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If your style is more understated and showing off some major bling while you’re engaged is just not your thing, you're in luck: rocking a minimalist engagement ring doesn’t have to mean sacrificing on style—in fact, some of the coolest rings we’ve seen are all about simplicity. Take Mila Kunis and Julia Stiles as examples with their strikingly simple solitaire designs. Whether it's a five-carat stunner like Mila's or a more understated stone like Julia's, theirs are proof that there's nothing quite like a classic.
Keep your lifestyle, daily activities, and personal style in mind while you search for the perfect minimalist engagement ring. Features such as an unembellished band or a low-profile center stone will contribute to how easy your ring will be to wear and clean.
To make sure you pick the best of the best, we consulted with industry experts Melanie Casey and Connie Hung to learn insider tips about selecting a minimalist ring. Casey is the jeweler and founder behind Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry, a close-knit team of fine jewelry creatives based in Andover, MA, while Hung serves as the founder and creative director of Costanté, another woman-owned handmade jeweler.
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From an understated round diamond on a barely-there gold band to a teardrop stacked with a thin wave of pavé stones, we’ve got all the engagement ring styles a minimalist needs to see. Casey loves the versatility of a solitaire ring, "Depending on the bride’s personal preferences, you can go big or small with the focal stone," she says. "You can go with a classic round diamond, or change it up with a fancy shape, like a cushion cut. Although they’re simple, the options with solitaires are endless." Plus, you'll never have to worry about your ring standing the test of time making for an even more cherished heirloom piece—no matter your loved one's style. Minimalist rings are often simpler, and while they may sometimes come off as less trendy, they will go with pretty much any outfit. "These understated designs wear well and are less likely to clash with your wardrobe or other pieces of jewelry," says Casey. Hailey Bieber is another celeb who opted for a more understated design. Her iconic fashion choices serve as a prime example of how a timeless ring can elevate any look (and never look out of place) whether it be streetwear or a red carpet gown.
Ready to shop for your very own minimalist bling? Now, scroll through 33 simple engagement rings we can't stop staring at.
Melanie Casey Diamond Ember Ring
The Diamond Ember Ring features a slim gold band set with a delicate white marquise diamond with small, round diamond accents. The band tapers at the stone cluster creating a perfect balance. "Accent stones and pavé bands can also add visual interest to minimalist designs," says Casey.
Melanie Casey Unveiled Stacking Ring in Oval Diamond
As per the ring's name, this piece makes an excellent addition to a ring stack. The solid 14k gold band is gently lifted so layers can nestle together snug.
Valerie Madison Supernova Diamond Ring
The Supernova Diamond Ring features a unique sculpted point and a nested brilliant-cut white diamond. The band is made from 14k rose gold in sizes five through eight.
Anna Sheffield Hazeline Knife Edge Solitaire Ring
This champagne ring is a cornerstone of Anna Sheffield's solitaire collection: The Hazeline is timeless and delicate. The cushion-cut champagne-colored diamond is set in a knife-edge, 14k recycled yellow gold shank.
Net-A-Porter Messika Move Uno 18-Karat White Gold Diamond Ring
The Move Uno ring features 18k white gold accompanied by a stunning set of shimmering white diamonds, one of which is the collection's signature bezel-set rolling stone. This is the perfect combination of a simple yet completely unexpected design.
Blue Nile Round Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold
This stunner speaks for itself. A two carat round solitaire diamond sits pretty on an ever-lasting 18k yellow gold band.
What to Look for When Choosing a Simple Engagement Ring
The best part about a minimalistic engagement ring? All eyes are on that stunning stone! Select a rock that aligns with your personal style, your lifestyle, and—most importantly—the one you can't stop staring at.
"With the diamond being the only star of the show, the color of the diamond is most clearly visible especially on 14k or 18k white gold or platinum," says Hung.
The metal and design of the band provides an opportunity to enhance the color and overall appearance of your stone. Hung suggests incorporating a white gold or platinum metal, especially when paired with a white diamond, because it gives the illusion of a brighter and more sparkly stone.
If you would rather have your diamond or gemstone share center stage with your band, consider incorporating an engraving or intricate design paired with the simple setting.
There's a good reason why the saying "less is more" has stuck around. While trends come and go, a minimalistic piece is bound to stand the test of time and become a treasured heirloom. There's nothing more special than a ring that not only symbolizes your own love story but also represents your future loved ones' stories, too.
What is the most important factor to consider when selecting a simple engagement ring?
What is the price range for a classic solitaire engagement ring?
"Not including the cost of the diamond, a solitaire engagement ring can start at $500 for a 14k gold band with a one carat stone," Hung explains.
Can I add stones to my simple engagement ring later?
"The classic solitaire setting is the perfect fit for a simple engagement band, especially for those who may want to set diamonds on the band later on," says Hung. "If this is an option you'd like to keep open, ask your jeweler to make the band thick enough for diamond setting later on."