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pave twisted shank with halo setting - engagement ring setting

Engagement Ring Setting: What's Your Style?


Choosing a setting is the most important decision when shopping for a ring. Read about your options in this comprehensive guide to engagement ring settings.

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Why?
With so many choices and designs, how do you pick the right engagement ring setting? Choosing a setting and style is one of the most important decisions you'll make about your engagement ring.

We'll discuss everything you need to know, from how stones are held in the ring to how embellishments and finishes impact the overall look. You'll also learn the terms to describe things like stone arrangement and ring structure, so you can make important style decisions. Finally, we'll discuss vintage styles and the top engagement ring trends for 2019.

There's a lot to consider when picking an engagement ring setting. By taking your time and looking at plenty of pictures, you'll find the right setting for your engagement ring.

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Knowing the words to describe a ring will help you narrow your search. This ring features a twisted pavé band and a sunburst halo. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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How is the Gemstone Held in the Ring?

First of all, you need to make sure that your center stone is held securely in the ring. Just how secure it needs to be depends on your lifestyle.

Prongs

In most rings, stones are held in place by prongs. For round shapes, either four or six prongs may be used. Six prongs provide a more secure setting, but four prongs will hold a stone well for anyone with a less active lifestyle or a smaller stone. Four prongs will also allow more light into the gemstone, improving its sparkle.

Different fancy shapes may require a different number of prongs. For pear, marquise, and heart shapes, V-shaped prongs may hold the sharp corners, providing protection from chipping.

  • engagement ring settings - claw prongs
    Claw prongs on a rose gold solitaire ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

  • claw prongs - engagement ring setting
    Claw prongs on a rose gold solitaire ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

  • engagement ring settings - double and triple prongs
    Triple prongs on the center diamond and double prongs on the garnet side stones. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
  • triple prongs - engagement ring setting
    Triple prongs on the center diamond and double prongs on the garnet side stones. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
  • engagement ring settings - v shape prongs
    Trillion-shape diamond with v-prong setting. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

  • V-prongs - engagement ring setting
    Trillion-shape diamond with v-prong setting. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

  • engagement ring settings - decorative leaf prongs on a moonstone
    Leaf-shape prongs on a moonstone ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

  • decorative leaf prongs - engagement ring settings
    Leaf-shape prongs on a moonstone ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

    Prongs can snag on clothing, making them less ideal for those with active lifestyles. Still, they allow a lot of light to reach the gemstone, creating more brilliance and fire. The most commonly used setting, prongs are a classic and timeless choice.

    Although secure, prongs can loosen with time and wear. Have a jeweler check the prongs of your engagement ring every year to ensure that the stone remains firmly held.

    Bezel

    For those with very active lifestyles, chipping and snagging a ring stone can be worrisome. A bezel setting will completely protect the outer edges of the gem. With a sleek and modern look, bezel settings certainly provide the best protection.

    bezel set asscher diamond - engagement ring setting
    This bezel-set asscher-cut moissanite is certainly protected. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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    While easy to maintain and worry-free, bezel settings hide part of the stone, making it appear slightly smaller. They also reduce the amount of light hitting the stone, which reduces brilliance and fire.

    Some settings employ a half bezel to hold the gem in place. While this will still hold it securely, it doesn't provide the protection against chipping that a full bezel would.

    engagement ring settings - half-bezel
    Unlike a full bezel, the half bezel in this engagement ring setting leaves the diamond somewhat vulnerable to chipping. Check out the video. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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    Tension

    Specially made ring bands can also hold gemstones in place with tension. This setting provides both security and plenty of light, but resizing is difficult and expensive.

    engagement ring setting - tension-set diamond
    This 1.50-ct diamond in a tension setting certainly gets a lot of light. Check out the video. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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    Tension settings can also make small diamonds appear smaller, since the metal is typically thick.

    Some settings employ a tension style, where the stone appears to be tension-set but is actually held by additional structures behind the stone. These settings still allow plenty of light to reach the stone but will be easier to resize.

    faux tension setting - engagement ring setting
    This faux tension engagement ring setting keeps the gem in place, another great option for a unique design. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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    Flush

    An ancient method of setting gems, a flush setting, also called a "hammer" setting, provides great protection for the gemstone. A jeweler drills a hole into the ring metal, places the gem, and hammers metal around it to hold it in place.

    This setting provides great protection and a sleek, understated look. However, since the gem needs to be smaller than the band, only smaller stones are flush-set.

    flush-set diamond - engagement ring setting
    Despite the ancient origins of the flush setting, a flush-set diamond can have a rather sleek and modern look. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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    Settings for Small Accents and Wedding Bands

    Pavé

    Small accents stones add sparkle or color to a ring or band. Thus, many modern rings employ pavé-set diamonds to create the effect that the ring is paved with diamonds. Pavé-set diamonds are held by tiny prongs and can be quite close together, creating a stunning effect. However, this setting isn't the most durable. Prongs can snag and loosen with wear or during resizing, and you may lose these diamonds if you don't regularly take the ring to a jeweler for maintenance.

    princess-cut diamond in pavé setting - engagement ring setting
    This princess-cut engagement ring setting has a tapered pavé band and a pavé wedding ring that slots into it, making it even more unique. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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    Channel Setting

    Channel-set stones are better protected than pavé-set stones. This setting employs metal bands on either side of a row of diamonds or accent gems. Channel settings are great for jewelry for those with active lifestyles, but they can still make resizing difficult. In addition, damage to the metal channels can make the ring hard to repair.

    blue zircon with channel-set diamonds - engagement ring setting
    Channel-set diamonds certainly add extra sparkle in this wavy blue zircon engagement ring setting. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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    Bar Setting

    Jewelers can also employ vertical bars of metal to set accent diamonds. Since the vertical bars cover less of the gem, this provides slightly more sparkle than a channel setting but also slightly less security.

    engagement ring settings - bar-set eternity band
    This wedding band features bar-set diamonds, another option for diamond accents. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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    Arranging Stones in an Engagement Ring Setting

    There are many ways to arrange diamonds and other gemstones in rings. How you decide to present the star of the show — or whether there is one at all — constitutes one of the most important aspects of the engagement ring setting.

    Solitaire

    The classic solitaire will never go out of style. The most popular ring setting of all, the solitaire  features a single stone, usually a diamond, and always makes a good engagement ring choice. Better yet, the setting itself is less expensive than other engagement ring settings.

    • prong-set diamond solitaire - engagement ring setting
      Diamond solitaire with four-prong setting. © James Allen. Used with permission.
    • aquamarine solitaire with filigree - engagement ring setting
      Aquamarine solitaire with filigree. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
    • bezel-set solitaire - engagement ring setting
      Bezel-set diamond solitaire. © James Allen. Used with permission.
    • topaz solitaire with twisting band - engagement ring setting
      Princess-cut topaz solitaire with twisting infinity band. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

      Halo

      Halo rings are another popular style. With a ring of diamonds around the center stone, they have a ton of sparkle, and the center stone actually appears larger. While most popular for smaller diamond center stones, halo settings also look great with large diamonds or colored gemstones.

      • small diamond halo - engagement ring setting
        Halo settings can make small diamonds like this 0.26-ct stone look larger. © James Allen. Used with permission.
      • half-halo - engagement ring setting
        A half-halo ring gives you the option of adding the other half in your wedding band. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
      • double halo - engagement ring setting
        Some rings employ a double halo. © James Allen. Used with permission.

      • princess square halo - engagement ring setting
        Square halos around princess-cut diamonds show off the sharp geometry. © James Allen. Used with permission.
      • scalloped halo - engagement ring setting
        This curvy look is called a "scalloped" halo. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

      • floral halo - engagement ring setting
        Floral halos are a beautiful vintage look. © James Allen. Used with permission.

      • garnet with seed pearl halo - engagement ring setting
        A halo of seed pearls is a soft, vintage look for this garnet engagement ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
      • sapphire sunburst halo - engagement ring setting
        This diamond ring has a chunky "sunburst" sapphire halo. © James Allen. Used with permission.

        Three-Stone

        In a three-stone ring, the center gemstone is flanked by smaller stones on both sides. Representing the past, present, and future, three-stone rings are also great for increasing sparkle. In this arrangement, smaller side stones will make the center appear larger.

        • three-stone ring with twisted shank - engagement ring setting
          This three-stone ring features a sapphire and small diamonds on a twisted shank. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

        • three-stone ring with bypass setting - engagement ring setting
          A bypass setting for a three-stone ring is a subtle twist on the classic. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

        • trillion-cut diamond in three-stone setting - engagement ring setting
          Trillion-cut diamonds are a popular choice in three-stone rings like this champagne sapphire ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

        • emerald-cut three stone - engagement ring setting
          A three-stone ring with emerald-cut diamonds adds subtle sparkle. © James Allen. Used with permission.

        • three-stone ring with channel setting - engagement ring setting
          A princess cut diamond with a princess-cut alexandrite on either side, plus channel-set diamonds and alexandrites makes for a unique, color-changing engagement ring setting. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

          Side Stone

          Featuring more than three stones, side stone rings are a great way to make your engagement ring setting unique and special. While the center stone remains the star of the show, small and often colorful accents add character to the band.

          side stones on floral - engagement ring setting
          Emeralds accent the leaves in this floral moissanite engagement ring setting, emphasizing the nature-inspired design and also adding a pop of color. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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          Two-Stone

          Two-stone rings, or "toi et moi" rings, represent two souls coming together. Typically, both gems are the same size and shape. While some prefer the look of identical stones, others may prefer to mix and match.

          • two-stone amethyst - engagement ring setting
            This two-stone ring features round amethysts. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
          • two-stone emerald and sapphire - engagement ring setting
            Pear-shape emerald and sapphire form two halves of a heart. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

            Cluster

            In a cluster setting, a jeweler sets several stones close together so they resemble one large center stone. If you like the appearance of a large stone but not the cost, a cluster setting might be right for you.

            cluster - engagement ring setting
            An oval dome of small diamonds gives off a lot of sparkle, so it will look larger than one diamond for the same budget. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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            Embellishments

            While some prefer plain and simple jewelry designs, others want a more intricate engagement ring setting. Here are some terms you might encounter when shopping.

            Filigree

            Filigree refers to intricate, decorative metalwork where a jeweler takes a strand of metal and twists it into a decorative shape, then solders it to the jewelry. It often results in a lacy and delicate appearance.

            filigree and amethyst - engagement ring setting
            Airy filigree and a hidden diamond certainly make this amethyst ring unique. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            "Scrollwork" is a common type of filigree. Engagement rings with scrollwork feature S-shaped metal decorations, curving in on themselves like the ends of an unfurled scroll. "Vining" filigree lends itself to nature-inspired designs. Filigree can also create geometric, Art Deco-style symmetric forms.

            Milgrain

            Milgrain is decorative, tiny to small metal beads. Often a border decoration, milgrain can add texture and detail to an engagement ring.

            milgrain - engagement ring setting
            While milgrain adds interesting details to this ring, it also makes it harder to clean. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Engraving

            Jewelry can also have engraved elements, where a jeweler cuts into the metal to create images. Similarly, relief refers to a deeper engraving technique. Here, a jeweler will carve away material to create a background and engrave the foreground in more detail.

            engraved band - engagement ring setting
            Engraved detail complements this rose-cut diamond beautifully. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Melee

            This term refers to small diamonds or colored gemstones, most often pavé or even tinier micro-pavé diamonds.

            Engagement Ring Structure

            Whether you've chosen a solitaire or a three-stone ring, there are still many different types of rings to choose from.

            Straight Band

            The classic and most common style, a straight band goes around the finger with the base of the prongs or bezel setting attached to the band.

            straight band - engagement ring setting
            A straight band like this 0.91-ct diamond solitaire engagement ring setting is a classic, so it will never go out of style. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Cathedral

            In a cathedral setting, intricate filigree and sometimes accent stones decorate the sides. This setting raises the gems higher, allowing more light to hit them. However, these high-set stones are also more susceptible to bumps, scratches, and snags, so a cathedral setting may not be ideal for those with an active lifestyle.

            cathedral style - engagement ring setting
            This cathedral setting raises the enerald high above the finger, giving it more light. It also includes a "peek-a-boo" diamond seen only from the side. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Bypass

            The ring shank in a bypass setting looks like a single turn of a screw. With the band touching the upper part of the stone on one side and the lower part on the other, bypass rings symbolize two parts becoming one.

            princess cut with bypass setting - engagement ring setting
            In contrast to flowing bypass rings with round stones, this unique engagement ring setting shows off the sharp geometry of a princess cut. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Split Shank

            Some modern ring styles incorporate a split shank. Here, the ring band splits in two near the gem setting, creating negative space. Sometimes, the four pieces of metal become the prongs holding the gem in place.

            cushion morganite halo with split shank - engagement ring setting
            Split shank styles look great with larger stones like this cushion-cut morganite. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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            Ring Band Shapes

            On top of these options, you can also add more style and personality to the band of the ring. For the greatest comfort and classic style, a rounded band is perfect. If you prefer just a little bit of flair, you could opt for a knife edge band, like the one used in a Tiffany setting. Or, to make the center stone appear larger, you could pick a band that tapers to a narrower width near the stone.

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              Solitaire ring with a small, round, comfortable band. © James Allen. Used with permission.
            • tiffany setting - engagement ring setting
              Tiffany-style knife-edge solitaire engagement ring setting. © James Allen. Used with permission.
            • tapered band - engagement ring setting
              Solitaire ring with tapered band. © James Allen. Used with permission.

              Bands with Sparkle

              Diamond-encrusted pavé bands are popular, since they add sparkle without drawing attention away from the center stone. Pavé diamonds can either go fully around the band or just halfway. Channel-set diamonds in the band are another option with greater durability.

              engagement ring setting - half-pave band
              A delicate half-pave band gives extra sparkle to this morganite engagement ring. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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              Even More Styles

              Rope or cable-style bands have two or more strands of metal elegantly twisted around one another. Infinity bands take it one step further, leaving open, negative space between the strands that resembles the symbol for infinity (∞).

              • twisted pave rope - engagement ring setting
                Twisting one pavé strand with a plain metal strand gives the engagement ring band an interesting texture. © James Allen. Used with permission.
              • rope bypass - engagement ring setting
                This bypass setting has a unique cable texture, adding interest to the ring. © James Allen. Used with permission.
              • pave infinity band - engagement ring setting
                The pavé infinity band leaves open space. © James Allen. Used with permission.

                You could also opt for two bands, either parallel to one another or criss-crossing to make an "X" under the center stone.

                criss-cross - engagement ring setting
                An engagement ring setting with a criss-cross pavé band will certainly turn heads. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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                Jewelers can also decorate bands with filigree, milgrain, or engravings.

                filigree and milgrain band - engagement ring setting
                This emerald ring displays leafy filigree and milgrain on the band, certainly adding a nature feel to the emerald's mossy green. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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                Metal Finishes

                Not all jewelry is finished to a high polish. While most prefer the glossy look, some prefer other finishes. If you want a less flashy design that won't show so many fingerprints, take a look at these finishes.

                • polish and brush finishes - engagement ring setting
                  Although a polished finish is the norm, wire brush is great for softer looks. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                • wire brush and hammered textures - engagement ring setting
                  This ring features wire brush and hammered textures. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                • soft brush morganite - engagement ring setting
                  Soft brush techniques certainly give this morganite engagement ring a unique look. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                  What Exactly does "Vintage" Mean?

                  Technically, vintage refers to something at least 20 to 30 years old. In terms of engagement rings, vintage usually refers to the ring's style, not its age. If someone has been hinting that they want a vintage engagement ring, they usually mean one with intricate metalwork rather than a simpler design. (However, if they frequent second-hand and antique shops, they may actually prefer an older piece).

                  Vintage engagement ring settings can certainly have a number of different styles. Art Deco involves symmetry and repeated geometric patterns, while Edwardian jewelry involves intricate filigree, often scrolling and floral design. Victorian jewelry often includes rows of diamonds.

                  • Art Deco style - engagement ring setting
                    This engagement ring setting uses repeated geometric designs and milgrain, so often used in Art Deco styles. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                  • art deco emerald - engagement ring setting
                    This emerald and diamond ring also utilizes geometric design. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                  • emerald with scrolling - engagement ring setting
                    Intricate filigree evokes the Edwardian style. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                  • Edwardian style - engagement ring setting
                    Another example of Edwardian influence, curved filigree around the tourmaline center stone provides contrast to the design's sharp points. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                  • victorian style - engagement ring setting
                    In contrast, rows of diamonds and halo settings evoke the Victorian era. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                    Still, the term "vintage" is a type of catch-all that some jewelers use to imply a more intricate and involved engagement ring design, even if it incorporates more modern elements.

                    Popular Engagement Ring Styles for 2020

                    If you're looking for a trendy engagement ring, you'll want to know what's popular this year. So, take a look at these trends and see what catches your eye.

                    Oval Shapes

                    Not all diamonds are round. While round diamonds are the most popular shape, more and more people are opting for fancy shapes. For example, oval-cut diamonds are some of the top-trending stones, and there are some great reasons to choose them. These shapes aren't just cheaper than round diamonds, they also have larger surfaces for the same carat weight! Furthermore, their elongated shape even makes the finger appear longer and slimmer, and with their great sparkle there's little reason to pass on these shapes.

                    • oval-cut diamond in halo setting - engagement ring setting
                      Halo settings look great for ovals. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                    • oval twisted pave shank - engagement ring setting
                      Elongated oval shapes are also great for split shank or double-shank rings. © James Allen. Used with permission.
                    • three stone ring with ruby oval - engagement ring setting
                      Oval shapes are certainly a classic for ruby rings. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                    • oval-cut emerald side stone - engagement ring setting
                      Oval-cut emeralds look great, too. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                      Oval-cut diamonds can look like a slight twist on the classic round. They're also a great choice for colored gemstones. Read our buying guide for oval-cut diamonds for more on these great shapes.

                      Pear Shapes

                      Pear shapes are quite popular, too. Furthermore, they have a similar price point and face-up size as ovals. Pear-shaped diamonds are more unusual, but this shape dates back hundreds of years. In nature-inspired rings, pears can symbolize water and rain, but they also look great in antique and simpler settings.

                      • pear pave split shank - engagement ring setting
                        Pear shapes will still look large in a split shank engagement ring setting. © James Allen. Used with permission.
                      • halo setting with seed pearls - engagement ring setting
                        This split-shank teardrop ring also features seed pearls in a nod to vintage design. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                      • bezel-set pear-cut topaz - engagement ring setting
                        Simple curves certainly complement pear shapes. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                      • pear-cut pink sapphire - engagement ring setting
                        Sharp angles can also complement a pear-shape gemstone. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                        These shapes are also wonderful for colored gemstones and are top choices for ruby and sapphire rings. However, these shapes aren't easy to judge, so read our buying guide for pear-shaped diamonds before choosing one.

                        Colored Gemstones

                        As more and more brides seek something unique for their engagement ring setting, many opt for colored gemstones. Whether as small accent stones or the star of the show, a gem with a pop of color adds a personal touch to a ring.

                        Blue gemstones are particularly trendy, especially sapphire and aquamarine. These gemstones are durable enough for ring use and certainly have great color. As center stones, surrounding them with a halo of diamonds will add bright sparkle and interest. Alternatively, as side stones for diamond rings, they will add color without distracting from the diamond's sparkle.

                        • princess diana style - engagement ring setting
                          Inspired by Princess Diana's ring, a sapphire with a diamond sunburst halo is always in style. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                        • aquamarine in nature-inspired setting - engagement ring setting
                          Aquamarine and nature-inspired settings are both trendy this year. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                        • three-stone ring with sapphire and diamonds - engagement ring setting
                          A simple three-stone setting features a sapphire center and two diamonds. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
                        • sapphire accent stones - engagement ring setting
                          Sapphires look great as accent stones, too. © CustomMade. Used with permission.

                          Of course, the world of colored gemstones offers many more options. If you're not sure which gemstone to choose, check out some of these options:

                          Or, read more about how to choose these gemstones for an engagement ring:

                          Geometric Design and Art Deco Vintage Styles

                          Hexagonal and octagonal patterns offer an unusual geometry for engagement rings. These shapes are often used for halo settings around a round center stone.

                          octagon halo - engagement ring setting
                          In contrast to the round diamond, an octagon halo gives this ring a geometric form. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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                          Repeating patterns found in Art Deco-inspired engagement rings offer another kind of geometric symmetry. Art Deco styles are typically more intricate but also less likely to look dated a few years from now.

                          art deco yellow sapphire - engagement ring setting
                          The repeating patterns on this yellow sapphire ring are certainly Art Deco inspired. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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                          Double Bands

                          Using two bands for the engagement ring, or an interlocking wedding band, gives the engagement ring a completely different look. Though it may overwhelm a smaller diamond, double bands are perfect for elongated shapes like oval, pear, marquise, and emerald cuts.

                          double band - engagement ring setting
                          Featuring two pavé bands, this engagement ring will certainly give off a lot of sparkle. © James Allen. Used with permission.
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                          Twisting Bands

                          If you're looking for a more low-key trend, try this one. Rope-style bands give an elegant twist to a classic solitaire or halo ring. Whether polished metal or pavé, this trend gives some texture and interest to the ring without distracting from the center stone.

                          twisting shank with lab-made sapphire - engagement ring setting
                          Twisting bands give this sapphire ring a nice flow, reminiscent of water. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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                          Classic Styles

                          If none of these trends are quite what you're looking for, don't forget the classics! Solitaire and halo settings are still extremely popular. Pair them with a plain band for a simple look or a pavé band for extra flair.

                          classic solitaire engagement ring setting
                          A simple, classic solitaire. © CustomMade. Used with permission.
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                          Where Should I Buy an Engagement Ring?

                          An engagement ring is a personal and expensive purchase, so you'll want to be sure that your ring has high quality and exceptional beauty for a fair price. For the best prices and excellent quality, we recommend creating an engagement ring online from a setting and a loose stone that you choose yourself.

                          While many companies allow you to create your own ring online, look for those that allow you to see the center gemstone before you buy. With online video options, you can see for yourself the diamond's sparkle or the gemstone's color and judge how well they perform. You can also see if they have unattractive clarity imperfections or off shapes. Without this, you'll only have the company's word that your ring will be beautiful.

                          To create your own ring, we recommend using James Allen. With hundreds of thousands of diamonds on offer, each with a 360° video to view their performance, you'll be able to find your dream stone. Plus, they offer tons of engagement ring settings and allow you to preview what your diamond will actually look like when set in the ring!

                          However, you'll have a hard time finding a quality colored gemstone through James Allen. Most of their gemstones are overly dark or light or simply poorly cut.

                          If you're looking for a colored gemstone ring, or if you just can't find the right setting for your diamond, consider designing a completely unique, custom ring using CustomMade. Their jewelry experts will create the perfect setting with you, and set it with a diamond or colored gemstone ideal for your budget and style.


                          Addison Rice

                          A geologist, environmental engineer and Caltech graduate, Addison’s interest in the mesmerizing and beautiful results of earth’s geological processes began in her elementary school’s environmental club. When she isn’t writing about gems and minerals, Addison spends winters studying ancient climates in Iceland and summers hiking the Colorado Rockies.

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