Types of Diamond Engagement Ring

By: John Marks

There are all kinds of diamond engagement rings; the final choice really depends on individual taste and budget. Here are some of the main options:

Diamond Engagement Rings with a Solitaire
If you are after a classic diamond engagement ring, look no further than the solitaire. Always one of the most popular choices, the solitaire really showcases the selected diamond engagement ring. The solitaire diamond engagement ring is basically one diamond held in a prong setting that typically has 4-8 claws. Prongs are often made of platinum, a very strong and beautiful metal. The claws hold the diamond safely in place, and allow light to penetrate from all sides. The use of platinum as the material for the claws enables them to be made extremely thin, leaving more of the diamond visible.

Diamonds Engagement Rings with Three Diamonds
Engagement rings incorporating three diamonds are also known as past, present and future rings, symbolizing the time-transcending power of love. These types of engagement ring typically incorporate a center-piece diamond, with two smaller diamonds, or other stones, on either side. The three-diamond engagement ring works well with different diamond shapes, and can be given either a classic or contemporary design.

Diamond Engagement Rings with Side Stones
Side stones are typically incorporated into diamond engagement ring using a channel setting, which protects the diamonds while leaving a smooth edge. It's a great option for women with active lifestyles. Engagement rings with side stones go great as a pair of rings, one incorporating a solitaire. The side stone also emphasize the solitaire. There is something about engagement rings with side stones that just symbolizes timeless elegance.

Antique Diamond Engagement Rings
Engagement rings with designs inspired by different historic periods are quite popular at the moment. A great example are the Victorian style antique engagement rings, which were popular as the great diamond mines of South Africa were opened and diamonds became more readily available. Victorian inspired antique diamond engagement rings often combine diamonds with other precious stones. Other antique styles include Art Deco and Edwardian engagement rings.

Diamond Engagement Ring Sets
A set of diamond rings, particularly a wedding and engagement ring set, are the ultimate gift to you loved one. The combinations of rings are limited only by your imagination. It can be contemporary, or be fashioned in the style of one of the antique designs, such as Victorian or Edwardian. Excellent engagement ring set combinations include solitaire and side stone set rings, and a criss-cross engagement and wedding bridal setting. Engagement ring sets can either be worn together or separately, and this adds to their versatility.

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