Engagement Ring Styles, Trends, and Ideas for 2023
When it comes to engagement rings, it feels like trends change annually. Which, I guess, is why they’re called trends. However, if you’re hoping to hear that all-important “Yes!” from your partner, changing styles can be a little disconcerting. How do you know if the engagement ring style you chose is not only on-trend but has that timeless appeal that ensures it will never go out of style?
Many different types of engagement rings seem to be having a moment right now. Those include salt and pepper diamonds, bold shapes, and statement-worthy designs. However, the intrinsic charm of classic solitaires and minimalist modern rings still never seems to fade. Of course, modern vintage is definitely a “thing” right now, which combines classical elements with modern settings. Regardless of your tastes, we’re nearly positive there’s a 2023 engagement ring trend out there for you.
And while we can’t predict the future, we can educate you on the engagement ring styles of 2023! Whether your partner is fashion-forward or traditional, these rings are sure to please.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Simple and elegant, solitaire engagement rings never go out of style. This timeless design is appealing because it showcases the true beauty of the center stone. Speaking of the center stone, there’s no shortage of options regarding shape. You can choose a pear, or Asscher-shaped diamond for a vintage feel, stick with the modern round brilliant, or pick a cut and shape utterly unique to you. Its brilliance will be enhanced by the unadorned band.
A solitaire is definitely the way to go if your partner is a minimalist. However, even those who like a pop of interest can still choose a solitaire ring by opting to add detail to the band. Milgrain, scrollwork, and other accents are a great way to add something special without detracting from the classic solitaire look.
We also love that solitaire engagement rings easily pair with another band. This makes them ideal for use in a wedding set. Alternatively, should you want to choose a wedding set that’s worn by itself or upgraded in future years, you can always use your solitaire engagement ring as a stacker.
A final note about this quintessential style of engagement ring, it can be budget-friendlier. The lack of additional adornments makes solitaires perfect for those searching for a ring that won’t break the bank.
We love how this trellis solitaire draws the eye to the dazzling center stone. It’s elegant and modern, yet its beauty has a timeless feel. The trellis detail in the setting adds the perfect pop of intrigue to an otherwise sleek band.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings aren’t anything new, but their popularity has increased as of late. There are so many ways to make a halo ring your own, but the halo aspect never changes.
A traditional halo is when a ring of accent stones, often diamonds, is placed around the center gem. The halo can take the shape of the center stone, such as a circular halo, or have a different shape. For example, a cushion-shaped halo can expertly complement a round, brilliant center stone. Or, you could go the traditional route with a halo arranged to appear like petals on a flower.
Traditional halos enhance the center stone’s size, often making it look larger. They’re also fantastic for adding color and contrast, such as pairing a diamond halo with a sapphire like Kate Middleton. You can choose to have your halo flush with your stone or float, which is offset.
Halo engagement rings can be modern, too; this trend we adore for 2023. Hidden halos are when the halo isn’t as obvious. It is typically placed around the setting, like a collar, or set just below the center stone with the accents facing outward instead of upwards. Hidden halos can make a ring sparkle from all angles instead of only straight on.
Luxurious and extravagant, halos are perfect for the bride-to-be who wants a little something more than a solitaire. Take, for example, this floating halo. It amplifies the center stone’s brilliance and size while ensuring there is no shortage of sparkle thanks to the diamonds adorning the band.
Vintage Engagement Rings
If vintage engagement rings are trending, it clearly indicates that the ring’s design presents everlasting beauty. These days we seem to be obsessed with nostalgia. Fortunately, there’s a plethora of classic engagement rings to suit our vintage tastes.
Vintage engagement rings tend to draw upon the designs of the past. Usually, this means traditionally favored diamond shapes and cuts. Such as the romantic marquise or the bold baguette. They also have a lot of detail, which is popular in contrast to today’s minimal and sleek tastes. Examples are scrollwork in the band, unique patterns, colored gems, and often a smaller size of stones.
They’re appealing because of the romance, historical significance, and nostalgia they bring. Their beauty doesn’t fade and helps them stand out from modern pieces. You could choose from an Art Deco style, Gregorian, Edwardian, or Art Nouveau. Select an authentic vintage ring or a modern look-alike. Either way, it’s sure to become an heirloom piece.
We’re inspired to go vintage by this three-stone ring, a super popular style in the Victorian and Art Deco eras. It’s breathtaking, sentimental, and has vintage vibes with pear-shaped diamonds and milgrain details.
Diamond Sidestone Engagement Rings
A side stone ring is a design in which diamonds are added to the band on either side of the center stone. The accent stones can match or contrast with the center gem. They can be any color, cut, or shape. We think this trend is appealing because it’s the perfect marriage of modern and classic.
Side stones on the shoulders of the band still give the illusion of a traditional solitaire ring. However, their extra sparkle and opulence are very on-trend with modern tastes. They help to add that WOW factor to a ring even though the side stones are smaller than the center gem.
Suppose you want maximum sparkle and magnificence without opting for a center stone of more considerable carat weight. In that case, side stone rings are a fantastic option. Just take a look at this scalloped pave diamond ring.
Its luminous center stone is complemented nicely by the immaculate, paved set diamonds. The band is still delicate and sleek, just with some extra sparkle! It would work nicely as a wedding set, in a stack, or as an eye-catching standalone ring.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three-stone engagement rings have been trending for 2023 due to their popularity with celebs. Just look at one of the most beloved celebrity engagement rings of all time, the three-stone stunner given to Nicole Kidman by Keith Urban. Three stone rings are a little bit vintage. Still, they can easily be designed to have a modern twist, making them suitable for any bride-to-be who desires a higher carat weight.
The inclusion of more than one stone makes them opulent and dazzling. There are many design avenues to choose from. Such as three diamonds of the same size, diamonds of different sizes, or even gems of different types and colors. More options come into play when you consider the shapes and cuts you can choose from, as well as the ways in which you can arrange the stones. Three-stone engagement rings usually aren’t minimalist and straightforward; they’re bold and glamorous!
Aside from their enhanced sparkle, three stone rings are very meaningful. The three stones can symbolize that your partner has always been your love in the past, present, and future. Other couples take them to represent love, friendship, and loyalty. A religious representation can include the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We adore rings with sentimental meaning, and three-stone engagement rings undoubtedly fit the bill.
Need some inspiration? Consider this tapered baguette three-stone ring. Lovely tapered baguettes set in classic bar channels perfectly frame the center stone. Though it has three diamonds, it still offers a petite silhouette reminiscent of a delicate solitaire with a vintage twist.
Designer Engagement Rings
For the individual who wants something totally unique and the epitome of on-trend, there is only one option – designer engagement rings. Carefully crafted by experts in their fields, these rings are always in style. Each one has a certain charm that highlights the taste and vision of its creator.
They can be simple, elegant, bold, and opulent, suiting various preferences and personalities. While they’re on the cutting edge of fashion now, designer rings often seamlessly flow into the realm of timeless. In a few decades, a designer engagement ring will be an iconic piece that you’ll surely cherish.
We’re head over heels for this Zac Posen-designed solitaire. Much like his glamourous gowns, it’s elegant and sophisticated. The distinctive East, West bypass design perfectly hugs the center stone while adding a modern flair. A contrasting yellow-gold accent set inside the band is a luxurious secret detail.
Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Looking for something utterly romantic? A rose gold engagement ring may be very fitting. Rose gold has a lovely pinkish hue. Its romantic coloring is the result of mixing yellow gold with copper to form an alloy. The result is a coppery color that is equal parts vintage and amour. It pairs well with nearly every skin tone. Additionally, rose gold can be very flattering to a variety of gem colors. We particularly love its ability to make diamonds with a lower grade appear whiter and brighter.
Rose gold was first popularized in the late 1800s, but they’ve never really fallen out of favor since then. They’re an ideal ring for those desiring a vintage-style engagement ring. However, modern brides can appreciate their uncommonly mesmerizing pink tone as well. Its natural warmth is undeniably feminine, and it has us smitten!
Just take a look at this graduated milgrain rose gold engagement ring. Vintage-inspired details like milgrain detailing on the tapered band complement the rosy color exceptionally well. The hue also makes the center stone positively brilliant, while the contrasting white gold prongs add a nice pop of a cooler tone. Delicate and feminine, how could she resist?
Unique Engagement Rings
A one-of-a-kind ring for an alternative bride lets her show off her style. They can be bold and statement-making or more subdued yet still special. Unique engagement rings are stand-out pieces that will be cherished for years to come.
There are many options in designing or choosing a unique engagement ring. You can opt for different gemstones, complex and detailed bands or settings, or mix and match metals. While you can select something absolutely unparalleled, like Jennifer Lopez’s 15-carat green diamond engagement ring, there are more subtle ways to make your ring unique. We adore traditional solitaire engagement rings made edgy by featuring a black diamond, for example. Or, perhaps opt for a pearl as your center stone, framed by a halo of diamonds.
This dot-dash split shank band is another charming example of how you can have your ring reflect your personal style without trying to reinvent the wheel. It has many signature traits of a traditional engagement ring, such as a luminous round brilliant and accent diamonds on the band. However, the split shank of the band adds an exciting touch. Additionally, we’re head over heels for how the “dot dash” pattern is formed by diamonds of three different shapes, from rounds to baguettes. It’s charming and quirky yet classic.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
Gemstone rings can offer couples so many benefits. They’re an attractive way to individual a ring. Certain gemstones can add vintage flair, while others can look effortlessly modern. Additionally, they can be more eco and budget friendly than traditional earth-mined diamonds. And we all know being a good steward of your finances and the Earth is very trendy right now.
When opting for a gemstone engagement ring, you have two choices. You could make the gemstone your center stone. Emeralds, sapphires, topaz, and aquamarine make wonderful engagement ring gems. You can contrast them with a diamond halo or accent stones set in the band. Alternatively, you may use the gemstones as colorful accents, nicely complementing a colorless center stone.
However you choose to incorporate gemstones, remember that they can add significance and sentimental value to your ring. Maybe they reflect both of your birthstones, or they could be inspired by a gemstone ring belonging to a celebrity or icon. We love gemstone rings for their eye-catching beauty and beloved symbolism.
Take, for example, this Baguette Diamond Cathedral Engagement Ring that you can truly make your own. Baguette and pave set diamonds on the band frame a stunning emerald cut center stone in your choice of rich amethyst, cool aquamarine, vibrant emerald, feminine morganite, or bold sapphire. With Art Deco vibes and modern pop of color, vintage and modern marry to form a breathtaking engagement ring.
While some engagement ring trends have fallen out of favor, like super chunky styles, some designs are definitely here to stay. Many of the engagement ring styles on this list are not only trending in 2023 but have been popular for quite some time. This proves that they are classic, iconic, and timeless. This is truly what you want when selecting a piece of jewelry you’ll likely wear every day for the rest of your life. All of these rings are fitting for a future bride and utterly gorgeous. However, in the end, your ring should be a reflection of you. Don’t let popular opinion define your choice. Make sure your engagement ring suits your tastes and reflects your own beautiful journey with your partner!
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