Whether you prefer simple, classic, modern, or vintage, we’ve rounded up engagement ring styles you’ll admire long after your “I dos” are through.

By Kelsey Ogletree
September 25, 2018

As romantic as a surprise proposal can be, you probably don't want to be surprised with an engagement ring you don’t love. Choosing your engagement ring and wedding bands (or at least dropping heavy hints to your significant other) is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make. After all, they may be the most expensive pieces of jewelry you ever invest in as a couple, so it’s important to choose styles that will stand the test of time.

Start by choosing a quality, well-cut diamond for your center stone. Then choose a setting style that will maximize the diamond’s light and shine, while taking your lifestyle and personal style into account, advises Lindsay Reinsmith, co-founder of Ada Diamonds. (For example, if you have a job where you are frequently using your hands, you may want to avoid a ring with a high setting.) Also consider the integrity of the design—while super-thin bands on wedding ring sets are popular right now, they won’t hold up as well over time as thicker bands will.

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Whether you prefer simple, classic, modern or vintage, we’ve rounded up 10 timeless, classic engagement ring styles and wedding bands you’ll admire for a lifetime.

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