Past Present and Future Rings
Your engagement ring can go beyond simply being beautiful; it can also tell a story. Three stone engagement rings — also known as past, present and future rings — are beloved by some brides-to-be for their symbolism. As the name suggests, each stone on the ring represents a couple’s past, present, and future. Gazing at it might inspire the wearer to reflect on good memories, their current love, and all the potential happiness to come.
A three stone engagement ring setting comprises a large center diamond flanked by two smaller accent diamonds or gemstones. Many couples take advantage of the multiple stones to get creative, adding additional colors to their ring by mixing rubies, sapphires, or emeralds with a diamond. Whether you go the personalized route or stick to a full-diamond setting, a three stone engagement ring is a meaningful and timeless piece.
Meaning of three stone engagement rings
Here's an added bonus to the three stone engagement ring (it's a bit of a secret): It can mean whatever you want it to mean! It's unclear how the three stone setting first came to symbolize the past, present and future, but through the years, it's also been said to represent "friendship, love and fidelity." Today — as with just about everything when it comes to choosing an engagement ring — there are no hard-and-fast rules. You can lend it your own significance, whatever is meaningful to you. Your engagement ring is all about your personal preference.
Three stone engagement ring settings and styles
You have a wide array of options in choosing a three stone engagement ring — they can be set with various combinations of diamond cuts and designs. The most commonly used diamond shapes in the three stone engagement rings include the princess cut and round cut, as they tend to fit smoothly together and are easier to flank with accent diamonds. Other common shapes include emerald cut, marquise cut, asscher cut and oval. Traditionally, the middle stone is larger than the flanking stones; typically the larger stone matches the weight of the two side stones combined.
The three stones can be of the same shape, or you can choose a blend of different shapes. For example, the center stone could be an emerald cut or a princess cut, and the side stones trilliants. One timeless combination is a round center stone flanked by two baguette cut stones, which created visual interest by combining step-cut and brilliant cut diamonds.
One important thing to keep in mind when buying a three stone engagement ring: Consider the lifestyle of the bride-to-be. If she has a very active lifestyle, there might be opportunities for the ring to get snagged or damaged throughout the day. Some women with physically active jobs or hobbies choose simpler settings; others love their three stone engagement rings.
Celebrities with three stone engagement rings
In recent years, the three stone engagement ring has appeared on some of the most photographed hands in the world. Celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Christina Ricci, Perrie Edwards, Vanessa Minnillo, Sofia Vergara and Nicole Kidman have stepped out with three stone rings. Many exemplify the creative possibilities of a three stone ring: Jessica Simpson's has a center ruby in an oval cut, flanked by diamonds; Zayn Malik gifted Perrie Edwards with a three-stone diamond ring with a vintage-style milgrain band.
Most popular three stone engagement rings
Maybe you think you’re sold on the three stone rings, but don’t know where to start in choosing your setting. The past, present and future rings below are some of the most beloved in our catalog — but that doesn’t mean yours will look like everyone else’s! Play around with the shape of your center stone and the metal for a different twist on an old favorite.