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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.
Meet the Expert
Dayna Isom Johnson is a trend expert at Etsy and judge on the NBC competition show, Making It.
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 trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson. Popular bridal trends in ring choices are "all about putting a twist on traditional styles."
Whether you’re craving a custom design, ethically-sourced stone, or on-trend setting, ahead are 30 engagement rings from Etsy to consider.
What to Look for When Purchasing an Engagement Ring From Etsy
Etsy is an excellent place to look for alternatives to the traditional diamond engagement ring. Johnson explains that on Etsy, nontraditional engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular. “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.
Lab-Grown and Vintage Diamonds
Lab-grown and vintage diamonds may be hard to seek out at traditional jewelers, but on Etsy there is a plethora of options. “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," Johnson shares.
Sustainable engagement rings are one option to consider when you are looking on Etsy. While there are many retailers that are beginning to offer sustainable rings, Etsy has a wide array of sustainable choices. Johnson explains how sustainable rings are becoming a common choice amongst brides.
“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.”
- How much do engagement rings on Etsy cost? Engagement rings on Etsy vary in price just the same as they would at any other jeweler. You can find rings from $200 to $20,000. It's all about what you are looking for in your ring.
- Can you work directly with a jeweler on Etsy? Yes, it is possible to have a one-on-one experience with a jeweler on Etsy. "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," says Johnson.
- How can you be sure you are getting a quality ring from an Etsy seller? When buying from Etsy, it's important to verify that the ring you're getting is a quality item. Try reading reviews on rings that you are considering to see how other customers' experiences with the seller were. Also, if you are buying a diamond engagement ring on Etsy, make sure to ask for the diamond's certification to ensure it is authentic.