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What is a Low Profile Engagement Ring?

by Sophia Huxley
Posted July 2, 2021

Last updated on February 4, 2022

Are you looking for a showstopper engagement ring that doesn’t get snagged on clothes, get in the way during sports, or outlasts all of your other jewelry? You are a great candidate for a low-profile engagement ring!

Many take the name literally and assume that low-profile rings come with fewer, smaller diamonds, but that could not be farther from the truth. Low or high profile, both types of engagement rings can be glam or understated. The type, size, or amount of stones are not the defining features of a low-profile engagement ring. 

Low-profile rings aren’t necessarily understated. They can be gold, silver, studded entirely with pavé diamonds, or feature a classic solitaire.

Why Low-Profile?

The name actually comes from the height of the diamond from the band of the ring. Low-profile engagement rings have a low, flush to the band setting where the point of the diamond rests inside the band rather than on top of it.

You may even notice from a side profile that the band almost thins towards the middle so that the setting can rest on top. This creates a small difference in look but is a large change in the ring’s overall construction and effect.

Many low-profile options do not include peghead style settings, so keep in mind that it can be hard to use your existing ring if you want to upgrade the size or shape of the center diamond. 

Low vs. High Profile- How Can You Tell?

There are so many things to consider when looking at wedding rings, and now you’re wondering how you’ll know if you’re getting the low-profile ring that meets your needs or not.

Don’t worry! It is actually fairly easy to see whether your prospective jewelry is a high or low-profile ring once you know what you are looking for. The side view of the ring is what matters most when telling the difference. Clean Origin provides clear pictures of the side view of rings just for this purpose!

Look at the ring setting, which is the set of prongs that hold your diamond and other stones in place in your ring. The center setting, the middle stone holding prongs, is what you’re most focused on here.

If you look at the setting of a ring and the prongs extend from the top of the band to hold your diamond, it is a high-profile engagement ring. If the setting prongs extend from inside the band, which settles the diamond lower in the metal of the ring, it is a low-profile ring

Pros and Cons of Low Profile Engagement Ring

The Grand Mozart Bridal Set

Grand Mozart Bridal Set

Deciding between low and high-profile rings is often a matter of lifestyle and personal preference. That said, here are the pros and cons of low-profile engagement rings!

The Pros:

The pros of a low profile setting are that they are hard to damage and easy to keep sparkling clean. Also, they come in tons of styles, so you have plenty of options as you shop.

They are not great for additional stackable bands unless they’re custom matched to the shape of the settings curve since it is dropped lower. This is both a pro and con because while you can’t stack with just any ring, it does mean that many low-profile engagement rings are designed to come in a bridal set. A great example of this is our Grand Mozart Bridal Set, which comes with a gorgeous low-profile engagement ring and a curved stackable band studded with diamonds so that you get all of the sparkle you need. The stackable band compliments the engagement ring perfectly in a way that most uncurved bands could not.

The Cons:

The cons of low-profile rings are that the center stone doesn’t hit the light as much so you’ll miss some of the side bling that a high setting provides. Also keep in mind that many low-profile options don’t have pegheads, so the setting style is a fixed choice. This means that you will have to start from scratch if you want to change the shape or size of the center diamond.

While they can still be quite glitzy with large center diamonds, low-profile rings are a practical tradeoff of less light exposure and customization later on in return for protecting your ring from an active, exciting lifestyle. 

What are Low Profile Bezel Rings?

The Tina Bezel Three Stone Ring

Tina Bezel Three Stone Ring

Low-profile rings come in lots of different styles, but the lowest of the low-profile options is a bezel ring. These types of rings have a band of metal that wraps around the girdle of the diamond, holding it close to the band.

Rings where the stone seems to be part of the ring, and metal is folded around the edges of the stone to keep it in place are bezel rings. A great example of this is our Tina Bezel Three Stone Ring which has all the trademarks of a bezel set ring. The low-profile setting protects the ring and makes it a better choice for everyday wear.

Many people love the modern look of bezel rings as well, but they are not the ring for you if you want to change out the diamonds in them later. These rings are meant to hold your diamond forever, and no other. The priority with these types of rings is the comfort of wear because any diamond ring will be gorgeous but not all of them will be functional.

Comfort and Sophistication

Finding a ring can be a challenge with so many options, but it is important to choose a ring that best fits you. Bezel cut rings are not just comfortable and pretty, they are also really in style right now due to their modern look that maintains traditional stones in a simple, minimalist fashion. They match every type of outfit or extra piece of jewelry due to their setting type, making them a fan favorite for most people looking for a beautiful everyday ring. 

Cathedral Settings: The Middle Ground For Many

The London Cathedral Solitaire Ring

beautiful classic solitaire

If you’re nervous that a low-profile setting may not give you all the sparkle and customization you may need, but you think a high-profile setting is too risky for your busy day-to-day, check out cathedral settings!

These rings have a center stone flanked by two arches of metal that come up the shank. They are stable, have your stone lay flusher to your ring base, and have all the drama of a high setting. These types of rings have what looks almost like a basket underneath the arched metal, which is fertile ground for extra diamonds, decorative elements inside the structure, and even switching up the metal inside for a fun change of color.

A great example of this is Clean Origin’s London Cathedral Solitaire Ring. The basket underneath features romantic trellis details, and the diamond sits high but is well protected within the ring. If you want something with less detail work in the basket, there are definitely cathedral rings that appeal to the minimalist in us all.

Beautiful Minimalist Style

While they are great for extra details, some people choose rings like our Carlisle Cathedral Solitaire Ring because they want structural longevity without any added fuss.

Whether your choice of ring is about function, fashion, minimalism, or maximalism, there are rings of all heights, profiles, and designs available for you! Just keep in mind that some styles can be sturdier for certain activities, some are great if you want to change your ring up periodically, and some are perfect for stacking with any bridal band while others need a custom curved stackable set. 

The Carlisle Cathedral Solitaire Ring

classic solitaire

Clean Origin’s Nouveau Collection

Find the perfect engagement ring

If you want something that has exciting sparkle and provides lots of ring protection due to its low profile setting, check out Clean Origin’s Nouveau Collection!

The jewelry in this collection provides you the exciting drama of a brilliant diamond ring while protecting the overall setting from getting banged up or snapped off from years of wear and tear. It was designed with the modern minimalist in mind, melding sleek modern styles with traditional stone shapes and arrangements for the contemporary bride. 

There are sixteen items in this collection total, and all are showstoppers in their own right. Each has a wildly different carat amount, diamond cut, and setting height. To see so much variation and still be looking at a wide selection of low-profile rings is amazing!

Fashion Meets Function

Low-profile engagement rings come in all shapes and sizes, ranging across all style types. Clean Origin hoped to provide as many options as we could so that couples could find their forever jewelry with us and trust that not only does it match their personal style, but it meets their day-to-day jewelry needs.

Your engagement ring should be as strong as your love, and with a Nouveau Collection ring, it will last a lifetime. With a Clean Origin ring, you’re committing to a ring made with care for the world, for the environment, and for your lifestyle. Our hope is that the Nouveau Collection rings can travel the world with you, face the outdoors with you, and shine brightly at your hands-on workplace. 

Our Selection Of Low Profile Engagement Rings

The June Solitaire Ring

The June Solitaire Ring

If you’re struggling with where to start, here are three Clean Origin options that may help you start your journey. Each caters to a different personal style, so depending on which ones you enjoy you’ll have a better answer for which low profile engagement ring is the one for you.

The June Solitaire Ring is a sleek, classic piece with a few modernized elements such as a thinner band. This piece will likely appeal to someone looking for a modern classic. If you appreciate understated elegance, or you are a traditional minimalist, this is a great ring for you! It pairs well with other jewelry, makes a lovely everyday piece, and has a gorgeous round cut diamond so that your ring stands out, no extra glitz necessary. 

The Kate Ring

The Kate Ring

Let’s say you are more of a maximalist though. If you want something with some gorgeous detailing or a little extra sparkle added in, you might enjoy the Kate Ring.

This ring is amped up by a diamond-lined band and a hidden halo so that your low-profile engagement ring will glitter vibrantly from its low setting.

Topping out at forty gemstones, this ring is a wonderful piece for someone who likes to make a statement or someone who enjoys having their jewelry be a necessary accessory. If you want your everyday piece to be an exciting part of your signature style, the Kate Ring may be a stunning fit. 

The Cora Solitaire

The Cora Solitaire Ring

If you’re looking for something more sparkly than the June Solitaire, but the Kate Ring didn’t have the classically modern feel you loved about the June Solitaire, you should definitely consider the Cora Solitaire.

Combining an updated version of a classic style setting with a modern hidden diamond motif to add to the sparkle, the Cora Solitaire is the best of both worlds. The Cora Solitaire is for someone who likes a bit of sparkle but doesn’t want to overpower their ever-dynamic wardrobe. If your style changes often, or you just like having pieces that stand out without every piece being a statement piece, this ring is made for you.

You can have your modern elegance without sacrificing any sparkle with our low-profile engagement rings, and these three are just a few small examples of that.

Build the Perfect Ring

Whatever style you prefer we have waiting for you. As you peruse the catalog and take note of what you love, remember that if there isn’t an instant style you want, you can always take your newfound knowledge to our build your own ring tabs and create something unique. As you find the ring that is perfect for you, we hope that that means the ring is also perfect for your lifestyle, your style, and your planet.