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Engagement Ring Trends For 2024 & Beyond

Engagement Ring Trends For 2024 & Beyond

Written by: Palash Arora



Time to read 5 min

Choosing Your Engagement Ring in 2024

Trends constantly shift and evolve, influencing a wide range of styles from clothing and hairstyles to music and language, and this is no different for jewellery, particularly engagement rings. Although it's crucial to choose a ring that reflects your personal taste and preferences, it's also beneficial to be aware of current popular trends. This knowledge can help guide you to make a more informed decision. We will explore some of the most significant engagement ring trends from the past year, which we anticipate will continue to be popular into 2024 and beyond.

Rings with Lab Diamonds

In the last few years, lab-grown diamonds have significantly grown in popularity, becoming a major trend for engagement rings in 2024. There's a clear reason why lab diamond rings are among the top picks this year. These diamonds are identical to mined diamonds both chemically and physically, and they are graded on the same 4Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat) by reputable organisations like the GIA or IGI.

Just like with mined diamonds, you have the flexibility to choose lab diamonds based on your preferred shape, colour, carat weight, cut, and clarity. This variety allows buyers to select a diamond that fits their specific style and budget, without compromising on the diamond’s appearance and quality.

Lab-grown diamonds are increasingly seen as a smart choice for those looking for the lasting beauty of diamonds but at a more accessible price point. As we move through 2024, lab diamond rings are expected to remain a popular choice for their blend of affordability, quality, and style.

Lab Grown Diamond Engagement Rings by Gear Jewellers

Selecting a ring as a couple

The old ways of secretly finding out your partner’s ring size, following their style hints on social media, or casually bringing up the topic of diamond cuts to keep the proposal a surprise are becoming less common. Nowadays, more couples are opting to pick out the engagement ring together. The days of needing parental approval or rushing into a marriage, as depicted in 'Pride and Prejudice', are fading.

Modern couples tend to make big life decisions as a unit, and this includes choosing an engagement ring. Discussing the ring choice together has many advantages. It ensures the ring truly represents the relationship, with both agreeing on the style, stone, and overall design. This way, there's no risk of disappointment like the first ring Aidan chose for Carrie in 'Sex and the City'.

Selecting the ring together allows for incorporating personal elements, making the ring a unique symbol of the couple's love. It also means getting the size right from the start, avoiding the need for resizing.

The 25% rise in couples consulting together about the ring might also be because it opens up discussions about budget, helping to prevent financial surprises.

For those who love discovering new things, picking a ring together can be an educational and enjoyable experience. Partners can learn about different materials, stones, and designs, understand the origins of the stone, and be involved from start to finish.

While some might think it takes away the surprise, the excitement of seeing the final, personalised ring after putting in so much thought and effort can be a wonderful surprise itself.

Oval and round shapes now equally popular

Round diamonds have long been the preferred choice for the centrepiece of engagement rings, but this year, oval-shaped diamonds have risen to match their popularity.

Both the oval and round shapes offer great qualities as choices for engagement rings. It's possible that next year might even see the oval shape becoming more popular. Ovals have the advantage of making fingers look longer and slimmer, a feature many find appealing. Our own Paris style with an oval centre stone has been exceptionally popular.

Oval diamonds can seem larger than round diamonds of the same carat when viewed from the top, which is a plus for those looking to maximise the appearance of size. They fit well with various ring styles, from simple solitaires to intricate halos, and work with both traditional and modern designs.

Then there are the timeless round diamonds, celebrated for their unmatched brilliance. Whether it’s the centrepiece of a simple ring or surrounded by other stones, a round diamond is always a solid choice.

Round diamonds are also versatile in cut options, with the popular round brilliant cut, consisting of 57 or 58 facets, known for maximising sparkle. They also tend to retain their value well over time which surely contributes to their status and continued popularity.

Oval Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Dainty Rings

In a world where less is often more, dainty rings continue to reign. The minimalist design of these rings, with their straightforward and sleek lines, appeals to those who prefer a subtle, timeless style. They're versatile, blending seamlessly with any style, whether standing alone or paired in a trendy stack.

The lightweight feel of dainty rings makes them comfortable for everyday wear, not getting in the way of daily tasks, which is ideal for those who are active with their hands. Their small and delicate design is especially suited for those with petite hands or for individuals who like a more subtle look.

Dainty rings have been a hit for those who prefer something more understated. It's a look that's not going out of style anytime soon – a classic choice for anyone who’s not into big, showy pieces.

Dainty Engagement Ring by Gear Jewellers

Different Bezel Settings

Bezel settings combine stone security with a clean look. There are various styles, each with unique traits. These settings, typically not overly modified, are evolving, reflecting consumers' bolder tastes.

The simplest, the full bezel, completely encircles the gemstone in metal, offering maximum protection and reducing damage risk. The half-bezel partially surrounds the gemstone, leaving two sides open, while an open bezel exposes the sides and often the back of the gemstone.

The trend now leans towards more inventive bezel styles. Among them is the scalloped bezel with a decorative, curved edge on the metal rim. Another is the multi-stone bezel, setting multiple gemstones side by side.

Other styles include the rimmed bezel, adding a strong look to the ring, and the floating bezel, giving an illusion of the gemstone suspended in the metal frame. There's also the tapered bezel, where the metal narrows as it reaches the top of the gemstone.

FREDA Engagement Ring - Bezel Style

Marquise Cut Diamonds

The marquise cut stands out with its elongated, pointed ends, differentiating it from traditional diamond shapes. The shape also gives the impression of a larger diamond, ideal for those aiming for a striking visual effect.

Historically linked to royalty, which is reflected in its name, a marquise diamond brings a touch of luxury and historical significance to an engagement ring.

Marquise diamonds fit well in various ring styles, including solitaire, three-stone, and halo settings. Their unique shape allows for a wide range of design creativity, offering the opportunity to really personalise the ring.

As trends evolve, marquise cut diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for their unique blend of historical significance and modern appeal, suitable for those who wish to make a statement with their ring choice.

Marquise Cut LEAH Engagement Ring

Final Thoughts

As we've seen, 2024's engagement ring trends offer a mix of tradition and innovation. From the rise of lab diamonds to the preference for joint ring selection, these trends underscore a shift towards personalisation and practicality in choosing engagement rings. Classic shapes like oval and round diamonds remain popular, while dainty rings and unique settings like East-west offer fresh takes on timeless designs. Each trend highlights the importance of an engagement ring that not only looks beautiful but also resonates with the personal story and style of each couple.