Ah, the beauty of a simple, shining engagement ring! If you do it right, you don’t have to go over the top. After all, diamonds aren’t the only way to achieve incredible sparkle. Simple engagement rings come in a huge range of designs. You can be assured that less is more.
What makes an engagement ring “simple”? Most broadly, it means that it’s free of the more glitzy ring features: pavè, engraved designs, halos, and multiple accent stones. Simple engagement rings are all about clean lines and the restrained use of diamonds and gemstones. They’re often solitaire rings, meaning that the band is completely stone-free except for one striking center stone. But – this isn’t always the case.
This is the fun part: there are SO MANY types of simple engagement rings!
The Benefits of Minimalist Engagement Rings:
1. Fewer Diamonds = Easier Upkeep.
More diamonds means more sparkle, but it also means more maintenance: accent stones trap dirt and require regular cleaning, and the multiple prongs require tightening by a jeweler twice a year. The bottom line is: simple engagement rings are perfect for the no-fuss wearer.
2. All Eyes on Your Diamond!
Go all in on an eye-popping center stone. It will take center stage! There’s little to distract from your sparkling stone. Plus, with the money you save on accent stones, you can invest to the fullest in your dream diamond.
3. Gives You a Lot More Pairing Options For Your Wedding Ring
A simple engagement ring complements absolutely any style of a wedding ring. Your wedding set will look fabulous no matter which wedding ring to choose. Keep it simple? Glitz it up? Add gemstones? Play with diamond shapes? Yes yes yes yes. Flex your creativity!
4. Easier On the Wallet
Less overall glitz means that there’s less upfront cost. There’s no need to spend a large part of your ring budget on a diamond-studded band. This frees you up to invest the lion’s share of your money in an incredible center diamond or gemstone! Pro tip: go for a lab created diamond to get a 30% larger diamond while staying on budget!
We’ve put together a walk-through of our best and most creative simple engagement ring styles.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
Everyone loves the classics. And with good reason! There’s a reason why everyone in the car can’t help but belt it out when Johnny Cash comes on the radio. There’s a reason why, over the course of 60 years, “Pride and Prejudice” has inspired 5 different TV adaptations and 3 movies. And there’s a reason why everyone loves solitaire engagement rings!
It’s because they can’t be improved upon. They are exemplary to their core.
Stick with the classics. Be happy. Sparkle hard.
Interesting Diamond Shapes
Your favorite non-standard diamond shape will always look incredible in a simple engagement ring. A simple band design will complement any stone shape. Pear, emerald-cut, oval, asscher, princess-cut…choose whichever shape you have your heart set on.
Three Stone Engagement Rings
Three stone engagement rings: the perfect way to keep it simple while still getting your diamond fix. The elegant combination of a large center stone and two smaller, identical side stones is undeniably minimalist. And yet, all those facets sparkle bright! This engagement ring style is proof that simple doesn’t need to mean sparse.
How does this three stone engagement ring avoid overwhelming the eye? By sticking with a simple round diamond cut. Symmetrical, straightforward, stunning.
This embedded diamond engagement ring, although it features three stones, is undeniably minimalist. Two petite diamonds sit flush in the gold band, giving the center diamond space to shine.
Gemstone Engagement Rings
These simple engagement rings are rich in gorgeous hues. For anyone who thinks “simple” is a synonym to “plain,” these gemstone engagement rings are proof that’s simply not so. These singular rings are packed with personality.
Which gemstone should you feature in your engagement ring? If you’d like to honor special dates in your lives, you can choose according to birthstones. A few customer favorites that often play starring roles in engagement rings: Emerald, the May birthstone; ruby, the July birthstone; and sapphire, the September birthstone.
Diamonds or gemstones? With this gemstone side-stone engagement ring, it can be both. Flank your big, brilliant diamond, with two deep blue sapphires.
Make your favorite gemstone the star of the show. This gemstone engagement ring features a beautiful verdant emerald on a simple, slightly curved band.
Bezel-Set Engagement Rings
A bezel-set engagement ring is a sweet and simple way to mount your stone. Plus, it’s a super secure setting. If you lead an active lifestyle, or if you work with your hands often, then a bezel setting will be your new best friend. Of all the ring settings, it protects your center stone best AND it will never snag on fabric.
All bezel, all the time. This simple engagement ring is the best sidekick and will accompany you throughout all your adventures.
Say hello to the bezel setting with a touch of flair! The subtle pavè on this ring is visible only from the side, so it still qualifies as “simple.” Simply brilliant.
Split Band Engagement Rings
A split band, or split shank, gives a slight flair to an otherwise classic solitaire band.
This almost-classic engagement ring shows off a subtle fork as the band meets the basket. So elegant!
Now, this engagement ring goes for a deeper split shank. The delicate tapering of the split shanks makes the center diamond appear larger!
Swirling Band Engagement Rings
Get. It. Twisted. The bands on these rings aren’t packed with diamonds, but they are packed with plenty of personalities! Jewelry metal stands on its own in a variety of gorgeous designs.
A modern, asymmetrical engagement ring that is striking in its minimalism.
A thin dual band, elegantly twisted together to achieve a natural “woven” look.
Wedding Rings To Pair With Simple Engagement Rings
Simple Wedding Rings
Keep it simple! A simple engagement ring loves a simple wedding band. It’s a no-fuss, elegant combination that’s affordable to boot! Any of these simple wedding rings will pair perfectly with any simple engagement ring.
The timeless choice. Enough said.
This low-key, delicate pavè band adds a bit of sparkle, but not too much.
A gently sparkling eternity band studded with petite diamonds that won’t overpower your simple engagement ring.
Glitzy Wedding Rings
On the other hand, simple engagement rings are the perfect pairing for diamond wedding rings. The heavy sparkle of these blingy wedding rings isn’t overpowered by their accompanying engagement rings. Go for it!
Many, many tiny accent diamonds mean hundreds of facets that catch the light.
Go big or go home! Seven beautiful round diamonds give 1 carat’s worth of glitter to this wedding ring.
A cluster of marquise and round diamonds give this wedding ring a glittery vintage vibe.
Go with the flow with this thin, diamond-encrusted infinity ring.
Even More Minimalist Engagement Rings!
- Small Engagement Rings
- Our Top 10 Solitaire Engagement Rings
- Timeless Solitaire Engagement Rings
- Gemstone Engagement Rings
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