Getting engaged is one of the most memorable moments in a person’s life and nothing screams “engaged” like an engagement ring does. It is one of those pieces of jewellery that requires the most amount of thought since it is one that is potentially going to be worn for a long time. With several thousand styles of rings available in the market, it can get confusing to pick one that you will want to wear all the time. Not only will the setting of the ring impact its character, it can also make your stones look bigger or smaller. Let’s have a look at the classic engagement ring styles.
Band: A band, as the name suggests, is a simple band of gold, silver, platinum, or other such metal. It is minimalistic and a great pick for those who are not fond of stones or for those who work a lot with their hands, in which case, a stone can easily get dislodged.
Solitaire: A solitaire ring is one of the most classic type of an engagement ring. This style has a single diamond mounted on the band with a four-prong or a six-prong setting to elevate the look of the diamond. It is a simple setting which has stood the test of time and is sure to never go out of style.
Pavé: A pave setting has tiny diamonds, or any other stones embedded into the band of the ring. It can be personalised with your partner’s birthstone for a more personal touch to the ring. The stones catch light and give a more sparkly look to the band.
Cathedral: A cathedral ring has the metal of the band curving up to connect to the metal supporting the diamond, forming an arch that looks like the arches of a cathedral. It is a traditional design with structure and an architectural vibe.
Halo: A halo design is one of the most popular designs, and rightfully so. The centre stone is surrounded by smaller stones forming a border or a ‘halo.’ This design can make a smaller, more modest stone look bigger than it is and it also makes the centre stone look more brilliant by reflecting the light onto the stone.
Split Band: A split band style has the band dividing into two on either side of the centre stone. A larger split can give the ring more of an antique ring, while a smaller split will subtly make the stone look larger.
Bezel: A bezel is one of the most secure settings in the realm of engagement rings. The stone is held in place with a metal border instead of the usual prong setting. There is less risk of the stone being scratched or dislodged in this setting, however it may make the stone appear smaller.
Three Stone: The three stone style is also known as the trilogy style. It is meant to signify the past, present and future. It usually has a larger stone in the centre with a smaller stone on each side.
Eternity Band: The eternity band is the most widespread symbol of everlasting love. It has an unbroken chain of diamonds or other stones which are connected to symbolise unbroken bonds.
Baroque: The baroque is a more maximalist and artist setting amongst the others. It has swirly, nature inspired, decorative designs. It is a great pick if you’re looking for something more artsy.
Whatever your choice may be, make sure that it is something that you or your partner will want to wear for a long time. It is also imperative to keep in mind the functionality and budget before you pick the ring. There is no right or wrong when buying an engagement ring and it all depends on your personal style and preference. Additionally, picking the ring together can take off the fear of not picking your partner’s preferred style.
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