Ring Types

Determining the ring type is one of the most important steps while purchasing an engagement ring. At Sunny Diamonds, you can find a wide variety of engagement ring styles ranging from modern tension rings to classic solitaires. Whether you are looking for a stylish modern ring or something traditional and modest, Sunny diamonds has a ring-type just for you. Here are some of the most popular types of engagement rings available in the market.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

Solitaire engagement rings are one of the most popular types of engagement ring settings. A solitaire ring set consists of a single stone, which is usually a diamond. Additionally, the gemstone comes with a plain mounting (typically four or six prongs). Their popularity is in their simplicity, elegance and timelessness. These rings come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some have thicker bands that allow for multiple options in the diamond setting. Others have narrower bands that have the effect of enabling a smaller diamond to appear larger. Such rings can complement small fingers. Majority of solitaire engagement rings have ring guards, also known as ring wraps. They frame the centre diamond, increasing its prominence.

Pavé Engagement Rings

A pave engagement ring has the appearance of a solid diamond surface. This is due to the presence of several small diamonds all along the band. Since pave-set diamonds use tiny prongs or beads to hold them in place, very little of the metal band shows through. This way, the diamonds appear to be free-standing. Pave settings can either stop halfway (half pave) or go around the whole band (full pave). Micro pave rings are more intricate and delicate than regular pave ring settings. The stones in those are so small that they create an appearance of extraordinary fire. Usually, pave engagement rings come with a princess cut or round diamonds as centre stones. Most of these stones are basket-set, prong-set or bezel-set.

Channel Set Engagement Rings

Channel set engagement rings have side diamonds embedded into the channel groove of the ring. Instead of prongs, a thin strip of metal secures the diamonds in place. Consequently, diamonds are flush with the band and therefore form a sturdier design than other designs and are also less likely to snag on clothes. Channel settings are available in a variety of diamond cuts and shapes, usually in platinum and gold. One of the most popular choices among channel set engagement rings is the princess cut since the square edges leave no gaps between the stones.

Sidestone Engagement Rings

Sidestone engagement rings typically consist of a centre diamond surrounded by two or more smaller-sized diamonds. These designs provide a perfect complement to a centre stone. With the sidestones adding brilliance and size to the centre diamond, the overall appearance of the ring becomes more radiant and impressive. When selecting a centre diamond of a side stone engagement ring, princess cut or round diamonds are generally chosen. However, you can use almost any diamond shape for the same.

Three-Stone Engagement Rings

Three stone engagement rings come with a centre diamond that is surrounded by two side diamonds. They help in accentuating the brilliance and size of the centre diamond. To complement the side stone and add depth to the ring, the centre stone is usually set higher. The most popular choices for centre stones are a princess or round cut diamonds. Most centre stones are basket-set, bezel-set or prong-set. These settings help effectively distinguish the centre diamond from the setting.

Tension Set Engagement Rings

In tension-engagement rings, a diamond is held in place without using any prongs and by the physical force of the setting. These are modern engagement rings wherein the diamond appears to be floating in the air. Tension rings use the tension and force of the ring to push against the diamond to hold it in place. As the whole ring works to hold the diamond in place, these are considered as some of the most secure engagement rings - even tighter than the prong setting. In this type, the cut and shape of the diamond are extremely important as tension cut rings show off the entire diamond. The popular choices for diamonds in tension set rings are princess, round and emerald-cut diamonds.

Halo Engagement Rings

In these rings, a centre gemstone is flanked by smaller, micro pave diamonds. The smaller diamonds add to the ring's overall sparkle by giving the appearance of volume and size to the centre stone. Most popular halo engagement rings are a modern take on the traditional solitaire ring, while vintage-style halo rings target on milgrain and micro pave detailing along the band. The centre stones in the halo engagement rings come in all sizes and shapes. Some feature Asscher-cut diamonds, round stones, oval and pear-shaped diamonds. Halo engagement rings most often feature coloured gemstones like red rubies and blue sapphires.

Vintage Engagement Rings

Antique-style and vintage engagement rings offer the beauty and intricate craftsmanship of vintage rings with the lasting and sturdy design techniques of modern engagement rings. These rings often draw inspiration from different periods and contain diamonds with modern diamond cuts. These designs maximize brilliance, fire and light-reflective properties. Sunny Diamonds offers a variety of antique-style and vintage rings in white gold, yellow gold and platinum. Almost all types of diamond cuts are used as centre stones for vintage rings. The centre stones in vintage rings are usually basket-set, prong-set or bezel-set.