50 Best Classic Engagement Rings for the Timeless Bride

For an engagement ring you'll love as much 10 years from now as you do today.

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They don't call it a classic for nothing. Sure, we love a trend-driven sparkler, but nothing says, "I'm engaged" quite like a classic engagement ring. Defined by simplicity and sophistication, these rings are called classics for a reason; a traditional diamond cut with a no-frills design never goes out of style. "Trend-driven styles are great if you are committed to these elements and committed to loving them for the duration," explains jewelry designer Corina Madilian. "If you are picking something of the moment just because you are currently seeing and liking it, you may not feel the same down the line, which is perfectly fine if you are comfortable knowing you may be resetting your stone or replacing the ring entirely when you are over it." Trends come and go, but a classic diamond ring is, as they say, forever.

Meet the Expert

Corina Madilian is one half of the husband and wife duo behind Single Stone. With over 15 years of designing jewelry for the brand and over 30 years in the industry, Madilian is an expert in creating timeless, heirloom-quality styles and restoring antique pieces.

They're no-thrills, in a good way, and cut (no pun intended) straight to the point, making sure that diamond beams off your finger. Plus, you're obviously planning on wearing that rock around your finger for the rest of your life, so it only makes sense to choose something you will still love when you're celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. "Pick from the heart," advises Madilian. "Find a ring that you love and speaks to you. Don't get too caught up in the specifics of a center stone only. I encourage my clients to pick something they love, within their budget, and not to focus too much on what they think they 'should' be buying."

In any setting (from a sleek band to sparkling diamond pavé) it's a simple, elegant, and timeless statement, and we've rounded up the best of the bunch. Break the bank or don't, we've got something for budgets of all sizes. From round cut (the perennial favorite) to oval shaped, emerald cut, radiant cut, and princess cut, you'll gush over these rings 'til death do you part. Scroll through to see all of our favorite classic engagement rings.

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Solitaire Engagement Ring

Anna Sheffield Hazeline Engagement Ring

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Modeled after Anna Sheffield's grandmother's wedding ring, this design exudes a vintage elegance that can usually only be found in estate pieces. A century-old, white solitaire diamond is fringed by diamond accents and set in 14k gold.

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Anna Sheffield 3-Stone Hazeline Engagement Ring

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Similar to the heirloom-inspired solitaire, this white solitaire ring is flanked by diamond side stones and set in 14k yellow gold. The delicate proportions of the band perfectly balance out the heaviness that can sometimes be present in three-stone designs.

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Beverly K Style R9425(A) Halo Engagement Ring

Beverley K Round-Cut Engagement Ring with Halo

Courtesy of Beverley K

A round diamond is framed by milgrain detailing and a diamond pavé halo. The negative space between the halo and the center stone creates the illusion of a floating gem, untethered by the mount. The ring is set in a choice of platinum or 18k gold.

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Single Stone London Ring

Single Stone London Ring

Courtesy of Single Stone

"A classic three-stone, emerald-cut ring is always a favorite," says Madilian. "The simple lines of the shank and prongs make this a classic option for someone preferring a timeless ring." An emerald-cut diamond center stone is flanked by two diamond baguettes on each side, set in 18k yellow gold.

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Monique Lhuillier Three-Stone Trio Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Monique Lhuillier Blue Nile Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Blue Nile

No one knows bridal fashion better than Monique Lhullier, so who better to design an engagement ring? With a diamond center stone flanked by diamond side stones and a platinum band completely encrusted with micropavé diamonds, the ring is very much inspired by her distinctive couture pieces.

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Christopher Designs Crisscut Cushion Engagement Ring

Christopher Designs Cushion-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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Cushion cuts are known for their sweet shape and compounded brilliance. Here, a cushion-cut diamond is framed by a pavé halo, adding to the overall glimmer of the design. The mounting sits on a channel-set pavé band of 18k white gold.

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Coast Diamond Style LC6088 Engagement Ring Setting

Coast Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Coast Diamond

A double dose of the heavenly goodness that is a glittering halo. This style features a diamond center stone surrounded by two pavé halos and encrusted shank, set in a choice of platinum or gold.

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DY Astor Engagement Ring

David Yurman Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of David Yurman

A timeless design with a decidedly fresh approach. The oval center stone is horizontally set, rather than vertically positioned in the conventional style. The oval diamond is surrounded by pavé accents and a platinum double band.

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DY Crossover Micropavé Engagement Ring

David Yurman Crossover Pave Engagement Ring

Courtesy of David Yurman

A traditional mainstay takes on a delicate disposition with a split shank and negative space giving off a dainty look. The cushion-cut center diamond seems to be mounted on a crossed micropavé double band, set in platinum.

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DY Unity Cable Engagement Ring

David Yurman Cable Band Engagement Ring

Courtesy of David Yurman

David Yurman's iconic cable designs are symbolic of the emotional connection in a relationship—the perfect sentiment for an engagement ring. Here, a diamond solitaire is set on an 18k yellow gold cable band.

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De Beers The Promise 18 Interweaving Rose Gold Diamond Ring

De Beers Rose Gold Diamond Bands

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Timeless sophistication, but make it modern. This contemporary design is comprised of two bands interlocking to create one unified band—there's that matrimonial symbolism again. A diamond center stone sits on the two joined bands of smooth and pavé encrusted textures, set in 18k rose gold.

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Single Stone Camille Ring

Single Stone Camille Ring

Courtesy of Single Stone

"The marquis diamond in this ring is warm in color and moody, which is really enhanced by the color of the metal," explains Madilian. "The curved shape of this ring softens the points of the marquis making it a romantic option for someone liking today's popular oval shape." A marquis-shaped diamond is vertically-set in a frame of handcrafted 18k yellow gold and diamonds while the diamond-accented band finishes off the design.

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De Beers Aura Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring

Aura cushion-cut diamond ring

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Halos are exceptional at maximizing a center stone by creating the illusion of higher carat weight, which makes them ideal for stretching a ring budget. Here, a cushion-cut diamond solitaire is framed by a micropavé halo and set on platinum micropavé band.

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Forevermark Integre Cascade Engagement Ring

Forevermark White Gold Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Forevermark

A classic design transforms into a whimsical display with a scalloped halo of diamonds providing a frilly, floral-like texture. A diamond solitaire is framed by the halo and set on a pavé band of white gold.

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Brilliant Earth Your One-of-a-Kind Ring

Brilliant Earth Your One-of-a-Kind Ring

Courtesy of Brilliant Earth

For the bride who is not only timeless but chic and refined, this one's for you. An emerald cut never fails to exude utter sophistication, and this 18k yellow gold solitaire ring does just that.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Hope Ring

Jennie Kwon Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Greenwich St. Jewelers

A feminine and dainty style to truly withstand the test of time. A diamond solitaire is flanked by a row of three diamond accent stones on each side, and set on the most delicate 14k yellow gold band.

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Sholdt Emerald-Cut Engagement Ring With Fern Finish

Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Fern Finish

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Textured bands have a stunning, antique quality about them. Here, an emerald-cut diamond with fern finish set in choice of platinum or 18k gold. The band is intricately designed with four rows of milgrain detailing.

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Danhov Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Danhov Baguette Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Greenwich St. Jewelers

A band of channel-set, baguette diamonds gives this traditional solitaire a flair of masculinity for a modern, androgynous aesthetic. Featuring a round diamond center stone set in 18k gold.

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Jade Trau Parasol 1 Ring (Setting)

Round-Cut Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

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There's something incredibly romantic about a satin finish that just doesn't translate in high-polished styles. Here, a round center stone with diamond halo is set in a choice of 18k gold.

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Zales 2 CT. T.W. Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

Zales 2 CT. T.W. Oval Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

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There's a good reason why oval-cut engagement rings continually come back into popularity. This 14k white gold solitaire piece is incredibly classic and doesn't lack any sparkle either.

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Capucinne Oval Peach Sapphire Ring, Diamond Sapphire Ring

Capucinne Oval Peach Sapphire Ring, Diamond Sapphire Ring

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A sweet and endearing touch to a minimalistic design that is bound to exude long-lasting beauty. This oval peach sapphire ring is adorned with a diamond on either side of the center stone in addition to a solid rose gold band.

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Harry Winston Classic Winston™ Oval-Shaped Engagement Ring

Harry Winston Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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You can never go wrong with the enduring sophistication of an oval-shaped stone. This refined style features an oval diamond center stone fringed with tapered baguette side stones and set in platinum.

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Jack Kelége Style KGR 1069 Engagement Ring (Setting)

Jack Kelége White Gold Engagement Ring

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A glimmering solitaire is truly ageless. A round center stone is mounted on a pavé basket and matching band, set in 18k white gold.

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VermaEstateJewels Circa 1890s Victorian 14k Yellow Gold 1.55 Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

ermaEstateJewels Circa 1890s Victorian 14k Yellow Gold 1.55 Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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Unquestionably classic and bold, this style allows the center stone to do all of the talking. An Old-European-cut diamond is set in 14k yellow gold. "We find that this style works great with any center stone," says Madilian. "It's a popular favorite for anyone wanting to reset a diamond they are not so fond of like a princess or radiant cut."

"Vintage is always a great option," says Madilian. "Finding something that you love that was previously owned is a great alternative to the traditional method of selecting a stone or ring design. Remounting a family heirloom is also a great cost-cutting alternative which we are big fans of and is one of the most popular aspects of our business."

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Kwiat Ashoka Collection Diamond Engagement Ring

Kwiat Ashoka-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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The Ashoka cut is widely recognized for its very distinct prismatic brilliance that gives the stone a fiery quality. Here, an ashoka-cut diamond is encircled by a pavé halo and set on a platinum, pavé band.

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Kwiat Fidelity Diamond Engagement Ring

Kwiat Diamond Engagement Ring

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A criss-cross shank to represent the interwoven love that you and your partner share. A round, brilliant solitaire is set on a platinum pavé band.

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Michael M Define Engagement Ring R737-2OV

Michael M White Gold Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Michael M

Vintage-inspired designs have already proven their age-defying charm, making them the perfect choice for a piece that will last a lifetime. This ring features an oval center stone with pavé halo and band. All set in 18k white gold.

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Lizzie Mandler White Diamond Emerald-Cut Ring

Lizzie Mandler Emerald-Cut Rose Gold Ring

Courtesy of Lizzie Mandler

A stunning emerald-cut diamond solitaire set in 18k rose gold. The band is created with a knife-edge design that gives it a peaked look rather than the conventionally rounded surface.

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Parade New Classic Bridal R3920 Ring Setting

Parade Cushion-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Parade

A timeless style with enough glitz for all of the ages. A cushion-cut diamond center stone sits on a glittering pavé band and diamond-encrusted mount. All set in 18k yellow gold.

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Penny Preville Liat Ring Setting

Penny Preville Round Diamond Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Penny Preville

A classic solitaire, but make it regal. This brilliant solitaire is cradled in a crown of diamonds and set on a diamond-encrusted band with beautiful filigree design. All set in a choice of 18k gold or platinum.

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Penny Preville Penelope Round Ring Setting

Penny Preville Round Diamond Engagement Ring

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A halo is an oh-so sweet and romantic addition that has demonstrated its reluctance to ever go out of style. Here, a round center stone is encased in a diamond pavé halo and set on a pavé band of 18k gold or platinum.

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Ritani Open-Band Diamond Engagement Ring Setting

Ritani Round-Cut Open Band Diamond Ring

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An open-shank design symbolizing the convergence of two separate entities into one loving union. A round center stone is french-set on a split-shank diamond band. All in 18k rose gold.

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Sylvie Clarinda Vintage-Inspired Engagement Ring Setting

Sylvie Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Sylvie

Vintage inspiration basically ensures a ring design will be exalted to the immortal ranks of treasured family heirlooms. This piece features an emerald-cut center stone framed by a pavè halo and set on a pavé, split-shank band.

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Sylvie Unique Double-Halo Mixed Color Diamond Engagement Ring

Sylvie Double Halo Mixed Color Diamond Engagement Ring

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Why not add a little something blue to a classic engagement ring that will undoubtedly become your family's something old one day. This round diamond center stone is framed by not one but two halos of diamonds and sapphires, set on a diamond-accented band.

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Tacori RoyalT Diamond Ring

Tacori Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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All good things come in threes, and this gloriously intricate piece is no exception. An oval diamond is flanked by two cadillac diamonds and set on a platinum, pavé band. The side profile is not to be outdone, either, with a diamond-encrusted scrollwork gallery and rails.

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Tiffany & Co. Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring

Tiffany & Co. Rose Gold Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

In the world of bridal jewelry, iconic is synonymous with enduring style and legacy—exactly what we want out of an engagement ring. And no one does iconicity better than Tiffany & Co with their 130-year old, namesake setting. Here, a diamond solitaire sits on an 18k rose gold band.

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Uneek Oval Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring

Uneek Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Uneek

The inspiration for this double-shank silhouette comes from the undulating curves of the female physique. The curvaceous appeal is carried over to the oval diamond center stone flanked by oval side stones, set on diamond-encrusted, 18k gold bands.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Solitaire Ring

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Engagement Ring

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A humble band can make just as much of a statement as a brilliant center stone. This ring features a diamond solitaire on a white gold, beaded "perlée" band. The band adds tons of dimension and texture to the otherwise simple design.

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Bario Neal Avens Diamond Princess Ring

Bario Neal Avens Princess-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

A classic, princess-cut diamond solitaire with a creative twist. Unlike prototypical bands that are fleshed out vertically, this 14k gold band is forged horizontally to show only a razor-thin edge at eye level with the majority of its width visible only from the profile.

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DY Eden Solitaire Engagement Ring

David Yurman Round-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of David Yurman

David Yurman's iconic cable detailing has always been indicative of love's union of two separate entities. This diamond solitaire may seem exempt from its cable-clad counterparts, but a closer look will show a platinum band with hidden cable detailing. Sometimes the greatest beauty of all is hidden in the details.

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DB Classic Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

De Beers Round Diamond Rose Gold Engagement Ring

Courtesy of De Beers

Simplicity is key when it comes to longevity, and solitaires will forever stand the test of time. Here, a round solitaire diamond is set on an 18k yellow gold band.

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DB Classic Oval-Shaped Diamond Ring

De Beers Oval-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of De Beers

And if yellow gold isn't exactly your speed, this oval diamond solitaire set in platinum will be sure to dazzle for all of eternity. Unlike round stones, the oval shape is ideal for elegantly elongating fingers in the most sophisticated way.

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Hearts on Fire Illustrious Engagement Ring

Hearts on Fire Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Hearts on Fire

This may look like an ordinary pavé band at first glance, but closer inspection will show a design that is completely flush with diamonds on all three visible sides. Now that's a lot of sparkle! A round diamond solitaire picks up all of that extra light and refracts in a brilliance that could probably be seen from miles away.

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DB Classic Princess-Cut Diamond Ring

De Beers DB Classic princess-cut diamond ring

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With stunning geometric composition, clean lines, and so much brilliance, princess-cut diamonds have the perfect combination of classic style and contemporary modernity to span the ages. Here, a princess-cut solitaire is set in platinum.

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Catbird Juno the Swan Engagement Ring

Catbird Juno The Swan

Courtesy of Catbird

As graceful as a swan, this three-stone engagement ring elegantly drapes over the ring finger like a bejeweled cloak. A brilliant-cut white diamond is fringed with two horizontally-set, pear-shaped side stones.

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Tryst Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Harry Winston Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Harry Winston

It's hard not to catch a glimpse of this striking emerald-cut ring. The four brilliant round diamonds perfectly framing the center stone is utter perfection.

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MoniquePéan Style MNRACD597P Mineraux Ring

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Courtesy of Barneys New York

This round diamond center stone features a diamond pavé halo and a handcrafted band design. Not only does it boast exquisite beauty, but it's even set in recycled platinum.

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Vrai The Signature

Vrai The Signature

COURTESY OF VRAI

This radiant cut diamond is undoubtedly an eye-catching and timeless piece. Vrai's signature style sits low on your finger and is flush with your wedding ring. It is the perfect way to symbolize you and your partner's love. 

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Gemist The Round Halo

Gemist The Round Halo

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Crafted in Los Angeles, this classic ring comes with a choice of a round, emerald or oval diamond. It sits in a halo setting on a 14k white gold band.

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Clean Origin Dylan Ring

Clean Origin Dylan Ring

COURTESY OF CLEAN ORIGIN

For a modern yet timeless option consider this rounded diamond engagement ring. The delicate stone is paired with diamond accents on the gallery and shoulders of the ring.

What to Look for When Choosing a Classic Engagement Ring

Cut

While some cuts come and go, others will always remain timeless. Round-cut diamonds will never go out of style because of their versatility and their elegance. Oval cuts are classic in the same way. Emerald cuts, while bolder, still make a statement that can withstand the test of time. 

Setting

For the ultimate classic look, you can't go wrong with a solitaire setting. On the other hand, a timeless engagement ring doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice a bit of sparkle. Pavé or halo settings are also a great option to highlight your center stone.

Quality

The quality of your classic engagement ring comes from a balance of the four c's of buying a diamond: cut, color, clarity, and carat. It's important to find a trusted jeweler to work with you to find a ring that combines all those qualities. If buying an engagement ring online, make sure your ring comes with a certificate of authentication to ensure the quality of your stone. 

Shopping FAQs

  • Does the carat size matter? When it comes to diamonds, it's easy to think that bigger is better. However, carat size should be considered with the cut and clarity of the diamond. A bigger diamond will show imperfections if the stone is of low quality. So, when choosing your carat size, make sure to consider all of the four c's of your diamond. 
  • Is the color or clarity more important to consider? When choosing your diamond, it's important to consider both color and clarity, although, depending on the shape of your diamond, one may be more relevant than the other. The bottom line is that a perfect diamond takes into account both color and clarity. 
  • What elements should I look out for to ensure it remains timeless? The trendier the style of your ring is, the more likely it will go out of style as time passes. A simple design that highlights your classic diamond is sure to remain timeless.

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