Top 8 Engagement Ring Trends to Know For 2022
The past two years have reminded us all that the future is unpredictable, and that we only live once. As a result, this desire to live life to the fullest has influenced the engagement ring trends over the past year and into 2022. People are ready to be bold– and not only in their love lives but in their choice of jewellery too. Read on for the engagement ring trends to know for the year ahead, especially if you’re looking to get engaged, reset your existing engagement ring, or simply compile your dream ring wish list.
#1. Stronger, bolder settings
This year, we can expect chunkier, thicker, and more robust engagement rings to give delicate and dainty settings a run for their money. Large, sculptural rings are gaining popularity fast, making them an eye-catching statement piece. One of the advantages of choosing a heftier setting is comfort and durability for everyday wear. Wider bands also take up more space on the finger, offering more visual impact in a range of budgets, which isn’t always the case with more delicate settings such as a solitaire.
#2. Two-Stone Engagement Rings (Toi et Moi)
Why decide between two shapes when you can have both? The Toi et Moi (which translates to ‘you and me’ in French) engagement ring style dominated in 2021, and is set to continue into 2022. Its design features a coiled band with two diamonds nestled side by side, where it meets around the finger. The style is highly romantic, symbolising two lovers meeting as one. Traditionally, a Toi et Moi ring features two different stones in matching sizes and cuts, but there’s no set rule and many people choose to play with contrasts in cuts, sizes, and settings for a more contemporary look.
You most likely first saw it first on Emily Ratajkowski or Ariana Grande, who were responsible for the hype, but it actually dates back to 1796, when Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine de Beauharnais with this style of ring.
#3. Three-Stone Trilogy Diamond Engagement Rings
One of the most talked-about engagement rings of 2021 was Paris Hilton’s dazzling three-stone (also commonly known as a trilogy) emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. Of course, it was already popular thanks to the Meghan Markle effect with her stunning cushion-cut diamond flanked by two round diamonds.
Trilogy diamond engagement rings will continue to remain popular in 2022, particularly ones with side stones such as trapezoids and epaulettes. Three stone rings historically represent a couple’s past, present, and future, making it particularly meaningful. Another plus is that you can embrace your creativity and choose your favourite diamond cuts and colours to make it truly one-of-a-kind.
#4. Oval Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings
There’s a new coveted classic diamond cut on the scene, and it’s set to stay for a while. Classy, timeless, and super flattering for fingers, oval-shaped diamonds are growing in popularity faster than any other diamond shape, most likely thanks to celebrities such as Hailey Bieber and Kourtney Kardashian who both don this elegant shape. An oval cut diamond appears larger than it actually is, and its shape has a lengthening effect on your finger too.
#5. Double Band Engagement Rings
An evolution of the stacking bands and rings trend, and in line with the bolder trend, double band engagement rings are a great alternative to the solitaires and halo rings that have held so much of the spotlight over recent years. Shimansky’s iconic Millennium diamond ring is an original design that you simply find anywhere else, where the double band gives the illusion that the centre diamond is floating between the two bands.
#6. Cathedral Setting Diamond Engagement Rings
An engagement ring with a cathedral setting immediately catches the eye and compliments almost any cut of diamond. Mimicking the classic arches of ancient cathedrals, this gorgeous and sophisticated style makes the diamond appear much larger thanks to the added height.
#7. Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Rings
This ring setting technique dates back centuries but is now seeing a rise in popularity thanks to its minimalist, chunky aesthetic that gives it a modern edge. Instead of a typical prong setting, a bezel set diamond engagement ring has an encasing that slightly overlaps the edge of the stone, and because the ring is held more securely in place compared to other settings, it’s a great choice for those who work with their hands a lot.
#8. Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings
Feminine, sophisticated and striking, pear-shaped rings are having a moment in 2022. Its graceful shape lends itself to make your fingers appear more elongated and slender, and you can wear your pear shaped diamond facing up or down, depending on your preference.
What Matters Most
While a diamond engagement ring will be cherished for a lifetime and is far more than just a passing trend like fashion is, these trends wax and wane in popularity due to various factors. At the end of the day, whichever engagement ring you choose (either for yourself or for your partner) will be perfect, because it will be a reflection of your everlasting love and commitment.