Whether you’re choosing your own engagement ring or looking for inspiration for the perfect piece to match your heartfelt proposal, we shine a light on the biggest engagement ring trends for 2022.
Just as wedding dress trends ebb and flow with the fashion movements of the moment, jewellery styles come in and out of favour. This is also true when it comes to engagement ring trends. So if you want a ring that’s going to hold its own in the style stakes, take a look at our edit of the latest on-trend engagement ring styles for 2022.
2022 Engagement Ring Trends
With social media and celebrity influence stronger than ever, brides-to-be are looking for something to make their engagement ring stand out from the crowds, and proposal picture-clad Instagram feeds.
We spoke to London jeweller Emma Clarkson Webb who specialises in the design of engagement rings, who answered the most common questions and things to bear in mind before shopping for your ring in 2022.
- How much should an average engagement ring cost?
Spend enough to make your eyes water but not enough that you’re not able to whisk your significant other away on a honeymoon. Don’t bankrupt yourself – all this nonsense about spending the equivalent of three months salary is an old-fashioned marketing gimmick!
- How do I find out my partner’s ring size?
We have lots of questions which we ask to work out finger size including pictures of hands, the size of rings she currently wears, shoe and dress size etc. To avoid raising suspicion I also recommend using a pen and paper to trace the inside diameter of an existing ring at home.
- What should I consider before approaching a jewellery brand?
I would always recommend doing your due diligence – Instagram is a great way of getting a feel for a designer’s style and design aesthetic. Speak to your friends and ask them about their experience of choosing an engagement ring: a word of mouth recommendation is always the ultimate endorsement.
- What are the four C’s?
Carat weight, colour, cut, and clarity are all very important characteristics to a diamond that affect price and beauty. The 4 C’s are really important to consider when buying a diamond ring as it’s essential to understand why a certain stone might differ in value to another stone.
- Should I consult my partner first before sourcing the ring?
A few hints are always a good idea. It’s personal preference whether to involve your partner – some have a specific idea of what they would like, others love the element and romance of surprise.
From bold coloured diamonds, to micro-bands and minimalist solitaire cuts, the old adage that ‘size isn’t everything’ certainly rings true when it comes to looking ahead to engagement ring trends in 2022.
Unique Diamond Engagement Rings
Louise Lieblich, Head of Diamonds and Jewellery at myGemma, found that unique diamonds are set to be a trend going into 2022, with brides set to opt for ovals, pears, and squares over the traditional round diamond.
Scalloped Halo Pear Ring, £2,107
Band Style Engagement Rings
Another trend set to be big in 2022 is band style rings, where the focus is on the unusual band as well as the diamond, whether that’s a modern twisted band or all-out diamond-encrusted swirl.
Infinity Round Brilliant Diamond Ring, £3,150
Non-Traditional Engagement Rings
As micro-weddings and unusual ceremonies have become super-popular since the pandemic, brides are looking to display their uniqueness and creativity more than ever. This is where non-traditional engagement rings come in, perfect for the modern bride, whether that’s a rose gold understated style or vintage-style colourful ring.
Elsa Peretti Wave Three-row Diamond Ring, £1,325
Two-Stone Engagement Rings
The trilogy ring has long been in vogue, but expected to move up through the ranks in the style stakes in 2022 is the two-stone ring, as seen on celebs like Emily Ratajakowski. We love the representative nature of the two stones symbolising two people coming together in a marriage.
Classics Collection 1.50 Carat Diamond Toi et Moi Ring, £5,050
Lab-made Diamonds Engagement Rings
Environmentally-conscious couples are now opting for the more sustainable alternative of lab-grown diamonds for their engagement rings. They have minimal impact on the earth as they do not require mining. We expect to see plenty more available in jewellers in 2022.
Grand Delicate Halo Ring, from £1,145
Pre-Loved Engagement Rings
As up-cycling and being aware of the environment becomes more and more important, 2022 is set to be the year where brides and grooms will buy pre-loved rings more than ever. The Vintage Ring Company, the vintage jewellery retailer who sell pre-loved engagement rings, say: “In purchasing a vintage engagement ring, you’re investing in a little piece of social history…Pre-loved jewels are veiled in intrigue, each telling a hundred stories of a life once lived…No two vintage engagement rings are ever the same. We think that’s pretty special.”
Colourful Engagement Rings
Coloured diamonds and gemstones are showing no sign of slowing down in popularity going into 2022, and are a great way to make simple and elegant styles even brighter and bolder. Whether you opt to set them on a white, yellow or rose gold band, the plethora of coloured gemstones such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires will enable you to express your own personal style and creativity with your engagement ring.
Blue Topaz and Diamond Shoulders Astoria Ring, £1,545
Browse our pick of the most beautiful colourful engagement rings.
Vintage/Heirloom-style Engagement Rings
Just as vintage and up-cycled wedding dresses are set to be a big trend in 2022, vintage engagement rings are also making waves. Opt for Art Deco and ultra glamorous just like this Jenny Packham design for Goldsmiths.
Jenny Packham Three-stone Brilliant Cut Art Deco Style Ring, £2,250
Adding a hidden touch to engagement rings with gallery detailing is proving popular and gives an elegant upgrade to classic ring styles. This Jenny Packham-designed brilliant cut diamond ring is a stunning take on the classic solitaire.
Jenny Packham 18 Carat White Gold Brilliant Cut Diamond Ring, £6,000
The popularity of halo rings is also increasing. Their encrusted design makes the centre diamond appear larger than traditional engagement rings. We can expect to see couples taking this illusion effect further with more unusual shapes. You can also add a unique twist with coloured gemstones or additional detailing on the band.
Luxe Sienna Halo Diamond Ring in platinum, £3,005
Split Shank Engagement Rings
“A split shank engagement ring is a very distinctive style we’re seeing increase in popularity, with a band that parts as it reaches the centre stone,” explains Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks the Jewellers.
“The shape of the split shank frames the centre diamond beautifully, and as it’s the style of Beyoncé’s engagement ring, you’d be in good company.”
Platinum Diamond Halo Ring, £3,250
Celebrity-Inspired Engagement Rings
Of course, every bride-to-be has star quality, but the celebs know how to go that extra mile when it comes to glitz and glam. For a red carpet-worthy proposal, take inspiration from the A List set and their exquisite taste in diamonds with a celebrity-inspired engagement ring.
Symphony Pavé Diamond Split-shank Band Set in Platinum, inspired by Beyoncé’s engagement ring, £1,770
Marquise-cut Engagement Rings
For those bold brides-to-be who want their engagement ring to really stand out from the crowd, a marquise cut stone certainly has the wow-factor and is just as elegant is it is striking.
Platinum Diamond Marquis Cut Halo Ring, £5,500
Minimalist Engagement Rings
The trend of minimalist rings is back, and this is not expected to go any time soon going into 2022. Jewellers have been able to provide a ‘less is more look’ by successfully pairing striking stones with the delicate bands. This is perfect for those who tend not to wear much jewellery or do not want to make a statement.
1895 Wedding Ring, £1,200
A diamond solitaire is considered to be the archetypal engagement ring. However, when Meghan Markle upgraded her gold band and solitaire to a three-stone engagement ring in 2020, new trend took off. Most often a thin band with a large diamond or gem supported by two smaller stones, the three stones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future. Add a twist with unique colours and diamond cuts.
18ct White Gold Emerald and Diamond Three Stone Ring, £4,250
Solitaire Diamond Engagement Rings
“They don’t call it a classic for nothing! A traditional solitaire ring is the ultimate in sophistication and timeless style,” says Beaverbrooks’ Laura Haddon. “A platinum diamond solitaire ring emphasises the central diamond beautifully, while a solitaire-style with diamond set shoulders… brings a modern twist.”
Platinum Diamond Solitaire Ring, £3,950
Stackable Engagement Rings
Jewellery stacking is not a new concept, however, more and more brides-to-be are incorporating this trend to their bridal sets. This means you can now wear your engagement, wedding and eternity rings all together. ‘Cause whoever said less is more clearly wasn’t talking about diamonds! Jewellers are now selling interlocking designs to support this trend, too.
Yellow Gold Rings
While platinum and white gold bands have topped the popularity charts when it comes to engagement rings in recent years, yellow gold rings are making a comeback for 2022. Gold bands compliment both diamonds and coloured gemstones and add a vintage feel if paired with a traditional gold wedding band.
18ct Gold Diamond Halo Ring, £2,750
Rose Gold Engagement Rings
Whether you’re opting for a solitaire, pavé of diamonds or pear-shaped stone, a rose gold band offers a romantic take on a classic engagement ring. A bolder statement than white gold or platinum, rose gold flatters all skin tones.
Emerald-cut Centre and Fishtail Pavé Set in 18ct Rose Gold, £1,320
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