5 2000s Engagement Ring Trends That Should Be More Popular

As seen on Kate Middleton, Hilary Duff, and more.

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After a long period of minimalism in the ‘90s, engagement ring trends became more about the bling throughout the early-aughts. Stones were mounted on double shanks, pavé bands were everywhere, and Princess cuts upped the sparkle ante. Ahead, find the top 2000s engagement ring trends.

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Pavé Bands

The 2000s gave rise to a little extra bling, by way of pavé bands. They added that little bit of sparkle, while still making sure all eyes were on the center stone.
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Double Bands

When Gwyneth Paltrow got engaged to Chris Martin in 2003, she wore an Asscher-cut diamond set on a double pavé band. It took the pavé trend of the 2000s and amped it up, showing off that double band setting that became so popular throughout the decade.
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In the early aughts, for those who sought the minimalism of the prior decade, there was a setting popularized by the likes of Kate Beckinsale that, quite literally, turned classic trends on their head. With a simple orientation change, the east-west setting was revived.
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Princess Cuts

Princess cut diamonds are a modern and clean shape that also sparkles like few others, due to their brilliant cut and inspiration from the inverted pyramid design of a diamond rough. As such, it was a popular choice in the 2000s, and continues to be today.
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Halo Settings

To add a bit more sparkle, many opted for a halo setting in the 2000s, no matter what their stone cut or color. Whether larger surrounding diamonds, like that iconic ring belonging to Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, or more of a pavé setting, the extra bling went a long way.