32 Simple Engagement Rings for the Minimalist Bride-to-Be

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Ring by Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry

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, these celebrity rings prove that there's nothing quite like a classic.

"These understated designs wear well and are less likely to clash with your wardrobe or other pieces of jewelry," says Melanie Casey, jeweler and founder behind Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry.

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 Casey and Connie Hung, founder and creative director of Costanté, to learn insider tips about selecting a minimalist ring. Based on their tips, we looked for rings made with high quality metals and authentic stones. We also looked for a variety of styles to suit different aesthetics. Whether you prefer a solitaire round diamond like Vrai The Signature Round Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring or a cluster of diamonds like in JSV Concepts Cluster Ring, we’ve got all the engagement ring styles a minimalist needs to see.

Meet the Expert

  • Melanie Casey is a jeweler and founder of Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry.
  • Originally a self-taught jewelry designer, Connie Hung is the founder and creative director of Costanté.

Ready to shop for your very own minimalist bling? Now, scroll through the best simple engagement rings we can't stop staring at.

Vrai The Signature Round Brilliant Engagement Ring

Vrai The Solitaire Ring

Vrai

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or White Gold, 14K Rose Gold | Cut: Round Brilliant | Carat: 0.50-3.37

The round-cut diamond solitaire is a classic choice. Vrai's features a low profile and a sling dip. "Solitaires are the quintessential minimalist style," says Casey. "Although they’re simple, the options with solitaires are endless!"

JSV Concepts Marquise Diamond Wedding Ring

JSV Concepts Marquise Diamond Ring

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Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Marquise, Brilliant | Carat: 0.3+

This delicate engagement ring features a dainty, natural white marquise diamond center stone with tiny brilliant-cut diamond accents. The band comes in rose, white, and yellow gold in sizes three through 10.

NOOIjewelry Diamond Engagement Ring

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Metal: 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Emerald | Carat: 1.53

An utterly minimalistic take on a three-stone ring, this emerald-cut diamond features two tiny white diamonds set on each side of the center stone of an 18k yellow gold band. We're obsessed with how effortlessly elegant this piece is.

JSV Concepts Diamonds Cluster Ring

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Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Brilliant | Carat: 0.11

It doesn't get much sweeter than this. A gorgeous cluster of dainty white diamonds are scattered on a thin rose gold band. This is a perfect option for the bride seeking a piece that is both simple and unique.

JSV Concepts Minimalist Wedding Band

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Metal: 14k Yellow Gold | Cut: Brilliant | Carat: 0.025

This yellow gold band with an effortless row of white pavé-set diamonds is the epitome of minimalistic elegance. Perfect for stacking or wearing solo, this sweet and delicate piece is hard to go wrong with.

Anna Sheffield Hazeline Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

Champagne diamond ring on a white background

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Metal: 14k Yellow Gold | Cut: Cushion | Carat: 1.50

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.

Blue Nile Round Solitaire Engagement Ring

Blue Nile 2ct Round Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold

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Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow Gold, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Brilliant Round | Carat: 2

This stunner speaks for itself. A two carat round solitaire diamond sits pretty on an ever-lasting 18k yellow gold band.

Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile 

Metal: 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Baguette | Carat: 0.07

The horizontal baguette-cut diamond is set in a slim and stackable 14k yellow gold band. The ring is available in sizes five through eight, but because it's so delicate, it cannot be resized.

Capucinne Blue Shade Sapphire Ring

Capucinne Blue Shade Sapphire Ring, Gold Sapphire Ring

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Metal: 18k or 14k Yellow Gold | Stone: Blue Shade Sapphire | Stone Size: 3.5-4 mm

Add a splash of color by opting for this soft blue sapphire embellished engagement ring. With a customizable band, this beautifully tranquil stone pairs well with any of the metals available.

Vrai The Signature Emerald Engagement Ring

emerald engagement ring

Vrai

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or White Gold, 14K Rose Gold | Cut: Emerald | Carat: 0.50-8.04

The Signature was designed to sit low on the finger and flush with the wedding band. The diamond gets extra reflective light with Vrai's signature sling dip below the band. The emerald cut can lay horizontal or vertical on the band.

Melanie Casey Petite Diamond Tempo Ring

Engagement ring with the center diamonds and smaller band diamonds on a white background

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Metal: Platinum, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Round Brilliant | Carat: 0.24 total

This ring was designed to symbolize the rhythm we walk through life with. The line of white diamonds are varied in size but evenly spaced on a solid 14k gold band of either yellow, rose, or white.

Melanie Casey Diamond Ember Ring

Marquise diamond ring with small round diamond accents on a gold band against a white background

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Metal: Platinum, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Marquise | Carat: 0.28 total

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 Diamond Eyelet Ring

Diamond eyelet ring on a white background

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Metal: Platinum, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Marquise, Round | Carat: NA

Inspired by intricate embroidery, bright white cluster diamonds accent the marquise-cut focal stone. The dainty arrangement is set on a slim gold band to maintain a minimalist form.

Melanie Casey Whisper Stacking Ring, Oval Diamond

Solitaire diamond ring on a white background

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Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Oval | Carat: 0.15

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 Super Nova Diamond Ring

Rose gold diamond ring on a white background

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Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Brilliant | Carat: 0.11

The Supernova Diamond Ring features a unique sculpted point and a nested brilliant-cut white diamond. Made in Seattle, the design uses recycled metals and conflict-free diamonds mainly coming from Canada.

Valerie Madison Dua Diamond Ring

Open ring band with two round diamonds on a white background

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Metal: 14k Yellow Gold | Cut: Brilliant | Carat: 0.2

In 14k yellow gold, this dainty ring has an open band with matching brilliant-cut diamonds on each side. The stones are conflict-free and set with Valerie Madison's signature compass claw prongs.

KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

Crescendo Ring

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Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Marquise | Carat: 0.33-3.5

"Minimalist doesn't mean boring," says Casey, and the Marquise Crescendo Ring proves just that. A prong-set marquise diamond on polished 18k gold looks classic, clean, and totally wedding-worthy.

Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

Jennie Kwon

Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Cut: Baguette, Round | Stone Size: 3.5 mm white diamond, two 3 x 1.5 mm baguettes, six 1mm white diamonds

The precise lines of the baguette stones were designed to showcase the center diamond. Milgrain detailing further frames the 14k gold equilibrium ring.

Nora Kogan Paloma Ring

Paloma Ring

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Metal: 14k Yellow Gold | Cut: Baguette | Carat: 0.41

The Paloma utilizes asymmetry for a fresh approach to a baguette diamond ring. The tapered stone sits horizontally on a 14k band of solid yellow gold.

David Yurman Crossover Petite Engagement Ring in Platinum, Round

DY Crossover Petite Engagement ring in Platinum, Round

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Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow Gold | Cut: Round | Carat: 0.30+

A twisted cable band is a gorgeous way to add a little flair to a simple round solitaire diamond. The David Yurman cable band is iconic, unforgettable, and of course, timeless.

Catbird Perryn Diamond Baguette Ring

PERRYN DIAMOND BAGUETTE RING

Catbird

Metal: 14k Yellow Gold | Cut: Baguette | Carat: 0.24

This slender band comes in 14k yellow gold. Two diamond baguettes are set back to back, keeping the profile thin while still boasting .24 carats.

Jennifer Dawes Dreamy Rose Cut Diamond Ring

DREAMY ROSE CUT DIAMOND RING

Jennifer Dawes Design

Metal: 18k Yellow Gold | Cut: Rose | Carat: 0.47

The stacking stone ring features a rose-cut white diamond on a sleek 18k yellow gold band. The 7-x-5-millimeter diamond stands out against the dainty 1.5-millimeter band.

KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

KatKim

Metal: 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Octagon Bezel | Carat: Custom

The Cosma ring features an octagon bezel setting to emulate the shape of the diamond. It's made from 18k gold, with a selection of yellow, rose, or white. It can be made from platinum upon request or customized with different stones.

MinimalVS Asscher Diamond Ring

MinimalVS Asscher Diamond Ring

Etsy

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Asscher | Carat: 0.70

The Asscher-cut diamond sits in a square bezel and can be made with polished, satin, or brushed 18k yellow, rose, or white gold. Total diamond weight is .70 carats and comes with a Gemstone Certification of America certification.

Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

HORIZONTAL BAGUETTE RING

Zoë Chicco 

Metal: 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Baguette | Carat: 0.06

This ultra-dainty ring is just a delicate 1-millimeter wide with a .06 carat white diamond baguette. Metals come in 14k white, yellow, and rose gold.

Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Bario Nea

Metal: Platinum, 18k White Gold, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Morganite Marquise | Stone Size: 5×2.5mm

A horizontal morganite marquise stone is prong-set by hand on a 14k yellow gold round band. The morganite is sustainably sourced from Brazil for conflict-free jewelry.

Messika Move Uno 18-Karat White Gold Diamond Ring

Net-A-Porter Messika

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Metal: 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Brilliant | Carat: 0.09

The Move Uno ring features 18k 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.

Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

MEDIUM LONELY DIAMOND RING

Ginette 

Metal: 18k Rose Gold | Cut: Round | Carat: 0.09

A mini solitaire diamond ring bezel-set with 18k rose gold is the picture of a minimalist engagement ring. The dainty round band makes for beautiful and easy ring stacking.

Capucinne Rustic Salt-and-Pepper Diamond Engagement Ring

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Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold, 14k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Round Brilliant | Carat: 0.45

Just because you're a minimalistic bride doesn't mean you don't want your ring to stand out in a crowd. This stunner does just that with its striking salt-and-pepper diamond set on a simple 18k rose gold band.

Vrai Knife-Edge Bezel Ring

Vrai Bezel Ring

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Metal: 14k Yellow or White Gold | Cut: Baguette | Carat: 0.10

A bezel-set baguette diamond seamlessly sits along a yellow gold band offering an effortlessly edgy spin to a straight-forward design. Wear it alone or with a stack of other stunners, you really can't go wrong with a piece like this.

Tiffany & Co. Emerald-cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Tiffany & Co. Emerald-cut Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum

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Metal: Platinum | Cut: Emerald | Carat: Custom

An emerald-cut diamond will always be a classic choice. Set on a refined platinum band, there's no question that this solitaire engagement ring will forever stand the test of time.

NOOIjewelry Simple Engagement Ring

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Metal: 18k Yellow, White or Rose Gold | Cut: Brilliant Round | Carat: 0.25

This ring exudes a minimalistic charm that we can't get enough of. Set in 18k yellow gold, this handmade Italian piece features a brilliant round solitaire accompanied by two white diamonds set snugly against each side.

What to Look for in a Simple Engagement Ring

Stone

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.

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."

Band

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.

Style

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.

FAQ
  • What is the most important factor to consider when selecting a simple engagement ring?

    "When looking for a simple engagement ring, the color of the diamond should be the priority of the 4Cs," Hung recommends.

  • 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."

Why Trust Brides?

Roberta Correia is the former editorial director of Brides and served at the magazine for five years. She also worked at WWD and Rebecca Minkoff and currently is the editor in chief of The Everymom. For extra tips on how to select the best minimalist engagement ring, she spoke to Melanie Casey, jeweler and founder of Melanie Casey Fine Jewelry and Connie Hung, founder and creative director of Costanté.

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