The first documented use of a diamond to symbolize an engagement traces back to the Renaissance period. There’s no doubt that over the years a variety of styles have ebbed and flowed, but the significance of the diamond has stood the test of time. As a new decade approaches, some of the Uneek Jewelry team placed their expert predictions about the hottest ring trends to expect in the new year. Whether you’re newly engaged or secretly hoping for that 2020 proposal, take a peek at what other brides-to-be are currently loving right now to get inspired!
“Thin diamond non-cathedral semis with hidden halos or diamond detail are popular right now. I am also seeing a new surge of requests for three stones with a high-polished shank both more in traditional markets. Lots of oval centers too!” – Nicole Vietor – Uneek Jewelry Brand Ambassador
2020 brides, we’ve got a hidden trend to share with you that won’t stay a secret for long. For the gal who loves a halo, but typically leans on a more subtle aesthetic, consider a hidden halo. Hidden halos perch just below the center stone and add a subtle intensity to the ring’s profile—the perfect compromise between a regal solitaire and the big impact halo. This simple detail adds a sparkly sentiment to the traditional ring contour.
Thin Pave Shank
Why stop with just a wedding band and an engagement ring? If adding multiple stacks to your bridal set is in your future, then consider a thin pave diamond-lined shank to start your stack and leave room to grow your collection. The low-profile shank will give your ring a dainty and feminine look while allowing for more room to stack when you slip into your wedding ring and other twinkling tokens that celebrate milestones in your marriage. A quick note on function, if you work in a job that’s hard on your hands, a delicate band may not be your best bet. That’s where our retailers can provide insight to find you a perfect bridal stack to suit your lifestyle.
Ladies, we can see your halos and this trend is here to stay in 2020. While many brides are opting for the popular halo style that mirrors the shape of the center stone, some women are going in a vintage-inspired direction. This unique silhouette, as exemplified in many pieces from our Petals Collection, is a standout style that’s far from ordinary. The ornate diamond-lined halos add an extra flair to your engagement ring that will give you any excuse to flash your left hand.
We most likely have the well-known royals, Meghan and Harry, to thank for the resurgence of a three-stone ring, but this style has been around a lot longer than the happy couple. The three-stone form is a popular second to solitaires for a long time. The larger center stone edged by two smaller diamonds across a sleek, high-polished shank adds a chic balance to a woman’s finger. Combine style with symbolism because the three stones represent the past, present and future of your life with your hubs.
“As a Merchandiser/Buyer, for me, I think there’s a sense of trying to go back to basic silhouettes, and simple designs but with fancier shape centers like ovals and pears to put a little twist and then more substantial center sizes, anywhere from 2cts and above, but maintaining that simple and regal silhouette.” -Gill Alcantara, Uneek Jewelry Director of Merchandising
Our engagement ring pros have also noticed a surge in oval stones. This out of the box option from a traditional round has an elongated shape that lengthens the finger (maybe for that extra Instagrammable wow-factor?). This large surface area diamond cut makes an entrance that people will be talking about long into the new decade.
Mix and Matched Bands
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Brides are also jumping on the mix and match trend for their bridal set. We’re seeing a lot of mixed metals, shapes, sizes and dimensions. This trend offers endless combinations from eternity bands to solitaires and everything in between. For the bride who doesn’t play by the rules, this multidimensional trend leaves a lot of room for creativity that will never go out of style.
Traditional Silhouettes with a Twist
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There’s a reason the classics are adored for so long. You truly can’t go wrong with a solitaire. They’re timeless and beautiful. Brides who love the traditional route are currently crushing on modern solitaire styles with a little… pizazz! As far as silhouettes, it’s back to the basics with a time-honored solitaire stone, but playing with small details like a pave band or an ornamental cathedral accent around the center stone. For the minimalist bride who adores the classics, but wants to add a personal touch on a standard style, explore the understated details.
“Solitaires with a little pizazz will definitely continue to the big in 2020.” – Courtland Shopper – Uneek Jewelry, VP of Sales
True love lasts a lifetime—and so will your engagement ring. Choosing a style that you’ll love is so important. Our experts’ best advice: Find a style that speaks to you!