Types of Engagement Rings – An Easy Guide


Types of Engagement Rings for the beginner

At Serendipity Diamonds, we try to keep things simple We fully appreciate that not everyone has the time to read extensive blog posts on types of engagement rings. The following information is a basic quick reference guide. We have put together a brief selection of types of engagement rings to show the variation of styles that are available. There are many more styles, but here are just a few of the many types that can be found.

Types of Engagement Ring from Serendipity Diamonds

1. The Solitaire Engagement Ring

One of the simplest types of engagement rings. This style is created with a single diamond as the name suggests. This style is not limited to the round brilliant cut diamond, although this remains most popular. The round brilliant cut diamond is perfectly presented in a simple four claw setting as shown here.

2. The Two Stone Ring

Very simply, as the name suggests, two diamonds within an engagement ring design. These can either be same sized, or different sized (see our modern example in the same presentation.) The harmony and relevance of two (i.e. each person within the relationship) sometimes provides the motivation for this type of ring.

3. The Three Stone Engagement Ring

This remains one of the core styles of diamond ring. Just like the two stone type of engagement ring, the three stone captures the significance of the number three. Perhaps a significant third person within the relationship such as a child born can add meaning to this choice.

4. The Halo Engagement Ring

The halo engagement ring has soared in popularity within the last 12 months. The basis for this type of ring is a larger central diamond at the heart of the design, edged by a continuous circle of diamonds around the stone. There are many variations with a broad range of diamond shapes with this effect.

5. The Modern Engagement Ring

Modern designs usually offer individuality. Traditional styles rarely do this. Many designs take advantage of technological advances, such as computer design.  More unusual styles are seldom found in many of the high street jewellers who very often opt for ‘safer’ designs.

6. The Twist Engagement Ring

A lovely type of engagement ring worth noting. This style can be found across many single stone and multiple stone ring designs. This twist element can appear across the claws (as seen here) or shoulders, or both.

7. The Asscher Cut

One of many beautiful diamond shapes. A square cut of diamond, stepped facets, with cut corners. Subtle and understated. A more popular elongated diamond cut is the Emerald Cut.

8. The Princess Cut Engagement Ring

Princess cut diamonds are probably the most popular fancy shape of diamond. Closely following the round brilliant cut, the square Princess cut is extremely popular and appears across many style variations.

9. The Emerald Cut Solitaire

Simple, understated and beautiful. This rectangular cut of diamond has cut corners and offers a more subtle choice for an engagement ring.

10. The Marquise Engagement Ring

Here we present this design in the East-West orientation that is seldom seem and fairly unusual. Typically this boat-shaped diamond cut is usually set along the length of the finger.

11. The Oval Engagement Ring

Oval diamonds are perhaps a little more unusual than the round. One of the clinchers is the cost (usually less expensive) and diamonds can be set within designs along or across the finger.

12. Engagement Rings with Diamond Shoulders

One of the very popular types of engagement rings with additional diamonds. These diamonds complement the central stone and are set in one of many ways within the shoulders of the ring.

13. Diamond Accents

A subtle styling detail that incorporates one or more diamonds in addition to the main stone.

14. Vintage Types of Engagement Rings

Vintage styles are born out of Antique designs, re-styled within modern rings with a retro-feel. Art-Deco and Edwardian designs are perhaps the most popular vintage styles, with elements such as milgrain often being featured.

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.

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