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Delve into the world of solitaire engagement rings, where simplicity meets elegance, offering a timeless piece that complements every style and personality. From the classic charm of a single radiant cut diamond to the innovative allure of bezel and half-bezel settings, discover how to create a ring that's not just a piece of jewelry, but a reflection of your unique love story and personal flair.

In the realm of engagement rings, there's something for everyone. Diamonds aplenty, garnishes galore. But sometimes, simplicity reigns supreme, and nothing encapsulates this essence quite like the timeless solitaire engagement ring. These babies are all about keeping it classy and letting your diamond do the talking. Plus, their timeless design means they'll never go out of style, and they go with everything.

But perhaps the true beauty of a simple engagement ring lies in its versatility. Whether you're a classic romantic or a modern trendsetter, there's a solitaire ring out there to suit your style and personality. And with endless customization options available, you can create a ring that's truly one-of-a-kind—just like your love story.

GOODSTONE Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond

Simplicity speaks for itself with the,Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond.

GOODSTONE Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Emerald Cut

Dress up the simple and beautiful, Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Emerald Cut, with gemstone wedding bands.

What is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?

Picture this: one exquisite center diamond or gemstone stealing the spotlight with its understated elegance and brilliance. It's the epitome of a minimalist aesthetic—clean lines, refined beauty, and a touch of timeless sophistication. Classic solitaires? They're like the Audrey Hepburn of engagement rings—effortlessly elegant and always in style. It's what most women think of when they picture an engagement ring, a round single diamond elevated above a yellow or white gold band, secured in slender prongs, shining bright. And that makes sense because we've been fed that image for decades as the must-have ring to cement any relationship.

But engagement rings sure have evolved since mid-century marketing campaigns. From diamond shape to metal type to sophisticated new design ideas, there are fresh, modern solitaire engagement rings to reflect every commitment. So let's dive in to discover which style speaks to you and set you on a journey to enduring love.

GOODSTONE Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Oval Cut Diamond

TheThin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Oval Cut Diamond, is one of the most popular, its understated elegance and brilliance make it a fan favorite.

Choosing a Diamond Shape

When it comes to choosing the perfect diamond shape for your engagement ring, each option comes with its own set of pros and cons. Let's start with the classic round brilliant cut, which is renowned for its unparalleled sparkle and fire. With its symmetrical shape and 58 facets, the round diamond is designed to maximize brilliance and hide any imperfections. However, its popularity also means that it tends to come with a higher price tag compared to other shapes.

Princess cuts offer a modern alternative with their square shape and sharp, angular corners. Not only does this shape exude contemporary elegance, but its faceting also helps to hide any flaws in the stone. However, the princess cut is known to be less forgiving when it comes to inclusions and requires precise cutting to achieve maximum brilliance. The cushion cut diamond is kind of an in-between, a soft square, with brilliant facets.

The elongated rectangular emerald cut is prized for its sleek, sophisticated appearance and elegant step-cut facets. While it may not boast the same level of sparkle as a round or princess cut diamond, the emerald cut offers a unique allure and a larger surface area, making it appear larger than other diamonds of the same carat weight. However, its open table and elongated shape also mean that inclusions and color are more visible, so it's important to choose a high-quality stone to ensure maximum brilliance.

The oval cut combines the brilliance of a round diamond with the elongated silhouette of a marquise cut, resulting in a timeless and versatile shape that complements a wide range of hand shapes and settings. With its elongated proportions, the oval cut creates the illusion of longer, slender fingers, making it a popular choice among brides-to-be. However, the oval shape is prone to the "bow-tie effect," where a dark shadow appears in the center of the stone due to light leakage.

Ultimately, choosing a diamond shape comes down to personal preferences and your budget. Round diamonds will always be the most expensive shape, but you can use the 4Cs as levers to adjust to meet your budget, deciding which diamond characteristics are most important to you.

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

Get both brilliance and beauty with the,Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Round Brilliant Cut Diamond.

GOODSTONE Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Oval Cut Diamond and North South Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Diamond

Both the Thin + Simple Solitaire Engagement Ring With Oval Cut Diamond and theNorth South Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Diamond are gorgeous options. Have a hard time deciding? Look at this side by side and envision which stack you seeing yourself wearing.

What About Lab-Created Diamonds?

Lab-grown diamonds are revolutionizing the jewelry industry as an ethical and sustainable alternative to traditional mined diamonds. They are chemically and physically identical to their mined counterparts, offering the same brilliance, hardness, and beauty without the environmental and social impact. Moreover, lab-created diamonds also offer significant cost savings compared to mined diamonds. Due to the streamlined production process and lack of mining expenses, lab-grown diamonds are typically priced at a fraction of the cost of their mined counterparts. This makes them an attractive option for couples looking to maximize their budget without compromising on quality or size.

GOODSTONE East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Diamond

Save money and never lack sparkle with this lab created, East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Marquise Cut Diamond.

Choosing a Metal Type

When it comes to choosing the metal for your engagement ring, there are several options to consider, each with unique characteristics. Yellow gold exudes warmth and historical beauty, while white gold offers a sleek, modern aesthetic with its cool, silvery hue. For those seeking a durable and hypoallergenic option, platinum is an excellent choice, known for its strength and enduring beauty. Rose gold has surged in popularity in recent years, thanks to its romantic pinkish hue that adds a touch of vintage charm to any ring. Choose the metal you love based on your own style and you'll love it for a lifetime. If you're planning to also wear a wedding ring or have matching wedding bands, many folks choose the same metal so that everything gives a harmonious look.

GOODSTONE East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond

Mix warmth and modern design with the, East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond. A perfect blend of both.

Choosing a Setting Style

The setting style you choose for your solitaire engagement ring is just as important as the diamond itself. There are three main categories: prong settings, bezel settings, and the most modern of all: half-bezel settings. But let's look at each!

Prong set solitaire engagement rings are super classic, favored for their ability to showcase the center diamond or gemstone in all its glory. In this setting style, small metal prongs (usually four to six) hold the stone securely in place, allowing maximum light to enter and enhance its brilliance.

Bezel set solitaire engagement rings offer a sleek and modern alternative to prong settings, though the setting style is actually one of the earliest, surrounding your diamond with a thin rim of metal to secure it in place. Bezel settings provide excellent protection for the diamond, as the metal rim acts as a buffer against chips, scratches, and other damage. Additionally, the smooth, seamless appearance of a bezel setting exudes understated sophistication and a minimalist aesthetic, making it a popular choice among those with a penchant for contemporary design.

For couples seeking a balance between the classic elegance of prong settings and the modern simplicity of bezel settings, the half-bezel set solitaire engagement ring offers the best of both worlds. In this hybrid style, the diamond is partially surrounded by a metal rim, leaving a portion of the stone exposed to maximize light and brilliance.

GOODSTONE Penumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut

Want something more than a plain Thin and Simple Setting? Opt for thePenumbra Bezel Set Engagement Ring With Round Cut. A way to dress up the classic.

GOODSTONE East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond

The East West Half Bezel Solitaire Engagement Ring With Elongated Radiant Cut Diamond is the best of both worlds. Offering a sleek and modern design that will turn heads wherever you go.

Choosing the Ring Ring for You

Many men and women think that there is a "best" or "right" engagement ring they can purchase that you just can't go wrong with, however that's not the case, as the "best" engagement ring is simply the one that's right for you. Your ring, one that will likely be worn everyday, for a lifetime, should reflect your personal styles and the size, shape, and metal type that you prefer. Because you know on your wedding day you're going to look down and want to be really proud and happy with that choice.

You can explore our collection of engagement rings and simple wedding rings to find the one that speaks to you, but we also offer endless customization through our design service. Simply reach out and our team of experts will help you craft your dream ring from scratch.

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