My favorite style of engagement ring is the solitaire engagement ring. I love the simplicity in these designs and the clean look of the settings. This is not to say that I can’t appreciate a sparkly halo engagement ring because I certainly can. But to me, there is something so perfectly pristine about a solitaire ring. I have chosen to highlight settings that are as timeless as they are minimally beautiful.
1. Knife Edge Solitaire Setting
A knife edge setting is one of the most well-known engagement ring designs. This ring is shown with a round brilliant cut stone, but it may be set with any diamond shape that ranges from 0.50 ct to 5.00 ct. The knife edge allows the ring to appear as thin as possible, while still being substantial enough to wear each and every day.
2. Princess Open Tapered Solitaire Setting
The slight taper on this engagement ring is slight, but it complements the modest cathedral. This ring may be purchased in 14 kt gold, 18 kt gold, 14 karat super white gold, or platinum. Shown with a princess cut diamond, this ring could also be set with any other diamond shape that you heart would desire.
3. Solitaire Hand-Engraved Engagement Ring
This engagement ring is definitely a little more intricate than a simple solitaire. The band is decorated with hand engraving, which gives the ring more of an antique look. The ring has a width of 2mm, which allows the ring to be worn with virtually any style of wedding band.
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Update: This post was published on September 23, 2015 and updated with new information on February 19, 2019.