The 2020 engagement ring trends are here, and they’re bringing plenty of sparkle to the table. Whether you’re planning to pop the question, suspect that a proposal is on the horizon, or just want to look at some pretty ring pictures (hey, we do it all the time), here’s the rundown on the 2020 engagement ring trends and types of rings you can expect to see on many a finger in the new year.
Prepare to obsess over the 2020 engagement ring trends below.
One of the biggest engagement ring trends for 2020 is lab-grown diamonds. As more engaged couples are focused on sustainability in their everyday lives, their weddings are also getting an environmentally-conscious update in all different ways, whether it's ethically sourced engagement rings or rented reception decorations. Lab-grown diamonds are a huge part of the eco-friendly wedding trend, and they've already received a stamp of approval from many celebrities who have been spotted wearing synthetically created gems, including Bindi Irwin, Penelope Cruz, and the Duchess of Sussex. While the current jewelry industry has plenty of options for ethically-sourced diamonds, lab-grown diamonds offer couples another way to ensure that their purchase is conflict-free. The best part? Mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds look exactly the same—the only difference is how long they take to grow, and lab-grown diamonds are often sold at a lower cost.
Yellow gold settings
As more couples are embracing non-traditional engagement rings, others are going back to the basics with simple solitaire diamonds and yellow gold settings. Platinum and white gold have long been two of the most popular engagement ring metals, but you can expect to see a resurgence of yellow gold bands as a major engagement ring trends in 2020. Delicate gold jewelry has become a trendy staple in ready-to-wear fashion, so it was only a matter of time before it caught on in the wedding scene. A perk to having a yellow gold engagement ring: the color is universally flattering for all skin tones, and the metal is easy to resize if needed.
Single-stone settings are another engagement ring trend you can expect to see a lot more of in 2020. After a few years of halo engagement rings leading the charge, more couples are now opting for solitaire rings with one center stone accented by either a plain band or an understated pavé style. This ring setting is a super timeless choice and it looks gorgeous with all different gemstone shapes, from round cuts like radiant and oval, to square cuts like emerald, Asscher, and cushion.
Call us contradictory with this next trend (we just spent an entire paragraph talking about solitaire settings), but multi-stone "cluster" rings are another popular engagement ring trend we're watching this year. Cluster rings, or engagement rings that are designed with multiple stones grouped together instead of a main center stone, make for an eye-catching statement piece if you're not into solitaire settings. You can opt for a cluster ring with several smaller stones in different shapes and colors or go bold with two oversized gems arranged side by side, like model Emily Ratajkowski's engagement ring.
Salt and pepper diamonds
Colored gemstones and diamonds are already wildly popular, but in 2020, gray will be the must-have hue for anyone considering an alternative engagement ring. Also known as "salt and pepper" diamonds, these colored gems are intentionally chosen for their unique imperfections and spots, which create a speckled, one-of-a-kind look that's reminiscent of a galaxy or starry sky (hey, celestial wedding trend!). Salt and pepper diamonds can vary drastically in color, from pale opalescent gray, to dark charcoal and near-black. Thanks to the wide range of color selections and the fact that salt and pepper diamonds look beautiful with silver and yellow metals, this engagement ring trend is easy to get on board with no matter what look you're ultimately going for.