Ring Trends of 2021


January 26, 2021
Words by Brilliant Earth
Photos courtesy of Brilliant Earth

The staff at Brilliant Earth spend their days helping couples select the rings that symbolize their love and commitment and designing rings that capture their individual style. They are always on the lookout to identify engagement ring and wedding ring trends as soon as they emerge. Below they’ve outlined the trends customers are loving now and that we expect to stay strong throughout 2021.

Gender Fluid Styles

As a supporter of love in all forms, Brilliant Earth has launched a brand-new gender-fluid jewelry line to provide a more inclusive range of sizes and styles for all jewelry enthusiasts to enjoy. The Mx Collection, which consists of both engagement rings and wedding bands, offers a fresh take on fine jewelry designed for every occasion, with designs appealing to all genders, non-binary and fluid identities. We expect gender-fluid jewelry to increase in popularity for many years to come. 

Rainbow RingAmador Diamond RingHorizontal Petite Comfort Fit

*As seen in Happiest Season, the romantic comedy directed by Clea DuVall and starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Mary Holland, Burl Moseley, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen. The film, which debuted exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu on November 25th, is the first major LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com from a major studio.  

Helix Diamond RingZenith RingInsignia Diamond Ring 

Yellow Gold

While rose gold was a darling in the last decade, in 2020, yellow gold has seen a huge resurgence and has been favored by celebs such as Jessica Hart, Jasmine Tookes, and Jenna Ushkowitz. Brilliant Earth customers are also loving this look, especially in the last 6 months where yellow gold has grown over 3 times faster than other metals.

Petite Elodie RingSunburst Diamond RingLuna Ring

Elongated Fancy Shaped Diamonds

Elongated fancy shaped diamonds, including oval, pear-shaped, elongated radiant, emerald, and marquise diamonds were particularly popular this past year, and we expect their popularity to remain strong.  Just look to celebrities like J.Lo, Nicola Peltz, Nikki Bella and Alex Guarnashelli who all sport elongated fancy shaped diamonds.   Consumers and celebrities alike love the flattering look an elongated diamond creates on the wearer’s finger. 

Waverly Diamond Ring, Luxe Ballad Diamond Ring, Petite Twisted Vine Ring

Contoured Ring Stacks

Stacking contoured bands is a great way to make a statement!  Thinner rings can be stacked to create a wideband look, allowing more opportunity for individual style expression.

Lunette Nested Diamond Ring Stack, Chevron Nested Ring Stack, Tres Diamond Ring Stack

Hidden Details

Who doesn’t love an element of surprise?  Hidden diamond halos, diamond accented galleries, and other unique details crafted beneath a ring’s center gemstone add extra sparkle and uniqueness to otherwise understated styles. These beautiful hidden touches are a trend that we know couples will continue to love.

Luxe Viviana Diamond Ring, Lumiere Diamond Ring, Haven Diamond Ring

Destination Weddings at Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva
Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Destination Weddings
Black couple getting married in Jamaica
Jamaica Destination Weddings
Couple in Cancun doing a gazebo destination wedding
White couple getting married in Punta Cana, DR
destination wedding couple throwing rose petals in costa mujeres
Iberostar Weddings

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