Three New Classic Engagement Ring Styles

Ali Brownrigg of Blue Nile is back! This post focuses on the three new engagement ring styles. We hope you like! What’s your favourite style? Leave a comment below! 

The solitaire set with a round brilliant diamond is by far the most popular engagement ring style. Its singular focus on the centre stone, as well as its simple beauty, makes it a tried and true classic that bucks the whims of trends.

As wedding jewellery evolves new classics emerge; innovative and interesting takes on traditional designs that represent new iconic styles. Read on for our take on the next wave of classic engagement rings.

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The New Halo

The halo, with it’s graceful and feminine crown of pavé diamonds, is distinctly vintage-inspired, having gained popularity in the Victorian era (1835 to 1890) and again in the 1920s. These days, the variety of halo styles is vast, ranging from three stone to floating, split shank, infinity shank to smooth shank. (The shank is jewellery-speak for band.)

In addition to the ring’s intricate beauty, the corona of petite diamonds that comprise the halo can make the centre diamond appear larger, and are an excellent way to stretch your budget and create a wow-worthy ring.

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1. Monique Lhuillier Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum (45822) / 2. Monique Lhuillier Wreath Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (53954) / 3. Monique Lhuillier Floral Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum (36611) / 4. Twisted Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold (54878) / 5. Monique Lhuillier Trio Micropavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (57711)

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Fancy Shapes

When you want a traditional setting, but with a twist, try a fancy shaped diamond. A solitaire or a halo set with a pear, oval, marquise, emerald, Asscher, princess, or cushion cut diamond adds just the right amount of flair necessary to make it distinctive.

Exceptionally stylish celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Amal Clooney, Beyonce, and Catherin Zeta-Jones all wear engagement rings set with fancy shaped diamonds. You’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger testament to the chicness of shaped stones. As an added bonus, due to their weight distribution fancy shaped diamonds tend to appear larger than round diamond of similar carat size.

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1. Blue Nile Studio Asscher Cut Royal Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (61188) / 2. Monique Lhuillier Princess Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum (47262) / 3. Three Stone Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (16514) / 4. Emerald Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (41141) / 5. Asscher Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (41181) / 6. Pear Shaped Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold (41214) / 7. Marquise Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold (41208) / 8. Cushion Cut Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in 14k white gold (41205)

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The Solitaire Evolution

It’s hard to imagine it, but even a style as enduring as the solitaire can be improved upon. Where the classic setting has a plain shank that holds a ring head with four or six prongs, usually set in a north/south orientation, some brides are opting for a slight deviation from the norm.

Nontraditional options include a shank that wraps around the diamond in an interesting way; a ring headset in an east/west orientation; a more flat and wide shank to really show off the centre diamond; or a cathedral setting accented with a discrete line of pavé diamonds along the bridge. The nuances might be subtle, but the possibility for impact is huge.

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1. East-West Solitaire Engagement Ring in 14k White Gold (43589) / 2. Flat Solitaire Engagement Ring in Platinum (5mm) (54394) / 3. Truly Zac Posen Cathedral Solitaire Plus Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum (56018) / 4. Monique Lhuillier Bypass Solitaire Engagement Ring in Platinum (56114) / 5. Truly Zac Posen East-West Solitaire Engagement Ring in Platinum (56019)