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The Top Engagement Ring Trends Of 2022

Keeping up with trends can be difficult. If you’re planning for 2022 to be the year of your proposal, start off on the right foot by taking a look at what’s trending in the world of engagement rings

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As we make our way through 2022, we see what engagement rings are already trending. Whether you are shopping together or planning a surprise proposal, you want a ring you’ll both love forever.

After the upheaval of the past few years, it’s becoming clear that ring-shoppers are finally feeling more stable and certain regarding the future – and they’re no longer holding back on the sparkle. 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the bling. Get ready for large diamonds and lots of them!

Pavé Engagement Rings

Pavé is popular, has always been popular, and will likely always be popular. It is no wonder why pavé engagement rings are dominating in 2022. They’re beloved due to their impact: size ratio.

Pavé diamonds are tiny – so they’re affordable, and pavé rings normally contain dozens of them – so you get ALL the facets. Pavé-set diamonds give rings a uniquely glittery quality, thanks to the hundreds of delicate facets that refract light in different directions with even the slightest shift of the finger. 

Why aren’t pavé rings more expensive if they’re set with so many stones? Well, it’s because diamonds increase in value as their carat weight goes up, but the price increase is somewhat exponential.

In other words, a ring with a handful of tiny diamonds with a total weight of 1 carat will almost always cost less than a single, 1 carat diamond engagement ring. You get more diamonds, and you pay less.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Engagement Ring (Flush Fit)
14K White Gold Pavé Rope Engagement Ring

Vintage Engagement Rings

We have all seen how thrifting and second-hand shops are all the rage in fashion, and engagement rings are no exception. Vintage engagement rings give that one-of-a-kind, antique feel. You get the style of today, inspired by the best styles from the past.

Cathedral settings are part of this popular trend thanks to their style, which mimics the arches of old church cathedrals. Whether you are choosing a classic diamond or a colorful gemstone, this eye-catching design will highlight your choice beautifully. 


Cushion cut engagement rings are also part of this trend. With their timeless style and vintage appeal, cushion cut diamond engagement rings are a classic choice that will always be on the cutting edge of fashion.

14K White Gold Beaded Filigree Cathedral Kite-Set Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring

Contoured Ring Sets

Everyone loves a matching set, right? Well, that’s why this style is at the top of 2022’s trends. These sets, which include a curved wedding ring to match your gorgeous engagement ring, were made to go together…just like you and your beloved!

There’s something particularly satisfying about a wedding ring that’s literally made for your engagement ring. Your center diamond is lovely on its own, wait until you see how it looks with your custom-made wedding band!

Advantages of matching wedding sets:

  1. No need to search for a wedding band
  2. It’s guaranteed that your wedding set will sit perfectly flush to your engagement ring
  3. More of a good thing: if you love your engagement ring, you’ll get more of what you love in your wedding ring
  4. All-in-one purchase: you can purchase both your rings at once, which can save you money.

Check out this inspo and get your own matching set!

Rose Gold Engagement Rings 

Rose gold just oozes romance. Its vintage appeal with modern flair makes it doubly trendy and its warm color makes it irresistible. Rose gold engagement rings are a great choice in addition to the more traditional yellow or white gold options and are ideal for the lover who wants a ring that is timeless, elegant, and effortlessly stylish.

This gorgeous metal looks great with both classic colorless diamonds and gemstones that share the metals warm hue. A favorite of many celebs, rose gold engagement rings are no longer just the choice of those seeking an “alternative,” rose gold is now a mainstream trend that looks like it is here to stay.

14K Rose Gold "Danhov" Spring Blossom Six Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring By Danhov
14K Rose Gold Pavé Halo And Shank Diamond Engagement Ring (Pear Center)

Hidden Diamond Details

They say the devil is in the details, but in this case, the dazzle is in the details. Hidden diamond details are all the rage for 2022 and why not? Who doesn’t want to sparkle more?

Hidden diamond details are simply, small diamonds hidden in details on your engagement ring. More sparkle where you’d least expect it. Nothing wrong with that!

At James Allen, we believe sparkle is life, the more the better! That’s why our Ring Studio has this feature.

Ring studio

But wait, what’s the Ring Studio? Our Ring Studio allows you to design your engagement ring with the metal, stone, and setting of your choice. Numerous personalization options will have you feeling like a jeweler yourself!

One of these many options is the “Surprise Diamond.” This diamond is neatly placed at the base of the prong setting on your engagement ring. Adding just a bit more bling for the love that makes you shine.

Gemstone Engagement Rings

A pop of color doesn’t just complete a room, it can also complete your dream engagement ring. While diamond engagement rings often get all the glory, gemstone engagement rings have been popular since time immemorial and have fast become a top trend of 2022.

Gemstone engagement rings don’t just add color, allow you to express your personal style, or look gloriously glamorous; gemstone engagement rings add that something special you just can’t put your finger on (pun intended!).

Check out this inspo and create your own colorful masterpiece!

14K White Gold Cushion Outline Pavé Engagement Ring
14K Yellow Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Fancy Black Diamond Engagement Rings

A black diamond to match your black heart? Try a fancy black diamond to match your incredible style and stay with 2022’s top trends. Nothing goes against the grain of traditional colorless diamonds while staying chic AF, as a fancy black diamond engagement ring.

Rock that Main Character Energy when you sport one of these black beauties; whose popularity has only grown since being spotlighted by the one and only Carrie Bradshaw in the hotly anticipated Sex and the City reboot

14K White Gold 2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Falling Edge Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Oval Diamonds

Oval diamond rings have always been popular and continue to find their spotlight in 2022. The way the oval elongates and flatters just about any finger makes this stone a modern classic. The soft edges allow the diamond to look stunning on its own or shine extra bright when highlighted by a pavé or halo setting.

Seen on the hands of royals for centuries and consistently worn by a bevy of celebrities, oval diamond engagement rings are a trend that will forever be in style.

14K White Gold Petite Pavé Crown Diamond Engagement Ring

Lab Created Diamond Engagement Rings

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: lab created diamonds are the stones of the future. Though lab diamonds were popular before 2022, the COVID pandemic and supply chain disruptions made them an even more attractive choice for ring shoppers.

Their alluring pricing and superb quality earned them first place on diamond enthusiasts’ wishlists, particularly those who are budget-conscious; for the same price as an earth-created diamond, consumers can get a lab grown diamond that’s 30% larger!

We don’t see this trend waning; on the contrary, sales of lab created diamonds have continued to increase year after year. Despite their different origins, earth created and lab grown diamonds are 100% chemically and structurally identical.

The difference in price comes from the fact that it’s much easier, and quicker, to grow a diamond in a lab than it is to locate and wrest it from deep within the earth. Creation process aside, once they arrive at your door they are completely identical in terms of quality, durability, and sparkle. That’s why we consider lab created diamonds to be the ultimate life hack.

Final Thoughts

If you’re shopping for rings in 2022, keep an eye out for pavé, vintage-inspired, lab created diamonds, and more! Creativity is king in 2022, and you are the designer. 

Go for a classic oval diamond or a bold fancy black diamond, be perfectly seamless with a contoured set and grab a rock bigger than you imagined with a lab created option, either way, these 2022 trends will be in style long after we ring in the new year.

But most importantly, choose what you and your partner will love. Still unsure? Check out our Virtual Engagement Ring Try On so you can try it before you buy from the comfort of literally anywhere! Learn more about our virtual try on here.

Got more questions? Just Ask! At JamesAllen.com we’re at your service 24/7.

Sarah Chin

Sarah is a stickler for grammar and prefers to use the Oxford comma. She enjoys her career as a writer since being a professional snowboarder/powerlifter/pastry chef didn’t pan out.

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Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Wink & A Smile

Whether you’re a secret agent or a straight shooter, check out our pro tips for finding her engagement ring style.

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Everyone has a personal style. Some are more understated than others and, therefore, harder to discern. Your job as Buyer of Rings, Proposer of Marriage, is to hone in on that style by whatever means necessary. Put on your detective hat and do some snooping around or straight up ask your partner what she’d like. Either way, finding her engagement ring style needn’t be a chore with our handy guide. Just pop on some good music and get sleuthing.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: Cut to the Chase

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Let’s start by clearing something up: the ring doesn’t have to be a complete surprise.

There, we’ve said it.

These days, it’s perfectly acceptable – preferable even – to bring your partner into the design process. No one knows the wearer’s style better than the wearer herself, so why not involve her in the decision making? Goodness knows you’ll need all the help you can get when confronted with terms like pavé, halo, and tension! (That last one’s a setting style btw, not a headache.) By promoting your partner to Chief Ring Adviser, you’ll come across as the sensitive and considerate human being you are while eliminating much of the guesswork. It’s a win-win.

Now, the direct approach won’t work for everyone, mind you. Some customers – proposer and proposee alike – have their hearts set on a solo ring selection, culminating in the Big Reveal. To those irrepressible romantics, we say… read on!

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Spy on the Wall

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Like all good detectives, you’ve been waiting for the right case to come along; a case worthy of your powers of deduction. Finding her engagement ring style is right up there with #WhoBitBeyoncé and that whole Yanny vs Laurel thing – except the odds of you solving this one are far higher!

Seriously though, your partner’s online and offline activity might give away key clues about her ring preferences. If she has a Pinterest account, it’s worth checking to see if she’s created any boards with sparkle-related titles or pinned any specific rings. Assuming you have access to her Facebook account, check her profile and activity log for any ring posts she’s liked or shared.

What’s the Buzz?

Even if she’s been careful not to leave a digital trail, she may have confided in her best friend or sibling. Once you’ve got a sparkly bee in your bonnet, it’s almost impossible to keep it to yourself! Listen for subtle hints that might come up when she’s chatting with her inner circle, especially if the topic of celebrity engagement rings comes up.

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: How She Rolls

finding her engagement ring style how she rolls

When finding her engagement ring style, it often helps to draw on your own personal experience. Presumably, you’ve spent a fair bit of time with your SO and have gleaned an insight or two about her day-to-day.

What kind of lifestyle does she lead? If she has a job or hobby that requires her to wear gloves, she’d be better off with a setting that doesn’t have exposed diamonds on the band. Solitaire and channel-set rings are both practical options as they minimize the risk of the diamonds getting caught or falling out. A less hands-on lifestyle would allow for more exposed diamonds on the band – pavé being the obvious example.

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14K White Gold Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
Vintage Inspired Floral Bouquet Engagement Ring
14K White Gold Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring
Spiral Tension Set Engagement Ring

If your girl is more Devil Wears Prada than Devil Wears Nada, you might consider a more daring setting. Pay close attention to her wardrobe. If she dresses to impress and won’t touch anything unless it’s by a top designer, go for something with character, such as a vintage engagement ring or hyper-modern tension ring.

Read more about designing the perfect engagement ring

Glow-Key Glam

14K White Gold Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring
Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

If, on the other hand, her idea of glamour is a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, we’d recommend opting for something simple like a baguette side-stone engagement ring. Understated yet elegant.

Read more about choosing an engagement ring she’ll love

Finding Her Engagement Ring Style: A Sure Thing

14K White Gold Presentation Solitaire (Six Prong)
Six Prong Presentation Solitaire Engagement Ring

If none of the above tips speak to you, no one would fault you for playing it safe and going with a classic style such as a solitaire. This is essentially a single center diamond mounted on a plain setting. Solitaires are considered classics for a reason: they work with practically any individual style and never go out of fashion.

Once you’ve figured out your setting style, it’s time to consider the diamond shape. If you have even the slightest doubt about what shape to get, you can’t go wrong with a round cut. Round-cut diamonds are by far the most popular shape for engagement rings, owing to their perfect geometry and abundant sparkle. These timeless classics are tried and true, but if it’s a little more edge you’re after, a princess or cushion-cut diamond should suffice.

Walk a Mile in Her Style

How did you manage to pinpoint your partner’s style preference? Did you go undercover or were you upfront about it? Let us know in the comments below or over on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter.

For more invaluable ring-buying tips and tricks, check out the previous posts in our men’s FAQ series.

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Jonny is passionate about puns, adores alliteration, and finds diamonds positively facet-nating! Since joining James Allen, he has written the word 'sparkle’ 9,732 times and counting.

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Style Series: Side-Stone & Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Do you have best friends who make you shine even brighter? Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings can relate.

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear Shaped Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

These rings feature at least two smaller diamonds or gemstones flanking the center stone.

Side stones can be any cut or gem – some match the center stone while others are contrasting shapes. Side gemstones, like those in blue sapphire engagement rings, accentuate the center diamond with a vivid splash of color. Side-stone and three-stone engagement rings look even more radiant thanks to their complementing gems.

Thankful for your sparkling support system? Celebrate your engagement with one of our side-stone and three-stone engagement rings.

Design Your Own Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Which side stones will you choose?

Diamond Side-Stone Engagement Rings

Scroll Undergallery Cushion Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

This trending ring is a spot-on replica of Meghan Markle’s royal engagement ring. The metal swirl detailing underneath the center diamond adds a bonus fairytale factor.

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Pear and Pavé Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

The super-popular pear shape makes for a sweet, surprising side stone. A pavé-accented band brings even more shine to highlight the center diamond.

14K White Gold Three Stone Pear And Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Tapered Baguette Round Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Part of the band itself looks like it’s made of diamond thanks to the baguette cut side stones. This clean geometric design contrasts nicely with warm, rose gold metal.

14K Rose Gold Tapered Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Channel Set Emerald Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Emerald cut diamonds have icy, glacier-like lines. Choose a center stone to be framed by these symbols of stability and natural beauty.

14K White Gold Three Stone Emerald And Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Twisted Vine Round Cut Side-Stone Engagement Ring

These marquise-shaped, pavé-set side stones are the leaves of the center stone’s flower. Every rose has its thorn — luckily, this ring has none.

14K White Gold Twisted Vine Engagement Ring

Hand-Engraved Princess Cut Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Feel like a storybook hero every day with these princess cut center and side stones, milgrain detailing, and floral engraving.

hand engraved three stone engagement ring

Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Rings

Vintage Milgrain Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Patterned with marquise-cut sapphires, this ring has a delicate and artistic color pop. The flower wire basket and milgrain framing add an extra creative touch.

14K White Gold Vintage Round Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

Round Cut Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

This crisp design lets its center diamond and sapphire side stones take their own spotlight even as they complement each other.

14K White Gold Three Stone Round Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

Pavé Floral Blue Sapphire Side-Stone Engagement Ring

Blue sapphire gemstones bookmark a breathtaking amount of sparkle. Plus, this band’s milgrain detailing gives this center flower an equally beautiful stem.

14K White Gold Floral Engagement Ring

Gemstone Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Round Cut Trillion Ruby Three-Stone Engagement Ring

We love the way this ring evokes the power, Lasso of Truth, and natural beauty of Wonder Woman. The open wire basket is a modern flair for a classic design.

18K Yellow Gold Three Stone Trillion Shaped Ruby Engagement Ring

Princess Cut Emerald Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Haven’t you heard? Green means glow. The tones of these emerald side stones give you a constant connection to nature, representing rebirth and love.

14K White Gold Three Stone Step-Cut Emerald Engagement Ring

Ready to design your own engagement ring? Get started.

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Can’t wait for more expert ring info? The next installment of our Engagement Ring Style Series is coming up next week!

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Tova is a lover of fantastic stories, and although she is skeptical of romantic comedies, she can quote most of the classics by heart.

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