You’ve chosen that special person with whom you want to spend the rest of your life. The next step is ring shopping to select the best engagement ring that will showcase your love and commitment.
Selecting an engagement ring may seem overwhelming with all the different styles of engagement rings available to choose from - but before you go to a retailer or jewelry store, review this helpful guide first!
You can read about the best engagement ring style trends at your convenience before you go.
Let’s take a look at this year's trending engagement ring styles that appeal to the various tastes and preferences of all brides-to-be. It’s important to consider the bride's unique personality and style when choosing the ring that is meant just for them.
There are diamond engagement rings that will always be a timeless design like the classic solitaire. A solitaire is a versatile choice that is fitting for many brides and is considered one of the best engagement rings, and it’s why a solitaire is always a best seller.
The minimalist style of a high quality solitaire diamond can be influenced by many factors. There are numerous styles available for selection when choosing your solitaire. The diamond shape of the precious stone will influence the look of the ring. You can choose from solitaires with an oval cut, princess cut, round cut, marquise, pear shape, emerald cut, etc.
The precious metal, settings, carat weight, shape and cut of your solitaire will also impact the appearance of your diamond engagement ring.
Below is a beautiful white gold princess-cut diamond solitaire, a radiant cut yellow gold solitaire engagement ring, and a stunning Tiffany round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring.
Next, we have a platinum oval cut diamond ring, a yellow gold marquise cut diamond engagement ring, and a platinum emerald cut diamond ring.
As you can see, while all the above examples are solitaires, the unique features of each ring gives the ring a distinctive feel and character of its own. With so many options, your future bride will be able to select one that best meets her personal style.
Some brides prefer to change up the typical engagement ring by enjoying a colorful gemstone as their center stone. These gemstones could be chosen as a favorite color, birthstone, or for a special meaning.
For example, sapphires are associated with wisdom, royalty, purity and integrity. A ruby symbolizes wisdom, passion, love, and vitality. Emeralds symbolize love, fertility, wisdom and love.
Famous celebrities like Princess Diana, Jackie Kennedy, and Victoria Beckham are examples of brides who received beautiful gemstone engagement rings.
We can see below beautiful gemstones with a white gold purple Sri Lanka sapphire and diamond ring, a white gold pink oval cut sapphire and diamond ring, and a white gold Burmese Ruby and pave diamond ring. Any one of these exquisite rings would all be an enchanting choice for your engagement ring style.
Three-Stone Engagement Rings
For those who would like more than the minimalist look of a solitaire, a three-stone engagement ring is an excellent choice. Adding side stones gives the ring an extra layer of depth and dimension.
There are many different options when deciding on choosing a three-stone engagement ring. You can decide to keep all the stones the same gem, or you could use diamonds and colored gemstones. Plus, you could also change up the shape and carat weight of the gemstones.
Featured below are a yellow gold princess cut diamond three-stone diamond ring, a white gold oval cut sapphire and trillion cut diamond ring, and a yellow gold round brilliant cut diamond three-stone diamond ring.
Next are a white gold three-stone and emerald cut diamond with baguette diamonds and a white gold round diamond engagement ring,
Vintage or Vintage Inspired Engagement Rings
Perhaps your future bride is inspired by the style and elegance of past eras and prefers design elements from the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro periods. Vintage rings usually have intricate and ornate details on the band and around the setting. Vintage rings may incorporate mixed precious metals and have milgrain detailing which consists of tiny beaded edges along the metal.
Victorian rings may have rose-cut or mine-cut diamonds, while Art Deco rings may use geometric cuts like emerald or baguette cuts. Halo settings may also surround the center diamond with a ring of smaller diamonds or gemstones to enhance the stone’s brilliance.
Below are side views detailing the bands of a platinum vintage art-deco diamond engagement ring and a white gold vintage art deco round cut diamond engagement ring.
A white gold art deco vintage European round cut diamond, a white gold vintage round brilliant cut diamond engagement swirl ring, and a platinum vintage art deco round cut diamond engagement ring are featured below.
Unique Bands and Stones
An “East-West” ring is a distinctive style in which the central gemstone is set horizontally across the finger, with the longer sides running from left to right (east to west) rather than the traditional north to south orientation. This gives the ring a unique and eye-catching design with a more elongated and contemporary appearance.
The East-West setting can feature various gemstone cuts to include round, oval, pear, emerald, marquise, etc. This style can make the gem appear larger than it would in a traditional vertical setting and is often chosen by individuals who want a unique and non-traditional engagement ring.
The ring on the left has an east-west setting. It is a white gold pear shaped diamond engagement ring and has a distinctly different look than the ring on the right, a yellow gold pear cut which shows a traditional north-south setting.
Unique bands with a wide shank or stylized bands are also good choices for engagement rings. The shank supports the setting and gemstones while also contributing to the ring’s aesthetic appeal. It can be intricate and ornate or simple and classic.
Below are some special band styles with a white gold round brilliant cut five layer diamond engagement ring, a yellow gold princess cut diamond with side baguette cut diamonds engagement ring, and a white gold round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring.
Here are more options including a stunning rose gold and white gold marquise cut diamond engagement ring, a white gold princess and asscher cut diamond engagement ring, and a white gold brilliant diamond ring below.
Unique stones can also be popular choices like this white gold Simon G diamond semi mount with CZ center and matching diamond band and the white gold round cut Moissanite ring.
Some more examples of unique stones are an enhanced green diamond white gold Simon G engagement ring and a rose gold morganite and diamond pear ring.
A Toi et Moi ring (which means “you and me” in French) is a very unique and romantic style engagement ring that features two distinct gemstones, often of different types of shapes set side by side. Here’s an example of this style: a yellow gold emerald and rose cut diamond dual ring.
Halo settings, prongs and bezels are another way to give your ring more personality while adding a distinctive look and feel.
Here are some examples of halo engagement rings starting with a platinum cushion cut diamond engagement ring, a white gold black diamond engagement ring, and a white gold marquise cut diamond engagement ring. Hidden halos are another option for the best engagement ring.
Notice the impact in the ring’s appearance from the v-prongs, six prongs, and double prongs in these rings below: a platinum trillion cut diamond engagement ring, a white gold round brilliant cut diamond, and a platinum yellow gold emerald and half moon cut diamond three stone ring.
Below is a unique yellow gold Mabe pearl ring with a geometric bezel and a yellow gold bezel set cornflower blue sapphire and diamond bypass ring giving it a beautiful and distinctive look.
There is a wide variety of styles of engagement rings (and wedding rings) to choose from. What will your best engagement ring look like? Will you go with a solitaire engagement ring? Do you want something a little more unique and decide to go with a colored gemstone? How about a beautiful three stone engagement ring? Will your ideal ring have a unique band or stone?
Our jewelers can help you decide what type of style, precious metal, ring setting, gemstones, and wedding band that meets the design and taste that your future bride will love. Do you prefer something vintage or new?
You can also work with our creative jewelry designers and master jewelers to make a specialized one-of-a-kind engagement ring.
At The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company, our team of jewelry experts can help you make your important engagement ring decision. We can make sure you get the right ring size and help you select a matching wedding band. We can help educate you on the 4C’s grading assessment of our diamonds per the GIA (Gemological Institute of America). Don’t forget to ask us about our warranties.
We are looking forward to helping create your special day by giving your bride-to-be the best engagement ring of her dreams! We hope to see you soon!!