There was a time when only a single solitaire diamond engagement ring would do the trick. Back in the 90s, when we were all about minimalism and clean lines, the ultimate engagement ring was a classic solitaire in a raised setting or one flanked by a few baguette diamonds. And make no mistake, that still works, it’s just that now, engagement rings are all about multi-stone settings.
Engagement ring trends
Like all things, engagement rings go through trends. Although everyone wants their ring – like their relationship – to be unique and last for a lifetime, we are invariably influenced by changing styles and trends.
When engagement rings were first introduced in the Victorian era, they were deeply romantic designs, inspired by hearts, flowers and bows. Next came more elaborate Edwardian diamond designs, which in turn gave way to the geometric diamond designs of the Art Deco era. Then came the solitaire diamond and the style became clean, classic and simple – whether it was a princess cut, a cushion cut or an emerald cut diamond.
Multi-stone engagement rings
In recent times, the trend towards multi-stone rings has increased, more specifically, the three-stone ring. As worn by Madonna and Nicole Kidman, three-stone engagement rings are said to symbolise the past, present and future. This style of ring also offers the wearer the option of including other semi-precious stones as flankers or just going for maximum sparkle with three diamonds in a row.
Another popular multi-stone design is the halo engagement ring, consisting of a large solo centre stone encircled with a ring of tiny (or not so tiny) diamonds. Alternatively, rows and rows of tiny diamonds are set in a pavé setting for dramatic effect, while a simple band of diamonds is also popular as an engagement or an eternity ring.
Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds!
Diamond cluster and multi-stone rings are a terrific value option for those who want all the brilliance and glamour of a diamond ring but without the hefty price tag.