Despite the number that happens every day, there are two basic types of marriage proposals. There are the people who do everything in secret to make popping the question the biggest surprise of all time, and then there are the people who prefer to involve their partner in the process to make sure that every element is going to make them happy.
There are pros and cons to both of these methods, but one thing is sure, if you want the perfect proposal, it’s best to involve your loved one when choosing the ring.
If you have no knowledge or expertise in the world of fine jewelry, then the task of picking between different engagement ring settings, styles, diamond shapes, and overall ring designs can be confusing, overwhelming, and often seem like an impossible task.
Alongside the wedding band, the engagement ring is one of the most important pieces of jewelry that any person will ever wear. For this reason alone, we truly feel that both members of a couple should be involved in choosing the ring. With all the variables, it can be too much for a single person to decide on. After all, they do say that teamwork makes the dream work!
You’ll receive lots of advice and see many rings before you make your choice so we’re here to help narrow down the field. The most popular choice recently is the three-stone engagement ring.
Here are five of the best reasons why we think that you will love a three-stone design for your diamond engagement ring. After all, if it was good enough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then it is certainly good enough for you and your own princess! (BTW, Prince William presented Katherine with Princess Diana’s famous halo engagement ring.)
They Have A Low Profile
Generally as the carat weight of a stone used in a piece of jewelry increases, so does its height. Diamonds grow up and out, so if you don’t want a single stone that is going to look too imposing on your finger, then the curvature of a three-stone setting is ideal.
Rather than a round-cut solitaire center diamond sticking up out of a bezel or prong setting, three smaller stones have a more contoured and less-protruding nature. It is the kind of ring that is sparkly and blingtastic, but it won’t be large enough that you need to worry about it snagging on your sweater or clothing straps.
A three-stone engagement ring also has a nice profile next to a wedding band if you want a more even height for your bridal set.
It is low profile, low maintenance and more importantly, a trilogy ring always looks much more expensive than it actually is!
You Get More Carat Weight For Less Money
Along with the exponential height increase as the carat weight increases, so does the price of any ring. Unless there are issues with clarity or cut, the bigger the stone, the higher the price and that is before factoring in the design and style elements of a ring.
With three-stone engagement rings, however, you can find a set of smaller stones that cover just as much space on your finger as something like a single huge marquise or large cushion cut diamond, but at a fraction of the cost of a much bigger stone.
For the biggest visual impact and maximum coverage, don’t just concentrate on the size of the center stone. Side stones that spread from east to west have the effect of making the whole stone arrangement look a lot bigger. Pear shapes are particularly good for this effect.
Another way to enhance the center stone is with half-moon-shaped side stones. these work particularly well as accents to a round or oval center stone. If budget is a consideration, half-moon-shaped gemstones need a deeper cut so need more carat weight than other shapes.
To save even more money, you could potentially choose a natural diamond as your center stone and then opt for lab-grown stones for the smaller side stones!
You Can Experiment With Different Diamond Shapes
It can be hard to settle on a favorite among the many different diamond shapes. From a round brilliant to an oval to an emerald cut to Asscher, every single one of them is flattering in its own way.
The best-case scenario in life is that you will only ever need to pick one engagement ring and this can put a lot of pressure on the decision-making process. When you have three stones to think about, there are a few more options and slightly less pressure to get it all right than with a single diamond.
There are many different combinations of center stones and side stones and it is perfectly fine to mix and match to see what you like and what would look best on your finger.
It is easy to customize a three-stone engagement ring to include all and any shapes that you are interested in, from baguette and princess cut diamonds to pear and heart shapes.
You Can Mix And Match Colored Gemstones
When coming up with your dream three-stone diamond engagement ring, one of the best things to consider is the fact that you don’t have just one stone to select, you have three! This means that if you are so inclined, you can have fun mixing and matching different colored gemstones to showcase your own sense of style and personality.
Who says that a three-stone engagement ring has to be a holy trinity of clear diamonds and nothing but clear diamonds? If you prefer red, green, purple, blue, or any other color of diamond or gemstone, then why wouldn’t you want to celebrate that in your choice of an engagement ring?
Those who are particularly interested in astrology might even want to match their engagement ring to their birthstone, and there are plenty of beautiful options to achieve this. It is also worth remembering that opting for a colored gemstone as your center stone will usually be a more affordable option.
You can create a unique engagement ring with three stones as easily as any other style of ring.
The Design Works With Any Precious Metal
Another factor of three stone engagement ring design is that you can work with any precious metal for the band just like any other engagement ring or wedding ring.
Whether you prefer white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or any other metal that happens to be trending during the time of your engagement, you can feel secure in the fact that the three stones will work perfectly with all and any color.
White gold is the classic choice, but if you want to be more adventurous, then go ahead and buck the trend to pick something else that is much more ‘you’!
- Three stone rings aren’t as “bulky” as large solitaire diamond rings
- They give the impression they have larger stones and therefore look more expensive
- There’s no limit on design or style
- All diamond shapes can be considered
- You can mix and match different colored stones
You’ll find a fabulous selection of three-stone engagement rings at Bridal Rings to find the perfect fit for you!