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Solitaire engagement rings feature only one gemstone, which becomes the focal point of the ring. Solitaire rings are the most popular, approximately 70% of engagement rings sold are solitaire. It is also the most classic ring setting and goes back centuries, the oldest recorded engagement ring is a diamond solitaire given by Archduke Maximillian of Austria to Mary of Burgundy. Because of their brilliance and sparkle, it is mostly round brilliant diamonds that are set in solitaire. However, other gemstones with a rich color such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires are also great center stones as the idea is to highlight the gem.

Although solitaire rings can be minimalist, not all solitaire rings are subtle. Other details such as more intricate band designs can be made to give solitaire rings more character. Normally a ‘true solitaire’ ring will not contain pavé diamonds, but more modern designs have begun to include these as well, adding a little extra sparkle to the ring while not detracting from the center stone.

  • What is a solitaire engagement ring?

    A solitaire ring is a ring with only one gemstone. A true solitaire has no other gemstone and will not include pave diamonds on the band, however, modern designs do add pave bands to a solitaire ring for extra sparkle.

  • Is a solitaire ring a diamond?

    Most solitaire rings are solitaire diamond rings that feature a round brilliant cut to showcase the diamond’s sparkle. However, not all solitaire rings have to be made with diamonds, other stunning gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, pearls, and emeralds are also great choices depending on the wearer’s taste. 

  • Is solitaire a good engagement ring?

    A solitaire ring is the most classic and popular style of engagement ring, about 70% of all rings sold are solitaire. They are loved for their subtle and elegant beauty. Depending on the gemstones chosen as a center stone, they can also be more affordable than rings with more gemstones.

  • What is the most classic engagement ring style?

    Solitaire engagement rings are the most classic, and popular engagement ring style. About 70% of engagement rings sold globally are solitaire.

  • Is a solitaire ring too plain?

    While they are known for their understated beauty, solitaire rings do not always have to be simple or ‘plain’. Elaborate designs can be incorporated into the ring through the band design or setting of the center stone. Bold, or even multi-colored gemstones can also be set in solitaire to give a ring more character.

  • Does a high setting make a solitaire diamond look bigger?

    Yes. A high setting such as a cathedral setting elevates the diamond and does make it appear larger than its real carat weight. A high setting on a thin band can also further enhance a diamond’s size.

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