The Classic Solitaire Engagement Ring
The classic solitaire engagement ring is one of the most popular engagement ring styles. Its clean, fluid lines are designed to showcase the stunning beauty, brilliance and sparkle of one perfect diamond.
This most traditional of all engagement rings, the diamond solitaire was first introduced to prospective brides and grooms in 1886 and continues to be extremely popular even to this day.
The solitaire setting is available in either four or six prongs. Below are two representative solitaire designs from James Allen. The first is a classic four prong design, the second is a traditional six prong setting. Both “presentation” settings are very low cost, so the savings can be put into buying a larger diamond…
2mm Knife Edge Solitaire Ring
Six Prong Knife-Edge Diamond Ring
The four prong style features four evenly spaced prongs that hold the diamond at its girdle. The four prong solitaire style is very popular for use with a princess cut diamond, since each of the four corners of the princess cut diamond is held by one prong. The look is regal and fashion-forward as well as having the practical benefit of protecting the four corners of the princess cut diamond.
The six prong solitaire setting looks just like it sounds. The diamond is held at its thickest section, also called the diamond’s girdle, by six evenly spaced prongs. The six prong style is one of the best selling solitaire style rings. So popular is this style that most major jewelers have a version or replica of it. Below are two classic six prong settings… (read more at our Four Favorite Diamond Solitaires page)
Six Prong Knife-Edge Diamond Ring
Vatche Six Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring
Much care is put into the design and appearance of the diamond solitaire setting, including the style of the prongs which clasp the diamond. Instead of trying to hide the prongs and just showcase the diamond, ring designers incorporate the prongs into the overall flow of the ring. The prongs are just as elegant as the diamond itself. High quality jewelers and jewelry designers take careful consideration of the balance between prong size and diamond size. They know that a prong claw which is too large will lessen the apparent size of the diamond while prongs that are too small could make the diamond vulnerable and unprotected.
The prongs can vary a bit in style. Sometimes a prong can resemble an ornate and tiny claw with details that are only completely visible up close. Other styles are straightforward yet elegant in their simplicity.
A popular variation of the solitaire design is the “Cathedral” setting, known by its distinctive curving arches supporting a central classic mount. The cathedral setting gets its inspiration from the grandness of the world’s most beautiful cathedrals. This design uses large sweeping arches and curves to set the diamond high up above the band. The arches raise the diamond to allow more light to enter the stone for more sparkle and brilliance.
Another option is the Bezel setting. This style is a low-profile design which securely encloses the diamond in a metal frame and are perfect for the woman “on the go”.
The diamond solitaire is the traditional choice among engagement ring styles. The lone diamond raised above a shiny gold, platinum or white-gold band creates the perfect symbolism of a couple’s undying commitment to each other represented in the band and their two lives now becoming one.
If you want your ring to focus on the brilliance of the diamond and make it the centerpiece of the ring, then the solitaire setting is certainly the best choice.