The Sparkling, Shimmering Variety of Engagement Ring Styles
Welcome back to the Stewart Kuper Jewelers blog! Fall is here and with it all the holidays that see families getting together, traveling across the country, all to be together. It can be a touching, emotional time and often a perfect backdrop for popping the question. But before you do, you’ll need a ring! To that end, on this blog we are going to look at some of the more common engagement ring styles. Keep in mind, this list is far from exhaustive. There are plenty of unique styles out there.
This is the style to get when you want the diamond to do the talking. A Solitaire engagement ring has a simple, subdued band with a single stone setting. The setting itself could be one of a few styles, such as a cathedral style setting, which allows more of the diamond to be visible, with the sides and face showing.
When it comes to a simple, elegant Solitaire ring, there are a few things to be concerned about. Depending on the style of setting, the prongs can snag on things and can also loosen over time. Having the diamond lower-set may help in avoiding the snags, and regularly getting your ring inspected (every two years or so) can prevent the stone from being lost.
As you may have guessed, the ‘pa-vay’ is a French word meaning ‘to pave.’ To match, this ring is paved with smaller, shimmering diamond accents around the band. It gives an appearance of solid diamonds, all the way through, with very little of the ring’s metal showing. Sometimes this style is referred to as a bead setting or micro-pavé if the stones are particularly small.
There is a difficulty in having such a style, the ring can’t be resized as easily since the band is covered in stones. It is doable, mind you, just not as simple as traditional bands.
Like the Pavé, the Halo style engagement ring is all about smaller diamonds being used to accent the central diamond, surrounding it with a ‘halo’ of the smaller stones. The band meanwhile can also have diamonds in the paved style, or be unadorned. The Halo style is becoming a modern classic and sure to please any bride-to-be.
Like the Pavé before it, Halo rings can also be difficult to resize, depending on how many side stones are on the band.
Bet you can’t guess what marks this style? Give up? Okay, we’ll tell you, it’s the three stones that make up the focus point of this ring. The larger, center stone of the ring is flanked by two smaller, often identical (to each other) stones on either side. Sometimes it is known as a trilogy or trinity ring. The stones are said to represent the past, the present, and the future, of the relationship – all in diamond form.
If there is anything to worry about when it comes to the Three Stone engagement ring styles, it is that if designed poorly the side stones can distract from the center diamond. You will not run into that problem here at Stewart Kuper Jewelers.
The Antique/The Vintage
If you are looking for something with a bit more personality, more history, you will want to take a look at antique/vintage style rings. These obviously can vary wildly in their specifics, as they are each individually designed to reflect earlier eras such as Victorian or Art Deco. They will often have intricate details.
Some notes about the antique or vintage style. If you choose an actual vintage setting, not a new ring with an antique design, it can take more time to get the stone set right. Due to the details, these kinds of rings can also be more difficult to clean. When it comes time for maintenance.
At Stewart Kuper Jewelers, whichever of the engagement ring styles you opt for, you can be sure you are getting an amazing ring at a fair, honest price that will wow your love.
Schedule your appointment today and start the hunt! The holidays are just around the corner!