Engagement Ring Types and Styles Guide

April 20, 2020

A Quick Guide to the Types of Styles

Engagement Ring Styles and Types The Many Styles of Engagement Rings

On a quick walk through a jewelry store or online shop, you might get the impression that no two engagement rings are precisely the same. It's when you take a deep dive in that you realize that it's true! From a different band material or unique diamond cut, to something you've never seen before, there's more than enough to hold your attention and also make you scratch your head.

Every ring is going to have a different feel due to the details of its designs and style. Furthermore, some engagement rings can carry symbolic meaning. Finding the perfect one for your special day can feel like a daunting task. Whether you"re choosing for a loved one or yourself, a lot is riding on searching through the ideal selection. An engagement ring is a timeless piece of jewelry that will be near and dear to your heart for eternity.

Thus, it's critical that you find one that can be admired forever. The best way to determine which ring will best fit your tastes and circumstances is to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each style to help you narrow down your selection. From traditional and sleek, to unique and bold, we'll take you through them all. Continue to learn more about many styles of engagement rings to find the best fit for you, or take our engagement ring style quiz

Different Types of Engagement Rings

It's true that the design of your engagement ring should depend largely upon your taste. However, it would be remiss not to remind you that a lot of peoples are going to see it too. You may want to consider finding something that's the perfect balance between matching your style and being something you'll want to show off for years to come. To accomplish this, let's explore some of the different styles to help you narrow down your list. Here are some of the top engagement ring designs.

Solitaire Engagement RingSolitaire
With one single stone at the center of attention, solitaire rings are among the most simple in design. Their simplicity is elegant and captivating. There are many stone shapes you can choose from when opting for a solitaire ring. Modern designs like the Marquise, Pear, or Oval design can really take this design into the 21st century. Whether you're looking for something new or classic, the simplicity of a solitaire ring might be the best choice for you.

Halo Cut Engagement RingsHalo
Boost the glistening-factor of your ring with the stunning halo design. This spin on a classic sees a ring of accented stones around the centerpiece. The extra shine is sure to draw attention from across the room. Throw a shank with accents in the mix, and you've got a winning combination. This particular design is quite popular currently, but don't forget about the long-haul. New trends will emerge, and old ones will decrease in popularity. Choose your ring based on personal taste, not popularity alone.

Three Stone Engagement Ring Three Stone
Most people think of three stone engagement rings as a new concept. In reality, this stunning design is resurging in popularity. It can feature hued stones on either side to give a certain pop to the main stone or different stone shapes, like Emerald or Marquise. It's a polished look that's sure to turn heads. Other than the appeal of the ring, this design has a deeper meaning: the three stones represent the past, present, and future of your relationship.

Sidestone Engagement Ring ExampleAccented
There are infinite variations of the classic accented ring setup, so each is going to look slightly different. However, prong-set can be considered the "default" for this style. You can also opt for a bezel, pave, channel, and many other styles. The price and appearance of each design is going to differ slightly, so keep an eye on those factors. Typically, bezel setups are more secure than pave ones, to keep dainty stones from falling over time.

Vintage Engagement RingVintage
Everywhere you look in the fashion world, you'll see vintage designs gaining popularity.  Of course, this includes engagement ring designs too. These designs are often created with warmer metal colors such as rose gold, but of course, yellow or white gold engagement rings can be created if that is your preference. It's not atypical for these vintage designs to also feature fragile but elegant prong settings to add extra detail.

The Best 5 Different Stone Shapes

Once you've decided on an engagement ring style that you can be happy with for years to come, it's time to direct your attention to the best diamond cut. The shape of your ring's stone has a significant impact on the appeal of the piece and your wallet. Focusing on a classic stone shape can help you increase the detailing of your profile and shank view. Bolder options might help draw focus back to the center.

London Gold is equipped to help you select the stone that you will love. The sheer variety of options might make it seem impossible to narrow down a few stone shapes. There are a few common stone cuts that have become popular to use in engagement rings for a good reason. Let's explore some of the best cuts to help you choose the best to match your style.

round brilliant enagement diamond Round Brilliant
Both classic and modern ring designs are commonly seen with this stone cut, easily making it the most popular shape available. A round brilliant stone is easy to pair with any setting and can maintain its stunning and timeless appeal. This design is one of the only cuts with a near-perfect facet pattern, making it sparkle all around. Due to its widespread appeal and versatility, this cut can be used with a halo, three stone, solitaire, or any type of engagement ring. If you're in doubt, you can never go wrong with a round brilliant stone shape.

Oval Cut engagement diamond loose Oval
An oval cut is very much like an elongated round brilliant design. These cuts have grown in popularity over the past few years and have become the norm among modern ring designs. Their slight variation of the round brilliant cuts allows them to maintain their versatility, making it easier to match with engagement ring designs you like. The sparkle is top-notch, and their unique design makes them appear larger than they are.

princess cut loose diamond for engagement rings Princess
This aptly-named stone has captured the imagination of women across the country. Arguably the second most popular cut, the square shape of the princess design looks fantastic with simple metalwork and accent stones. It's easy to get creative with designs, shapes, and materials since this cut will go with nearly anything. If you're looking for that perfect facet pattern, the princess design is an excellent option. You'll have a radiant amount of sparkle, just like with the round brilliant design. The versatility and sheer beauty of this cut ensure it'll be in use for years down the road.

emerald cut engagement diamond shape and styleEmerald
The emerald cut is technically classified as a stone with a step-cut, although it looks more like a rectangle. This simply means this cut features a sparkle that comes in steps with clear transitions rather than an all-out array of shine like on the round brilliant designs. It's not uncommon to see this design in older or vintage rings due to its popularity in the early 1900s. With long facets and cropped edges, this design has a uniquely classic yet modern feel. Bear in mind that with a fewer number of facets, it's easier to see inclusions with this design. An ideal cut stone would take care of this issue, though, and is a great option.

pear cut loose engagement diamond for ringsPear
A pear shape diamond is another design increasing in popularity. This unique shape can also make the stone look larger than it really is, effectively turning heads while still saving your wallet. Traditionally, the point of the pear design is pointed away from the person when poised on a stunning engagement ring. However, some people still choose to wear it the opposite way. Because this is more of a modern design, it's commonly used with settings that have a more modern appeal.  It doesn't matter how you wear it, as long as it is brings you joy.

Finding the best ring for you.

Now that you have a clearer idea of the various engagement ring shapes, styles, and designs, you're better equipped to find the ring of your dreams. Whether you land on something delicate or striking, simple, or complex, always be sure that it's a representation of your style and taste.

Don't forget to have fun during your hunt for the perfect ring. Too many couples place high stress on the searching process. Give yourself enough time to look around, don't feel rushed, and keep a light-hearted spirit. You'll find the right ring soon enough. When you do, you'll know it.

Visit your local London Gold location today, and let us help you get ready for "I do."


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