Thinking of popping the question this Christmas? We’ve rounded up the engagement ring trends for winter 2021.
London-based jeweller Emma Clarkson Webb specialises in the design and creation of bespoke engagement rings, as well as the remodelling of antique jewellery into new designs.
Emma is a certified GIA gemologist who sources diamonds and semi-precious stones for her unique hand-crafted designs. She has made it her mission to make the bespoke journey as educational, transparent and special as possible. With her extensive knowledge, Emma tells us the engagement ring trends for winter 2021.
Coloured Engagement Rings
When it comes to engagement ring trends – demand is constantly increasing for coloured stones. My clients love colour and I increasingly get a lot of requests for engagement rings with green and blue stones, be it emeralds, sapphires, tsavorites or tourmalines.
Black and salt-and-pepper diamonds are also having a serious moment: they are a really attractive choice as they are more affordable than a white diamond, meaning that you can get a larger stone for your budget which is very appealing.
I recently designed the most stunning engagement ring with a single statement Black Diamond set in matte Yellow Gold – it’s really exciting to see my clients moving away from traditional styles and stones and opting for something more unusual and unique.
Art Deco Engagement Rings
The Art Deco trend continues to grow in popularity: so many of my clients are opting for contemporary rings incorporating Art Deco design motifs such as clean bold lines, geometric patterns and unusual cuts of diamonds such as kites and baguettes.
My clients are becoming much more adventurous when it comes to combining different cuts of diamonds – baguettes with rounds, for example. I love that there are no rules when it comes to designing an engagement ring: in winter 2021 anything goes.
I am also seeing a real demand from clients who want to reimagine an existing ring, repurpose a particular stone into a new ring or upcycle a number of pieces of jewellery into a new engagement ring. There seems to be an increasing awareness amongst my clients of the environmental and ethical impact of having an engagement ring made ‘new’ and I want to encourage my clients to upcycle their unworn, unloved jewellery into something that can be worn every day and loved forever through remodelling. I predict that this will become one of fine jewellery’s biggest trends and I think that we will see more and more couples opting to use existing stones rather than new ones over the next few years.
Mixed metals are having a real moment: my clients are combining yellow and white gold and rose and white gold which gives a really lovely, impactful look. Traditionally it was an absolute no to mix metals so I love that it’s back in fashion: it makes for such a versatile look and means that you aren’t limited in terms of your other jewellery.