While engagement ring trends evolve at a slower pace than the regular fashion cycle, there's still plenty to keep up with in terms of what’s popular each year. For 2019, everything from unique diamond cuts to East-West and rose-gold settings are some of the most popular non-traditional 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.
“2019 is going to be all about putting a twist on traditional styles,” says Dayna Isom Johnson, trend expert at Etsy. “Brides are turning to more unique engagement ring styles and the trends this year speak to their interest in expressing their individuality and personal style.”
Since the shift towards unique engagement rings is only continuing for 2019, 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 new year, 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 non-traditional gemstone rings, from opals to sapphires. In the last 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 emerging trend in non-diamond engagement rings is incorporating birthstones. On Etsy, we’ve seen over 259,00 searches for ‘birthstone rings’ in the last 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, $4,100
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, $2,309.90+
Diamond Opal Engagement Ring in Rose Gold from Sunday Island Sweden
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $775.72+
Cushion-Cut Moody Sapphire Engagement Ring in Rose Gold from Eidel Precious
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $4,000
“Maximalism is also making a comeback and mixed-metal rings are just one example of how it’s taking hold in the wedding industry. Over the past 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, $5,500.00+
Vintage Toi Et Moi Double Diamond Ring .96ct t.w. in 18k Rose Gold and Platinum from Your Jewelry Finder
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2,799.30, was $3,999
Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K Rose Gold from Nangijala Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,620
Double Pave Halo Grey Clear Hexagon Diamond Double Band Yellow Gold Engagement Ring from Lex Luxe
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $6,495
“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 last 12 months—and flower engagement rings—which have been searched over 53,000 times in the last 12 months.
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, $3,410.00+
Vintage Flower Aquamarine Engagement Ring Set from Love by Oh Kuol
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,725.00+
Pear Diamond Engagement Ring & Diamond Band from Artemer
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2,330
Art Deco Engagement Ring Circa 1930's in 18k White Gold from Your Jewelry Finder
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $2,415, was $3,450
“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.”
One of a Kind Oval Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K Gold from Envero Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,360
One of a Kind Shield Cut Grey Diamond Engagement Ring with Knife Edge Band from Lex Luxe
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $11,965
Reclaimed 1 Carat Marquis Diamond Engagement Ring in 18K Recycled Gold from Siri Jewelry
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $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, $3,365
Lab-Grown & Vintage Diamonds
“On Etsy, we’ve seen a 66 percent increase in searches related to ‘lab-grown diamonds’ over the past 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 past 12 months.”
Antique 1930s Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K Yellow and White Gold from The Copper Canary
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $4,290
Lab-Grown Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring from Aardvark Jewellery
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $1,479.14+
Vintage Jabel GIA Three Stone Round Brilliant Diamond Engagement Ring from Market Square Jewelers
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $5,485
Lab-Grown White Sapphire Cushion and Diamond Engagement Ring from Aardvark Jewellery
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $940.78+
Vintage Art Deco Engagement Ring Circa 1930's from Your Jewelry Finder
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,675