A Complete Guide to Engagement Ring Designs
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Made with a single centre stone, solitaire engagement rings are a top choice for those seeking to highlight the centre stone of the ring. Can be designed with round, cushion, princess and other desired precious stone shapes.Browse Designs
Halo Engagement Rings
Communicating something out of the ordinary, Halo engagement rings come with a centre stone that is surrounded by smaller precious stones that give it a glittering ring around it. A shinning choice to showcase your engagement ring.Browse Designs
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Also called trilogy enagement rings. The distinguishing feature is three main stones on the crown. The center stone is usually little bigger than the side stones.Browse Designs
Cluster Engagement Rings
Numerous smaller precious stones are clustered together to provide a unique shape. A great option for those who would like to have larger looking stone, but one that is built with smaller precious stones. That comes with great glittering effect.Browse Designs
Vintage Engagement Rings
Designs looks like rings from an older era. Usually very detailed designs with bazel set center stones.Browse Designs
The Center Stone Shape
The most popular gemstone cut for engagement rings and also the most expensive. Since the centre stone has been cut to reflect the greatest amount of light, which tends to require a larger diamond to cut.Browse Designs
Cushion cut also known as old mine cuts is a classic shape that is often associated with vintage engagement ring style.Browse Designs
Whilst less popular than the round cut version, oval cut is an increasingly popular shape for engagement rings.Browse Designs
Princess cut stones come with octahedral shape are made to greatly reflect light, and owing to their shape, may seem larger than usual.Browse Designs
The classic and traditional choice for an engagement ring. Diamonds are most durable gemstone available and they cannot be scratched by any other stone except by another diamond.Browse Designs
The most sought-after coloured gemstone for engagement rings. The blue sapphires come in a variety of colour shades. The price and demand for the stone, just like diamonds, will vary depending on the colour and other quality factors. A great choice for those who prefer some colour and glitter to their engagement ring.Browse Designs
Once considered an immensely rare precious stone variety owing to their rarity, until the discovery of these precious stones in Madagascar. However pink sapphires, still demand a premium price. As they are still only sourced from a few countries, Sri Lanka notably.Browse Designs
Renowned for their distinct colour, yellow sapphires are some of the brightest range of precious stones in the sapphire family. Known for their fewer inclusions (blemishes on the stone) relative to other sapphires, they come in a variety of yellow to greenish shades.Browse Designs
These colourless sapphire variety is a wonderful alternative to diamonds.Browse Designs
Rubies are red colour sapphires and we still use this distinguishing name due to the historic usage. Ruby is a great selection for a vibrant engagement ring.Browse Designs
Aquamarine is also a very good diamond substitute. With its light distinct bluish tint, it looks perfect on any coloured gold band.Browse Designs
The colour can range from light purple to very dark purple. The medium purple colour is the most desirable.Browse Designs
Garnet is a very large gemstone family and there are very unique colours. Certain varieties are more expensive than others.
Tsavorite garnet has a very vivid green colour and Hessonite garnet has a fire orange colour. Rhodolite garnet is red and some of rare garnets can look similar to rubies.
Whilst the best colour high quality garnets are rare and expensisve, generally garnet is an inexpensive gemstone. If you want to use a garnet in your engagemnt ring, make sure you get one of those rare garnets.Browse Designs
A precious metal that is increasing in popularity. And often seen as a competitor to platinum, but slightly warmer in tone. Made by combining metals like silver and nickel. It is a light and luxurious choice. And goes well with diamonds and blue sapphires.Browse Designs
Made by adding varying levels of copper and silver. Comes in the 18K and 14K varieties. Works well with all skin tones.Browse Designs
A classic choice. Known for its distinct sheen and glow. Made with various metals to strengthen it. A good choice for yellow sapphire stones.Browse Designs
A precious metal one that is often considered to be the most luxurious. Heavier, and the most durable option. A great choice for those who wish to communicate a sense of prestige via their engagement ring.Browse Designs
Names and dates are the most common types of text people engrave on their engagement rings. Some people intentionally avoid any engravings so that they can pass the ring to the next generation.More Information
If you are thinking of getting a matching wedding band for your engagement ring, please let your jewellery beforehand. Planning the wedding bands together with the engagement ring will make it easy for everyone. But you can order the wedding bands later.Browse Designs
Ring enhancers can be used to give your engagement ring a grandiose look whenever you need it. In this example, the enhancer converts a solitaire ring to a halo ring.Browse Designs
You can take your engagement ring off temporaty and use the wishbone necklace to hold it, for example while you are exercising.More Information
Anatomy of an Engagement Ring
The center stone is the key attention point of an engagement ring. It is usually set on the top of the ring and above any other stones if present.
Side stones or accent stones is the perfect way to add more glamour to your engagement ring. The most common type of accent stones used are the stones alond the shank or the band of the ring. These accent stones also can be placed in a halo, double halo or in a cluster pattern framing the centre stone. This can increase the elegance of your ring even further.
If there are more prominent stones in the design around the center stone than small accent stones, they are called side stones. Particularly used in three stone or trilogy engagement ring settings.
Prongs are little finger like metal parts which are used to hold the centerstone or any other gemstone. There are other ways to fix gemstones to the metal body. When the prongs are used, we called it the "prong setting".
Hallmark is a tiny text stamped inside the band to specify the purity of the metal. Having a hallmark will not guarentee the quality of the metal because a manufacturer can stamp any text as they wish. But usually the ratailers do not have equipment to do this so there is certain level of guarentee.
Engraving is usually done at the inside bottom of the ring. This area can be reworked in case you want to resize the engagement ring. In such cased you can ask to engrave towards the side of the shank.
Width of the Band
The more the width, the more stable and more resistant when taking off. You might feel little tight if the band is wide and vice versa.
Raised Center Stone
Some designs with highly elevated center stones may not ideal if you want to wear the ring all the time, specially while you are working or exercising.
Diamonds, Sapphires, and Rubies are highly durable. If you are planning to keep your engagement ring on all the time, better to go for a highly durable gemstone.
Resizing can be required at any time, just after you propose or ten years after you purchase. Certain delicate designs can be challenging to resize. If you go for detailed designs, specially with lots of accent stones on the band, it is better to get the correct finger measurements ahead.
General Wear and Tear
Any engagement ring will wear and tear over time. Be aware about any loose stones. If you feel the center stone is loosing, stop wearing the engagement ring and consult your jeweller immediately.
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