Quick Review of Engagement Ring Styles
Is engagement ring shopping overwhelming you? You are not alone. For many shoppers, this is their first experience with fine jewelry, and there is a lot to learn. In this simple article we will explain the top 5 engagement ring styles that couples are shopping for today. Plus, beneath each example photo we included a technical descriptions to help begin to learn the lingo!
Engagement Ring Styles #1: Solitaire Engagement Rings
This is the MOST iconic style of engagement ring. This design allows you to focus the majority of your budget on the stone; allowing you to invest more in color, cut, clarity, carat, or maybe a fancy cut. However, since you will be investing in a more expensive stone, you want to be sure you have the strongest and highest quality setting to protect it. We only use Jabel solitaires because of their heirloom quality which is achieved through their unique die striking technique. You can learn more about the inherent strength of die striking here. Here are some Jabel die struck solitaires:
Classic Gooseneck Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting with Four Prong Head and gently domed shank
Classic Solitaire with Knife Edge Shank and a Gooseneck Shoulders, Set with a 6 Prong Head.
Classic Solitaire with 4 Prong Trellis Setting and a Tapered Shank
Engagement Ring Styles #2: Vintage Engagement Rings
Vintage engagement rings are some of the most ornate and extravagant looking designs. These rings usher in a feeling of indulgence and romance and can fit a wide range of diamond sizes and shapes. There is a wealth of designs to choose from, including hand engraved designs, ornate floral motifs, and diamond encrusted rings. Here are some of our favorite designs:
Cathedral Diamond Mounting with Bead Set Diamond Shoulders, 3/4 Engraved with a Wheat Pattern and Millgrain Design, Set with a 6 Prong Head.
Low Set Diamond Mounting with Bead Set Diamond Shoulders, 3/4 Engraved with Wheat and Millgrain Design, an Open Gallery with Engraved, Surprise Diamond Head and 4 Vintage Style Double Prong Head.
Vintage Style Floral Engagement Ring with Three Stone Teardrop Diamond Cluster Shoulders, Hand Engraved Dogwood Blossoms, and a Four Prong Head.
Vintage Style Floral Solitaire with Three Dimensional Floral Relief Details and and a Vintage Style Illusion Setting with Millgrain Detail.
Tapered Vintage Style Solitaire with Millgrain and Wheat Design, Set with a 4 Prong Head.
If you are looking for a decadent ring, this popular design from the early 2000's remains a favorite among engagement ring shoppers today. Lately, it has seen a surge in popularity because it was the design Prince Harry chose for his engagement. What's great about a three stone ring is that most all of the designs allow you to mix and match stone shapes and sizes, one for the center and another for the side stones...or all the same if you prefer. There are lots of ways you can customize this ring. For example, you can use colored stones in the design for a very unique look. Here are some beautiful three stone engagement rings:
Engagement Ring Styles #4: Halo Engagement Rings
This design has been one of the most dominant designs over past decade. The biggest advantage to buying a halo ring is you can buy a smaller and more price friendly center stone because the halo of tiny diamonds around it gives the ring an illusion of a much larger stone. Here are a variety of luxurious looking halo engagement rings:
Round Halo Diamond Setting with Illusion of a Cushion Center Stone Surrounded by Bead Set Diamonds and a Four Prong Setting, and a Shank with Bead Set Diamonds.
Round Four Prong Halo Engagement Ring with a Common Prong Diamond Halo and Diamond Shank, Flanked By Four Prong Diamond Shoulders, and a Square Halo Setting to give the Illusion of a Cushion Cut Diamond.
Engagement Ring Styles #5: Nontraditional Engagement Rings
This is fashion forward category of engagement rings is on the rise. While it is still not as popular as the traditional diamond engagement rings mentioned above, it is an excellent choice for both nontraditional brides or couples shopping on a tight budget. Here are some beautiful ring designs to choose from:
High Polish Round Full Bezel Solitaire Set with an Aquamarine on a Tapered Shank
Bezel Emerald Cut Ring set with an Emerald, Embellished with a Vintage Motif Containing Round Accent Diamonds.
Four Prong Oval Princess Di Style Ruby and Diamond Halo Ring with a Fancy Gallery and Ornamented Shank Sides, Common Prong Diamond Shank and Halo, Flanked By Beaded Edges.