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Engagement Ring Styles

If you’re planning on popping the question to your partner, this is probably the first time for you. And if that’s the case, you’ve probably never purchased an engagement ring before.

So, when you visit your local jeweler, like Thom Duma Fine Jewelers, you’re likely to hear a lot of terms for engagement rings that you’ve never heard before. However, while some terms may seem exotic, they’re actually quite simple to understand when discussed! We want to provide you a quick and handy list of terms for some of today’s most popular engagement ring styles, so that you’ll know what you’re looking for when you visit our showroom.

Halo Engagement Rings

The halo engagement ring is a truly heavenly look—a center stone is surrounded by stones to complement the inherent beauty of the center diamond. Dating back to the Victorian and Art Deco periods, the boldness of the halo look comes from its pairing of many different jewels and architectural charm. Often, halos feature bezel-set center stones, which only amplifies the vintage look of these engagement rings. However, don’t think that vintage is necessarily demure. Halos create the illusion of size, adding at least one carat of “visual weight” to the center stone, no matter its shape.

Side Stone Engagement Rings

The side stone engagement ring style takes jewels and scatters them along the shank (the band) of the engagement ring. The many variations of the side stone silhouette opens the door for all manner of presentations.

Twisted shanks, a particular favorite of contemporary engagement ring design, pair well with the side stone engagement ring style. One shank can be encrusted with pave-set diamonds and the other can be made of polished metal. If you’re a lover of modern looks, look for side stone rings with diamonds that are channel-set into the band -- a novel way of showing them off. But beyond channel- and pave-set stones, all of the common settings are possible, including bezel-, prong-, and even tension-set designs!

Three Stone Engagement Rings

A three stone engagement ring has three center stones -- pretty straightforward! But rather than being placed along the shanks, the three stones here are gathered at the heart of the ring and they’re usually significantly bigger than other side stones.

If you’re fond of rarer diamond shapes, like trilliant, cadillac, or half-moon cuts, a pair of these are perfect as “frames” for the center diamond. In addition to that, if you’re a woman who appreciates symbolic beauty, the three stone engagement ring is ideal for you. Commemorate all of your favorite “threes” with this ring, such as you and your partner’s past, present, and future together.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

We began with the most elaborate engagement ring styles, and now we conclude with the most minimalist. The word “solitaire” is related to the word “solitary,” which refers to the fact that a solitaire engagement ring only features a single diamond at its center.

It’s an engagement ring style that celebrates the clean, sleek perfection of your chosen diamond. While solitaire rings only feature a single center stone, that doesn’t mean they can’t have partners. Some clever designers place “hidden” diamonds underneath the band or in the filigrees. And speaking of filigrees, the solitaire setting is a great ring style if you’re looking for designs engraved in metal.

If you’d like to know more about engagement ring styles, get in contact with Thom Duma Fine Jewelers by calling us at (330) 393-4696, or visit us today at our showroom in Warren, Ohio!

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