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Wedding Ring Styles: 10 Takes on the Most Popular Ones

by Clean Origin
Posted February 25, 2022

The search for your wedding ring styles can be one of the most memorable moments of your life.

With that said, it can also be one of the most stressful. That statement is especially true if you have a specific taste.

Everyone checks the closest jewelry stores in their town in hopes of finding their perfect ring. 

If you’ve been searching for your perfect ring, you’ve probably searched all the jewelry stores closest to you. You might’ve noticed that once you start engagement ring shopping, the wedding ring styles all begin to swirl together.

I mean, once you’ve seen one halo setting, you’ve pretty much seen all halo engagement rings, am I right? 

You might watch people swoon over solitaire settings, but maybe they all look the same to you.

Maybe you’re someone whose tastes are just outside of the norm. Perhaps you would prefer an engagement ring with pink diamonds or blue sapphires instead of white diamonds.

To help you narrow it down, I’ve compiled a list of 10 unique twists on the most popular engagement ring styles around. Even if these ring styles don’t quite fit the bill, you’ll get more than enough ideas. 

1 Solitaire Engagement Ring

What kind of guide would this be if we didn’t start with the ultimate classic engagement ring?

The solitaire ring is an oldie but a goodie. A traditional solitaire ring setting consists of a plain metal band that leads up to one central stone. 

A solitaire band can be flat, rounded, or knife-edge style. The knife-edge solitaire is often the most affordable ring setting. 

The ring head prongs can have tiny stones around the prongs, but the classic style is always plain high-polished gold. 

Vintage styles like scroll details, leaves, or etched engagement rings are going to be your friend. These artsy details will dress up the classic solitaire and still make sure your diamond is front and center. 

Etched engagement rings have a thicker band, so there’s enough room for the details. A hidden halo would also be a unique feature that keeps the solitaire style.  

If you prefer a thin band, you can choose a solitaire setting with details up towards the prongs. If you’re lucky, you might even find a solitaire engagement ring style with a thin, detailed band like the Petal Solitaire ring below. 

2 Halo Engagement Ring

A solitaire engagement ring is known for its sleek and minimalist style. A halo engagement ring is the opposite. Halo rings are meant for those who want more than just a little sparkle in their lives. 

The traditional halo setting has a ring of small diamonds around your center stone. Halo rings are probably the second most popular ring setting out there, but there are a couple of ways to make them stand out.

Traditionally, most of these rings styles have one halo surrounding the center. Why not opt for a double halo or a triple halo? An excellent way to make a double halo diamond ring stand out is by choosing a two-toned halo, like white gold and yellow gold.

You can also choose a halo style whose halo is affixed creatively. The metal shows, but it offers more variation for this traditional style. This engagement ring style features a halo made of baguette diamonds arranged geometrically. It’s a creative spin on a popular style.

3 Bezel Engagement Ring

A bezel setting used to be classified as a unique engagement ring but increased in popularity. The traditional bezel setting features your center stone set flush with the metal. The top of your center stone will have a metal ring around it.

A bezel setting has become popular for those with active lifestyles or who can’t wear high-profile ring settings. Most bezel settings out there are full bezels, but half bezel engagement rings put a unique spin to it. 

They’re harder to find but stand out from the crowd when you do.

Almost every bezel engagement ring you’ll see will be in white gold. It’d be lovely to see someone choose this setting in yellow gold or rose gold.

4 Three Stone Engagement Ring Styles

Three Stone settings are classic engagement rings with a romantic background. Instead of one center stone, there are three. The middle stone might be a more significant carat weight than the other two, but all three stones will be prominent.

The stones in a three-stone engagement ring are said to represent each phase of your love: the past, present, and future. 

This engagement ring setting has always been an option, but not many choose them. People often choose them as an upgrade engagement ring or an anniversary band.

A three-stone engagement ring is too high, too expensive, or just too bulky for some. However, they can be versatile in style. A three-stone diamond engagement ring can be more modern and edgy or pass as a gorgeous vintage engagement ring. You won’t find too many three-stone diamond engagement rings with vintage detailing, like this engagement ring below.

5 Side Stone Engagement Ring Styles

Some people might confuse a three-stone engagement ring style with a side stone engagement ring because they all have three larger stones. The difference between these engagement ring styles is in their arrangement.

There is one center stone in a side stone setting and a stone on either side of it. The two stones are set more into the band of the ring. Some settings might only have the three stones with a clean, polished band, while others might be adorned with melee diamonds. However, despite this slight difference, most side stone rings coexist with three stone rings.

There are a few fun things you can look for when choosing side stone engagement rings. Opt for an engagement ring with colored side stones. Often, you’ll see fun shapes like trilliants, trapezoids, or tapered baguette side stones. Look for side stone engagement rings that aren’t too close to the same size as your center. That also helps your ring look less like a three stone.

The Non-Specific Engagement Ring Styles

The following 5 ring styles have more to do with the diamond accents and ring shank of your engagement ring or wedding band. You can incorporate these ring setting styles into any of the engagement ring styles we’ve already mentioned.

6 Pavé Setting

Pavé diamonds have become a staple to many when selecting an engagement ring setting with smaller diamonds. “Pave” is a French word meaning “paved.” In a pavé setting, the band is adorned with tiny diamonds with very little metal showing between the stones. It’s said to look like a road paved with accent diamonds.

To add a unique spin to a popular style like a pavé setting, you should choose an engagement ring style that isn’t seen as popular. Pave diamonds can be found in almost any ring setting, whether it’s a cathedral, halo setting, or most vintage engagement rings.

This Oceana engagement ring setting below breaks the rules of pave engagement rings. The ring metal shows but instead of between the diamonds. They swirl around it like ocean waves. The pavé diamonds swirl around the entire band. Eternity rings are pretty easy to find among wedding bands, but eternity engagement ring settings are pretty scarce.

7 Cathedral Setting

An engagement ring in a cathedral setting can be any style, but they’re most often found as a solitaire engagement ring style. The biggest giveaway of a cathedral setting is a metal bar underneath your center diamond connecting both sides of your engagement ring like a bridge. You can only find cathedral settings in engagement ring styles, not wedding rings.

You’ll find that most cathedral settings are high-profile diamond engagement rings. The ring style is excellent for making your center stone the star of the show by elevating it from the rest of your engagement ring like a pedestal.

Finding a unique cathedral setting can prove to be difficult because this classic engagement ring style combines with so many other engagement ring settings. This 14K rose gold. A low-set diamond halo setting features a beautifully designed cathedral bar with hidden diamonds below it for a unique take on a classic ring style.

8 Channel Setting

A channel-setting engagement ring directly speaks to the way your melee stones are aligned in your wedding band. The diamonds are set side by side in a channel with a metal border on the top and bottom of the diamonds. Sometimes the channel the diamonds are sitting in is solid metal, and sometimes it’s open.

Channel set diamonds are either round stones or princess-cut stones. Princess cut channel setting engagement rings look like tiled diamonds. Channel setting engagement rings are often bulkier, not dainty like a prong setting with pave diamonds.

To dress up a channel setting, you should choose an engagement ring that features the channels creatively. So many channel set engagement rings have clean lines and large diamonds. Selecting a channel set engagement ring featuring accent diamonds and a whimsical style like this white gold oval shape like the Waverly Engagement Ring. We like the way the diamond channels swirl around on the engagement ring, plus you also have hidden diamonds along with the cathedral.

9 Prong Setting

A prong setting refers to how your diamonds are placed in the setting. Quite simply, the diamonds will be held up by prongs.

In an engagement ring, it might refer to the way your center stone is held up or the way your melee diamonds are held up. It’s more about the prongs than the diamonds. A prong-setting engagement ring is the direct opposite of a channel setting.

Instead of being set down into the band, the tiny diamonds are held up by prongs. The style of the prong setting may differ, such as single prong settings or shared prong settings. All pave diamond engagement rings are prong settings because they’re all held up by tiny prongs.

We recommend choosing a freeform ring style for prong-set diamonds. A split shank or tension setting would give it an exotic look. Split shanks look like two bands connect to your center stone, but there’s space in between them. At the bottom of the ring shank, the two bands come together as if they were always one band.

You can usually find tension ring settings under the Unique categories on most jewelry store websites. Tension settings make your center stone appear as if it’s floating. If you’re someone who prefers a round brilliant diamond engagement ring, a tension setting is unique enough to still make the most popular diamond shape stand out and make those prong-set stones stand out as a freeform shape.

10 Cluster Setting

A cluster ring setting most often describes the type of center stone style you’ve chosen. If your engagement ring has a center, it’ll be a solid stone or multiple small stones. From far away, it can seem like one solid stone.

The cost of a cluster ring is what draws buyers in. They’re more affordable than engagement rings with a single carat weight. That’s because it’s much harder to cut a high-quality piece of a rough diamond to fit a 1-carat diamond than 8 small diamonds that make up the same width. The total carat weight of your small diamonds could be more than a 1-carat engagement ring and still cost less.

Clusters can have many different styles since the type only focuses on the arrangement of the center stone. Opt for a more traditional approach to the style. When the diamonds are set this close together, your engagement ring will sparkle in every direction. Choose a yellow gold or rose gold ring setting that will make all those stones pop.

Conclusion

The truth is, people have been getting engaged for years and years. It’s hard to find a ring no one else has or has seen. But there are so many ways to put your own unique mark on your ring.

Hopefully, you’ve got a general idea of the most popular engagement ring styles and how to choose one that stands out. Happy hunting!