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How to Buy a Round Solitaire Engagement Ring

When it comes to getting hitched, there is perhaps nothing more classic than a round solitaire engagement ring. This OG of popping the question, with its blinged out diamond sparkling atop a simple band, is kind of a can't-miss hit. But what exactly makes this engagement ring style so special? And how do you know if it's right for you? Well, that's what we're here to dig into. And of course, help you find your dream diamond solitaire ring, too. Let's dig in.

GOODSTONE  Finest Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

A round cut diamond engagement ring, the most classic and timeless shape of all.

What is a Round Solitaire Engagement Ring?

A round solitaire engagement ring, in its most straightforward definition, is a ring that features a single round diamond set on a band, with no additional accent stones or embellishments. The term "solitaire" indicates that there is only one main stone, and "round" refers to the shape of the diamond, which is circular when viewed from the top. The most classic version of this style, what many refer to as the "Tiffany Solitaire" because it was made famous by the brand, features a round diamond set in a 6-prong platinum setting, which elevates the stone high off the finger so as to best showcase its incredible sparkle.

GOODSTONE Nova Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Cut Diamond

Our version of the classic "Tiffany Solitaire", the Nova Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Cut Diamond.

Are Solitaire Engagement Rings Popular?

You bet they are! Solitaire rings have remained one of the most popular settings for the past century. Much of this can be traced to popular advertising campaigns of the early 20th century, though the style is still just as timeless and desirable today.

Their simplicity, elegance, and focus on a single stunning diamond make them a classic and versatile option that appeals to a wide range of tastes. Basically, a solitaire diamond engagement ring goes with everything. Solitaire rings can also be more budget-friendly compared to designs with multiple stones or intricate settings, making them accessible to many couples.

GOODSTONE Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

One of our most popular rings the, Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond.

Are Round Diamond Engagement Rings Expensive?

Round diamonds are generally more expensive than other diamond shapes because of their popularity and the way they are cut. Round diamonds are the most popular shape for engagement rings, comprising approximately 75% of all diamonds sold. This demand, along with the rough carat weight lost during the cutting process, and the expertise and precision required of cutting the stones, makes these brilliant gems more pricey.

That said, it's essential to note that diamond pricing depends on many factors, including the diamond's cut, color, clarity, and carat weight, in addition to its shape. So while round diamonds tend to be more expensive on average, there can be exceptions based on the specific characteristics of individual diamonds. When it comes to other shapes, princess cut diamonds are the second most popular and most expensive, while shapes like oval, cushion, radiant, and marquise can save you significantly.

GOODSTONE  Signature Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Cut Diamond

Pick a diamond and setting that speaks to you, like theSignature Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Cut Diamond.

What About Round Lab Created Diamonds?

If you're looking for a way to save a little cash on your engagement ring, or you're after something that's bigger than your budget, then lab created diamonds are a spectacular option. Lab created, or lab grown, diamonds are have all the same visual, chemical, and physical properties of natural diamonds that come from deep within the earth. Yet, they are made in a lab. And they will cost you about half the price of a comparable natural diamond. And no one will be able to see the difference. Because there isn't one. We are more than happy to help you decide which option is right for you and help you source a stone that meets your preferences and budget.

GOODSTONE Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut

Two of our most popular engagement rings, side by side:Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut and theThin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond.

Solitaire Ring Setting Styles

While a prong setting might be the ultimate classic option, there are actually plenty of ways to make the solitaire ring your own, simply by choosing a different setting style. Let's take a look at a few.

Prong Set Solitaires

There are many different styles of prong settings to choose from. The two most classic are the four-prong and six-prong settings, which are pretty self-explanatory. Many like the added security of six prongs, while others like the lighter, more open appearance of four. You can also go with a double prong, in which the tip of each prong on your ring is split into two, giving you a more vintage, delicate feel. And then there is the compass-point solitaire setting, which turns a four-prong ring slightly so that the prongs, instead of being at the "corners" of the diamond, rest at the north, south, east, and west points. This is a more modern look.

Bezel Set Solitaires

If you want something that gives you instant modern appeal, and is also good for active lifestyles, then perhaps a bezel-set diamond solitaire ring is for you. A bezel setting surrounds your center stone with a thin rim of metal. It adds a clean, geometric look to your solitaire engagement ring, as well as added security for your diamond. And as long as your diamond is well-cut, it will still sparkle aplenty.

GOODSTONE Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut

ThePenumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut is the perfect mix of modern and sleek classic look.

Half-Bezel Set Solitaires

If you like the idea of each of these round cut diamond rings, or are looking for something even more unique, then a half-bezel solitaire engagement ring is a great option. This super-modern style that is quite trendy right now, secures your round cut diamond between two opposing thin walls of metal, rather than entirely circling it. It gives you a unique, sculptural look, some added security, and yet more open and light than a full bezel.

Exploring Solitaire Band Styles

You can also play with the style of the band and overall ring design to give your round solitaire engagement ring a standout appearance. Perhaps you want a split-shank design, where the band of the ring splits into two arms as it flanks your round cut diamond at the center. This look gives the ring a bit more visual balance and looks especially flattering on larger carat weight diamonds.

You can also go with a chunky gold ring instead of something classic and slender. This will give you a much bolder overall look, can make a smaller diamond look larger, and is a very modern choice that's a bit trendy. Or just play with the texture and shape of your band, with a butterknife edged band or a flat one!

GOODSTONE Finest Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond

Play with texture and shape with our, Finest Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond.

Choosing a Metal Color

One of the other major decisions you'll need to make for solitaire engagement rings is the actual color of the metal you want for your setting and band. There are a few options: Platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. Platinum is a naturally bright white metal that is also hypoallergenic and will not wear away over time. Yellow gold is the ultimate classic and offers instant warmth to your look. White gold is modern and sophisticated. And rose gold is more feminine and romantic. The choice of metal is truly one of personal preference, as any is appropriate for solitaire engagement rings, so you should choose what you love. To create a harmonious ring stack, choose the same metal for your wedding bands as well.

Find Your Dream Ring

You're already sold on the timeless beauty of a round solitaire engagement ring, but now that you are armed with all the info you need to decipher the differences in the vast array of styles, you're ready to explore. Dive into our collection of signature round diamond rings to find the one that's right for you. Or reach out to our team to discuss customizing a style that suits your tastes and we'll help you find your dream ring.


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