Engagement Ring Styles 101

Engagement rings come in all gemstone shapes, settings and ring materials. When you're shopping for the perfect engagement ring, you'll need to consider these factors along the way. Here's a quick guide to help you find the perfect ring to symbolize your commitment to one another.

Gemstone Shape

Diamonds and gemstones come in many different shapes. Choose the one that you and your partner like best, but it's important to keep one thing in mind. In order to shape a gemstone, it must be cut into facets. This impacts the way the gemstone reflects light. Certain shapes lend to more sparkle, so if that's important to you, consider a round or radiant shaped diamond. The most common gemstone shapes are:

  • Round
  • Radiant
  • Emerald
  • Asscher
  • Cushion
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Marquise
  • Princess

Setting

Once you've chosen the perfect gemstone shape, you need to decide how it will be mounted on your engagement ring. Each setting consists of several prongs that hold your gemstone in place, just the way you'd like it. Depending on the shape you choose, you can pick from the following options:

  • Bezel
  • Channel
  • Prong
  • Tension
  • Flush
  • Pave
  • Three-stone
  • Halo
  • Split shank

Ring Material

Choosing the ring material is the final step in designing your custom engagement ring. When deciding on the right ring material, it's important to consider your budget and your individual needs. Tungsten, for example, is the most durable and scratch-proof material, while platinum is hypoallergenic and will never fade. Ring material options include:

  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Titanium
  • Yellow gold
  • Tungsten
  • Palladium
  • White gold
  • Rose gold

Once you've narrowed down your choices on the gemstone shape, setting and ring material, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect ring. Engagement rings are as unique as you and your partner, and we're here to help you find the perfect fit.