Elegant Engagement Rings: Top 10 Styles
An elegant engagement ring is the result of the optimal balance between diamond(s) and setting, something that you can wear every day and that can effortlessly withstand the test of time and passing trends.
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What Makes an Engagement Ring Elegant?
The definition of an elegant engagement ring varies from person to person.
“I think elegance is often used synonymously with “understated” which would indicate a ring that is simple or low set, perhaps,” says Grace Taylor, VRAI’s Senior Director of Sales and Customer Experience. “...But a large flashy diamond or side stones won’t necessarily keep a ring from being elegant as long as it looks at home on your finger and goes with your overall style and aesthetic! I suppose to an extent elegant can also run along the same lines as timeless.”
An elegant engagement ring is an engagement ring whose style transcends current trends in favor of timeless, streamlined designs.
Hallmarks of an elegant style may include (but are by no means limited to) a simple band and simple prongs, which can be oriented in a number of ways, from the classic four-prong setting to cardinal (or compass) set. “The main purpose of that setting would be to emphasize and focus on the center diamond,” explains Queena Chang, VRAI’s chief diamond expert and a GIA graduate gemologist.
Are All Engagement Rings Sleek?
Sleek designs can make an engagement ring elegant, but not all elegant engagement rings are marked by minimalism and simplicity. An emphasis on symmetry and balance or a clever play with negative space and asymmetry can all contribute to the design of an elegant engagement ring. For example, most Art Deco inspired engagement rings, which feature abstract and geometric patterns that can also be quite intricate, remain a symbol of elegance. Just consider VRAI’s Five Stone Heirloom Engagement Ring where four baguettes flank the center diamonds, emphasizing craftsmanship and scintillation.
What is the best carat weight for an elegant ER?
Any carat weight can be the foundational block of an elegant engagement ring. The idea that anything over 3 carat is costume-jewelry-like is outdated. In particular, elongated shapes at a higher carat weights like Ovals, Emeralds, Pears, and Marquises elegantly showcase the elaborate faceting, cut by expert craftsmen. In fact, celebrating the artistry and the craft behind a gemstone is another hallmark of elegance. Just make sure the setting offers enough support. “I highly recommend my customers to consider settings with more support, such as our Classic Hidden Halo, which has a rim of metal underneath the girdle of the diamond to support the prongs,” says Queena Chang, VRAI’s Chief Diamond Expert and a GIA graduate.
Top 10 Elegant Engagement Rings
VRAI Classic Emerald Engagement Ring
VRAI Classic Emerald Engagement Ring combines the clean, fluid lines of the band and the prongs with the elegant geometry of an Emerald-cut diamond, creating an elegant harmony of lines, edges, and curves.
Classic Hidden Halo Oval Engagement Ring
An intricate array of handset Pavé diamonds is nestled just below an Oval diamond, creating a filigree effect in a timeless and classic design and maximizing brilliance.
Classic Two Tone Round Engagement Ring
The Two-Tone engagement ring features VRAI’s Classic Solitaire model but the band is in a warm-toned metal while the prongs are either in white gold or platinum. This will allow you to flawlessly pair even DEF Round diamonds with a warm-toned metal like yellow or rose gold.
Five Stone Heirloom Emerald Engagement Ring
The Five Stone Heirloom engagement ring features four Baguette side stones that are set to enhance the brilliance of a VRAI created diamond. If you choose an Emerald as a center diamond, you will create an infinite hall of mirrors effect.
Floating Solitaire Round Engagement Ring
The Floating Solitaire engagement ring features a unique setting that gently lifts your VRAI created diamond and its hidden halo. Pairing this setting with a Round diamond creates an elegant and classic ring with an open back.
Knife Edge Cushion Engagement Ring
The Knife-Edge solitaire engagement ring features sloping edges that take the gaze directly to the diamond. Pairing it with a Cushion diamond results in an elegant silhouette that is both timeless and vintage inspired.
Signature-6-Prong Round Engagement Ring
The Signature Six Prong engagement ring features a low setting thanks to our signature sling that slightly dips below the band and six prongs that firmly secure your stone in place while also highlighting the curves of a Round Brilliant diamond.
Signature Pear Engagement Ring
The Signature is VRAI’s reinterpretation of the classic solitaire, featuring a lower setting thanks to a slightly dipping sling that draws in light to maximize brilliance. A Pear diamond will also uniquely flatter your finger, making it appear longer and slimmer.
Halo Cushion Engagement Ring
Learn With a radiant series of individually handset pavé diamonds, the Halo engagement ring maximizes the brilliance of the center diamond while also making it appear larger. The facets of a Cushion diamond have unique fire, which is the ideal complement to a Halo setting. about the impeccable origin of diamonds sustainably created by VRAI.
Signature Bezel Emerald Engagement Ring
The Bezel setting has existed since the earliest documentations of jewelry. When metal encircles an Emerald diamond, it emphasizes its step-cut facets and clean geometry, balancing minimalism and artistry.
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Is One Metal Color More Elegant Than Others?
All metal colors are equally elegant, provided you treat your engagement ring with the proper care. Gold’s luster and sheen flawlessly complements the brilliance of any diamond, whether it’s the dynamic scintillation of brilliant cuts or the streamlined hall of mirrors effect of step cuts.
With that being said, different metal colors highlight different styles, even in the presence of the same setting.
White gold and platinum, with their cool-toned, white cast, highlight the brightness and the fire of diamonds, for a sleek, contemporary or Art Deco-inspired style.
Gold is a timeless classic choice that is both bold and delicate, and also complements J-L diamonds and their warmer undertone.
Rose gold is both vintage-inspired and romantic, and given its neutral undertone, it suits all skin tones and all diamond colors. It was trendy ten years ago, but it’s now a timeless color and a foundational block of any jewelry stack.
What Are The Most Elegant Wedding Rings?
Wedding rings tend to be more understated than engagement rings, and their elegance fully emerges in the metalwork. An unexpected detail can mark the difference between elegance and pure simplicity. Wedding rings can also double as the foundation of a ring stack, so their elegance can also fully emerge when they’re stacked together. The Inlay band, for example, balances substance with daintiness thanks to the presence of 0.10 carat diamond. The Devotion band has a row of Round or Baguette diamonds secured inside a channel-set band. The Chevron band features gently curved contours, which bring out the metal’s signature luster.