The Classic Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring, Many Ways

An engagement ring is such a personal choice, there’s really no wrong way to go. One person’s perfect ring won’t look like the same idea of perfect as someone else’s, and that’s quite all right.

While one customer might feel drawn to a sapphire à la the British royal family, another may seek a Carrie Bradshaw-esque black diamond. One may select something that doesn’t resemble what we’ve come to consider a traditional engagement ring, and another could select a look that’s at the top of the current biggest trends list. You’ve got your halos, your three-stones, your gypsy settings.

Sylvie Joanna engagement ring
Joanna solitaire engagement ring in rose gold with 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,280 (center stone not included); Sylvie Collection

But when you get right down to it, nothing is as uncontested as the classic solitaire engagement ring. It’s time-tested, simple yet elegant, and it pleases a wide range of personal styles and budgets.

Kirk Kara Boho diamond ring
Filigree Boho engagement ring in 18k white gold, $1,310 (center stone not included); Kirk Kara

The solitaire is like the anchor of any wedding ring stack: It can be dressed up and changed in so many ways, from custom wedding bands with colored gemstones or styles to a collection of stacking rings collected year after year.

Tacori Simply Tacori engagement ring
Simply Tacori engagement ring in 18k white gold, $2,190; Tacori

The customer also has a wealth of sources to find their classic style. Larger manufacturers have ready-made SKUs that provide endless customizable options to shoppers, from size and quality of the center diamond to the type of metal, height of the profile, width of the band, and more. Most of these pieces have the added bonus of being designed with a matching wedding band, another convenient option for shoppers.

Jade Trau Jenny engagement ring
Jenny solitaire ring in 18k yellow gold and platinum with 1.7 ct. diamond, $22,850; Jade Trau
Anna Sheffield Eleonore ring
Eleonore ring in 14k recycled yellow gold with 1.2 ct. old European–cut diamond, $7,500 (starting price); Anna Sheffield

While independent designers are often revered for their refreshing perspectives and interesting designs, many of them offer variations on the classics, too. Sleek, minimalist designs that stand the test of time helmed by an expert hand—these are the heirloom pieces those customers are thinking of, and they can be personalized in the subtlest of ways that don’t take the ring into trendy territory.

Ritani Octagon solitaire engagement ring
Octagon solitaire engagement ring in 14k white gold, $416 (setting only); Ritani

It’s incredible, really, how a design as simple as a solitaire can look so different from the next, with hidden details, surprises for the wearer, special flair that makes each piece a delicate choice for the buyer.

Forevermark soiltaire engagement ring
Forevermark Icon engagement ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.7 ct. round diamond, $5,495; Forevermark

Engagement ring trends will come and go—and come back again and again—in waves, but these classic looks remain as constant as the rising and setting sun.

Top: Josilyn handcrafted engagement ring in platinum and 18k rose gold with 1.11 ct. old European–cut diamond, $9,800; Single Stone

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