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.
Fleur and the entire gang at Larsen in Melbourne are WONDERFUL. They produce the most amazing pieces of jewellery. Fleur worked very closely with my partner (who, although very creative, had no idea about jewellery) to make the most gorgeous engagement ring. He was met with patience, guidance, prompt feedback and responses, and he was always made to feel welcome to make changes or slight tweaks to his original design. When it came to creating my wedding band together, we had the same experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Larsen Jewellery to anyone looking for beautiful custom jewellery!! Thank you Fleur & Larsen Jewellery for the two pieces that I will own for a lifetime!
05:31 22 Jul 20
My partner and I both got engagement rings made by Rod. They are absolutely beautiful, we are in love with them. We had Rod helping us on our journey of picking diamonds and getting the bands made. He was so helpful and patient. Highly recommend this place
00:32 22 Jul 20
I cannot rate Larsen highly enough. It is always an absolute pleasure working with them to design jewellery. From an engagement ring, to wedding bands and birthday earrings, they always provide the absolute best service and the highest quality products. I doubt I’ll set foot in another jewellers when these guys can customise whatever I could ever need. Thanks again to the whole Larsen team!
04:47 19 Jul 20
From when I first wandered in off the street (without an appointment - sorry!) to completion of my fiancee's beautiful engagement ring, Fleur and the Larsen Jewellery team were an absolute delight to deal with throughout the process. Having decided to take the more traditional route and surprise my partner, and knowing little about diamonds beyond their reputation for being expensive, trust was an important factor for me in choosing a jeweller. Fleur instantly put my mind at ease, in that she patiently explained 'the four Cs', emphasised the importance of sticking to a budget that suited me (there was not even a hint of upselling) and was clearly passionate about her work. Indeed, I could sense that ensuring the final product was right for my partner was also important to her. I can confirm that the story had a happy ending - my fiancee loves her ring - and I would not hesitate in recommending Larsen Jewellery.
00:44 08 Jul 20
Had such a lovely experience with Larsen Jewellery. Sarina guided us with helping design our wedding rings and sent us mockups before they were finalised to be made. When I came to collect the rings, they were presented very well and they also gave my engagement ring a very nice polish. We were so happy with the results. The process was super smooth and met our deadline and budget. Will definitely recommend!