Choosing an engagement ring is a big decision! Not only is it a symbol of your love and forthcoming union, but you’ll likely be rocking it everyday for the next 50 years. While classics, like a single solitaire, will always remain in style, there’s no reason you can’t explore other options. After all this stone will be adorning your digits for the foreseeable future. So you want to make sure it shows off your style and personality, and a modern cut or alternative design can be just as striking as keeping with tradition.
With your proposal on the horizon, now is the time to do your research. Feeling overwhelmed by the myriad options? Seeing what’s out there can actually help fine tune your search.
To keep you apprised of the styles du jour, we’ve rounded up the 10 engagement ring trends that are going to be huge 2017. From Edwardian-inspired designs to intertwined bands, you’re sure to find "the one" that’s perfect for you.
Halo settings have been popular for some time. And it’s easy to see why. A row of sparkling gems draws attention to the beauty of your center stone and makes it look bigger, too! In 2017, we’re forecasting a more unique take on the trend — everything from intricate, vintage-inspired designs to geometric blinged-out halos.
Go retro with your halo. This diamond-accented octagonal frame is encrusted with bezel-set baguettes for a hint of Art Deco charm. (Platinum Ostara Diamond Ring, $2,250 for setting only, Brilliant Earth)
Amp up the sparkle with a diamond-encrusted twisted halo — or as we like to call it a “forever frame.” The pavé split shank (another 2017 trend) guarantees that this baby shines from every angle. (Solo Filo Double Shank Diamond Engagement Ring SE100, $6,100 for setting only, Danhov)
Colored stones were a big trend in 2016, and they’ll continue to be totally covetable next year too...but with a twist. Instead of a single colored stone, 2017 will bring gemstone accents. Think an emerald and diamond duo or a pink diamond halo.
We love the look of a two stone ring. And it’s even more fun with a pop of color! This antique platinum and gold bypass style ring pairs an old European cut diamond with a square cut emerald—long associated with a happy marriage. (Edwardian Emerald and Diamond 'Toi Et Moi' Ring, $12,000, Erstwhile)
You can’t help but fall in love with this spectacular Tiffany ring. A cushion cut stone (popular among celebs, like Bar Refaeli and Gabrielle Union) is encircled by a double halo of pink and white bead-set diamonds. Rare pink diamonds represent love — a fitting tribute to your relationship and life together. (Soleste Cushion, $16,500, Tiffany & Co.)
Engagement rings from the Edwardian era, are beloved for their intricacy and femininity. The use of platinum, tons diamonds and often colored gemstones, and intricate details are hallmarks of this period. Whether you’re opting for a handmade antique or a vintage-inspired design, you can’t help but be captivated by the distinctive charm of the era.
This antique engagement ring (circa 1910) embodies the delicate craftsmanship of the Edwardian era. From the navette shape to the platinum setting and use of calibre-cut sapphires for a touch of color, this striking piece is truly a one of a kind! (1.04 Carat Diamond and Sapphire Edwardian Engagement Ring, $13,000, Erstwhile)
Part of T&H’s exclusive vintage-inspired collection, this gorgeous Edwardian-style ring centers a bezel set old European-cut diamond. The intricate platinum oval motif is enhanced with bead set antique round diamonds and delicate milgrained edges. (Platinum Peachtree, $3,950, Trumpet & Horn)
Want a surefire way to guarantee your bling stands out from the crowd? Consider a black diamond. Many non-traditional brides are drawn to the edgier look of a dark stone. Beyond their visual appearance, black diamonds are associated with certainty and passion — making them a symbolic choice for your engagement ring.
This geometric design wows with a princess-cut inverted black diamond, enhanced with black to white gradient diamond pave accents. The recycled 14k yellow gold band is detailed with a chevron pattern. (Raziel Ring, $3,180, Digby & Iona)
While the combination of a rose-cut center stone and pavé halo is a classic, the use of a black diamond feels fresh and totally unexpected. (Black Diamond Aura Ring, $2,050, Blanca Monrós Gómez)
Stacked rings have been popular among boho brides for the last few years. Come 2017, we predict brides everywhere will be saying “I do” to stacks. Don’t be surprised if your Instagram and Pinterest feeds are filled with digits adorned with pairs, trios and quadruples of blingy bands. After all, who doesn’t want a little extra sparkle on their ring finger?
We love this timeless trilogy of white diamonds and rose, white and yellow gold rings. This old European-cut diamond design comes complete with a pair of breathtaking nesting bands, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up and layer on your own bling over the years. (Hazeline Suite No. 13, $9,250, Anna Sheffield)
Looking for something a little out of the ordinary ring? We can’t get enough of this geometric, kite-shaped halo ring. It’s made even more distinctive with a contoured band and a compass point claw prong set center stone. (18k White Gold Lucy Diamond Matched Set, $3,800, Brilliant Earth)
Opals are a dreamy alternative to a diamond. This stunning stone has a rather mystical quality, which can be attributed to its "play of color" (the rainbow of hues that flash when the stone catches the light). More than just prized for their unique beauty, opals are associated with love and loyalty — requisite qualities of a long, successful marriage.
This spectacular ring centers a vaulted, rectangular opal cabochon, flanked by a row of champagne diamonds and inverted trillions at each edge. And yes, we’d say this counts as your “something blue.” (Opal Cabochon Bea Ring, $5,500, Anna Sheffield)
What’s prettier than a pear shaped opal? This gorgeous gem flashes green and peach in the light. Twenty-nine dazzling diamonds, on the band and halo, add a double dose of bling. (Pear Shaped Heirloom Quality Opal Engagement Ring with Diamond Halo in Platinum, $2,219, Angara)
We love the romantic notion of a twisted band — forever intertwined like your love. Symbolic and stunning, this on-trend design represents two lives coming together and becoming one.
We can’t take our eyes off this gorgeous David Yurman design, featuring a brilliant round-cut center stone. Hand set pavé diamonds adorn the interlaced bands and halo for even more sparkle. (Lanai Round Engagement Ring with Diamonds in Platinum, price upon request, David Yurman)
This mixed metal beauty has us swooning. A breathtaking brilliant-cut diamond is framed by a platinum set pavé halo. The twisted rose gold, split shank band is the perfect finishing touch. (Twisted Rose Gold Engagement Ring with Round Halo Set with 1.30 Round Diamond, $7,799, Dana Rebecca)
There’s something so utterly romantic about a gorgeous red ruby. Not surprisingly, they are considered the ultimate symbol of passionate love and known as the “gem of the heart.” Those with a vintage sensibility will treasure an antique ring, while modern brides can opt for a newly made design.
Have you ever seen anything more regal than this authentic Victorian era ring? A pinkish-red round ruby is accented by a halo of seven old mine-cut diamonds. This beauty is finished with a simple, slightly 14k rose gold tapered band. (Crimson Way, $3,400, Trumpet & Horn)
While this sleek design would be stunning with any stone, it’s especially gorgeous with a vibrant red ruby. Not only does this gem lend striking color, but it imbues the ring with passion that will last a lifetime. (Juliet Ring, $7,945, Gemvara)
Whether you opt for a trio or grouping of various sized diamonds, breaking with the traditional single stone is one trends that’s on our radar for 2017. As far as we’re concerned, the more diamonds, the better.
A prong-set cluster of sparkling diamond makes this offbeat ring a real stunner. The yellow gold setting and band adds to the boho charm.(Diamond Cluster Ring in 14k Yellow Gold, $4,963, Bario Neal)
Looking for something a little different, why not try an asymmetrical design? A pair of brilliant cut gems cling to the side of this magnificent rose cut diamond. Tiny pavé set diamonds dance along the band, lending a subtle sparkle. (White Lily Ring, $8,200, Blanca Monrós Gómez)
Pavé Split Shank
Pavé bands sparkled in 2016. For next year, we’re predicting a contemporary take. There’s something so delicate and modern about a split shank (when the band splits in two as it intersects with the diamond). Specific? Sure. Stunning? Without a doubt.
Is this not one of the most magnificent rings you’ve ever seen? We love the warm, femininity of rose gold. The delicate diamond-studded split shank spotlights round cut diamond center stone in all of its sparkling glory. (Pave Split Shank Engagement Ring, price upon request, SG Bridal)
Looking for a contemporary twist on a classic diamond engagement ring? This diamond-encrusted split shank allows in more light, for major sparkle factor. (Delicate Split Shank with Round Center Engagement Ring, $3,490, A. JAFFE)