33 Best Simple Engagement Rings for the Minimalist Bride-to-Be

Say "yes!" to a timeless, minimalist engagement ring.

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Bride holding sweater with rings on fingers

  Courtesy of Melanie Casey

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.

Meet the Expert

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

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. Melanie 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."

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.

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. Countless celebrities including Hailey Bieber and Julia Stiles have proven this with their simple solitaire stunners. From street wear to red carpet gowns, you can always count on a minimalistic design to elevate your look.

Now, scroll through 33 simple engagement rings we can't stop staring at.

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Vrai The Signature Ring Emerald

Vrai The Signature Ring Emerald

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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.

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Melanie Casey Diamond Tempo Ring

Melanie Casey Diamond Tempo Ring

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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.

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Vrai The Signature Ring Round

Vrai The Signature Ring Round

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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!"

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Melanie Casey Diamond Ember Ring

Melanie Casey Diamond Ember Ring

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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.

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Melanie Casey Diamond Eyelet Ring

Melanie Casey Diamond Eyelet Ring

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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.

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Melanie Casey Unveiled Stacking Ring in Oval Diamond

Melanie Casey Unveiled Stacking Ring in Oval Diamond

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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.

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Valerie Madison Supernova Diamond Ring

Valerie Madison Supernova Diamond Ring

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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.

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JSV Concepts Marquise Diamond Ring

JSV Concepts Marquise Diamond Ring

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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 ten.

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Valerie Madison Dua Diamond Band

Valerie Madison Dua Diamond Band

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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.

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JSVConcepts Minimalist Wedding Band

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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, you simply can't go wrong with a delicate and sweet piece like this.

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Anna Sheffield Hazeline Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

Anna Sheffield Hazeline Knife Edge Solitaire Ring

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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.

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Valerie Madison Triangle Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Valerie Madison Triangle Rose Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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The small, transparent diamond is expertly cut into an elongated triangle with rose-cut facets. It's prong-set sideways on a 14k gold band.

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KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

KatKim Marquise Crescendo Ring

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"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.

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Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

Jennie Kwon Diamond Baguette Mini Equilibrium Ring

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

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Nora Kogan "Paloma" Ring

Nora Kogan "Paloma" Ring

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

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DY Crossover Petite Engagement ring in Platinum, Round

DY Crossover Petite Engagement ring in Platinum, Round

Courtesy of David Yurman

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.

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Catbird "Perryn" Diamond Baguette Ring

Catbird Ila "Perryn" Diamond Baguette Ring

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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.

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Jennifer Dawes Dreamy Rose Cut Diamond Ring

Jennifer Dawes Dreamy Rose Cut Diamond Ring

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The stacking stone ring features a rose-cut white diamond on a sleek 18k yellow gold band. The seven-by five-millimeter diamond stands out against the dainty one-and-a-half-millimeter band.

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KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

KatKim Cosma Diamond Ring

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The Cosma Diamond 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.

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Minimal VS Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

Minimal VS Asscher Cut Diamond Ring

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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 GIA certification.

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Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

Zoë Chicco Horizontal Baguette Ring

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

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Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Bario Neal Nikko Mini Morganite Marquise Ring

Courtesy of Bario Neal

A dainty 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.

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Net-A-Porter Messika Move Uno 18-Karat White Gold Diamond Ring

Net-A-Porter Messika Move Uno 18-Karat White Gold Diamond Ring

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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.

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Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

Ginette NY Medium Lonely Diamond Ring

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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.

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Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

Blue Nile Mini Baguette-Cut Diamond Fashion Ring

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

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NOOIjewelry Diamond Engagement Ring

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An utterly minimalistic take on a three-stone ring, this emerald-cut diamond features two dainty 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.

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Capucinne Rustic Diamond Engagement Ring, Natural Diamond Ring with Galaxy Salt Pepper Diamond

Capucinne Rustic Diamond Engagement Ring, Natural Diamond Ring with Galaxy Salt Pepper Diamond

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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.

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Vrai Bezel Ring

Vrai Bezel Ring

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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.

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JSVConcepts Diamonds Cluster Ring

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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.

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Capucinne Blue Shade Sapphire Ring, Gold Sapphire Ring

Capucinne Blue Shade Sapphire Ring, Gold Sapphire Ring

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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.

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

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

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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.

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NOOIjewelry Simple Engagement Ring

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

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

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

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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

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 that 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 Connie Hung.

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 piece. There's nothing more special than a ring that not only symbolizes your own love story, but one that represents your future loved ones' stories, too.

FAQS

  • 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 4 Cs," 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."

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