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.
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