I don’t think I’m going out on too long a limb when I assume that most brides-to-be concern themselves first and foremost with the center stone in their engagement ring: the size, the cut, even whether it’s a diamond or colored stone. But the setting is equally important in the end, no matter the decision process it takes to get there—be it a solitaire, three-stone, halo, and so on. Furthermore, there are the details. Pavé stones on the band? Or perhaps full-cut diamonds down each side. Or maybe colored gemstones would be the preferred adornment, not to mention the options of split-shank, knife-edge, rounded, or maybe open filigree. The detail I’m currently interested in sharing is etching, or engraving. It gives even the most modern engagement ring styles an air of vintage, and the variety—from floral to a sort of paisley, or even custom looks featuring initials or dates—can be very personal. Add this to a long list of decisions that ring shoppers have to make—and to your list of varieties to stock for the holiday shopping season.
Engagement ring setting in 14k white gold with 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,190; Coast Diamond
Millie collection engagement ring setting in 14k white gold with 0.31 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,775; Gabriel & Co.
Grand Estates collection engagement ring in 14k white gold with 0.15 ct. t.w. sapphire and 0.18 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,240 (center stone not included); Mars Fine Jewelry
Engagement ring in 14k white gold with 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,408 (center stone not included); Sylvie Collection
Vintage-style ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,925 (center stone not included); Beverley K