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The 8 Engagement Ring Trends you need to know in 2021

With spring just around the corner and the end of lockdown in sight, it’s the perfect time to start planning a proposal. We’ve lined up the 8 trends you need to know, so you can choose the perfect ring.

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Because one thing we’ve learnt over the past year is that love is never on hold.

So, whether you’re planning to surprise them with a ring or choosing it together, our experts have covered the latest trends so you can be fully prepared when choosing yours!

Dive in to discover our 8 engagement ring trends for 2021….

1. Unique Engagement Rings

People are increasingly looking for that truly unique ring - with a personal touch. Whether that’s opting for a more unusual style (think The East West or Floral), or breaking away from tradition and opting for a coloured gemstone as your center stone such as a stand-out Emerald or Blue Sapphire!

If unique is what you’re after, look no further than Fenton. As the coloured gemstone experts, who allow you to customise your ring online - we are ready to make you ring dreams come true.

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2. Classic styles with a twist

Classic styles such as The Solitaire or The Trilogy will never go out of style. Many couples are looking for something timeless, which they know they will love for decades to come.

But why not give them a modern twist by choosing a sparkling Aquamarine, perfect if you’re looking for something subtle. Or choose an Emerald, a gemstone which has been prized for centuries!

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3. Yellow Sapphire Engagement Rings

There has been a booming interest in Yellow Sapphire over the past few months, and it’s easy to see why. The sparkling yellow gemstones are the perfect choice for an engagement ring, a golden drop of sunshine, which will bring joy to your every day.

“Yellow sapphire trends seem to follow a seasonal pattern. There's often a spike in January when the weather is grey, as people are reminded of the sun. They're also more punchy than a yellow diamond, and more natural-looking. ” Lily, Gemologist at Fenton

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4. A Bespoke Engagement Ring

Create something truly one-of-a-kind. If you’re dreaming of something totally bespoke, maybe a parti-sapphire or a watermelon tourmaline, or some detailed metal work… the world is your oyster.

At Fenton we love working with clients to take their ideas, and bring this to life in the form of a sparkling, one-of-a-kind bespoke ring! If you want to find out more about the bespoke process our concierges are always on hand to help.

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5. Inspire by Heirlooms

Draw upon the history of jewellery and choose something inspired by traditional pieces. A great choice would be The Vintage - featuring your chosen gemstone, surrounded by a halo of diamonds - this is the perfect choice to make a regal statement.

Or maybe you’re lusting after the Emerald Cut gemstones. Dating back to the 1500s but made popular during the 1920s this is a beautiful choice if you’re looking for a ring with an Art Deco feel!

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6. Ethically & Sustainably Sourced

Sustainability is front of mind for many of us when shopping - and the same should be said when shopping for an engagement ring. Unfortunately, unethical and unsustainable practices still remain in the wider jewellery industry.

As such, it’s important to consider the origins of your gemstones: Especially where they’re mined and under what conditions.

At Fenton this is something which we pride ourselves on. Every mine we source from must adhere to our strict sourcing policies, ensuring equal and fair employment opportunities for women, safe working practices and above all, no child labour.

Not only this but they must be considerate of their environmental impact, such as water and energy use to deforestation. For example the mines we work with in Sri Lanka planted over X trees in 2019.

All of our rings are made-to-order and uniquely handcrafted in a zero waste production process - exclusively using recycled 18kt gold and platinum.

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7. Shopping online

Over the past 20 years the internet has revolutionised the way we shop - and engagement rings are no different. In 2021, buying your engagement ring online is the way to go and the smart way forward. With the option to customise your ring online (we offer over 5000 possible combinations), virtual consultations with expert gemologists, easy payment options, free insured shipping, 45 days free returns and complementary resizing… Buying your ring online, just makes sense!

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8. East-West Set Engagement Rings

The East-West setting is the perfect choice for the modern bride. This setting is a fresh approach to the classic north-south, delivering stand-out impact. Combine it with a sparkling gemstone, and what’s not to love?! “The East West setting has seen growing popularity for engagements recently, as it's a great balance of tradition with a twist. It's especially popular for long, slender fingers, or anyone looking for a little edge ” Lily, Gemologist at Fenton

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Ready to start creating your engagement ring? Start here Or you can go ahead and book your appointment with one of our concierge now!