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.
We were very happy with the experience at Larsen Jewellery. Fleur was very knowledgeable, worked to our budget and helped us through the process of choosing a design and deciding on the final details. We now have a beautiful customised engagement ring which we are very pleased with. We would highly recommend the service.
03:44 20 Mar 20
Following our engagement, my fiancé and I were looking for a Jeweller who could help design her dream engagement ring. We investigated several options around Melbourne's CBD but settled on Larsen Jewellery because the service felt really genuine and we felt like we would be well looked after by Alex and the team. We have since got our ring made and we absolutely love it. Would definitely recommend Larsen Jewellery for their competitive pricing, great craftsmanship, and wonderful service.
23:06 18 Mar 20
Very supportive and knowledgeable people. Great experience with a brilliant company.
05:46 18 Mar 20
Could not recommend more. I have never bought a piece of jewellery in my life and so decided for my engagement ring and wedding band I wanted to splurge. Other jewellery stores left us feeling nervous and out of our depth. Fleur was beyond amazing, educating us on stones while making the design process exciting and fun. My rings have even more meaning now because we look back on the process so fondly.
05:36 18 Mar 20
Came to Larsen’s for both the engagement and the wedding ring and couldn’t have been a better experience for both of us. After feeling slightly out of place in other jewellery stores, Fleur at Larsen made us feel completely at home through the whole process. Couldn’t recommend higher.