Three stone engagement rings are engagement pieces that are full of meaning from their inception. Each stone represents the states of the past, present, and future of a couple’s relationship, but even among our collection of three stone engagement ring designs, there are slight variations in the meaning of each specific engagement ring setting depending on the shapes and types of gemstones that come into play with the overall design of the engagement ring. These differences add color to the play on past, present, and future in as many ways as the history and future of each couple is distinctly unique.
Half-Moon Side Diamonds
An engagement ring with half-moon side diamonds incorporates the more specific symbolism of evolution and development of this shape into the three stone engagement ring design. This shape says that like the phases of the moon in the sky are cyclical and change over time, so does your relationship. You have a partnership that is constantly in flux and while you may have a stable core between you two that keeps you two together, the half-moons say that the life you two share is never stagnant and is always reinventing itself.
Trillion Side Diamonds
Trillion diamonds are essentially diamonds that have been cut into three dimensional equilateral triangle shapes. The triangle itself is an ancient symbol that is prevalent in many cultures and belief systems that represents a myriad of different things, but is essentially very powerful and and exceptionally meaningful especially in its most balanced equilateral form. It often represents a form of divinity, but the upward and downward forms of the triangle also represent the male and the female respectively. Much like the symbolic combination of the upward and downward triangles put together, the trillion stones are often placed into the setting with the flat edges facing each other. However, in the case of a three stone engagement ring, the center stone lies between them and in this setting style, the triangles are generally on their sides to go along the band. This can be interpreted to mean an equal relationship rather than one where one partner is dominant or subservient to the other. Also, the center stone in this case can also be interpreted as the core that brought the couple together in this partnership.
Baguette Side Diamonds
Baguette stones get their name from the French word meaning “long rod” and originate from the early 1920s as they were popularized during the art deco movement of the time as can be seen through it’s highly geometrical shape and clean cut lines. It is similar to the emerald in that it has step cut facets and is more “see-through”. Baguette stones don’t really add any additional meaning to a three stone ring, but rather serve to enhance the center stone in importance as they act like pedestals and draw your eyes to the center stone. Furthermore, while they have incredible clarity and luster, the fire in the stones is significantly muted allowing a brilliant cut center stone to light up the entire setting. As a result, you can say that a three stone engagement ring that utilizes baguette side stones is a setting that puts emphasis on living in the present.
Trapezoid Side Diamonds
Trapezoid side diamonds are similar to baguettes in that they are diamonds with distinctly angular step cuts and fine lines that reference to the art deco appeal of the 1920s. They also provide incredible clarity and luster as well as assist in promoting the shine of the center stone beside them, but it is the orientation of the angles themselves that can make trapezoids an appealing choice. While baguettes draw attention in a straight line toward the center, the trapezoid shape broadens toward the center stone making them like spotlights.
Pear Side Diamonds
Pear cut diamonds were covered in last week’s entry discussing how they represent a woman that is a part homemaker and part buzzing socialite, but pear diamonds can take on other forms of symbolism in an engagement ring setting especially when used as a side stone. The pear can also be viewed as a teardrop, and while that may sound sad and disheartening, it is also quite grounded and realistic because the future is unknown and the style formulates a promise that even if the two of you should part one day, that your love and respect for one another will always remain.
Standard Diamond Shapes as Side Stones
The above varieties encompass the major unique styles of three stone engagement rings, but there are many styles that utilize smaller size versions of the standard diamond shapes as side stones. In those cases of course, the diamonds will retain the same meaning as discussed in last week’s entry, but because the size is typically smaller than the center stone, the emphasis is of course on the present with that center stone being the most important part of the relationship that you enjoy. Most settings that feature standard diamond shapes as side stones typically match the center diamond in diamond shape for aesthetic appeal, but it doesn’t mean that in theory you couldn’t choose different shaped side stones.
Three stone engagement rings are unique where the side diamonds themselves can be considered center stones as well. This engagement ring style typically is thought of as meaning there being only three stones in a setting, but they can actually refer to a look where three larger stones are focus of attention in a setting with additional smaller diamonds providing extra accents. Pave diamonds do just that and on a three stone setting they are a great way to symbolize the path of life that you two are on as well as highlight the thought and care you put into the details of the three center stones you chose.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s insights into the three stone ring. Picking out your engagement ring is a big step. It’s a given that the engagement ring style that you pick should be one that your love likes and fits their personal style, but it’s also helpful to consider getting a piece like a three stone that carries extra meaning and sentiment as it will be an iconic part of your beloved’s jewelry collection.