The Biggest Engagement Ring Trends for 2017


Hoping to find something extra sparkly beneath the Christmas tree? The jewelry experts at Blue Nile gave us the scoop on which engagement ring styles are trending and will continue to gain momentum in the coming year. 

1. Iconic Minimalist

A solitaire setting or one with graduated side stones adorning the center diamond is beautiful without being too fussy. These types of rings often play off the 1960s-era Mod fashion, which has always had an alluring appeal.

Monique Lhuillier Adoration Floating Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (1/3 ct. tw.)

2. Modern Romantic

Strong lines and interesting geometric shapes are on the upswing. This type of engagement ring style is ideal for the bride with a bold sense of style.

emerald diamond engagement ring in platinum
Four Stone Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

3. Elevated Vintage

What’s old is new again with rings that play on established vintage trends but add a little something “extra” (think striking details from every angle). It’s a distinctive, lavish, and luxurious look that’s bound to turn heads.

blue nile studio oval vintage fleur de lis halo engagement ring
Blue Nile Studio Oval Vintage Fleur de Lis Halo Engagement Ring (1/6 ct. tw.)

4. Solitaire Plus

For a chic twist on a classic solitaire, consider an East-West stone orientation. Quirky, fun, and slightly mysterious, this type of ring stands out from the pack. 

truly zac posen east west engagement ring
Truly Zac Posen East-West Solitaire Engagement Ring in Platinum

5. Updated Pavé

Do you gravitate towards sparkling pavé-set diamonds? For a fresh new take, check out settings with clean lines from the top view, and a delightfully intimate “surprise” when viewing from the side. It’s refined but flashy at the same time.

colin cowie cathedral solitaire engagement ring
Colin Cowie Cathedral Solitaire Plus in Platinum (1/4 ct. tw.)

6. Twists

Delicate yet unique, intertwined bands are becoming an increasingly popular variation on the norm. They’re perfect for the sophisticated yet fun-loving bride.

twisted halo engagement ring
Twisted Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (1/3 ct tw.)

7. Opulent Hues

Colorful gemstone settings appeal to vivacious free spirits who want to break the bridal mold. We love this “something blue” stunner.

luna sapphire and diamond engagement ring
Luna Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (1/3 ct. tw.)

8. Rose Gold

Fun, flirty, and ultra-feminine rose gold continues to grow in popularity. This soft hue is flattering on almost all skin tones.

blue nile french pave engagement ring
French Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k Rose Gold (1/4 ct. tw.)

9. Whimsical Blooms

The newest ring settings draw inspiration from the floral, flowy, and al fresco aesthetic at the most recent Bridal Fashion Week runway shows, with petal and vine-inspired details. This ring is a garden-gorgeous look you can gladly rock all year round.

monique lhuillier petal garland engagement ring
Monique Lhuillier Petal Garland Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold (1/2 ct. tw.)

10. Square-Shaped Diamonds

Recent celebrity engagements highlight the trend of incorporating square shapes into engagement rings. Art Deco-inspired looks like Pippa Middleton’s Asscher-cut sparkler appeal to brides who love a little glamour. Step-cut side stones and emerald-cut center diamonds also continue to be favored by the famous and those who are inspired by their style.

asscher engagement ring
Trio Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold (1/3 ct. tw.)

—Stefania Sainato

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