Do you know the difference between a princess cut ring and a square cut ring? Know whether you’re looking for a vintage 1920s design or a modern geometric style ring? Whether you’re shopping for engagement rings in London or hoping to complete the job online, engagement ring shopping is an experience you should take seriously: after all, you only want to do it once in your life.
If engagement rings leave you feeling clueless and confused, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here’s everything you need to know about engagement ring styles, to ensure that you choose the one that’s right for you:
Classic Solitaire Engagement Rings
One of the most popular engagement rings that you can choose is a classic solitaire ring style. This is an engagement ring that features a single stone which held in place on the band using prongs (these range from three prongs to six prongs, depending on the style you choose).
If you opt for a solitaire engagement ring then the stone you choose will be vital, as this minimalist band allows the stone to take centre stage. It’s important, therefore, that the stone you choose has excellent clarity and minimal flaws. The setting you pick will also be important, so choose one that best showcases the stone to ensure it looks its best from every angle.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three stone engagement rings are incredibly popular, and are a great choice if you want something a little more ornate and eye catching than a traditional solitaire ring. They also tend to be a more affordable choice, as smaller stones are unlikely to cost as much as their larger counterparts.
Often three stone engagement rings are designed to have a beval setting: this is where the stones sit into the metal of the band, rather than being held up with prongs. Both settings have their benefits, decide what suits your style and lifestyle best.
Cluster Engagement Rings
Why choose just one or two stones, when you could demonstrate your love with a whole cluster? Cluster engagement rings either feature a central stone surrounded by several smaller stones (known as a halo ring) or they feature several stones that are all of the same of similar sizes, arranged in an aesthetically pleasing pattern.
These are a great choice if you want to add extra sparkle to a smaller stone, as each of the stones will catch the light in their own right.
Coloured Stone Engagement Rings
When choosing an engagement ring, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t have to feature a white diamond: there are plenty of coloured stone engagement rings available that will cover a wealth of styles and shapes. Look to traditional stones such as emeralds, sapphires or rubies if you want something timeless that won’t date as you wear it for several decades. Struggling to decide which stone will suit your bride-to-be best? Don’t worry, if you just can’t make your mind up then you don’t have to choose just one. Why not choose a diamond ring with coloured gemstones at its shoulders, or a two tone affect cluster ring instead?