Engagement Ring Styles at a Glance

When it comes to diamond settings, you have an endless array of options!
While each will showcase your diamond(s) in a unique and attractive way, certain styles may be more appealing than others.
To help, here’s a simple primer outlining each style. Note that additional customizations such as Halo, Split Shank and Eternity may also be applied to your chosen setting.

Solitaire

Solitaire rings feature a single center stone, conveying a timeless, simple elegance. Solitaire rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Halo

A halo is a smaller circle of diamonds surrounding a larger center diamond. Halos make your engagement ring appear larger than it is and also creates maximum brilliance via the extra diamonds. Although this style is considered somewhat vintage, it has tremendous fashion-forward appeal. A halo engagement ring offers a timeless, elegant look that will turn heads wherever you go! Halo rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Three Stone

Three stone rings feature a center diamond and two side diamonds. They are also known as “Past, Present, and Future” rings and offer a classic look that never goes out of style. Three stone rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Shared Prong

Shared prong settings are typically used for diamonds that are larger than those in both pavé and channel settings. In a shared prong setting, each stone shares one set of prongs with the stone next to it. With less visible metal, more light can pass through each diamond, which leads to added sparkle. Shared prong rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Pavé

In a pavé or micropavé setting, very small diamonds are held in place with smaller metal beads creating an encrusted or “paved” look (Pavé is French for paver). Pavé settings offer a twinkling, sparkly effect and convey a modern interpretation of an overall antique look. Note that pavé is not optimal for very active lifestyles. Pavé rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Channel

Channel settings do not include prongs, beads or any fixtures between diamonds. Instead, the diamonds are set closely together and are held in place by metal bars on each side. Channel-set diamonds are generally larger than pavé diamonds and smaller than shared prong diamonds. Channel settings offer a continuous sparkle all the way around the band and present a clean, contemporary appearance. They are also idea for anyone with an active lifestyle. Channel rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Side Stone

Side stone rings feature any number of additional diamonds surrounding a center diamond. Side Stone rings may be further customized with your choice of metal as well as a number of prong options and band treatments.

Split Shank

In a split shank ring, the band divides in two as it approaches the center diamond. The gap created between the two sides of the band can make your ring appear larger and more luxurious. Split shank is a band treatment that may be applied to a number of different ring styles.

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We source diamonds or other fine jewelry from the world's best vendors like Hearts on Fire (TM). We are a top producer for Hearts on Fire (15 years and counting) and are one of only 25 HOF certified repair centers in the world.

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