If 2020 and 2021 reminded us of anything, it’s that the future is completely unpredictable – and precious. This reality impacted everything: from our livelihoods to our habits and the way that we consume. For couples with engagement and wedding plans, the pandemic imbued a new meaning of value. As jeweler Thelma West surmises: “People are now in the ‘we only live once, let’s love, let’s live, let’s make each other happy’ mood.”
This nonchalant reactive spirit influenced the engagement ring trends that emerged in 2021. “The desire for meaning and sentimentality is definitely coming through as a trend with my clients,” remarks self-certified engagement ring hunter Kate Baxter, founder of The Cut London. “There’s a real sense that they want to make the ring as special as possible.”
Individuality shone through. More than ever, people were after unique engagement rings with unexpected, colorful twists. “I feel [customers] were in a spending, more expressive mood than usual,” remarks Thomas Montier Leboucher, co-founder and CEO of buzzy Paris-based jeweler Viltier. “Maybe because they had more time to save up and also they had a need or a crave to express their love more significantly after such a frustrating year!”
The intimate IRL process of finding an engagement ring was disrupted, but that didn’t stop jewelers from finding new ways to connect with customers and ensure they found the perfect piece. West praises the unprecedented shift: “It’s great that we are able to adapt like that, in what has traditionally been a face-to-face interaction.”
2022 looks to be a little brighter than this year – on the jewelry front, anyway. From dazzling rainbow stones to grand gestures and responsibly-sourced gems, read on for the engagement ring trends to keep tabs on next year – especially if you’re in the market for one or compiling a ring wish-list.
The bigger the better…
“Larger, more sculptural rings are gaining popularity,” says Baxter. Whopper, statement-making stones and silhouettes are forecast to take over in 2022, as are unconventional settings. While once upon a time it was all about the size of the rock, chunkier bands are also becoming the preference for a lot of proposers.