We’re guilty of swooning over perfectly cut diamonds and dazzling gemstones as much as the next bride, so we of course thought this engagement season as the perfect excuse to round up some stunning sparklers from real brides themselves. After all, engagement rings are overwhelming — from pavé to split shank bands, from solitaires to halo settings, it can be hard to narrow down a style or two that best reflects who you are. Your poor significant other is probably stuck still trying to figure out the difference between cushion and princess cuts (for the record, the former has gently rounded corners and the latter pointed corners)!
If you’re a classic bride, you can’t go wrong with a channel setting or solitaire diamond. And whether classic or modern (or both), it’s easy to fall in love with the more popular round, cushion, and princess cuts, found in a variety of styles but more times than not complemented by a halo setting (hint: it makes the center diamond look even larger). Of course, there’s always a striking emerald cut, whose general large, rectangular size is always worth ogling over, and the marquise-cut diamond, which never fails to emit regal vibes.
If your style is more alternative, there are plenty of options besides the standard white diamond. Whether it’s sapphire, emerald, pink quartz, or another gorgeous stone, colored gemstones are on trend right now. Their bold hues often make enough of a statement that the rest of the ring can remain simple and minimal. Also, think vintage — antique pieces, whether truly an heirloom or a modern ring inspired from a different era, often have a one of a kind look, or at least something you won’t see on the street every day.
So, what are you waiting for? Let these dazzling engagement rings from real brides inspire you. (We don’t blame you if you “accidentally” leave your favorite open on your significant other's computer!)
For more ring inspiration, check out our gallery of engagement rings here.