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.
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.
David Yurman Lanai Engagement Ring
Two interlaced bands are a twist on a classic smooth style, with handset pave diamonds that make the brilliant center stone shine bright in this ring.
To buy: From $7,958; davidyurman.com.
Tiffany Novo Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
Four delicate prongs give this timeless bauble a clean yet contemporary twist. For added brilliance, opt for an emerald-cut diamond, which is cut with concentric rows of parallel facets for maximized shine.
To buy: $11,500; tiffany.com.
Zales Diamond Ring in White Gold
This oval diamond solitaire in 10-karat white gold is a treasure, with exceptional shine and brilliant sparkle.
To buy: $2,028; zales.com.
David Yurman Eden Solitaire Engagement Ring
With a cable-carved motif on the interior, this platinum engagement ring has unique details that will last a lifetime.
To buy: From $7,450; davidyurman.com.
Brilliant Earth Platinum Odessa Diamond Ring
Complementing a dazzling diamond halo with two sparkling diamond bands is an ultimate way to create a classic yet glamorous look.
To buy: From $2,880 (center stone not included); brilliantearth.com.
Tacori Coastal Crescent Diamond Ring
Simple yet stunning, this ring is full of glitz, any way you look at it. A slightly slimmer band gives a modern twist on a classic round-cut diamond wedding ring.
To buy: $1,790; tacori.com.
Shane Co. Diamond Wedding Set
Thirty-five round diamonds will set your hand ablaze in glitter with this brilliant set in 14-karat white gold. Pave-set wedding bands can be stacked on either side of the engagement ring.
To buy: $2,085 (center stone not included); shaneco.com.
Marrow Gemma Ballerina Ring
To complement a classic solitaire, these ballerina rings are designed as a tapered style to fit around the center diamond. Two are sure to turn your ring into a statement piece, a look that can be created in stages over the years.
To buy: $2,450 (per band); marrowfine.com.
Brilliant Earth Platinum Elodie Ring
A sleek solitaire with a petite band makes for an ever-classic engagement ring. Elegant claw prongs add to this ring’s timeless appeal.
To buy: $990 (setting only); brilliantearth.com.