Meet the Hottest Gold Ring Designs of 2021

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Some of the biggest jewelry trends this year are about pushing the style envelope and trying new things, but there’s also a return to our fashion comfort zones. For every 3D printed choker there’s a classic piece that’s being reimagined by the most talented designers in the industry. One such piece? The not-so-humble gold ring.

Men and women, young and old, boho and ultra-contemporary, people from all walks of life are rediscovering a new wave of gold rings that make a major statement.

Hammered Gold Rings

When you want a traditional ring with a subtle edge, look for hammered gold rings. These pieces feature a textured surface that looks like it took a trip to the blacksmith’s anvil before getting a final polish. The dips and valleys do a brilliant job of catching the light and give an otherwise sleek piece an undercurrent of excitement. Choose wider versions to slide on your index or middle finger or see how several skinny hammered bands will look side by side on your ring finger or even your thumb.

Gold Dome Rings

Domed rings have a tell-tale bubbled top that gives each piece irresistible curves. These rings feel sleek and feminine, exuding shine and boasting seamless construction that ensures you can’t tell where the ring starts or ends. Dome rings come in both thin and thick styles; thinner designs are prized for giving off the illusion of delicacy, while chunkier domed rings act like a signet ring, catching so much attention that all you need to pair with them are some diamond stud earrings or a simple chain necklace.

Some unique domed designer rings embody the idea that more is more, working multiple domes or ridges into a single piece. This rippled effect is memorable yet versatile — wear these rings with a simple t-shirt and jeans and even the most casual ensemble will feel special.

Square Rings

Square rings are unapologetically modern. The geometric shape of the band itself is all about the angles — but don’t make the mistake of thinking those edges come at the expense of comfort. You can wear a square ring the same way you’d wear most other rings, as the corners are subtly rounded to ensure each piece feels as good as it looks. You may want to avoid choosing a square style to wear as a midi ring though; rounded bands have a closer fit and are less likely to slip.

Men’s Gold Rings

The idea that there’s only one ring for a man (his wedding ring) is beyond antiquated. A wide hammered ring or chunky gold dome ring works for a rock star wearing denim and leather just as easily as they’ll work for a guy in a suit. Chain rings add even more embellishment for those who are eager to stand out or choose a flat gold ring that brings tradition into the 21st century.

Whether you’re shopping for a gold ring for yourself, a chain ring for a friend, or a gold dome ring that’s destined to become your go-to accessory, there’s a piece of designer jewelry just waiting to help you shine. For more ideas, check out our collection of women’s rings.