Choosing the style of your engagement ring is one of the most important steps when you begin ring shopping. Ilanis has a wide variety of engagement rings from classic solitaires to modern tension rings to fit your style. Whether you are looking for a modest, traditional ring or something flashier, Ilanis has the perfect ring just for you.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
A solitaire engagement ring setting features a single diamond or colored gemstone with a plain mounting (usually four or six prongs). Solitaires are one of the most popular engagement ring styles. Their appeal is in their elegance, simplicity, and timelessness. Solitaire rings come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. The most common style has a narrow band, a style that compliments small fingers and that makes a smaller diamond appear larger. Others have thicker bands allowing for more options in the way the center diamond is set. You can pair your solitaire setting with a ring guard or ring enhancer to frame the center diamond making it appear more prominent.
Pavé Engagement Rings
A pave engagement ring has lots of very small diamonds set close to each other all down the band. Because pave-set diamonds only use tiny beads or prongs to hold them in place, they have a much brighter appearance because very little metal shows. You can choose to have a full pave setting where the diamonds go all the way around the ring or half pave where they stop halfway.
Micro pave rings have a more delicate appearance and typically a thinner band. The individual diamonds are so small they create a united surface producing extraordinary fire. Pave engagement rings look great with any center diamond shape and are usually prong set, basket set, or bezel set.
Channel Set Engagement Rings
Channel set engagement rings feature diamonds set in an open channel groove down the sides of the ring. A thin strip of metal on each side secures the diamond in place and no prongs are used. Because the diamonds are flush with the band, channel set rings are stronger than most other designs and are less likely to snag on clothing or gloves.
Channel settings are available in both gold and platinum, and with a variety of diamond shapes and sizes. Princess cut diamonds are a popular choice for channel set rings because their square shape ensures no gaps between the stones.
Sidestone Engagement Rings
Sidestone engagement ring settings usually consist of a larger center diamond flanked by two or more smaller diamonds on each side. The smaller side stones enhance the center diamond making it appear larger and giving the ring more radiance. Sidestone engagement rings can hold any shape for the center diamond but round or princess cuts are the most popular picks.
Three-Stone Engagement Rings
A three-stone engagement ring has a larger center diamond flanked by two smaller diamonds. The center diamond is usually set higher and the smaller diamonds accentuate the size and brilliance of the larger stone. The tapered effect looks elegant on any size finger. In the past, round and princess cut diamonds used to be the most popular choices for center stones. Over time, three-stone ring designs have become more stylish and creative using pear, oval, emerald, and many other elongated shapes. Most center stones are prong, basket, or bezel set as these setting styles help distinguish the center diamond from the accent stones.
Tension Set Engagement Rings
Tension engagement rings are a modern style setting that features a center diamond held in place by the pressure of the ring, without any prongs. When you look at a tension set ring from the side, the diamond appears to be floating in the air. Despite the appearance, tension set engagement rings are some of the most secure settings as the whole ring pushes against the diamond to hold it in place even tighter than a prong setting can. Because a tension set engagement ring shows off the entire diamond, clarity, cut, and color are even more important, as there is not a lot of metal obstructing the view, the brilliance is amazing. Round, princess, and emerald-cut diamonds are popular choices for tension set rings.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement ring settings feature a center diamond surrounded by smaller micro pave diamonds. The micro pave halo gives the appearance of a larger center diamond and adds to the engagement ring’s overall sparkle.
There are many different styles of halo engagement rings. More traditional halo settings are a modern take on the classic solitaire ring. Vintage-style halo rings are a popular choice as the milgrain or beading details add a unique look to the setting. Halo engagement rings come in all shapes and sizes of center stones. Some feature round stones, asscher-cut diamonds, pear-shaped and oval diamonds. Halo rings often feature colored gemstones, like blue sapphires or red rubies for the center stone with diamonds surrounding it to add some contrast and sparkle.
Vintage Engagement Rings
Vintage and antique-style engagement rings possess all the beauty and intricate details of an older ring with the benefit of modern manufacturing and newer design techniques. Many vintage-style engagement rings draw inspiration from the Art Deco period but are set with modern cut diamonds, which are cut to maximize their brilliance, fire, light reflection, and beauty. Most vintage-style rings are set in either white gold or platinum and nearly any shape diamond can be used as a center stone. Prong, basket, or bezel settings are most commonly used in vintage-style engagement rings.