We’ve all heard the statistics about just how many people get engaged over the holidays (it’s around 40% between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day according to Wedding Wire). Heck, you might even remember last year being overwhelmed with the ‘we’re engaged’ social media posts right after Christmas or New Years’.
If you had asked me about holiday engagements last year, I might have just rolled my eyes and called it too cliche (sorry). And then… 2020 happened. I got engaged in the midst of pandemic hell, over the summer, and quickly realized that for all the hardships of this season of life, the joy that has come with calling my partner “fiance” every day is priceless. So now, I’m on team just-do-it!
What I learned while Engagement ring shopping
I haven’t said this out loud until now, but.. y’all… it turns out that the process of getting two secret surprise wedding rings right on the first try… just doesn’t always happen. Our ring journey has been a little less storybook than we might have hoped. We have had to deal with some back and forth on design/style/sturdiness on my first ring, and sizing back and forth on both rings… and now, finally, 6 months after our double engagement, we both have rings on our fingers. I don’t tell you this story to scare you, just to share that if you’re on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring (or wedding band), I have a few words to the wise:
- Work with a company you have trust in—do your research, read the reviews, trust your gut.
- Try to really know the ring size you need—be sneaky, enlist a friend or family to help, or whatever you need to do to figure out what size is going to be best.
- Take deep breaths and stay patient—it will all come together and be oh so magical, swear.
To help you out on your wedding ring hunt journey, we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of our favorite options from around the internet today. Even though I have my dream ring on my finger, that my amazing partner chose for me, it is still endless hours of fun to look at all the baubles out there. So engagement ring, simple band, or wedding sets… we’ve got you covered. (Now… how do I tell my girl that I want like six different wedding bands?)
2021 Engagement Rings
Traditional-ish Engagement Rings
We couldn’t resist the sparkle of this vintage-looking diamond cluster ring. I mean, c’mon!
Looking for something simple and stunning? Send a hint to your love with this fab emerald cut ring.
We’ll be dreaming about this dainty diamond from Vrai.
Love the look of diamonds but want a different stone? Opt for a moissanite ring!
This beaut is sure to have you in awe for years to come.
If you want a unique twist on a traditional three stone ring, think about an inverted option like this one!
Give us alllllll the sparkle.
A rose gold twist, here for it!
We never get tired of art deco vibes and this ring is bringing vintage vibes right into the new year.
Sometimes you just want a simple showstopper. This is it!
Hello, pretty baguettes!
For the modernista in your life.
Two is company and three is a crowd? Not in this case!
Bring on the bling!
Gemstone Engagement Rings
Affordable, unique and extra sparkly. Sign us up.
For all the folx that say yes to “more is more” (that’s us).
Add a little sunshine to your hand with this yellow sapphire wedding ring from Gemist.
You know we love a good pink and red moment.
Talk about a dreamboat of an engagement ring!
Love the look of darker gemstones? Think about adding smoky quartz to your list!
Is it blue? Is it green? The jury may be out on this one but we can all agree that this sapphire is wishlist worthy.
Step aside diamonds, you’re not the star of the show here!
Here for using yellow-oranges as an everyday neutral. We’re not the only ones right?
Now here is the Pantone Color of the Year of the year in all it’s glory!
Are you getting retro Palm Springs vibes from this peridot ring? We sure are.
Here’s a pop of pink you for you!
Color us mesmerized. We can get lost in this opal all day.
We’re loving the sharp cut of this pave wedding band from Jennie Kwon.
Like a little texture on your jewelry? Add this gold hammered band to your list. (It comes in white gold and rose gold too!)
Maybe you opted for the classic diamond engagement ring, so add a pop of color to your ring stack with this turquoise band by ILA.
Simple is the name of the game with this wedding band!
Is there anything more glam than a finger full of baguette diamonds? Not likely!
No ring round up would be complete without a classic gold band!
A vintage band to go with your vintage engagement ring.
APW fave, Ash Hilton, has us like 😍😍😍 with their collection of Woodland Rings!
A little enamel goes a long way with this Shield Band from Bario Neal.
Can’t decide whether your want neutral sparkle or a little rainbow bling? Have the best of both worlds with the colorful wedding ring.
The circle of protection feels fitting for a wedding band, no?
Another APW fave, Good Gold, can do no wrong with their simple (and comfortable) wedding bands for all.
Is it magic though? Nope. Just great design by Jennie Kwon!
We’d cross over to the dark side for one of these black onyx eternity bands!
Here’s a nature inspired ring for the earthy babe in your life.
Make this wedding band extra special by customizing it with your love’s own zodiacal constellation!
Engagement Ring Sets
Sparkle on top of sparkle, we have no shame!
Wear them together, wear them individually. Neither is a bad look!
Are you and your boo both into colored gemstones? Add this set to your cart for the emerald bands of your dreams ASAP.
Modern geometric styles aren’t just reserved for wedding decor, keep the theme going by sporting this look in your day-to-day!
Like the modern take on your mom’s wedding set, but make it 2021.
Hiiiiii. We’ll take one of these, thanks!
We wouldn’t be mad looking at this set on our hand everyday!
Raw stones deserve more love and this one is beautiful!
Maybe you and your partner are looking for complimentary rings and not the whole matchy-matchy vibe, we found it!
So, APW… are any of you planning to propose over the holidays? Or in early 2021? Have you chosen a ring? What about wedding bands? I’m frozen and can’t pick one, let me know what you’ve found out there.