An engagement ring is perhaps one of the most significant and important pieces of diamond jewelry any woman will ever have. For this reason, when choosing a diamond engagement ring, it’s very important to select the style and design that suits the prospective bride’s finger, personality and…budget!
There are many different styles of engagement rings. Here at Jordan River Diamonds for example we design, manufacture and sell solitaire, sidestone, classic, halo, vintage and twist diamond engagement rings.
However, two styles stand out for their popularity worldwide: solitaire and classic engagement ring styles. This article will look at the Classic engagement ring style and another article will examine the solitaire engagement ring style.
Classic, Aesthetic And Popular
The term “classic” in relation to diamond engagement rings covers a broad range of designs, designs based on commonly accepted aesthetic design principles that have enjoyed enormous popularity for decades.
Whilst there many designs that could be called “classical” there are just a few that really stand out for their enduring popularity:
Usually a brilliant, sparkling white diamond is set in the ring with two, elongated baguette cut diamonds set into the ring band on both sides of the central diamond. Other variations include a series of baguette diamonds cover various sections of the ring band. For a simple, elegant and classic look, the baguette setting is perfect.
A typical, classic baguette setting diamond engagement ring.
The channel setting is yet another very popular setting for classical diamond engagement rings. Diamonds are set between two strips of gold, silver or platinum – hence the name “channel”. In general, small stones set lengthwise to the main setting are called “channels” and when the strips cross the main setting, it’s known as a “bar” design.
A typical, channel setting classic diamond engagement ring.
The prong setting is perhaps the simplest and most common setting used in diamond engagement rings which probably accounts for its popularity. From a professional viewpoint, with the prong setting a small amount of metal is used to hold the stones in place thus allowing them to be displayed with full effect. Small prongs, anywhere from 2 to 24 are used to hold the diamonds in place.
A typical, prong setting classic diamond engagement ring.
A beautiful and dazzling classic design. Three diamonds, either all white, white and colored or all colored, are set in a row across the ring’s band. The center diamond is often the largest stone with the other two, smaller diamonds, accenting the center stone. Traditionally the three diamonds signify a couples past, their present and their future together.
A typical, three stone setting classic diamond engagement ring.
Split shank engagement rings have become increasingly popular over the past two decades. A split shank diamond engagement ring is one where the head (also known as basket) of the ring, divides into two or more metal strands (shanks) separated by a space between each. Simply put, a split shank engagement ring is a ring where the shank, or ring part of the setting, is divided into multiple strands with space between them. Whilst single split shank engagement rings are also popular. The style of the shanks may differ but, in general they merge into one solid stand at the bottom of the ring band.
A typical, split shank setting classic diamond engagement ring.
If you are contemplating buying an engagement ring for the love of your life, we hope that this article has helped give you an insight into the wide variety of classic designs available to choose from.
Hear at Jordan River Diamonds we have a huge range of diamond engagement rings for you to choose from. If you need any help or wish to consult with our experts, please call us.