Feeling the butterflies in your stomach? It’s a sign you could be getting hitched very soon.

Walking down that aisle and making that beautiful promise could be one of the most precious moments of your life, but at the same time, it is also a little daunting to think about how your life is going to change forever thereafter. Nevertheless, there’s also no denying that finding the perfect ring contributes to a lot of this. After all, the engagement ring is an accessory you will be wearing every day and forever.

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Emma Clarkson Webb

Choosing your engagement ring is very, very personal, as brides-to-be often want something that nobody else has. And yet, there are certain trends that persist every year.

Certified GIA gemologist, Emma Clarkson Webb specialises in sourcing diamonds and semi-precious stones to create unique jewellery pieces. In conversation with her, we’ve rounded up a few engagement ring trends for 2020. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the one.

[Hero Image credit: Unsplash/Anton Mislawsky  Feature Image credit: Unsplash/Jose Martinez  All other images courtesy of Emma Clarkson Webb]

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In 2020, colour is king

Moving away from the more traditional style, black diamond is having a serious moment right, now, truly outshining other treasured stones. Earlier, you wouldn’t imagine seeing a black diamond ring as an engagement ring – but now, the richly opaque and painterly spins are what we define as an ideal ring. We all remember the iconic moment when Mr.Big proposed to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City 2 — and love him or hate him, there’s no denying the man had style.

Green stones are also getting their limelight this year with tsavorites, tourmalines, and, of course, emerald, in high demand. The pop of colour is a fresh twist on the classic engagement ring that will make you feel special, especially with emerald, as it’s a bold and elegant one for all brides-to-be.

MARIGOLD
18ct yellow gold engagement ring set with a central octagon cut emerald and surrounded by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds with step down baguettes.
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Three-stone rings

Thanks to Meghan Markle, we are now devoted to the timeless three-stone ring that is not only stunning but also symbolises a couple’s past, present, and future, all together. Whilst it’s becoming more fashionable than ever to flaunt a three-stone ring, the demand for cushion-cut designs flanked by two pears also shows it’s a perennial favourite imbued with a romantic symbolism for a couple. Opt for this breathtaking design, or go for a princess-, oval- or even round-brilliant-cut that blends in with your choice. Allow yourself to be as experimental as possible with different shapes, sizes, and colour.

EMILY
An 18ct white gold three stone engagement ring with cushion cut central diamond with round brilliant cut diamonds set either side.
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Vintage rings

What we love about vintage, old-fashioned rings is that they are incredibly romantic.

An iconic revival of the old mine and rose-cut diamond has been making new waves, and certainly, there is no sign of slowing down. Especially the Art Deco design motifs are becoming a favourite amongst brides-to-be, with a contemporary approach that offers clean, bold lines, and geometric patterns that are truly one-of-a-kind. No matter what type of cut you prefer, ladies, this vintage stunner will add glamour to your hands.

Here’s a secret: Art Deco designs have halos that add extra carat weight to the diamond ring without actually breaking your wallet — so your rock looks bigger (and more expensive) than it actually is, just in case you want to boast a little in front of your bridesmaids. Not to mention, the illusion of a larger diamond also adds that endless sparkle and bling, turning it into a lavish one.

CHARLOTTE
18ct white and yellow gold bespoke designed engagement ring with a central old european cut diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds and diamonds
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Oval is a new obsession

Ever since we saw Hailey Bieber’s insanely-beautiful sparkler, we’ve been obsessing over oval rings. Thereby it’s not hard to see why brides will opt for single stone rings. Oval-cuts in single stone rings let your stone be the classic show-stopper, and they are just so elegant in their simplicity.

For ladies with shorter fingers, compared to a solitaire round ring, the oval-cut ring is a great way to elongate your fingers because it looks more intense. We love that if you have a double band, it looks timeless and has a more stylish cocktail ring-esque vibe to it. So, ladies, it may be time to pull a Hailey here.

ADESUWA
18ct white and rose gold oval cut diamond engagement ring with diamond set detail on the gallery and shoulders
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Revamp it up

Since 2020 seems to be the year where everyone is taking a more ethical approach towards things, and being a little more cautious towards our environment, many couples are opting to revamp or remodel their existing jewellery into something ‘new’. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it’s great for your wallet, too.

Having the freedom to design your own jewellery for your big day makes it even more personal. Repurpose a particular stone into a new ring, recycle the unloved jewellery from your collection into a new engagement ring, or even turn your great-grandma’s beautiful ring into your own with an added touch here or there. You could have the most unique design in the world that no one would ever have.

This comeback could become one of the biggest jewellery trends and we are pleasantly surprised with this practice of repurposing old used stones. A perfect definition of something old and something new to define your relationship.

AMANDA
18K yellow gold seven stone engagement ring set with round brilliant cut diamonds in a Georgian cut down setting
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Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.