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2022’s Top Engagement Ring Trends

Will 2022 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. Learn from real-life James Allen customers about what they love best, and why!

As we watch 2021 disappear into the back mirror, we’re looking ahead to 2022’s already-trending rings. After the upheaval of the past two 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’s looking like it’s going to be the year of the bling. Get ready for large diamonds and lots of them!

Pavé Rings

Pavé is popular, has always been popular, and we’re confident in saying that pavé engagement rings will continue 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. 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.

About those 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. 

Side Stone Engagement Rings

In 2022 it became clear that ring-shoppers weren’t holding back on the bling. If pavé adds substantial sparkle, side-stones add even more. The larger stones, with their larger facts, refract light quite impressively. Side stones give off less of a glittery effect and more of a “segmental” effect; broader gleams of light that catch the eye one by one. 

Matching Ring Sets

2022 is all about matching sets. 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.

Drifting Marquise Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Drifting Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

Blossom Tree Diamond Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Blossom Tree Diamond Engagement Ring

Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Woven Solitaire Engagement Ring

Scattered Blooms Engagement Ring

14K White Gold Scattered Blooms Undulated 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 created diamonds were popular before 2020, the COVID pandemic and supply chain disruptions made them an even more attractive choice for ring shoppers.

Their attractive 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 created 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 created 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 regarding quality, durability, and sparkle. That’s why we consider lab-created diamonds to be the ultimate life hack.

The Last Word

If you’re shopping for rings in 2022, look to your peers for inspiration. And they’re definitely not skimping on the sparkle! Keep an eye out for pavé, side-stones, matching sets, and lab-created diamonds. But most importantly, choose what suits you. Still unsure? At JamesAllen.com we’re at your service 24/7.

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Stackable Rings: The Essential Guide

We’ve compiled a dazzling assortment of stackable rings. P.S. You’ll want to start stacking these beauties ASAP.

Stackable Rings: Top Ring Stacking Tips

What is a Stackable Ring?

A stackable ring is more than wearing a variety of sparkle, it’s a symbol of your individuality. Whether you stack multiple rings on many fingers or pile sparkle on one finger, both make a shining statement. Stackable rings are also a foolproof gift to spoil a loved one to mark a special occasion. Read our top ring stacking tips, then stack the perfect combo! 

Love At First Stack

When it comes to stackable rings, the creative floodgates are open! Start with a statement ring on your ring finger and build around it. Alternatively, choose small rings with subtle bits of sparkle and work your way up. There’s no right or wrong answer – you are the leader of your stack! We think white, rose and yellow gold rings make the dream stack.

White Gold North South Diamond Ring

14K White Gold North South Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

14K Rose Gold Shared Prong Alternating Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Fishtail Diamond Ring

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Mix & Match

Learning how to build a mixed metal ring stack requires a combination of practice and personal preference. If you’re feeling adventurous, use two contrasting metals to mix and match your statement ring. Pick a primary color, then add 2-3 secondary pieces to the top and bottom of the center ring for a stunning alternating combo.

Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Petite Station Diamond Ring - Stackable Rings

White Gold Twisted Pavé Wedding Ring

Yellow Gold Baguette & Round Alternating Ring

14K Yellow Gold Baguette And Round Alternating Diamond Ring

Simple Stacking

In the pursuit of the perfect stack, sometimes things can go from #onpoint to slightly over the top. To avoid this, slim it down using a thin ring and use stackable rings of the same width. This sleek look is dazzling AND gives you more finger freedom – double win, triple shine 😉

White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

14K White Gold Sleek Accent Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

14K Yellow Gold Single Row Diamond Ring

Rose Gold Thin French Cut Pavé Eternity Ring

14K Rose Gold Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Eternity Wedding Ring

Weighing Your Options

Create a stackable look that demands attention. To avoid your stackable rings feeling too matchy matchy, experiment with different weights and shapes. This adds personality and variation to your stack. A bold piece, like this eternity ring, stacked with a simple pave՛ makes the perfect pair.

White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

14K White Gold Half Bezel Set Diamond Eternity Ring

White Gold U Pavé Rounded Wedding Ring

14K White Gold U Pave Rounded Wedding Ring

Ready to stack? Check out the articles below to get more inspiration!

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Sapphire Rings: Something New, Something Blue

We’ve got the scoop on why you absolutely need to add a blue sapphire ring to your jewelry box. Read on to find out!

Sapphire Rings: Something New, Something Blue

You may be wondering: With so many ring styles and stunning gemstone options to choose from, what sets blue sapphires apart? Featuring a mesmerizing blue gemstone, sapphire jewelry makes the perfect gift for that special occasion. And trust us, you’re going to want a blue sapphire ring. Brace yourself for a whole lot of BLUE. 

1. They’re Unique

There’s no denying that diamonds are the de facto choice when choosing your sparkler. But we think a blue sapphire comes a close second, and we’re not alone! Blue sapphire is one of the rarest gemstones to grace an engagement ring. Choose blue sapphire and set yourself apart from the crowd with these statement pieces.

White Gold Vintage Bowtie Sapphire & Diamond Ring

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Yellow Gold Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

14K Yellow Gold Round Brilliant Diamond And Marquise Sapphire Wedding Ring

2. A History Of Glam

Blue sapphire rings are popular amongst celebrities and have been associated with the royal family for centuries. Notably, the September birthstone brings to mind the world’s most famous (and gorgeous) blue sapphire ring once belonging to Princess Diana and currently worn by Kate Middleton. It broke trends back then and is still making its mark today.

White Gold Oval Halo Sapphire and Diamond Ring

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White Gold Milgrain Bezel Sapphire Ring

14K White Gold Milgrain Bezel Sapphire Ring

3. They’re Tough

Blue sapphire is an inherently strong and durable gemstone, with a score of 9 on the Mohs scale – second to only diamonds. This means that you can flaunt your blue sapphire ring without worrying about chipping, scratching or cracking from everyday wear. Choose a traditional shape and get creative with a sparkling white gold ring.

White Gold Sapphire Pavé Sugarloaf Ring

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White Gold Sapphire Pavé East-West Oval Ring

18K White Gold Sapphire Pave East-West Oval Ring

4. They’re More Affordable

The tradition, uniqueness and lasting beauty associated with sapphires also come with dazzling affordability. Sapphires typically cost less per carat than diamonds, giving you more design flexibility and bang for your buck. Whatever style you choose, one thing is certain – you’ll shine down the aisle in a ring with a splash of blue 😉 

Three Stone Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring

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Vintage Diamond & Marquise Sapphire Engagement Ring

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

5. They’re Perfect For Everyday

When you choose a blue sapphire ring, it will be a perfect accessory for almost any outfit, whether you’re casual in blue jeans or glamming it up in a cocktail dress. No matter the occasion, you’ll always have an excuse to put yourself in our blues.

Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire & Aquamarine Ring

14K Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire And Aquamarine Asymmetrical Ring

Rose Gold Diamond & Sapphire Baguette Milgrain Ring

14K Yellow Gold Blue Sapphire And Aquamarine Asymmetrical Ring

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