Engagement Ring Style Guide

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Falling in love was easy.  Choosing the ring should be, too.

Check out these popular ring styles for inspiration on choosing the perfect ring for your engagement.

Traditional Ring Styles

Diamond Halo engagement ring. Learn more about this trendy  ring style

Halo

A halo ring is the perfect way to express your everlasting love to your partner. Featuring smaller stones encircling the center stone, a halo engagement ring has the vintage look and vibe that many people seek out in an engagement ring. Available cuts include princess, round, oval, emerald, cushion, marquise, pear, baguette and heart. Halo rings come in various hues of gold so you can get it in the color your partner likes best: white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or two-tone. 
 

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Solitaire

When you’ve found the one, it only takes one diamond to say it all. Solitaire rings are a stunning classic that never goes out of style. A solitaire engagement ring puts all emphasis on the center diamond, so you should really focus on the diamond quality. The most popular cuts are round- and princess-cut. Marquise, oval, emerald, pear, and cushion give the ring a more unique look. You can also add an enhancer ring to transform the ring into something completely different.

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Three-Stone

When one diamond isn't enough to tell your story, use three stones. Three-stone diamond rings have long symbolized each stage of a couple's love story. A 3-stone ring can have a simple trio of diamonds or gemstones or they can be designed with three ornate sections, shimmering with many stones. Three stone engagement rings often incorporate a mix of diamond shapes that complement each other for a unique, bold look. This classic style is back in a big way thanks to royal trends in recent years. 

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Embellished 

You found your true love and you want to express it with plenty of sparkle. An embellished solitaire is a great way to celebrate your one and only with a beautiful center stone that is complemented by equally gorgeous smaller stones along the band. Similar to a solitaire ring, the most popular cuts for the center stone are round and princess-cut. Marquise, oval, emerald, pear, and cushion give the ring a more unique look.

 

Modern

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Gemstone

Love is a kaleidoscope of emotions and bright days together. Celebrate your vibrant love with a gemstone engagement ring. A trending style, gemstones are great for those who are looking for a statement piece or originality. Choose a bright ruby or sapphire engagement ring for the person who loves rich color. Or go with something more neutral like a soft pink morganite engagement ring or light aquamarine. You can even use gems minimally with a small side accent.


 
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Unique

For the person with one-of-a-kind style, these are the unique engagement rings to mark your one-of-a-kind love. What makes an engagement ring style unique? It can be a diamond with an unusual shape or a surprising pop of color. Mostly, though, it's found in the thoughtful designs and structures. From breathtaking frames to east-west settings to asymmetric designs to nature-inspired engagement rings, these styles really highlight your personality. Our assortment of unique rings will make it seem like you designed it yourself!

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Vintage-Inspired

Inspired by designs of the past, vintage style has endured the test of time and has continued to influence modern engagement rings. From timeless and romantic to extravagant Art Deco engagement rings, vintage inspiration is here to stay. Milgrain detailing, floral engraving, and pave-set diamonds are popular designs found in vintage engagement rings. If you love history and have an appreciation for the elegance and class of days gone by, a vintage-inspired engagement ring would be the perfect choice.
 

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mULTI-sTONE

The decision to spend forever together is a momentous one. A multi-stone engagement ring features multiple gorgeous stones that will shine on together for decades to come, just like your love. It’s also the perfect way to save money while achieving a larger look. While the most popular cuts for multi-stone rings are round and princess, they are also available in baguette, oval and pear cuts. You have your choice of a white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or two-tone band.
 

Other Ring Styles

Learn more about bridal set engagement ring styles

Bridal Set

Bridal sets (an engagement ring and wedding band purchased together as a pair) make for a romantic gesture that will last a lifetime. Purchasing a bridal set is a great way to guarantee that her engagement ring and wedding ring will fit together and complement each other perfectly – just like the two of you. You will also only have to ring shop once if you opt to go with a bridal set at the beginning. This can save you time, money and effort in the long run.

Learn more about custom engagement rings

Customize

When it comes to an engagement ring for your love, one of you might have a dream ring in mind that you’re unlikely to find in any store. Many customers choose to create their own unique engagement ring to express their one-of-a-kind love story. You can do this online with our KAY Ring Customizer that allows you to pick and choose each element and see real-time renderings along the way, or you can create your ring in store with help from our experts.

Learn more about semi mount engagement ring settings

Semi-Mount

Simply put, a semi-mount is a ring that does not yet have a center stone. With a semi-mount ring setting, you can choose the center stone, including the cut, carat weight, and more. This lets you select a band that captures your partner’s style and find a stone just for her. This is also an excellent option if you have an heirloom diamond or gemstone that you want to use.A semi-mount engagement ring is the perfect choice if you want flexibility in choosing the ring.

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Three-Stone

When one diamond isn't enough to tell your story, use three stones. Three-stone diamond rings have long symbolized each stage of a couple's love story. A 3-stone ring can have a simple trio of diamonds or gemstones or they can be designed with three ornate sections, shimmering with many stones. Three stone engagement rings often incorporate a mix of diamond shapes that complement each other for a unique, bold look. This classic style is back in a big way thanks to royal trends in recent years. 

Shop Vintage-style engagement rings from Kay Jewelers

Vintage-Inspired

Inspired by designs of the past, vintage style has endured the test of time and has continued to influence modern engagement rings. From timeless and romantic to extravagant Art Deco engagement rings, vintage inspiration is here to stay. Milgrain detailing, floral engraving, and pave-set diamonds are popular designs found in vintage engagement rings. If you love history and have an appreciation for the elegance and class of days gone by, a vintage-inspired engagement ring would be the perfect choice.
 

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