We’re continuing our series on The Perfect Ring here on the Adiamor blog this week by taking a look at halo engagement ring settings. Halo rings are one of the most popular style of engagement rings, and there are many variations. Since halo engagement ring settings have so many options, we’re here to help you decide. For today’s installment of The Perfect Ring, we’ll break down the options for halo engagement rings.
What Makes A Halo Ring?
A halo engagement ring, by definition, includes a center stone that is encompassed by a halo. In most cases, halo rings feature a single row of pave set diamonds encircling a larger diamond. However, some varieties of halo ring settings incorporate other jewels or gemstones. Other versions of halo engagement ring settings combine multiple engagement ring styles, such as blending split shank rings with halo rings or combining threestone engagement settings with halos. Another new trend is incorporating two rows of halo, such as the Adiamor Round Double Halo Split Shank Diamond Ring.
No matter what the ring style, every halo is designed to do the same thing: make the center stone appear larger. This allows a smaller center diamond to appear larger, and the ring will also produce more fire and brilliance from the additional diamonds. Halo engagement ring settings provide the most sparkle for the price, which makes halo rings an excellent value.
Different Styles of Halo Engagement Ring Settings
Like most engagement rings, halo rings are available in four primary ring metals: yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Platinum halo rings and white gold halo rings both have a silvery shine that enhances the sparkle of diamonds. On the other hand, yellow gold and rose gold halo rings create a unique complimentary look. Finally, a new trend with halo engagement ring settings is creating a two-tone look. In this case, the ring band and the ring metal used to secure the diamond halo are made from different metals. This allows an even greater level of customization to help best match the ring to the wearer’s style.
The Perfect Halo Engagement Ring
The right halo ring depends on a variety of factors including ring metal preference and how much sparkle is desired. When looking to maximize the fire and brilliance of a smaller diamond, pave set halo rings are an excellent choice. For larger center diamonds, split shank halo rings pulls the eye to the center and make the center stone appear massive. When it comes to halo engagement ring settings, the options are nearly endless. Start shopping for the perfect halo engagement setting today, or visit the Adiamor Engagement Guide to continue learning more about ring settings.
This week on the Adiamor blog, we’ve been counting down our top 10 best engagement rings of 2017. Yesterday, we covered rings #10 through #7. In part 2, we present rings 6, 5, and 4. All of these rings were created this year and posted on our Facebook page. We compiled our followers favorite rings from throughout the year, and today we continue the countdown. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to see our best engagement rings of 2017, and check back tomorrow to see the final 3 rings!
The Best Engagement Rings of 2017: #6
At #6 of our best of 2017 is our Adiamor milgrain and pave sapphire engagement ring. This engagement ring is pave set and features six brilliant cut round diamonds totaling 0.20cttw and four round cut blue sapphires. Our sixth most popular engagement ring of the year is shown here with a 1 carat radiant cut diamond center stone. Click here to learn more about R2773s.
#5 Favorite Engagement Rings of 2017
At #5 on our most popular rings, we have the Adiamor 3 row micro pave halo engagement ring. A highly customizable ring, it is shown with a 1 carat radiant cut center diamond. The halo on this ring is rose gold, and the band is shown in white gold. To view more photos of R3081, click here.
The #4 Most Popular Ring of 2017
For many people, 2017 was the year of the rose gold engagement ring. It’s no surprise then to see this beauty at #4! This Adiamor French cut diamond basket engagement ring is gorgeous in rose gold. Shown here with a 0.75ct oval shaped diamond center stone and approximately .50cttw sparkling diamonds half way around the 2mm band. View more photos of R3043 here.
Check back in with the Adiamor blog tomorrow to see the final three rings on our list! If you missed part 1 of our best engagement rings of 2017, click here to get caught up!
Shopping for engagement rings can be really difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing. For many men, this is the case when starting out. In order to help future husbands understand different ring styles, we’ve put together a man’s guide to engagement ring styles. In the first of a two part series, we’ll take a look at four popular engagement ring settings. Keep in mind, though, that some styles can be combined together. In addition to the eight general categories, Adiamor also offers the option to create something totally unique by designing your own engagement ring. Hopefully, this man’s guide to engagement ring styles will help men purchase an engagement ring that will perfectly suit their bride to be.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
When it comes to classic, nothing beats a solitaire engagement ring. The traditional design of a solitaire ring puts focus on the central diamond. Solitaire engagement rings are the perfect choice for every diamond shape. However, the solitaire does not have to be a plain Jane ring. Today’s solitaire ring designs incorporate additional detailing and unique takes on the classic look.
Halo Engagement Rings
When shopping for a bride who shines brighter than the crowd, a halo engagement ring might be the perfect fit. Halo rings surround the center diamond with additional smaller diamonds. The result is a stunning amount of sparkle, and the center diamond looks even bigger. Halo rings continue to grow in popularity because they provide additional value by adding to the total carat weight of diamonds. Additionally, halo rings are a popular choice for combining other ring styles, such as adding a pave band.
Pave Engagement Rings
While halo rings add additional diamonds around the center gemstone, pave engagement rings bring an extra layer of sparkle to the band itself. Named for the French word for “paved,” small diamonds are set into the ring band so that each ring appears to be paved in diamonds. Pave engagement rings are incredibly popular because they brighten up classic looking bands without being overindulgent. Pave diamond rings are incredibly versatile, and for this reason, many customers like to combine pave bands with other engagement ring styles.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
While the halo diamond ring utilizes smaller diamonds in a circle around the center stone, the three stone engagement ring adds larger diamonds to either side of the diamond in the middle. This allows for a wide variety of looks as vintage inspired engagement rings will use the larger diamonds to create a sparkling cluster; however, modern spins on the three stone ring use channel set diamonds. Either way, the three stone engagement ring is extremely versatile and can be used to compliment almost any bride’s sense of style.
Check back later this week for part 2 of a man’s guide to engagement ring styles!
The halo engagement ring recently emerged as one of the hottest ring styles. With the additional diamonds circling the center stone, halo engagement rings are considered to be luxurious and elegant. However, not all halo settings are the same, and many halo engagement ring styles are actually quite understated and elegant. With so many different styles of halo rings on the market, we felt it was important to demonstrate the versatility of the halo engagement ring. Keep reading the Adiamor blog to see examples of halo engagement rings in three different gold styles.
Yellow gold is the ultimate ring metal for a classic look. This traditional metal also works extremely well for understated halo engagement rings. While the reason metal gold is so popular with jewelers is the fact it does not tarnish or rust, yellow gold makes an excellent engagement ring choice for future brides with timeless style. This particular halo engagement ring setting utilizes a simple, solid 1.7mm band that pairs perfectly with diamond eternity bands. The subtle yellow gold setting is enhanced by 18 round diamonds with a .20 total carat weight. The 18k yellow gold halo engagement ring combines a beautiful balance of shine and shimmer.
18K White Gold Halo Engagement Ring
White gold’s rise in popularity is no surprise due to the high polish and shiny luster. However, this shine is actually provided by a plating of rhodium. Over time, this plating will require regular cleaning and re-plating every 6 to 12 months; otherwise, the underlying metal alloy will begin to show through. Nevertheless, with a look similar to platinum, white gold engagement rings are notable for their sophistication and elegance. In particular, this 18k white gold split shank halo engagement ring is stunning for its simple beauty and stunning shine. The center stone is surrounded by eight brilliant cut diamonds and two bezel-set accent diamonds on the side. This halo engagement ring is specifically built to accommodate Asscher, radiant or square cut as well as round center diamonds. The effect created is an enlarged central diamond that produces incredible sparkle.
18K Rose Gold Halo Engagement Ring
Rose gold engagement rings are often used for vintage inspired designs, and this 18k rose gold halo ring is no different. Featuring a pave setting that contains 38 brilliant cut round diamonds. Totaling 0.56 carat weight, this ring also features additional engraving. The pinkish hues of rose gold not only inspire romance, but rose gold also flatters skin tones. For these reasons, rose gold halo rings have become extremely popular. By combining vintage elegance and modern tastes, this 18k rose gold engagement ring is sure to be a timeless classic.
The halo engagement ring design brings an extra layer of brilliance, and this makes the center diamond appear both bigger and brighter. Shop the Adiamor collection of halo engagement rings today!
If you are shopping for an engagement ring, you may have been asked “what type of metal do you prefer the ring to be made out of?” Rose gold is becoming more popular with its beautiful pink color. It is composed of both gold and copper, and it is the high percentage of copper that produces the warm and rich rose metal color. Since copper alloys were most common in the 19th century, most antique jewelry is rose gold. It has become even more sought after in recent years with a look that is both modern and vintage. The rosy warm color is a romantic look and pairs beautifully with diamonds; it is also suitable for all skin tones due to its soft appearance.
1. French Cut Basket
One style that is very popular is the French cut basket setting. It looks great in rose gold and with an oval cut center diamond. Both Blake Lively and Julianne Hough have oval cut diamond center stones set in a rose gold setting. Our Adiamor R2981 is an elegant choice in rose gold. It showcases the oval center diamond and has a dainty band at 1.5mm wide with diamonds that extend half way down the band. The basket is adorned with French cut diamonds. You are also able to customize this ring by adding diamonds to the prongs for added brilliance!
2. French Cut Cushion Halo
3. The Dainty Solitaire
The Dainty Solitaire setting with a round cut center diamond is simple and refined, while at the same time modern and stylish in rose gold. Lauren Conrad made this style popular. Here she pairs her engagement ring with a French cut diamond wedding band. Our Adiamor version, R3046 is 1.7mm wide and can be set with any shape or size center stone of your choice. The simplicity of this ring is timeless and will never go out of style, while the rose gold metal is a soft and romantic touch. If you want a style that will make your center stone stand out, then this is the ring for you!
4. Custom 3 Row Micro Pave Basket
Oval cut diamonds look great when set in a rose gold custom 3-row micro pave basket engagement ring setting. Whitney Port’s engagement ring from Tim Rosenman is both classic and modern at the same time. This fashionista is all about standing out and being unique, which is exactly what her rose gold oval cut engagement ring says. Our Adiamor version, R3077 is absolute perfection! This ring has 3 rows of micro pave diamonds for the maximum amount of brilliance! This ring with an oval cut center diamond is stunning, but can be made for any diamond shape that you select.
5. Bezel Set Solitaire Engagement
A bezel set solitaire setting with an Asscher cut center diamond looks beautiful in rose gold. When Adam Brody proposed to Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester, he did it with this Art Deco inspired bezel set solitaire in rose gold with an Asscher cut center diamond. Our bezel set solitaire version R3055 is sophisticated and modern. The band is 1.7mm wide and can be polished to a sand, matte, hammered, or high polish finish. This has a true vintage feel that will never go out of style!
Reference this complete diamond ring glossary for a better understanding of engagement ring styles.
You and your loved one are talking marriage, and that has you dreaming up the perfect engagement ring.
There are more than a few engagement ring styles to choose from, and you want to find the one that suits you (or your loved one) best.
Curious to know what’s out there? Hoping to get the diamond ring lingo down before you start shopping for yourself, or your loved one?
In any case, our diamond ring glossary has it all.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Engagement Ring Styles…
Understanding Diamond Quality
The Four Cs
Created by the Gemological Institute of America, the four Cs are the four characteristics to consider when evaluating and purchasing a diamond.
The cut accounts for a diamond’s proportion, symmetry, and polish.
The diamond’s cut affects its brilliance (the brightness of the white light reflections on the surface and inside), fire (the dispersion of the white light, registered to our eyes as flashes of color), and scintillation (the sparkles seen when it moves in the light).
Diamonds come in a variety of colors – white, blue, pink, and even yellow.
Pure, or nearly pure, diamonds are colorless and have the highest color ratings. Diamonds with traces of yellow, gray, and brown are rated less highly.
Diamond colors like blue, pink, and yellow, are graded on their own scale. Usually the more vibrant their natural tone, the more valuable the stone and the better the color rating. Since they’re rare, these fancy diamonds can be even more valuable than the pure colorless diamonds with the highest color ratings.
Diamonds are like snowflakes. Each one is different.
Formed by extreme heat and pressure deep within the earth, they come with small imperfections on their inside (inclusions) and on their surface (blemishes).
The clarity assesses the extent to which these inclusions and blemishes are present.
The more inclusions and/or blemishes a diamond has, the less brilliantly it will shine. This is because these marks interfere with the light’s pathways through the diamond.
At the same time, though, a couple microscopic inclusions can make your diamond unique. It’s all in the balance.
Most think of carat as size. But carat is technically a unit of weight. It’s the most common unit of weight that diamonds are measured and sold in. 1 carat equals 0.2 grams.
Unlike the other 3 Cs, a diamond’s carat rating is not always so proportional to its value. A larger diamond may have large inclusions and blemishes or a lackluster color grade. This can drive the price below a smaller diamond of top-notch clarity and color.
Some more diamond terms that are useful to know…
- Crown – the top half of the diamond
- Pavilion – the bottom half of the diamond
- Table – the flat surface that is the uppermost part of the diamond
- Facets – the smooth surfaces that have been cut, polished, and angled to reflect light
Understanding Diamond Shapes
Diamonds can be cut into many shapes, like…
A round diamond with 58 facets is the most common diamond cut.
A princess diamond is a square- (sometimes rectangular-) shaped diamond. It is the most common fancy diamond cut.
An oval-shaped diamond is still classic, like the round shape, but just a touch more distinctive.
A marquise diamond is an oval-shaped diamond with pointed ends.
A pear-shaped diamond combines the round and marquise shapes. Only one side is pointed.
An emerald diamond is a rectangular-shaped diamond with small rounded edges, long tiered facets, and a large table.
An asscher diamond is a square-shaped diamond with step facets to a high crown and a small table.
A radiant diamond is a square- or rectangular-shaped diamond with minimal rounding of the edges.
A cushion diamond is a square-shaped diamond with rounded edges, like a pillow.
A heart-shaped diamond is an ultimate symbol of true love and romance.
The shape of the diamond will determine so much about diamond size and the ring setting. So, think about shape first.
And if you’re buying for your loved one, ask about their shape preference. You wouldn’t want to choose a larger fancy diamond if your loved one has dreamed of a petite classic round for as long as they can remember.
Understanding Ring Band Metals
Ring bands can be made from many metals, like…
Yellow gold is a pure gold alloyed with yellow metals like copper and zinc to produce a yellow color.
Like all gold, yellow gold is measured for purity in karats (not to be confused with carats). The higher the karat count, the purer the gold content and the softer the metal. 14k (just shy of 60% pure gold) and 18k (about 75% pure gold) are the most common counts for engagement and wedding bands. 14k bands are lighter and more durable, while 18k bands are weightier and more precious.
Historically, yellow gold is the most common color for engagement and wedding bands.
Yellow Gold Metal Tip:
The purest of the gold colors, yellow gold is the most hypoallergenic gold choice, so the safest gold choice for those with sensitive skin.
White gold is a pure gold alloyed with some white metals like nickel to produce a white/silver color.
These days, white gold is as popular as traditional yellow gold for engagement and wedding bands.
White gold is cheaper than platinum, another popular white/silver metal.
White Gold Metal Tip:
If you have a sensitivity to nickel, white gold might give you an allergic reaction.
Rose gold is a pure gold alloyed with copper to produce a rose color.
It’s not as common as white gold and yellow gold, so it’s usually cheaper than similar yellow and white gold options.
Rose Gold Metal Tip:
If you have a sensitivity to copper, rose gold might give you an allergic reaction.
Platinum is a naturally white/silver colored metal, which may also be combined with a small amount of other white/silver metals. Anything less than 95% platinum is considered a platinum alloy.
It’s a very dense metal that is stronger and more valuable than gold. The finest jewelry metal around, it rings in at a premium price point.
Platinum Metal Tip:
It’s the most hypoallergenic choice of the four metal types.
Can’t choose just one band metal? You can always mix and match your ring.
On Engagement Ring Settings
You’ve got a sense of the diamond shape and size plus the band metal you want. How will you bring the diamond and band together in a setting?
Engagement rings come in many settings, like…
A solitaire setting features a single central diamond secured to the band by prongs or a bezel. It’s the most common of all engagement ring styles, so perfect for someone who loves a classic look.
A halo setting features a single central diamond surrounded by a ring of smaller diamonds. This ring of smaller diamonds makes the central diamond appear bigger and give the ring lots of shine.
A pave setting features a band that is paved with tiny diamonds. The band is fully or partially paved. Either way, the path of tiny diamonds winds toward the central diamond(s). A pave setting is about as sparkly as an engagement ring gets.
A three-stone setting features a central diamond flanked by two smaller diamonds on either side. The smaller the side stones are the larger that central diamond will appear.
A gemstone setting features a gem other than a diamond, or a mix of diamonds and other gems. A common gemstone setting is a three stone setting with the central diamond flanked by two non-diamond gems. The color of these gems pop, and help the central diamond pop a bit more, too.
A split-shank setting is a band that splits apart as it reaches the central diamond. There’s visible space between the band and the featured diamond, which can make that diamond appear fuller. Often this setting is paired with a pave setting. The split band has even more surface area for the paving of tiny diamonds – and, so, even more sparkle.
A modern setting steps outside the most common engagement ring styles by mixing and matching them in original ways. It’s usually an angular look, too. So if you’re (or your loved one is) someone looking to stand out a bit, and who likes straight lines more than curves, see what you can find or design yourself.
A vintage setting is best for someone who wants to throw it back. Like a modern setting, they’re a good way to stand out from the crowd. That said, they’re usually daintier and softer looking than modern settings, especially where the band design is concerned.
Need some help finding or creating the perfect engagement ring?
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Work with us to find your favorite engagement ring style, or to combine some of your favorite engagement ring styles to create something spectacularly you (or your loved one). With help from our experts, you can create an engagement ring that no one else has.
So, please get in touch.
Congratulations to our Adiamor “Day of Love” Instagram Contest couple Breanna Lee Taylor and Michael Irvin. Breanna is Adiamor’s winner of a $300 credit. They have an upcoming summer wedding planned and such a sweet proposal story! For Breanna and Michael’s first date they went to dinner and a movie. After that they went to a park and Michael had a list of questions to ask Breanna since they had only known each other for a couple of weeks. They were basic things like what is your favorite color, bible verse, and family memory? The last question of the night was do you want to go on another date with me?
A year and a half later the two of them went to watch a movie in that same theater and Michael asked Breanna to go the same park as their first date. Once they got to the park he had a new list of questions to ask Breanna, like what are the values your parents have taught you that you want to teach our children? They walked toward a bridge tied with ribbons and then turned a corner where Michael and Breanna’s friends had set up a decorated swing with signs, right there he told her why he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Then he proceeded to tell her that he had one last question for her as then he pulled out a beautiful Adiamor oval cut split shank halo diamond engagement ring and got down on his knee, he asked if she would marry him? Of course Breanna said yes as all of their family and friends, who had just witnessed his proposal, came out and celebrated with them!
There are few moments in life more personal or memorable than receiving a marriage proposal from the one you love. From the chosen time and environment to the beautiful diamond ring that seals your promise, there are many elements to planning the perfect engagement. There is one very important way to make your proposal and engagement experiences unique to your one-of-a-kind love story, and that is to design your own engagement ring.
Adiamor.com’s Build Your Own Engagement Ring feature allows you to start with a certified diamond via our diamond search, or with one of our many elegant settings. If you’re sure of the diamond quality and shape that your partner might want for the center stone, begin with a custom search of our GIA certified loose diamonds. If there’s a setting style that the intended wearer has fallen in love with, it’s best to start there and then find a center stone that pairs well with the aesthetic, color, and size of the setting.
Starting With a Diamond
On the left side of the page for Adiamor.com’s ring-building application, you’re offered the option to start with a diamond, giving you access to our inventory of more than 150,000 GIA and AGS certified stones. Click the “Search Diamonds” to open our interactive diamond search and adjust the settings of each category to reveal a selection of diamonds chosen to your specifications.
Choosing a Shape
Couples with marriage on their minds have usually had at least passing conversations about engagement ring preferences, and even if that’s not the case, you most likely know your beloved’s esthetic preferences in general. For wearers with trendy or vintage tastes, fancy diamond shapes like the pear, cushion, and emerald cut look wonderful in retro settings like our diamond-accented halos. For the more traditionally minded, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic round or princess cut diamond. If you’re truly not sure which shape is right, you may want to go back and start with a setting first, which will help you narrow down the choices for diamond shapes.
Which Slider Should I Focus On First?
Most customers using the “Start With a Diamond” design option choose to adjust the price first, before concentrating on other features of the diamond, as most consumers have a clearly-defined budget they must follow. That’s why it is the first option to appear in the list of sliders, just below the options for diamond shapes. This is a good strategy narrow down the options because, with tens of thousands of diamonds to choose from, the task can be overwhelming. The budget that is often limiting in other ways can be a great asset in your search for the perfect diamond because it helps you clarify what to realistically expect immediately and helps keep you from being overwhelmed by so many choices. The price sliders can be adjusted on both the high and low ends, so if there’s also a minimum you’d like to spend or even a specific, meaningful number, you can refine your search that way as well.
I’ve Set My Budget; What’s Next?
The easiest way to proceed once you’ve set a monetary limit is to simply move the sliders to the ideal quality grade for each of the Four C’s and see what comes up, adjusting each one until the desired selection of diamonds appears. However, equally prioritizing each measure of a diamond’s quality can cause you to miss out on a great stone. So, what should you focus on?
Most jewelers agree that cut is the most critical of the Four C’s; a good precision cut with the right angles and facets can vastly improve the appearance of an imperfect stone, while a flawless diamond can be ruined by poor cut technique. The shape of the diamond determines how inclusions and other flaws are to the stone’s overall beauty as well; the precise facets of a round or cushion cut gem can be positioned to mask flaws and make the stone appear eye-clean but loses light if there are too many, while an emerald cut stone’s large, wide table means that you can budge a bit on color but flaws like pitting or inclusions will be very apparent.
After cut, it’s wise to consider stones that may be lacking in carat weight but make up for it in color and clarity or vice versa. This is particularly important if you find your budget more limiting than expected. Representatives of each camp will offer many opinions on why one is more important than the other, but in truth it simply comes down to personal preference; some want the largest, most eye catching center stone available and are willing to sacrifice a small amount of quality, while others want the best, most perfect diamond and are willing to downsize the carat weight in order to cover the cost.
Starting with an Engagement Ring Setting
The “Start With a Setting” button leads to the same tab that you will eventually click to if you’ve opted to choose your diamond first, so these recommendations apply in both cases. Picking a setting first is a smart choice if you know less about diamonds and more about the wearer’s personal style and tastes. This function lets you preview any setting in any available metal with the center stone of your choice, so you’ll know how each completed ring would look.
The simplest way to find the right setting is to determine if you need a piece that is more simple and traditional, or something very intricate or modern. An unadorned solitaire band in a high-quality metal or a dazzling diamond accented band incorporating different shapes and details paint very clear pictures of who the women wearing them are, but there’s a lot of crossover too. With styles like plain split shank bands and traditional yet trendy pave halo settings, Adiamor’s selection offers the best parts of both the old and the new. If the different names of the settings are new or confusing to you, just select the boxes next to each setting styles one at a time to get acquainted with each category.
Adiamor offers engagement ring settings in rose gold, 14k and 18k white or yellow gold and platinum. Most of the metal options can be applied to any setting in this section, but if there’s a metal that’s a must-have for your setting, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s selected in your search to avoid confusion or disappointment. Custom manufacturing is usually possible even if a particular metal option isn’t listed for the setting you want; contact us to learn more.)
Now you have all the information you need to create your own engagement ring and enjoy a wonderful proposal and engagement . . . not to mention a beautiful ring to wear for the rest of your life! If you’re having trouble choosing the right setting or stone, Adiamor’s team is here to guide you with expert knowledge and personalized advice. Contact us anytime for assistance in creating the engagement ring of your dreams.
Thin band engagement rings are among the most flattering styles available, and their versatility and delicate appearance have elevated them to contemporary classic status while simultaneously placing them among the top trends of the year ahead.
Almost any style of wedding band is comfortable to wear with a thin engagement ring, as the streamlined design of a thin band leaves plenty of room for different shapes and custom fit rings for your wedding day. Thin bands can also trick the eye and make fingers look longer and more elegant.
Despite their small surface area, thin bands can be beautifully finished and accented to suit every woman’s personal style. The different metals, gem stones, and fine details possible ensure that thin band engagement rings are never boring.
Plain Bands for Thin Band Engagement Rings
Variations on the classic diamond solitaire engagement ring are well-suited to the thin band trend. The simple yet dramatic contrast of a glossy, unadorned band crowned by a perfect sparkling diamond is even more striking when a slim, delicate setting is chosen. A band measuring between 1.5mm and 2.0mm in width is the ideal size for the thin band look and puts the spotlight where it belongs: on your gorgeous center stone.
In the selections below, the versatile qualities of a simple thin band are demonstrated in the markedly different looks created by setting each one with a different center stone. The traditional round and princess cut designs offer a classic look for this perennial favorite, while the oval cut diamond (shown here with and without a halo accent) offers something a little more offbeat for those craving a little modernity with thin band engagement rings.
From left: 1.7mm Dainty Solitaire Engagement Ring Setting in 14k White Gold, starting at $298 (R3046); 1.7mm Plain Band Oval Halo Engagement Setting in Platinum, starting at $1340 (R3015); 1.7mm Dainty Solitaire Engagement Setting in Platinum, starting at $790 (R3046); 2mm Classic Solitaire Setting in 18k White Gold, starting at $298 (R2938)
Diamond Accented Thin Band Engagement Rings
Diamond halo settings or settings for solitaire stones accented with small pave set diamonds are stunning in any form, and when created as a thin band engagement ring setting the effect is dazzling. Choose a white metal like platinum or white gold for a look in which the diamonds seem to float above your hand, or a warmer toned metal like yellow gold or our wonderful 18k rose gold for a beautiful contrast.
Here, we’ve chosen both angular and rounded center stones, with and without halos, to illustrate the varied effects of different materials and design features. Choose a metal based on skin tone, wardrobe, or simply the way you feel when you imagine wearing it during the many happy years you and your beloved will share.
From left: 1.5mm French Cut Basket Setting With Diamond Accents in Platinum, starting at $1750 (R2972) ; French Cut Halo Setting for Round Diamond in 18k Rose Gold, starting at $1390 (R2960); French Cut Square Halo Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold, starting at $1390 (R2961); Classic Pave Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold, starting at $825 (R2934)
Settings for Fancy Diamond Shapes
We’ve already discussed the lengthening effect of thin engagement rings on fingers. For an even more pronounced effect, pair a thin band setting with an elongated diamond shape from our fancy shapes diamond selection. The one-two punch of a slim setting with a marquise, pear, oval, or emerald cut diamond is utterly dazzling, and creates the long, lean look of aristocratic hands. This design choice also has the added benefit of making your center stone look much larger that it would on a thicker band.
In addition to the lean look these styles give, pairing fancy diamond shapes with bright metals or sparkling diamond accents results in unique, stylish pieces that ladies with non-traditional tastes adore. The rings featured below are just a few of the combinations possible with our options for customizing center stones, metal type, and setting style. Browse our site or read our blog post about building your own engagement ring at Adiamor.com for even more choices!
From left: 2mm French Cut Basket Setting With Emerald Cut Diamond in 18k Rose Gold, starting at $1670 (R3043); Plain Band Oval Halo Engagement Setting in Platinum, starting at $1340 (R3015); Pear Shape Diamond Halo Engagement Setting in 14k Yellow Gold, starting at $1250 (R2963); French Cut Halo Setting for Marquise Cut Center Stone in 18k White Gold, starting at $1390 (R2962)
Thin Matching or Complementing Wedding Bands
One of the greatest benefits of wearing an engagement ring with a thin band is how easily these styles fit alongside wedding bands. A narrow setting can be comfortably worn with a wedding band in any width or style without the full wedding set becoming too bulky or heavy for daily wear. Choosing a thin band for both your engagement ring and your wedding ring allows you to maintain the stylish, attractive thin-band look.
From left: 1.5mm French Cut Pave Diamond Eternity Band in 14k White Gold, starting at $1190 (R2987); Curved Pave Set Thin Wedding Band in 18k White Gold, starting at $725 (R2912); Small Shared Prong Diamond Band in Platinum, starting at $1195 (R2908); Thin Band Solitaire Engagement and Wedding Band Set in Platinum, starting at $1950 (M1782)
The thin band trend can be counted among the rare styles that look wonderful on almost everyone. Wearers with short or thick fingers can achieve a more average appearance with a thin band, while the long, elegant lines of other hand and finger shapes are accentuated and amplified by a delicate ring setting.
For almost 70 years, Adiamor has been a trusted name in the fine jewelry industry, serving customers across the country and worldwide. We love helping couples find perfect engagement rings, wedding bands, and upscale fashion pieces for their proposals, wedding days, and daily lives. Visit the Adiamor.com blog regularly for more posts in the On Trend series.