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If you're in the market for an engagement ring (congrats!), keeping up with the current trends can seem like a daunting task. Not only can things change in an instant with the latest celebrity proposal, but there is simply an over-abundance of options! This guide will jumpstart your 2021 engagement ring search. Here are the top engagement ring trends to look out for in 2021!

Minimalist Engagement Rings

Minimalism is a movement categorized as making the most of what you have, and that's precisely the philosophy that minimalist jewelry takes after. These are pieces that highlight simplicity, value daintiness, and leverage the power of color and brilliance. In short, minimalist jewelry takes the modern aesthetic and confines it to a small piece of jewelry.

cleanorigin-minimalistClean OriginMinimalist jewelry had already seen a popularity rise in 2020, and it's expected to ride that wave well-into 2021. If you're in the market for a minimalist engagement ring, be sure to choose pieces made with high-quality, durable materials and designs made to last a while. In some cases, dainty pieces can result in stones chipping or prongs loosening. Avoiding these issues is easy and can land you a brilliant piece that makes a powerful statement.

Vintage Engagement Rings

When it comes to style, vintage is having its moment. From cars to clothes, people are seeking items that speak of times long gone. The same trend is predicted to appear within the engagement ring industry. Styles that were once popular, such as elongated diamond shapes, are expected to become the go-to choices for buyers.

cleanorigian-emeraldClean OriginWhether it's the bold artfulness of pieces from the Art Deco period or the gorgeous clusters of the Edwardian era, these rings will be sought out for their beauty and timelessness. The upside of this is that many heirloom pieces can be worn without looking outdated. Not to mention, for those seeking vintage engagement rings, researching the popular styles of eras past can provide great inspiration, a bit of education, and lots of entertainment. No one can resist the charm of the past, combined with modern aesthetic!

Bands as Rings

Bands have traditionally been seen as a masculine option due to their bulk and utilitarian nature. However, searches for "engagement band for her" have been trending in recent months. This is due, in part, to the recent shift toward more minimalist and modern styles. A band can be both simple and sophisticated.

cleanorigin-bandsClean OriginHowever, the economic downturn has also forced some couples to scale back their engagement ring choices. Engagement bands are simply less expensive than traditional engagement rings. In some cases, these bands are meant to be replaced with more traditional engagement rings in the future, but many are here to stay.

Playing with size, engravings, accent diamonds, and color can help you personalize an engagement ring band.

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is making a big comeback, and honestly, with this year, the pop of color and warmth has been just what the doctor ordered! Yellow gold engagement rings have always been a great option, but their popularity declined during the 2010s, as white gold took center stage. However, towards the end of 2020 we started to see a heavy uptick in yellow gold rings and the trend is absolutely predicted to continue.

cleanorigin-yellowgoldClean OriginMore specifically, yellow gold bands with elongated diamond shapes, such as oval, sometimes even set in an east/west direction. This goes right along with the minimalist trend and can easily be dressed up with an accompanied pavé band.

Looking Ahead

Engagement ring trends can be challenging to pin down from year to year. This is primarily due to the ever-evolving nature of the jewelry industry. The good news is that regardless of the engagement ring style you go with, you'll have a ring that will never lose your personal touch.

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