Top Simple or Classic Engagement Rings
Oh, if only choosing an engagement ring could be simple! It certainly can be, if you're drawn to a classic look. Simple engagement rings, which include the much-loved solitaire, tend to make the center stone the star. They have two big advantages: Their clean, classic style will stand the test of time, staying forever fashionable; and they're more affordable than more complex designs. (Hey, we'll always be real with you.)
You still have real flexibility when choosing a simple engagement ring, though — you can select a simple band, one set with accent diamonds, or a variation in shape, like a cathedral style. Here are the most important things to know about classic engagement rings.
Classic Engagement Ring Styles
The common trait of simple engagement rings is that they blend seamlessly with a wearer's personal style and aren't too ostentatious. The most popular traditional engagement ring style, by far, is the solitaire engagement ring. A few other styles that have stood the test of time include four-prong settings, bands with diamond accent stones, princess-cut rings, pave diamonds, and the petite engagement ring. But which is right for you?
Sometimes when you see it, you know it. Sometimes you need to be a bit strategic. When selecting an engagement ring, think about the criteria that are most important to you. Do they include accent diamonds, metal color or band thickness? Once you've prioritized according to your personal style — and the four C's — it'll be easier to narrow down your options. And when it comes to simple, classic engagement rings, there are no shortage of beautiful choices.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Solitaire engagement rings are the go-to style in simple engagement rings. Here, the beauty of the center diamond is showcased in a simple yet striking band style. Solitaire engagement rings can be set with any diamond shape. The most common are round, princess, cushion and emerald, but the less conventional marquise, Asscher, radiant, or pear cuts can be stunning as well.Shop Solitaire Engagement Rings
Halo Engagement Rings
The second most popular engagement ring style, the halo engagement ring — in which the center stone is encircled by accent diamonds, like an angel's halo — adds sparkle while maintaining a classic elegance. When paired with a plain-shank band, the look is simple and classic. Halos tend to look best when paired with round, princess or cushion cut center stones, but all diamond shapes can be made with halos.Shop Halo Engagement Rings
Pave Engagement Rings
A pave engagement ring is a great choice if you love sparkle. This style has a band studded with accent diamonds (pave is from the French "to pave"). The center stone can come in a variety of shapes, such as round or princess cut, and can be set in a variety of ways, like a bezel setting, that can really amplify the shine.Shop Pave Engagement Rings
Classic engagement ring settings
A classic engagement ring's band can be simple and smooth, or it can incorporate design elements like a twisting motif, cathedral windows, trellis openings or a split shank. Because solitaire engagement rings give the band such visual weight, it's important to select a metal that you truly love. Platinum and silver are most common; platinum is sturdier than silver (and more expensive). Gold has seen a resurgence in recent years, including the currently trendy rose gold, which has a pinkish coppery glow, and white gold, which has a bright silvery finish.
Top simple engagement rings
For such simple designs, you'll be surprised at how different classic engagement rings can look from one another. Below you'll find just some of our favorite setting and diamond combinations. But there are hundreds more if you look through our catalog. Not sure what to choose? That's why we offer a free home preview program that lets you try on 2 engagement ring replicas. Because we want you to make that final purchase with clarity and confidence.