Your Guide to Choosing an Engagement Ring Style

You chose the perfect diamond, now you need to choose the engagement ring style that will be a ring she will want to wear for many years to come.

There are so many types and styles to choose from, but you know her best.

What can you envision her wearing? What kind of jewelry does she wear already? What styles has she "liked" on social media? Has she told any of her family or friends what she likes?

As your personal GIA expert Jewelry Concierge, I will guide you through questions like these and help you find or create that Perfect Ring that will make you the heroic Prince.

It will be a ring of her dreams that she will want to show off to all of her friends!

Engagement Ring Styles


A solitaire ring has a single stone, generally a diamond, set in a basic setting (usually four or six prongs).

The solitaire is:

  • One of the most popular engagement ring settings.

  • Simple, graceful and timeless.

  • Available in a wide range of sizes and designs.

A solitaire style designed with a narrow band will enhance the appearance of a smaller diamond and complement little or thin fingers.

A solitaire with a thicker band gives more variety:

You can have:

  • A split shank.

  • A more modern negative space look.

  • Engrave designs or patterns.

  • More options to setting the center diamond.

Ring guards (or ring wraps) are used in many solitaire rings to frame the central diamond and make it appear larger.


To provide the appearance of a solid diamond surface, a pavé engagement ring is encrusted with very little diamonds all around the band.

Because pave-set diamonds are held in place by tiny beads or prongs, very little of the metal band shows through, giving the impression that the diamonds are free-standing.

Pave settings can go all the way around the band (full pave) or stop halfway around it (half pave).

Micro pave rings are even more delicate and detailed than traditional pave.

Because the stones are so small, they appear to merge together and create a spectacular display of fire.

Pave engagement rings:

  • Are very popular.

  • Give a lot of glittering sparkle.

  • Are more delicate since the bead prongs are very small.

  • Shouldn't be worn for active women that are hard on their hands.

Channel Set

Small diamonds, usually round, princess or straight baguette, are inserted into a groove cut into each side on the mounting walls creating a channel.

The diamonds are held in place by a thin metal strip rather than prongs and sit side by side with no space in between each stone.

Channel set rings are:

  • Sturdier than other styles.

  • Protective of the diamonds.

  • Less likely to catch on clothing because the diamonds are flush with the band.

  • Gives an ALL diamond look since there is no metal in between the stones.

  • Great for active women.

  • A classic look.

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