Diamond, solitaire, sapphire, vintage, contemporary, gothic, traditional, halo, trio; this is just the beginning of the constant evolving list of styles of engagement rings. Whether you are after something more traditional, something utterly modern or something in between having stones set into the band on either side of the central diamond is a wonderful option.
We could forever discuss the endless options available but this would be terribly overwhelming and potentially deathly boring, especially if you are a guy diving into this world of diamonds and gold for the first time! So lets give you a brief run down on the ever so popular side-stone engagement ring and why this might be a fabulous choice for you.
Firstly, adding side stones means that you are not restricted to one particular style of ring. In actual fact, it is quite the opposite, side stones are a great way to individualise your design, adding a touch more sparkle or colour at the same time. They can be set in patterns or encircle your centre diamond to create a beautiful halo. They can bring to life that beautiful delicate look with fine claw settings, or for a more minimal look choose channel set diamonds. The most important thing to keep in mind is that side-stone diamonds are meant to enhance your centre stone, not overshadow. A good jeweller will provide you excellent design, technical advice and guide you in the right direction.
Lets take a look at the different styles of side stone engagement rings:
Modern Styles: If you love contemporary, clean and sleek design you might choose to have a centre stone that isn’t round, such as a Princess or Asscher cut. Smaller channel set Princess or Baguette cut diamonds set into the shoulders will create a lovely modern look.
Vintage Styles: Is your style more feminine and pretty? You might look towards vintage pieces for inspiration. Draw upon the many eras of designs periods to come up you’re your own unique design. Perhaps you might choose a halo of diamonds around the centre stone, with claw set diamonds set into the shoulders. Another option is to have a beautiful hand engraved pattern surrounding your shoulder set diamonds to create that vintage style look.
Add Colour: If you love colour, why not choose coloured gemstones or even coloured diamonds as your side stones? This is great solution if you are torn between diamonds and coloured gemstones. A combination that looks truly beautiful is light pink sapphires or diamonds set into a rose gold band; just have a look at Blake Lively’s engagement ring, now that surely is one on every girls wish list! Or add a bit of drama with high contrasting small black diamonds in the band. Whatever you decide on coloured gemstones provide endless creative choices, guaranteeing that your engagement ring will stand alone on its own.
Whether you want something cutting edge or traditional, you should have no problem coming up with the perfect design for you.
For any guy who is looking for a place to buy an engagement ring and is daunted by the prospect of buying it, look no further than Larsen Jewellery. From the very start researching into engagement rings, their website had an easy guide for guys into everything you need to know. My appointments with Rod deciding the ring were a stress free experience and I ended up with the most amazing ring well beyond my expectations. Cannot recommend these guys more highly!
02:30 19 Jun 18
Alex and the team at Larsen gave me a FANTASTIC experience.I came in as a definite novice and was given patient support and guidance from Alex as we set out to create a ring that my fiance would love. The end result was absolutely stunning!
00:06 17 Jun 18
I engaged with Fleur who was lovely and extremely helpful in helping me design a beautiful engagement ring. The process was very collaborative and always made me feel like it had my best interest at hand. Their highly skilled jewelers then crafted the ring to make it a reality
02:15 16 Jun 18
Ben and the team at Larsen Jewellery provided excellent service in the creation of our engagement and wedding rings. Their professionalism and ability to customise every aspect of rings was consistently impressive. I would highly recommend Larsen Jewellery to anyone wanting a custom made ring.
09:42 10 Jun 18
Thank you so much Larsen for both my engagement ring and our wedding bands. I have nothing but good things to say about our whole experience with everyone at Larsen. Extremely professional and friendly service and I couldn't be happier with the quality of our rings. Thanks so much!
19:37 01 May 18
I went to Larsen Jewellers to purchase a ring for my wife after reading the great reviews here and browsing their online catalogue. I was attended to by Rod who was courteous, friendly and listened to my requirements. He explained the different types of diamonds available and showed me examples of the design I had in mind. While the ring design I had chosen was a modification of an existing design in their catalogue, the end product was stunning. Needless to say my wife loved it.
04:15 16 Mar 18
Alex at Larsen Jewellery was absolutely brilliant in helping us create a custom three-piece set of engagement and wedding rings. He also made us matching custom earrings. Through every part of the process from designing the rings’ shape to choosing the stones Alex was extremely professional and demonstrated his expertise in a friendly and helpful manner. I would highly recommend Larsen for top quality custom made jewellery!