engagement ring styles

Engagement Rings 101: A Short Guide to The Various Types and Styles 

Engagement Rings 101: A Short Guide to The Various Types and Styles

engagement ring styles

If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you know is getting ready to pop the question. Congratulations! Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming, but fear not; we’re here to guide you.

In this short guide, we’ll cover all the basics about engagement rings, including the types and styles available, popular gemstones, and tips for finding the ring of your dreams. So please sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s dive in!

Ring Styles

The four basic ring styles are solitaire, diamond band, halo, and trilogy rings. These styles are highly adaptable, providing ample room for unique customization.

You can begin by selecting a classic design and then personalizing it with your desired specifications to create a timeless and personalized ring. These traditional designs have withstood the test of time and offer a refined and modern collection that can be easily customized with personal touches.

  • Solitaire: A solitaire engagement ring is a classic and elegant style that exudes effortless charm and refinement. This iconic and minimalist ring design features a single precious gemstone, usually a diamond, and is beloved by those who appreciate simplicity and purity of style.
  • Diamond band: The diamond band engagement ring, also known as a pavé ring, features a central gemstone surrounded by small diamonds that extend around the band. This design adds a touch of sparkle and complexity to the classic solitaire ring style.
  • Halo: The halo engagement ring style takes inspiration from the solitaire design, adding micro diamonds encircling the center stone. This provides intricate detailing and creates the illusion of a larger ring. Our expert manufactories handpick each tiny diamond to ensure they complement and enhance the center diamond’s quality, color, and clarity.
  • Trilogy rings: A series of three precious gemstones, a trilogy ring typically features one larger center diamond flanked by two slightly smaller stones. The side stones are usually around half the carat weight of each center stone. However, the size you opt for is totally up to you. While every diamond is unique, the two side diamonds will be selected to perfectly complement and match in shape, carat weight, as well as matching the color and clarity of the center stone.

Diamond Setting Styles

The term “setting” in the context of an engagement ring refers to mounting precious gemstones onto a metal band. The ring’s setting is intended to accentuate the brilliance and radiance of the diamond. The style, on the other hand, pertains to the overall design and aesthetic that the setting helps to create, whether it is a solitaire, halo, or three-stone design.

Engagement rings with diamonds can be set in various styles, including prong, pavé, and channel. The prong setting is the most classic and well-known setting style for larger diamonds. Meanwhile, the pavé or channel setting provides options for the setting of diamonds along the ring band.

  • Prong Setting: The prone setting is the most popular of the diamonds settings. The ring band typically secures the diamond with a prong setting, which can range from three to ten prongs. The most popular options are four or six prongs. This type of setting allows for ample light reflection on the gemstone. The diamond remains fully visible while being held securely in place by the prongs. Additionally, prong settings are versatile and can be used with other types of jewelry, including earrings.
  • Pavé Setting: This setting features diamonds interspersed with small ball claws that hold the diamonds in place and are surrounded by a delicate metal strip. Pavé settings can be ideal for creating a vintage-inspired look for engagement rings, especially when paired with milgrain detailing.
  • Channel Setting: Diamonds in channel set bands have a similar appearance to pavé settings. However, the ball claws between each diamond are removed, giving this style a more modern look. Instead of using ball claws, diamonds are positioned closely together and secured by the outer metal work on either side of the band. This style complements princess cut and emerald cut diamonds exceptionally well, as the straight-edged diamonds can sit flush side by side.

But there are also:

  • Tension Setting: A tension setting holds a gemstone in place using opposing pressures to create the appearance of it floating. This style allows light to enter and exit the gemstone, creating a stunning sparkle.
  • Bezel Setting: The bezel setting is popular for diamond wedding bands. It features a metal rim that encircles the gemstone to protect its edges. This type of setting exposes only the top part of the diamond and is ideal for those who prefer a low-set engagement ring.
  • Cathedral Setting: The cathedral setting is designed to add height and elegance to an engagement ring. The shank of the ring curves upwards like the arches of a cathedral, raising the center stone above the band. This traditional style is perfect for those who want a high-set engagement ring.



In conclusion, choosing the perfect engagement ring can be overwhelming. Still, this comprehensive guide provides a complete overview of the various types and styles available, including solitaire, diamond band, halo, trilogy rings, and different setting styles such as prong, pavé, and channel, as well as tension, bezel, and cathedral settings. This guide lets you personalize your ring and find the perfect design that suits your style and preferences.

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