Are you tired of cookie-cutter engagement ring designs? While the tried and true engagement ring settings are beloved classics for a reason, sometimes you want something that will stand out from the crowd.
Whether you’re getting ready to pop the question or are on the hunt for your perfect forever adornment, one of these uniquely dazzling styles is sure to help break the mold.
What’s Your Style?
Before you start shopping for an engagement ring it’s good to get a basic understanding of different engagement ring styles. Below we’ll break down three different categories - vintage, classic, and glam - and discuss different ways that you can add your own spin to each style.
Check “something old” off of your bridal wishlist with a vintage engagement ring design. Technically speaking, the term “vintage” refers to a ring that is between 20-30 years old, but less than 100 years old. However, many retailers sell what are called “vintage-inspired styles”, which include rings that are newly created and have never been worn before.
Vintage rings are fun because they offer nods to eras past with their Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco design elements. Pieces in this style offer tons of room for creativity and individuality as they often include things like fancy filigree and colorful gemstones. Plus, there’s the added benefit that if you purchase a truly vintage, or “antique”, ring there’s a chance that it’s the only one of its kind.
Fan-favorites across the board, just because classic styles are popular doesn’t mean that you can’t add your own fun to these styles. Often more understated in design, a classic engagement ring might be a good fit for the minimalist in your life. These rings are usually simplistic, showcasing the center stone above glamorous accents and fancy design elements.
A quick Google search will yield images of the sleek prong, bezel, and cathedral settings. And of course, there’s the championed, Tiffany-inspired, solitaire engagement ring. While conservative in design, there’s still room for personalization when it comes to these classic styles. Rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold, get creative and play around with mixed metals. Or, opt for a classic style with hidden design elements like an out-of-the-box head design or hidden gemstone accents.
Bigger and brighter is better when it comes to glam diamond engagement rings. Think impressive center stones and metal bands lined with dozens of pave diamonds, anything to provide a little extra sparkle is a must for rings of this style. Engagement rings that fall under this category are perfect for the showstopper in your life, dramatic yet elegant, they’re the best of both worlds.
Once again, a mixed metal setting can really stand out from the crowd, especially when paired with a glitzy diamond halo. In a halo engagement ring setting several small diamonds surround the center diamond to result in an uber dazzling piece that is sure to captivate. What’s more, if you want to go even bigger you can opt for a double halo setting for a little extra oomph in the glamour department.
Alternatively, another fun way to go glam is with a wedding band stack. Variety is the name of the game here, mix and match bands of every metal type and style alongside your engagement ring and wedding band for a set that’s uniquely you.
Unique Stone Shapes
Now that you know more about engagement ring settings and styles it’s time to dive into arguably the most important part of choosing a ring, the stone. While there are several beautiful diamond shapes to choose from, some are more likely to stand out from the crowd than others. For example, round brilliant and princess cut diamonds are the two most commonly used stone shapes in engagement ring designs. So while these styles are undoubtedly gorgeous, they might not be the best choice if you’re looking for something a little different.
Instead, consider a quirky shape like the pear cut diamond. Sold by nearly all jewelers the pear cut is a trendy style that’s growing in popularity with celebrities like Ariana Grande and Victoria Beckham. Despite its A-list status, this flashy gem is still in the minority when it comes to engagement ring designs making it the perfect choice for the person who likes to march to the beat of their own drum.
Similarly, a marquise cut diamond is an eye-catching choice for those looking for a one-of-a-kind ring. Resembling an eye in shape, marquise cut stones are unlike anything else on the market. Alternatively, marquise diamonds also make for fabulous accent stones and look great in romantic three stone engagement ring settings.
Returning to the 1920s, if a vintage ring sounds like something that’s up your alley consider an Asscher or emerald cut stone. Two variations of the beloved square cut diamond, Asscher and emerald cut diamonds feature distinct step cuts that make them easily recognizable to fine jewelry fans.
While every engagement ring setting has something to offer, there are a handful of which are especially breathtaking in their uniqueness.
For an uncommon design that will turn heads try a tension setting. In this unique style, your gemstone or diamond of choice is held in place by the bands of the ring itself, creating the illusion that the stone is floating. Bonus: this setting style provides extra sparkle as light can easily pass through the stone.
Shake up your diamond setting with an east-west engagement ring. Rings of this style orient stones horizontally on the band as opposed to the usual vertical placement. The result is an attention-grabbing piece that makes for a dazzling forever adornment.
Ideal for those who want to keep their center stone as safe as possible while simultaneously rocking a unique style, bezel set engagement rings consist of a ring of metal that holds the diamond in place.
Unlike prong settings that are prone to snags and damage, bezel set engagement rings are perfect for those with an active lifestyle.
Split Shank Setting
A split shank setting adds a modern twist to one of the most popular engagement ring settings, the solitaire. In this style, the band splits in half as it reaches the ring’s center stone creating two open spaces that delicately frame the diamond or gemstone.
An important piece of the engagement ring puzzle, which metal will you choose?
White gold, rose gold, and yellow gold, each impresses on their own, but for a truly standout piece opt for a mixed metal ring. Mixed metal rings combine contrasting precious metals to create a stunning piece of jewelry. Try a band in one color and a basket head in another or two twisting bands of different styles. Alternatively, opt for an engagement ring in one style and a wedding band in another for something a little different.