Top Engagement Ring Setting Styles
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Solitaire Engagement Ring
- Peg Heads - This is the most common solitaire engagement ring setting style. The band (shank) and the prongs that hold the diamond are two separate pieces that are soldered together. Peg heads can be a different metal type than the shank (for example a white gold ring can have a rose gold peg head holding the diamond to give it a more personal touch). Also, it is important to know that peg heads are generally a higher profile setting and are more prone to damage if you are rough with your hands.
- Cathedral Setting - This style of solitaire is a similar version of a peg head, the prongs and shank are still two separate pieces. However, the difference is that this ring setting slopes upwards creating a steeple-like look toward the stone using arches of metal to hold the diamond, giving it that graceful cathedral look. The cathedral setting is not as high profile as the peg head.
- Basket Setting - This simple setting is a type of prong setting. Four or six prongs rise up from the base of the band for the stone to sit in and horizontal prongs are added to create the 'basket' shape. This basket of metalwork has open sides, allowing light to hit the stone from all angles. A basket setting can have straight sides, which is a more contemporary look, or curved sides to create a more elegant look.
Halo Engagement Ring
Flush Halo - The diamonds around the center stone are flush up against it, making the actual diamond appear larger than it is. Sometimes a flush halo setting can get in the way of a wedding band if there is not enough height between the shank and where the main diamond sits on top.
Floating Halo - The center stone is held apart and raised slightly above the halo by the prongs. This creates a small gap between the surrounding halo and the center stone called an 'airline', which gives it that floating appearance.
- Double Halo - This is just like it sounds, two halo circles around the center diamond. The double halo will make the diamond look even larger and give it that extra sparkle.
Three-Stone Engagement Ring
Diamond Accented Engagement Ring
Diamond accented rings are among the most popular styles for engagement rings. Diamond accents are small but visible diamonds that are added to the engagement ring in addition to the main center diamond. This will be an additional cost, but it will enhance the ring design. Accent stones typically appear on the setting of a ring design. Their color and clarity should match closely to the quality of the center diamond. Some examples of accented engagement rings are hidden design elements, simples accents and side clusters.
Hidden design elements - Also considered as a surprise detail. This is a special element that is added to the ring's design that can't be seen from the top view of the ring. If you view the ring from the side, it can reveal dainty metalwork and hidden accent stones. These intricate details will make a classic ring feel more unique and personal.
Simple accents - A classic accented engagement ring has a simple row of prong set accent stones along the top half of the band. They perfectly complement the center stone, no matter the shape.
- Side clusters - Clustering accent stones on either side of the center stone combines the silhouette of a three-stone design with the simplicity of an accented ring. The cluster of accents takes up more space than a single row of accent stones, which makes this a bolder element of a ring.
Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring
- Victorian Engagement Rings: 1837-1901- Victorian engagement rings are marked by incredibly decorative and embellished engravings and are still sought after by brides looking for something different. Victorian rings were usually crafted in yellow gold and rose gold, as both metal colors were Queen Victoria’s favorite. Most Victorian rings have a large center stone that is often paired with several small-cut stones to form a halo.
- Edwardian Engagement Rings: 1901-1915 - The style of this era was light and delicate, displaying a feminine and romantic quality. Platinum was the precious metal of choice in Edwardian times. The strength of platinum allowed jewelers to produce extremely intricate and detailed pieces. Because platinum was so is easy to work with is why you will find a lot of lace-like nature designs in Edwardian style rings, such as flowers, ribbons, scrolls and laurel wreathes.
Art Deco Engagement Rings: 1920-1945 - Art Deco has influenced jewelry more than any other industry and is probably the most popular type of vintage ring there is. They have a bold geometric look with symmetrical sharp angles causing a dramatic effect. Jewelry designers from the Art Deco era typically paired larger center stones with geometrically shaped accents of sapphires, emeralds or rubies.
Engagement Rings Near Me
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