Engagement Ring Head Styles

Picking the right engagement ring style is as important as picking the right center gemstone or diamond. It can define the full look of the engagement ring and should match the personality of the wearer. All With Clarity styles are available in gold and platinum. Many styles can be made with 9 different center diamonds, however some are available with less shapes. Factor in things like look, budget, and her style when choosing a ring.

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Head Styles

Ring heads are the top portions of engagement rings that hold the center gemstone in place. There are many varieties and it is important to choose the correct one. The head can be a big determinant in the overall look of the engagement ring.

round backet diamond setting


A basket head holds the center stone in place with 4 or 6 prongs. Is has openings underneath that allow light to pass through. This creates more sparkle and keeps the stone set low, making it comfortable to wear. The basket style is versatile and can be paired with nearly any shape of gemstone and band style.

artistic trellis style prong setting


A trellis setting is similar to a basket style but the prong designs is woven downwards towards the shank of the ring. This creates an additional design element while maintaining the basket style which allows light to pass through and sparkle to be created. Typically round and princess shapes stones in a classic or solitaire style look best within the trellis style head.

open shank with cathedral windows on a ring


A cathedral style head has archways on either side of the head that are left open. This lifts the head of the ring a little higher and enables light to pass through easily. This creates a lifted look, and draws more attention to the center stone. A cathedral head can be paired with a plain shank, or a shank adorned with diamonds. The cathedral style head is a popular choice for engagement rings.

round diamond enclosed with a bezel head setting


A bezel setting has a centerstone that is set fully flush within a metal enclosing. Metal surrounds the diameter of the center stone to create a secure hold. This creates a contemporary look with more metal than other ring styles. It can be a good option for those who want a very secure setting. Typically bezel settings look best with princess or round styles and have a plain band without any diamonds.

a half bezel enclosing part of the round diamond

Semi Bezel

A semi bezel ring style has two borders of metal that surround the gemstone on the left and right side. The metal holds the stone securely in place and the openings on the top and bottom allow light to pass through. This style also looks good with an oval or round center stone.

a halo of diamonds around the center stone


A halo head holds the center stone and has accent diamonds that encircle the full diameter of the stone uniformly. These diamond accents are smaller than the center stone and add a layer of sparkle to the ring. They also make the center stone look larger. Halo settings look beautiful with all center shapes and are among the most popular for engagement rings.

prong set accent diamonds off setting the center in a three stone style

Three Stone

A three stone ring has a central larger stone flanked by two smaller stones on either side. The side stones can be of different varieties, the same variety and slightly smaller or the same in size. A three stone setting has sentimental value as it represents the past, future and present of the couple. It is also a great ring style to commemorate an anniversary. A three stone ring can have a plain band or one that is accented with diamonds. The head can be a classic basket, bezel or trellis style. Typically, round, princess diamonds look great in this style.

Now that you've been acquainted with the head styles, check out information about With Clarity ring collections.