Can you believe we are actually now in the year 2022! If the past two years has taught us anything, it’s that what lies ahead in life in totally unpredictable. Life is truly a precious blessing and we must live and appreciate every day to the fullest! The COVID-19, worldwide pandemic has affected almost all aspects of our everyday lives. From our total freedom to live, work, travel and our consumption habits. Has this pandemic given us a more positive “you only live once, buy the shoes” attitude? Well, I can confirm this does appear to be the case when it comes to engagement ring emerging trends for 2022.
The desire to purchase bigger stones is most certainly there. People are less price conscious when it comes to that forever rock. There is a real sense of wanting to make the ring as unique and personal as ever, and if that comes at a larger expense then so be it! On the other hand, we are also seeing diamond shape and ring setting emerging as a key trend when choosing the ring, as opposed to carat size. However, diamonds still remain the most popular stone, with round brilliant still coming out on top as the most popular cut. Other big emerging trends that we will discuss include the oval-cuts, yellow gold and lab grown diamonds. So, let’s get to it and see what’s trending among our budding 2022 brides to be.
Oval-Cut Engagement Rings
The oval-cut engagement ring has been gaining momentum for the past two years in particular and has no plans to stop for 2022 engagements. Oval-cut engagement rings currently dominate 19% of the market as opposed to just 2% in 2015. Let us take a moment to discuss the engagement of 2021, Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. After a whirlwind romance, Travis popped the question in October 2021 with a 10-12ct oval-cut, thin band, white gold show- stopper. The ring is estimated to have cost between $500,000 to 1 million dollars. With a celebrity like Kourtney Kardashian wearing the oval-cut, sales are sure to spike in 2022. She is a style icon with a huge following of women watching every fashion choice she makes. Watch this space in 2022, that 19% market dominance in sure to grow.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
When it comes to a 3 stone engagement ring the term “less is more” goes out the window. More is more when opting for a 3 stone ring. These dazzling, elevated sparklers are emerging as a huge trend for 2022. A three stone ring is a real symbol ring. The three stones represent past, present and future. The trilogy setting is timeless, classic and brings another layer of sparkle like no other style. Modern twist 3 stones are also a lovely option, mixing diamonds and gemstones for the more price conscious customer or that customer looking to add an extra dimension or pop of colour.
Lab Grown Diamonds- The Ethical Option
As we move towards a more ethical, sustainable world, the diamond industry in no different. The introduction of lab (man-made) diamonds had a slow up-take at first, with people being apprehensive about their integrity. Fast forward 10 years and their popularity has soared among millennials and Gen Z. Lab grown diamonds have been identified as an emerging trend that will ultimately eventually totally replace naturally mined diamonds. Eco-conscious mind-sets continue to grow globally. Dedication to sustainability is growing rapidly with 34% of millennials and 27% of Gen Z siting they would only purchase a lab grown diamond. The origination of Lab diamonds is 100% transparent, you can trace the diamond right back to its inception. This is however not the case with mined diamonds – a small child may have mined it, villages may have been dug up leaving hundreds homeless, deaths may even have occurred. Lab diamonds are the way forward, this is a conversation that is just gaining real momentum globally so watch this space!
Toi et Moi Engagement Rings
It doesn’t get much more romantic than a Toi et Moi “me and you” style engagement ring. This beautifully curated style consists of two gemstones nestled side by side. This style is deeply historic, dating back to 1976. Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly’s recent, very public engagement saw him propose with a glorious diamond and emerald ,Toi et Moi engagement ring. Other celebrities who have set the growing trend include Arianna Grande and Emily Ratajkowski. The symbolism of two gemstones coming together as one is well-suited for the sentimental couple. This style is predicted to remain hugely popular for 2022 engagements.
Yellow Gold Engagement Ring Mount & Setting
18k yellow gold is a precious metal that never goes out of fashion but when it comes to engagement rings white gold and platinum have been a clear leader for years when it comes to choosing the ring mount and setting. White metals have been more desirable for no particular reason, mainly put down to celebrity influence and global fashion trends. However, this is changing rapidly. Since 2020 the industry has seen the reemergence of 18k yellow gold engagement bands grow in popularity. A yellow gold band is timeless, elegant and a forever classic.
The Off-beat Choice
After the last two years, people have certainly become braver and riskier with their purchasing habits. Again, this has translated hugely into the jewellery industry, particularly while choosing engagement rings. There is most certainly a shift in consumers gravitating more towards coloured stones and fancy shapes. Olive green, pale pink and yellow stones are colours to keep an eye out for in 2022. More striking colour tones are certainly on the rise but the classic blue sapphire, ruby and emerald stones are still trending hugely for 2022 engagement rings.
While white metals such as platinum and white gold will remain a popular choice. Yellow gold is going to grow but let’s not forget about rose gold. Rose gold metal has been predicted as an emerging trend for engagement rings in 2022.
Fancy shapes such as heart, radiant, marquise and princess are also predicted to grow in popularity, again with people feeler braver when it comes to swaying away from the classi c solitaire style.