Solitaire, n. [sol-it-air]: A precious stone, especially a diamond, set by itself, as in a ring.
Sounds simple, right? But what if we told you there’s much more to a solitaire ring than just a stone and a band? The setting, prongs, band style—all of this and more impacts the look and feel of a solitaire. Here, we’ll show you 10 different ways to infuse your style into a solitaire.
When you picture a solitaire, this is probably it. A simple plain band, usually white or yellow gold, with four simple prongs.
THE SIX PRONG
Similar to the Classic, but with six prongs instead of four. It has an almost floral appearance, as though the center stone is blooming from the band.
THE KNIFE EDGE
A modern take on traditional. With either four or six prongs, the knife edge makes the band appear daintier and the stone look larger.
THE TEXTURED BAND
A solitaire with a twist. The band is accented, not with additional sparkle, but with etched detail that adds visual interest without overpowering the center stone.
The intertwining prongs create a lattice-like setting that flows smoothly from the shoulders of the band. It’s an updated take on the Classic.
Turn style on its head. Traditionally vertical-set stones are set sideways, creating a unique silhouette that looks fresh and modern.
An asymmetrical look. The band appears to flow around the top and bottom of the stone, creating a sense of swirling movement.
THE WIDE BAND
A style that looks solid and substantial. The wider band works best with larger carat weights and elongated stone shapes. It is a timeless look.
THE LOW PROFILE
Simple and clean. This style is ideal for those who are hard on their hands. Bezel and half-bezel settings won’t snag and are very secure.
THE STONE SHAPE
Any solitaire style will look different depending on the stone shape. Think outside the traditional round and princess cut stones. Cushion, emerald and pear shapes are becoming more popular.
Solitaires don’t have to fit neatly into any one category. The Bali, for example, is both a Six Prong and a Trellis style. Not sure how to choose your look? Find your engagement ring style with our infographic.