While engagement ring trends evolve at a slower pace than those of the regular fashion cycle, there's still plenty to keep up with in terms of what’s popular each year. Everything from unique diamond cuts to East-West and rose-gold settings are some of the most popular nontraditional styles while classic solitaire and three-stone rings are favored by many modern brides. It all depends on your aesthetic, which can certainly change over time, just as it does with the rest of the clothing and accessories in your wardrobe.
Sometimes, a big part of the decision-making process is where you want to buy your engagement ring from and whether or not you want to work with a designer one-on-one to create a completely customized design. Of course, price is a major factor when it comes to shopping for an engagement ring, but whatever your budget or design preference is, there is a worldwide retailer that offers it all: Etsy.
Known for being the go-to retailer for unique and creative goods from around the globe from home décor, clothing, and party decorations to wedding-specific categories like flower crowns, invitations, bridesmaid gifts, and, of course, engagement rings. The website has everything under the sun from delicate and dainty styles to popular cushion-cut stones and baguette bands, as well as budget-friendly options like under-$1,5000 rings all the way to diamond alternatives like moissanite, morganite, white sapphires, and more.
“Brides are turning to more unique engagement ring styles and the trends speak to their interest in expressing their individuality and personal style,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy. Popular bridal trends in ring choices are "all about putting a twist on traditional styles."
Since the shift towards unique engagement rings is proving to be a lasting one, we wanted to find out what the most popular engagement rings styles on Etsy are from trending stones and cuts to coveted settings and materials. Whether you’re craving a custom design, ethically-sourced stone, or on-trend setting, ahead, Isom Johnson explains the five most popular engagement rings trends available on Etsy right now.
“For generations, the diamond has been the ultimate stone for proposing, but today’s bride isn’t tied to the norm—she wants to express her personal style and choose a ring that reflects her personality—which is why in the coming years, other gemstones will become go-to staples for engagement rings.
Etsy shoppers are ahead of the trend: We’ve already seen a rise in searches for nontraditional gemstone rings, from opals to sapphires. In [a scope of] three months alone, there have been over 1,500,000 searches for opals, 895,000 searches for emeralds, and 892,000 searches for sapphires. One trend in non-diamond engagement rings is incorporating birthstones. On Etsy, we’ve seen over 259,00 searches for ‘birthstone rings’ in the [scope of] three months, and I predict the trend will continue to grow for engagement rings,” Johnson says.
Natural Ruby Engagement Ring Set From Minimal VS
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $4,430
5.29 Carat Oval Natural Fancy Blue Sapphire and Diamond Ring From Ben Dannie Jeweler
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $45,000
Natural Emerald Engagement Ring in White Gold From Szeki Studio
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $2,309.90
Diamond Opal Engagement Ring in Rose Gold From Sunday Island Sweden
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $728.06
Cushion-Cut Moody Sapphire Engagement Ring in Rose Gold From Eidel Precious
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $4,200
“Maximalism has also made a comeback and mixed-metal rings are just one example of how it’s taken hold in the wedding industry. Over the [scope of] 12 months, there have been over 48,000 searches related for ‘mix metal rings’ and growing.”
Vintage Diamond and Diamond Accented Double Band Engagement Ring From Lillian James Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,960
Set of Emerald and Diamond Double Band Ring and Open Trillion Ring in 18k Solid Gold From Capucinne
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $5,533
Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K Rose Gold From Nangijala Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,620
“Couples are moving away from cookie-cutter bling and opting for one-of-a-kind engagement ring styles instead, which can often come with a lower price tag than a traditional diamond ring. Etsy is home to over 574,000 engagement rings, so there are unique options for every style.
For an even more special experience, couples planning their engagement can work directly with many Etsy sellers to customize the ring to exactly what they have imagined. Some of the most unique styles on the rise on Etsy are nesting rings—which shoppers have searched over 16,000 times in the [scope of] 12 months—and flower engagement rings—which have been searched over 53,000 times in the same time period.
If a traditional bride wants to add a twist without feeling too of-the-moment, a simple solution is to add a few, smaller colored stones to the wedding band or consider a popular (but still unique) shape like a three-stone or pear. If the couple is purchasing on Etsy, they even have the opportunity to work directly with a seller and customize a dream ring.”
1.28ct Salt and Pepper Diamond Ring Engagement Set in 14K Rose Gold From Aurora Designer
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,098
Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring in Rose Gold From Capucinne
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $3,443
Vintage Flower Aquamarine Engagement Ring Set From Love by Oh Kuol
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,725.00
Pear Diamond Engagement Ring & Diamond Band From Artemer
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2,330
“Shoppers are becoming increasingly conscious of their purchasing habits and we’ve seen sustainability on the rise across all categories, including jewelry. Brides are incorporating sustainable elements–from ethically-sourced diamonds to recycled metals–into their rings to make a statement without making a big impact on the planet.”
Oval Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K Gold From Envero Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,800
Reclaimed 1 Carat Marquis Diamond Engagement Ring in 18K Recycled Gold From Siri Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $4,200
Natural Black Ethically Sourced Diamond Engagement Ring From S. Kind &. Co
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $11,735
Recycled 14k Rose and White Gold Twig Ring With Large Oval Moissanite Stone From Sarah Hood Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,397
Lab-Grown and Vintage Diamonds
“On Etsy, we’ve seen a 66 percent increase in searches related to ‘lab-grown diamonds’ over the [scope of] 12 months (compared to the same time the previous year). If brides are not quite sold on recycled materials or lab-created diamonds, another option is to purchase a beautiful vintage sparkler from decades past. Vintage engagement rings are a favorite with shoppers on Etsy–we’ve seen 577,000 searches for them over the [scope of] 12 months.”
Antique 1920s 18k White Gold Filigree Diamond Engagement Ring From The Copper Canary
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $5,460
Lab-Grown Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring From Aardvark Jewellery
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,392.55
Lab-Grown 1 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum From Aardvark Jewellery
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,421.09
Art Deco Vintage 1930's .68ct t.w. Square Diamond Halo Antique Ring in Platinum From Your Jewelry Finder
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,300