All About Solitaire Engagement Rings

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So you’re ready to ask the love of your life to marry you. Congratulations! When you envision an engagement ring, a solitaire most likely comes to mind first.

As the name implies, a solitaire engagement ring features a single center stone. Going with a solitaire ring has many benefits, including a simple and elegant design, being easy to wear, and having the center stone truly be the star. If you’ve decided on a solitaire ring, here are a few things to consider:

Things to Consider When Buying A Solitaire Ring 

Stone Type

When deciding on a stone, you may choose a natural diamond, a gemstone, or a lab-created diamond. If you go with a diamond, remember to mind the 4Cs: Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut

Stone Shape

You’ll want to know their preferred diamond shape: round, princess, cushion, emerald, marquise, oval, pear or a branded cut from LEO.Explore our diamond shape guide for more.

Ring Setting

Ring setting is another important thing to consider in your solitaire. Find out if your love favors a classic prong setting, a modern bezel setting or a trendy channel setting. 

Ring Band

When it comes to the band, you’ll need to decide on a metal type, the band width, and the style. Do they like detail work? Or maybe an embellished solitaire with smaller stones along the band?

Solitaire Diamond Classifications 

When shopping for an engagement ring keep in mind the price of the ring can also depend on the diamond's quality, which includes factors such as clarity, and color. Our 'Good' quality diamonds are most affordable and they go in price as the quality improves to 'Better' and 'Best.' See the chart below to figure out what sort of diamond is right for you.

Solitaire Brands

Oval solitaire engagement ring. Learn more about the Now & Forever brand, exclusively at Kay

Solitaire LEO diamond engagement ring. Learn more about THE Leo Diamond

First Light engagement ring. Explore the collection at Kay

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