These days, many customers want engagement rings with diamond halos and pave shanks for maximum sparkle. We don’t blame them! Diamond-encrusted setting styles can be beautiful, eye catching, and unique.
At the same time, there’s something to be said for a simple diamond solitaire engagement ring. You probably already have an engagement ring setting style in mind, but in this post we’ll explain what a solitaire setting is and ask you to reconsider the often-ignored solitaire.
The word “solitaire” is a derivative of the Latin word solitarius, which means “alone” or “by itself.” Being alone doesn’t necessarily have to be a negative circumstance. Instead, being alone can be empowering – there’s strength in independence and carving your own path. In a market saturated with ornate rings, wearing a solitaire ring is an expression of individuality and confidence.
Advantages of a Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring
- It probably won’t ever go out of style. Like fashion trends, engagement ring styles come and go. If you visit a second-hand jewelry shop and view some of the ring styles from the 1980s, you probably won’t be impressed. Avoid engagement ring style regret by choosing the most classic and timeless look: a diamond solitaire engagement ring. The vintage De Beers ad on the left, which features a diamond solitaire engagement ring, still looks contemporary, even though the makeup and styling don’t.
- It can easily be upgraded in the future. Some couples opt for a “starter” solitaire engagement ring because they know they’ll eventually upgrade their diamond or even their setting. Maybe they can afford a high-quality center stone now but can’t yet afford the diamond-encrusted setting they desire. It’s easy to remove a diamond from a solitaire setting and reset it in a new setting at any time.
- It allows your center stone to truly shine. If you’re investing in a gorgeous center stone, don’t you want it to take center stage? In general, solitaire settings best allow light to shine through the diamond and help showcase its beauty. No ornaments can distract from the sheer brilliance of your diamond.
Our Five Favorite Solitaire Styles
Nearly any size stone can fit in this very simple and delicate solitaire engagement ring setting. Choose from white, yellow, and rose gold colors in both 14 and 18 karat gold purity.
This 2.5 mm band is slightly thicker than the first option and also has an interesting beveled edge that encircles the entire ring. The gold, in the color and karat weight of your choice, rises to meet the diamond in the center with a sturdy prong setting that will hold the diamond in place.
Looking for something a little more contemporary than the traditional first two options? Look no further than this sleek 4 mm band with a bezel setting that completely surrounds your center diamond and protects it. With a bezel setting, not as much light will be able to pass through your diamond, but the overall appearance will be sleek, minimalist, and seamless.
Why not try a 2 mm band with a split shank, which means the band divides before it meets the center diamond. The split allows some skin to show through and adds some visual interest that draws the eye to the rings’ main attraction.
If you’d like your solitaire to have some visual interest in the side view, consider cathedral-style setting, which means that the shank and prongs are formed in an arch-like design. It’s classic and elegant, and it looks just like the architectural details on a cathedral.
Did you ever realize how many types of solitaire settings exist? Would you consider custom designing any of these solitaire engagement ring settings by choosing your own diamond?
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