proposed with a gorgeous ring with a giant oval stone and a thin gold band that makes the ring look as if it’s being held up by nothing but air.
By purchasing a lab-grown diamond, you can save up to 40% compared to if your stone was mined. This gives you the opportunity to buy a stone that is up to 40% larger than what you expected to get with a mined diamond!
Engagement rings aren’t immune to the shifting tides of fashion that cause new trends to be popularized from year to year and even from season to season. That said, it’s important to choose a ring that suits your sustainable practices and matches your partner’s style – regardless of whether your choice is in step with current trends.