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Think Beyond The Classics, Explore Six Types of Engagement Rings

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Engagement Rings, they’re not what they used to be—and that’s a good thing. Though the three C’s (carat, clarity, cut) are still at the forefront of the discussion, your true love may fall in love with a colored stone, an unusual setting, or an eternity band just as much as a classically designed diamond ring.

We’ve drawn up a guide that aims to cater to everyone looking at engagement rings, whether you’d rather spend your money saving up for a future home, or you’ve always dreamt of their wedding and know you must have that diamond solitaire no matter what. And though many prefer a modern approach to engagement, Vintage engagement rings are proving more and more popular as well. The luxury website 1stdibs.com notes a 47% increase year-over-year in the purchase of Vintage engagement rings on the site, the highest category being Art Deco at 54% year-over-year. “This is a period that will never go out of style, it is timeless,” says Cristina Miller, CCO of 1stdibs.com.

Regardless of how you approach it, though, the whole process can be daunting and the experience alienating: “Being open about the process is the best way to make sure you get exactly the right thing,” says jeweler Brent Neale, who works often with clients on custom engagement rings. “Perhaps there’s a cut you’ve never seen in person or an unusual way to set the stones or maybe it’s one stone instead of three. Or perhaps you never thought about color! It’s a big investment, so I say explore it all.”

Best in Value

Setting an engagement doesn’t need to break the bank.

Cartier 1895 wedding band

$850

CARTIER

Fenton Laurel band diamond 18kt white gold

$770

FENTON AND CO

Mejuri Italic cluster ring

$750

MEJURI

J.Hannah demi signet (diamond)

$995

J.HANNAH

Non-Traditional

A classic design may not work for every future bride.

Solange Marry Me written ring

$1,808

SOLANGE

Spinelli Kilcollin 18k yellow gold 3-lined diamond ring

$17,000

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Renna Wave Study O ring

$4,500

RENNA

Melissa Kaye Aria Blake ring

$9,250

MELISSA KAYE

Custom

For those who are lucky enough to have a family stone to set, or want something completely unique.

Brent Neale one-of-a-kind round diamond gypsy with pear sides

N/A

BRENT NEALE

Jessica McCormack bespoke engagement ring

N/A

JESSICA MCCORMACK

Jade Trau bespoke engagement rings

N/A

JADE TRAU

Stephanie Gottlieb band and a half engagement ring with round diamond

N/A

STEPHANIE GOTTLIEB

Vintage

Designs from decades past that never age.

Macklowe Gallery three-stone platinum ring with diamonds

$25,000

MACKLOWE GALLERY

Beladora Art Deco diamond ring in platinum

$3,750

BELADORA

Stephen Russell Edwardian platinum & diamond navette ring

$22,000

STEPHEN RUSSELL

Fred Leighton Art Deco pink sapphire, onyx, and diamond ring

$7,500

FRED LEIGHTON

Visual Tricks

Any jeweler will tell you a way to increase the perceived size of your center stone is to add a halo—pavé diamonds being the traditional option and enamel being a more modern approach.

Selim Mouzannar 18-karat rose gold, enamel and diamond ring

$2,990

NET-A-PORTER

Tiffany Soleste round brilliant engagement ring in platinum

N/A

TIFFANY & CO.

1stDibs Art Deco diamond and black enamel ring, circa 1925

$25,747

1STDIBS

Jessica McCormack moonshine diamond & sapphire daisy ring

N/A

JESSICA MCCORMACK

Classic

Options for the traditionalist.

De Beers DB Classic trio emerald-cut diamond ring

$24,300

DE BEERS

Grace Lee petite crown bezel diamond ring

$785

GRACE LEE

Kwiat cushion-cut diamond engagement ring

$1,350

KWIAT

Harry Winston solitaire, emerald-cut engagement ring

$17,700

HARRY WINSTON

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