As a soon-to-be blushing bride, you may be feeling more and more curious about your engagement ring. Questions pertaining to the engagement ring styles, design, and type of stone are all normal. It’s okay to obsess over the specifics. It is your engagement ring, after all.
To select an engagement ring that reflects your personality and style, you’ll need to know the different kinds. Often, the design of a ring can tell a lot about the wearer, so consider it carefully. Below are the different popular engagement ring styles available today:
Most engagement rings are solitaires, and this has been the popular choice for women since the 1500’s. A solitaire engagement ring design features a single gemstone, usually a diamond. Because the solitaire is a simple yet classic design, the focus is commonly more on the quality of the stone. So, if you’re thinking about choosing a diamond stone ring, it’s worth your while to understand their grading system.
To help you choose a ring that’s aesthetically appealing on your finger, consider this guideline. Wider bands are pleasing to look on larger fingers. However, a larger stone would also be needed to make the ring look proportionate. In contrast, slim fingers work well with a dainty band and smaller stone. Again, this is just a guide and not meant to be taken as a rule when choosing engagement ring styles.
Right after the Solitaire Engagement Ring is the Trilogy. Its other popular names include ‘trinity ring’ and ‘Boston ring’. Essentially, this means there are three large gems secured in place by four or six prongs per gem. One reason why it is so popular is due to its symbolism. The three rings represent a person’s past, present, and future. And when given to your partner, it expresses your full acceptance of everything your partner was, is, and will be.
The most popular gem selection for the Trilogy engagement ring consists of three diamond stones. However, more modern designs can also feature a single diamond stone accompanied by two sapphires, rubies, etc. Considering that diamonds are more expensive, this can be an expensive setup. A more affordable Trilogy arrangement would consist of one large coloured gem in the middle and then smaller diamond stones on each side.
There’s nothing quite like a one-of-a-kind vintage engagement ring. With everything else leaning towards modern engagement ring styles, the classical look of vintage engagement rings offers a refreshing change of style. Vintage engagement ring designs are often inspired by the Victorian and Edwardian eras. You may find some of these rings to have engravings on the metal band, or smaller stones embedded around the front of the ring, sometimes resembling small tiaras.
It’s hard to pinpoint one technical feature that unites all modern engagement ring styles. Some may contain black stripes, while others feature clean line engravings. Oftentimes, modern engagement rings contain stones held in place through a tension setting. The shank tends to be at least as wide as the gemstone, where it is given a chunkier, contemporary look.
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