Take a look at any celebrity who got engaged this year and odds are, you’ll find a solitaire stone flashing on her ring finger. A single rock may sound boring, basic, or even plain, but we promise you—it’s anything but. It may be a classic choice, but that also means it’s timeless, something you’ll favor years from now while others are looking at upgrading their once-trendy ring. After all, an engagement ring is forever.
If a metal band and sparkling rock is a little too understated for your taste, take delight in the fact that there are so many different solitaire styles that amp up the simple look. For example, the band can make a huge difference. We love pavé bands to add some extra bling in lieu of a halo; it’s especially fun when intertwined with sleek metal for a twist band or presented in the shape of an eternity band. Whether you prefer metal or diamonds in your band, you can also opt for an unexpected finish—rose gold is hot right now—to give your ring a little more pizazz.
Also unique? The cut of diamond. Round is most popular, and cushion and princess cuts are right up there, but a striking pear, marquise, or emerald cut is sometimes best left as a solitaire so its unique shape can draw all the attention. And who says your solitaire has to have a diamond, anyway? Colored gemstones, or even black diamonds, are so in right now.
These seven different solitaire rings are anything but average.
"Japanese Apricot Ring Supreme" round stone set in platinum and an 18-karat-gold demi-pavé band
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $5,780
Truly Zac Posen
East-west bypass design set in platinum
SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $790 for setting only
Gabriel & Co.
A bezel-set solitaire set in 14-karat white-gold
SHOP NOW: Gabriel & Co., $765 for setting only
Pear-shaped cut accented by pavé diamonds
SHOP NOW: Tacori, from $2,490 for setting only
DB Classic pavé oval-cut solitaire ring
SHOP NOW: De Beers, from $11,200
Cushion Hazeline Yellow Gold and Black Diamond Ring
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, $7,600
Tiffany & Co.
The Tiffany Setting in 18-Karat Rose Gold Ring
SHOP NOW: Tiffany & Co., $13,500
Vrai & Oro
"The Signature" Emerald-cut diamond set in 14-Karat gold with pavé band
SHOP NOW: Vrai & Oro, from $3,897
Radiant solitaire diamond set in platinum
SHOP NOW: Kwiat, $8,000
"Le Suelette" Brilliant-cut diamond set in 18-Karat rose gold
SHOP NOW: Eva Fehren