Top Cute Engagement Rings (and What Exactly That Means)
What makes an engagement ring “cute”? It tends to be smaller and have a charming simplicity, eschewing complicated details. The petite classicism of cute engagement rings tends to make them beautiful on every type of women’s hands. This style of engagement ring has risen in popularity as part of the minimalist design trend popularized on Instagram, Pinterest and other social media in recent years.
But cute doesn’t have to mean dull: A demure ring can attain some sexy fire if you mix up the metal — choosing trendy rose gold, for instance — and a variety of settings can reflect a spirited personality. Read on to see the most important things to consider when shopping for a cute engagement ring, and some of our favorite styles.
What makes a setting a cute engagement ring?
Generally, when people talk about a cute engagement ring, they’re referring to one with a thin band and a minimal design. In some instances they’re also referring to the size of the center stone. Though diamond rings can have a huge center rock and a minimal design on the band, these rings are seen more as big style engagement rings than cute engagement rings.
Things to consider before buying a cute engagement ring
First and foremost, think about your lifestyle. A cute engagement ring’s thin band and minimalist setting will mean that it’s less sturdy than other options. If you have a job in which you work with your hands a lot, or are an athlete or have particularly active hobbies, you’ll want to ensure you take off your ring more often. You can also opt for the most durable metal option: platinum.
It’s generally assumed that only larger hands can pull off larger rings, but this — along with other engagement-ring traditions — is falling by the wayside. Don’t opt for a cute engagement ring just because you think you “need to” for your hands. These settings are flattering for everyone. But ultimately, the most important consideration is that you like the design.
Also important: Does a cute engagement ring fit the personality of the intended wearer? Some women have a personal style that includes larger, statement jewelry. For them, a cute engagement ring might not be the perfect fit.
Most popular cute engagement rings
We’ll keep repeating it until we’re blue in the face: the best ring for your future fiance is the one she loves the most, no matter the style. But if you need a little inspiration to kick off your hunt for a cute engagement ring, check out the settings below. They’re some of our most popular dainty diamond rings and may give you some clues as to elements you think your special someone would want included on her ring. You might even find “the one” among their ranks, but don’t get worried if you don’t. These are just some of the wide range of styles we have that could be considered cute engagement ring settings.
Braided Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
Although more complex, the Braided Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring is just as cute. A tightly braided band of metal creates a perfect complement to the single center stone. The band’s uniqueness offers enough detail to keep the ring interesting, but keeps the ring simplistic enough for it to remain petite, dainty, and cute.
Petite Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
The Petite Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring features simply a solitaire diamond on a thin, smooth-edged band. This simplicity puts the focus on the shiny center diamond to make for an ideal cute engagement ring.
Cathedral Twist Diamond Engagement Ring
Edging on modernity, the Cathedral Twist Diamond Engagement Ring features a single diamond cradled by a cathedral head. This cradling allows for more light to hit the center diamond, in turn, creating more luster and sparkle. The simplistic nature of the ring leads it to be a prime option of a cute engagement ring, as it is fitting for any bride looking for timelessness.
Traditional Pave Diamond Engagement Ring
For a petite classic setting, the Traditional Pave Diamond Engagement Ring features a traditional, timeless look while remaining cute in its entirety. The ring is made up of a single center stone flanked by accent diamonds on both sides. However, these accent diamonds only reach down halfway of the band, to give wearer a sense of increased detail. With the accent diamonds against the plain metal band, the ring seems to sparkle a tad bit more.
Twirling Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring
If the bride is looking for a cute engagement ring to match her dainty personality, sparkle may not be the best option, but a ring such as the Twirling Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring might be! This ring shows off a band made of smooth, twisting metal that comes together for a look that is romantic and graceful. With the plain metal complementing the diamond, this cute engagement ring offers just enough shine to keep the wearer interested without making an overpowering statement.
Plain Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
For a bit more complexity to the cute style engagement ring, the Plain Shank Halo Diamond Engagement Ring features a petite halo setting that emphasizes the large center stone. The plain band and traditional halo setting make this ring a popular choice for the brides going the more traditional route.
Tapered Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
The Tapered Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is perfect for couples looking to make their engagement ring unique. This ring offers a trendy petite halo setting surrounded by accent diamonds that twist around the center stone. Unique AND cute!
Split Shank Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring
The Split Shank Trellis Diamond Engagement Ring creates more sparkle on the finger while connecting it with a trellis design. This engagement ring features 32 accent diamonds leading up to the center diamond which is enhanced by the placement of the flanking diamonds.
Vintage Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring
For a more traditional bride, the Vintage Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring offers a classically designed ring with the utmost elegance featuring a pattern of milgrain setting with marquise metal shaping. This cute engagement ring is popular with brides looking for a more vintage-inspired look, while it also remains trendy with today’s styles.
Squarish Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Finally, the Squarish Pave Halo Diamond Engagement Ring is another take on the traditional halo setting. With the squareness of the diamond, the ring is given a whole new look that is perfect for a bride looking for her new cute engagement ring!