The Diamond Pro

The 43 Best Engagement Rings for Every Style and Budget [Oct 2019]

By Michael Fried
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There’s no “best” style of engagement ring for everyone. If you’re searching for an engagement ring for yourself or your fiancé-to-be, we recommend selecting a setting that matches your style, then customizing it with a brilliant diamond. 

Instead of buying an engagement ring from a local jeweler, you’ll get the best prices by buying online. We recommend buying from James Allen or Blue Nile, as both of these vendors offer outstanding value for money, quality and customer service.

James Allen and Blue Nile both let you choose a setting and center stone separately, letting you create a gorgeous engagement ring that’s much more special than a pre-made one bought right off the shelf. 

For example, this stunning 0.90 carat round brilliant diamond in a solitaire white gold setting is a classic engagement ring that will look always look fantastic, while this 1.5 carat round brilliant diamond in a white gold micropavé setting has an elegant look that will never go out of fashion. 


Struggling to find an engagement ring that matches your or your fiancé-to-be’s tastes? You’re definitely not alone. With thousands of different metal, style and center stone combinations to choose from, picking the best engagement ring for your fiancé-to-be can be a tough process. 

Buying an engagement ring is a very personal decision. While certain designs go in and out of fashion, the most important factor for any engagement ring is that it matches and complements your personal tastes and style (also, different styles suit different hand types).

Profession is another thing to consider. Medical professionals might benefit from a slightly different style – one, that won’t get in the way of their everyday work.

Luckily, today, there are countless different engagement ring settings available, with options to suit just about everyone’s tastes. 

Below, we’ve put together a detailed list of what we believe are the 40+ best engagement rings available today. Our list includes rings in a huge variety of styles, from timeless classics to more contemporary, fashionable rings that have attracted attention over the last few years. 

We’ve also included rings at a variety of price points, from elegant yet affordable options to an assortment of more ornate, intricate and costly settings. Whether you’re on a limited budget or want to spring for the very best, we’ve included a variety of options to suit you. 

Because all of our recommended rings are from James Allen and Blue Nile, you can customize them easily to use your favourite metal, diamond or gemstone.

We have narrowed down the best engagement rings by style. It’s easy for you to get the best engagement ring when you are certain of the ring style you want to go with. And suppose, you are confused about choosing between any 2 or more ring styles – we got you there.

  1. Solitaire Engagement Rings
  2. Halo Engagement Rings
  3. Pavé Engagement Rings
  4. Side Stone Engagement Rings
  5. Vintage Engagement Rings
  6. Tension Engagement Rings
  7. Channel-Set Engagement Rings
  8. Eternity Engagement Rings
  9. Bezel Engagement Rings
  10. Gemstone Engagement Rings

Best Solitaire Engagement Rings

Timeless, elegant and beautifully simple, a solitaire engagement ring is a fantastic choice if you want your fiancé-to-be to wear something that will never go out of style.

Because solitaire engagement rings don’t feature any pavé or channel-set diamonds, they tend to be the most affordable settings. Pair any of the rings below with a beautiful center diamond or gemstone and you have a gorgeous, timeless engagement ring that will always impress. 

1: Classic Six-Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

Classic Six-Prong Solitaire from Blue Nile
Classic Six-Prong Solitaire from Blue Nile

If you’re looking for an engagement ring that’s simple, elegant and timeless, a solitaire setting is the way to go. Solitaire rings don’t feature any pavé or halo diamonds, making the center stone the true star of the show.

This classic six-prong solitaire engagement ring from Blue Nile is one of our favorites. It comes in four different metals (14k white gold, 18k white or yellow gold and platinum) and offers great value for money, with the 14k white gold option starting from just $250.

Add this stunning 1.00 carat round, J color VS2 diamond and you have a beautiful engagement ring that will never go out of style for less than $5,000. You can also choose a smaller diamond or different gemstone to bring the price of this engagement ring to the $2,000 to $5,000 range. 

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2: Four-Prong 1.5mm Comfort Fit Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Comfort Fit from James Allen
Yellow Gold Comfort Fit from James Allen

This timeless four-prong solitaire engagement ring from James Allen is another great option if you’re looking for a simple yet elegant ring that will never go out of style.

Like the six-prong solitaire ring from Blue Nile above, it doesn’t feature any pavé diamonds or side stones, making the center stone the center of attention. However, this setting secures the center stone with four prongs instead of six to better showcase the brilliance of the diamond.

James Allen offer this ring in five different metals, with pricing starting from only $420 for the setting in 14k gold. Like other solitaire settings, it looks outstanding with a high quality round brilliant diamond, such as this 1.00 carat J-SI1 excellent cut round stone

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3: Twisted Shank Contemporary Solitaire Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Twisted Shank Solitaire from James Allen
14K Rose Gold Twisted Shank Solitaire from James Allen

Unique, eye-catching and contemporary, this twisted shank solitaire engagement ring is a nice twist on the classic solitaire setting. This setting is a great choice if you’re looking for a ring that offers the elegant simplicity of a solitaire setting with a more modern, contemporary look. 

James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, including 14k rose gold. Like the two other solitaire settings we’ve featured above, this ring looks particularly impressive when it’s paired with a high quality round brilliant or cushion cut diamond. 

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4: Monique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire Engagement Ring

Monique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire from Blue Nile
Monique Lhuillier Eternal Solitaire from Blue Nile

This gorgeous Monique Lhuillier solitaire engagement ring combines the simplicity of a solitaire setting with a unique, contemporary look. It’s available in platinum and features a bypass shank that wraps around the center stone. 

Like other engagement rings from Blue Nile, you can customize this setting with your choice of diamond center stone. Paired with this 1.00 carat round, J color, SI1 center diamond, you have a stunning and truly unique engagement ring for just under $5,000. 

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Best Halo Engagement Rings

In a halo ring, a circle of small, typically round diamonds surround the center stone. This halo of diamonds or other gemstones emphasizes the center stone, drawing attention to it while making it appear larger and more brilliant. You can learn more about halo settings here. Ideal for people who are ready to show the world a little more.

5: Round Pavé Halo Engagement Ring

Round Pavé Halo from James Allen
Round Pavé Halo from James Allen

This gorgeous pavé halo engagement ring features a thin halo of 16 small, round diamonds that surround the center stone. These small diamonds draw attention to the center stone while giving it the illusion of a larger carat weight.

Like many of the solitaire engagement rings featured above, this halo setting has a timeless and elegant look that will never go out of style. Match it with a high quality round center diamond for a discreet yet beautiful ring that will attract plenty of compliments. 

James Allen offer this setting in white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum. Because of the shape of the diamond halo, this setting is designed for round center stones. We’ve included an option below for center stones in a cushion, emerald or princess cut shape. 

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6: Pavé Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Cushion Pavé Halo from James Allen
Cushion Pavé Halo from James Allen

This beautiful pavé halo setting is identical to the engagement ring above, but has a design that can accommodate cushion, radiant and emerald cut diamonds. It’s available in white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum and offers an elegant, timeless appearance.

If you prefer a princess cut center stone, this setting has an identical appearance with a suitably shaped halo. James Allen also offer this engagement ring with slightly different designs for oval and pear shaped center stones, letting you choose the option that best suits your tastes. 

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7: Blue Sapphire Pavé Sunburst Engagement Ring

Blue Sapphire Pavé Sunburst from James Allen
Blue Sapphire Pavé Sunburst from James Allen

This stunning pavé sunburst engagement ring pairs a round diamond with a beautiful sunburst halo of blue sapphires. The blue sapphires not only add to the ring’s beauty but also make the center stone look larger and more impressive.

If you prefer a different type of gemstone for the halo, you can contact James Allen to change the blue sapphires into diamonds or rubies.  

James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, although white gold and platinum both look particularly stunning beside the blue of the halo stones. Add a round brilliant cut diamond such as this 0.80 H color, SI1 excellent cut stone for a gorgeous ring under $4,000. 

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8: Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo from James Allen
14K Rose Gold Fancy Pear Shape Whirling Halo from James Allen

With its unique whirling halo made up of angled pear-shaped diamonds, this engagement ring stands out from the crowd. The shank of the ring is shaped to follow the line of the halo, giving this ring a totally unique appearance that’s sure to attract compliments.

Like other settings from James Allen, this engagement ring can be customized with your choice of center diamond or gemstone. 

James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals, including white, yellow and rose gold. You can also purchase it with a matching wedding band that features the whirling shape and looks fantastic next to the engagement ring. 

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9: Classic Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Classic Round Halo from Blue Nile
Classic Round Halo from Blue Nile

This timeless halo engagement ring from Blue Nile features an elegant diamond halo as well as a pavé diamond laden shank. The center stone is held in place by four prongs, providing great visibility and showing off the center diamond’s brilliance. 

Blue Nile offer this ring in platinum, as well as 14k white, yellow or rose gold. As with most rings from Blue Nile, you can customize it to feature your preferred round diamond.

With a total carat weight of ¼ ct for the setting alone, this engagement ring is a great choice for those looking for something especially breathtaking and impressive. Like most of the halo rings on our list, this looks best with a high quality round brilliant cut center diamond. 

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10: Diamond Split Shank Double Halo Pavé Engagement Ring

Diamond Split Shank Double Halo from James Allen
Diamond Split Shank Double Halo from James Allen

If you’re looking for something particularly eye-catching and breathtaking, this split shank double halo pavé engagement ring from James Allen is a great choice. This ring features a double halo of diamonds around the center stone, as well as a split shank with pavé diamonds. 

In total, there are 68 diamonds on this setting, excluding the center stone. Available in platinum or yellow, white or rose gold, this is a stunning setting that’s ideal if you’re looking for something plenty of presence that remains elegant and timeless. 

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Best Pavé Engagement Rings

Pavé engagement rings feature one or several rows of pavé diamonds — small diamonds that are mounted on the shank of the ring. These small diamonds can emphasize the center stone and give the ring a more elegant, classic appearance. 

11: French Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

French Pavé from Blue Nile
French Pavé from Blue Nile

This beautiful French pavé diamond engagement ring features a line of pavé-set diamonds on its shank. The center stone is displayed on its own without a diamond halo, giving it an elegant appearance and showcasing the diamond’s brilliance. 

Equal parts simple, timeless and beautiful, this pavé engagement ring is a great option if you’re looking for something slightly more ornate and eye-catching than a solitaire setting. As with our recommended solitaire settings, it looks best with a round, brilliant cut center diamond. 

Good center stone options include this 0.80 carat round, J color, VS1 diamond, which brings the total price of the ring to just above $3,700, or this impressive 1.20 carat cushion cut, H color, SI1 diamond, which offers additional size and presence for a slightly higher price. 

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12: Split Shank Ribbon Pavé Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Split Shank Ribbon Pavé from James Allen
Yellow Gold Split Shank Ribbon Pavé from James Allen

If you’re looking for a unique take on the classic pavé setting, this split shank ring is an excellent choice. It features a split shank with two lines of pavé diamonds, as well as a separate ribbon of diamonds beneath the center stone.

With a total carat weight of 0.31ct, this gorgeous ring features 58 separate diamonds in addition to the center stone. Like other pavé settings, it looks fantastic with a round brilliant cut diamond as its center stone, but can also look elegant with a fancy shape diamond or gemstone. 

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13: Art-Nouveau Pavé Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Art-Nouveau Pavé Set from Blue Nile
Art-Nouveau Pavé Set from Blue Nile

This Art Nouveau inspired pavé engagement ring features a scalloped basket, squared shank and 16 pavé-set diamonds, giving it a stunning, unique appearance inspired by the early 20th century art movement. 

James Allen offer this ring in a variety of metals, although white metals such as white gold or platinum (pictured) provide the best match between the ring and basket. A great option if you want something unique, elegant and unlike most conventional engagement rings. 

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14: Pavé Infinity Diamond Engagement Ring

Pavé Infinity from James Allen
Pavé Infinity from James Allen

This pavé diamond engagement ring from James Allen features a unique infinity design, with a stunning split and joined shank that symbolizes everlasting love, unity and devotion. The setting includes 40 small, round pavé diamonds, with a total carat weight of 0.24ct.

Unlike many other unique engagement rings, this setting is designed to hold a variety of center stone shapes. It’s pictured in 18k yellow gold with a stunning oval diamond, which complements the unique infinity pattern of the ring itself.

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15: Reverse Taper Milgrain Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Reverse Taper Milgrain Diamond Ring from James Allen
Yellow Gold Reverse Taper Milgrain Diamond Ring from James Allen

Another vintage-inspired pavé engagement ring, this reverse taper diamond engagement ring from James Allen features 14 round pavé-set diamonds with milgrain edges, giving it a unique look and feel. 

James Allen offer this setting in a variety of metals. For a classic vintage look, choose yellow gold (pictured). If you’re looking for a gemstone engagement ring, this setting is an excellent choice — it looks fantastic with a blue sapphire center stone instead of a round diamond. 

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Best Side Stone Engagement Rings

Side stone engagement rings feature one or several smaller diamonds on either side of the center stone. These side stones add to the beauty of the center stone and give the ring an eye-catching, unique appearance. 

16: Milgrain Marquise Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring

Milgrain Marquise Diamond and Sapphire from Blue Nile
Milgrain Marquise Diamond and Sapphire from Blue Nile

This vintage-inspired marquise diamond and sapphire engagement ring features a combination of pear-shaped diamonds and blue sapphires. It also has milgrain edges, giving it a unique look that’s difficult to find in modern engagement rings.

If you or your fiancé-to-be want something that’s equal parts modern and classic, this ring is an excellent choice. It’s also available with petite diamonds instead of sapphires. Like other rings from Blue Nile, you can customize this setting with your choice of center diamond or gemstone. 

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17: Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Ring from James Allen
14K Rose Gold Bead Accent Pavé Trio Diamond Ring from James Allen

This charming, effortlessly feminine sidestone engagement ring from James Allen features three pavé diamonds on either side of the center stone. These diamonds frame the center diamond to give it a classic appearance and greater presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger. 

Side stone engagement rings are a great option if you’re looking for something delicate, elegant and feminine. This particular ring is available in a range of metals but looks particularly stunning in 14k rose gold, which accentuates its light, feminine design. 

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18: Petite Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Petite Diamond Ring from Blue Nile
Yellow Gold Petite Diamond Ring from Blue Nile

Another gorgeous side stone ring, this petite diamond engagement ring from Blue Nile features three pavé-set diamonds on either side of the center stone. Unlike many other side stone rings, the side diamonds are set on the ring’s shank rather than directly beside the center stone.

With its elegant, modern-yet-timeless looks, this engagement ring is a great choice if you want something that’s simple yet beautiful. Blue Nile offer this setting in a range of metals, including 14k yellow gold (pictured).

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19: Common Prong Six Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Common Prong Six Round Diamond Ring from James Allen
Common Prong Six Round Diamond Ring from James Allen

This six diamond side stone engagement ring from James Allen features three round diamonds on either side of the center diamond or gemstone, all mounted set in common prongs to provide maximum light for the center stone.

Available in a range of metals, the ring pictured above is made from 14k white gold. This setting is a great option if you’re looking for a side stone engagement ring that perfectly showcases the center diamond’s brilliance and fire. 

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20: Classic Three-Stone Pavé Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Classic Three-Stone Pavé from Blue Nile
Yellow Gold Classic Three-Stone Pavé from Blue Nile

This stunning engagement ring setting from Blue Nile combines two round side stone diamonds with a classic pavé setting, giving it an eye-catching appearance with an incredible presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger.

If you’re looking for a large, impressive engagement ring for your fiancé-to-be, this is a fantastic choice. It’s available in 14k white gold, 18k yellow gold (pictured) and platinum, making it easy to choose a metal that’s complements your fiancé-to-be’s skin tone and tastes. 

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21: White Gold Bird of Paradise Engagement Ring

Bird of Paradise from James Allen
Bird of Paradise from James Allen

This unique engagement ring from James Allen features several marquise shape sapphires and pavé-set diamonds, creating a Bird of Paradise appearance. The setting features 12 diamonds, as well as four small blue sapphires in addition to the center stone. 

Like many other unique side stone rings, this setting looks best with a reasonably sized center stone, such as this 1.03 carat H-SI1 excellent cut round diamond. Available in 14k white gold, this is a stunning engagement ring that’s perfect if you’re looking for something one of a kind. 

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22: Beaded Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Beaded Bezel Set Diamond Ring from James Allen
Beaded Bezel Set Diamond Ring from James Allen

Another unique design, this rose gold engagement ring with bezel set diamonds from James Allen is a fantastic option if you want something eye-catching and vintage inspired to give to your fiancé-to-be.

This Etruscan-inspired ring features 12 diamond side stones combined with classical beads, giving it an appearance unlike any other ring. Available in a range of metals, the pictured ring uses 14k rose gold for a warm, beautiful appearance. 

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Best Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage engagement rings are inspired by the popular engagement ring styles of decades and centuries past. Many feature braid motifs, milgrain detailing and other unique features that are less common on modern engagement ring settings. 

23: White and Rose Gold Petite Scroll Diamond Engagement Ring

White and Rose Gold Petite Scroll Diamond Ring from James Allen
White and Rose Gold Petite Scroll Diamond Ring from James Allen

This elegant pavé engagement ring from James Allen features beautiful rose gold scrolls on its shank, giving it a vintage-inspired look. The setting itself is a simple, timeless and elegant ring, with 18 round pavé-set diamonds and a four-prong design.

Although it’s most commonly paired with a round brilliant cut diamond, this setting can also look fantastic with a princess cut diamond (pictured) for an extra vintage feel. 

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24: Braided Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring

Braided Cathedral Solitaire from Blue Nile
Braided Cathedral Solitaire from Blue Nile

Simple and elegant, this vintage-inspired cathedral solitaire engagement ring is a great choice if you want a timeless ring for your fiancé-to-be. With a classic braid motif, it blends the subtlety of a solitaire setting with the timeless beauty of a vintage engagement ring.

Blue Nile offer this setting in a variety of metals. For the classic look, 14k yellow gold is a great choice, while 14k white gold and platinum both offer a more modern take on this design. 

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25: Regal Frame Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Ring from James Allen
Yellow Gold Regal Frame Diamond Ring from James Allen

This bold, eye-catching and impressive engagement ring combines a cathedral shank with pavé diamonds and a vintage-inspired halo of diamonds, giving it a huge amount of presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger. 

Available in a variety of metals, this engagement ring looks particularly impressive in 18k yellow gold (pictured) with a large center stone. Thanks to its vintage design, it also looks fantastic with a non-diamond center stone such as a sapphire or ruby. 

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26: Milgrain Solitaire Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Milgrain Bezel Solitaire from James Allen
Yellow Gold Milgrain Bezel Solitaire from James Allen

This vintage engagement ring from James Allen features a tapered Bombay shank and milgrain bezel, making it a durable setting that’s a great choice if your fiancé-to-be has an active lifestyle or career.

With its vintage-inspired styling, this engagement ring looks fantastic with a princess cut center diamond. This setting is a particularly good choice for diamonds under one carat, making it an option worth considering if you have a limited budget. 

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27: Blue Nile Studio Asscher Cut Royal Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

Blue Nile Studio Asscher Cut Royal Halo
Blue Nile Studio Asscher Cut Royal Halo

Part of Blue Nile’s Blue Nile Studio fine jewelry line, this stunning vintage-inspired engagement ring features pavé diamonds, a diamond halo and an eye-catching asscher-cut center stone, all in a gorgeous platinum setting. 

As one of Blue Nile’s highest quality settings, you’ll need to contact their diamond and jewelry experts to customize it to your needs. All in all, this ring is a great option if you’re looking for a gorgeous, undeniably luxurious vintage-inspired piece of jewelry for your fiancé-to-be. 

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Best Tension Engagement Rings

In a tension engagement ring, the center stone isn’t held in place by prongs or a bezel. Instead, it’s secured using the tension of the metal bands. Tension rings are contemporary, highly unique and perfect if your fiancé-to-be wants something a little different from the norm. 

28: Round Shaped Bar Tension Engagement Ring

Round Shaped Bar Tension from James Allen
Round Shaped Bar Tension from James Allen

This sleek, contemporary tension engagement ring from James Allen features a center diamond held together between two metal bars without the usual prongs or bezel. As a result, the center diamond is exposed to a huge amount of light to showcase its brilliance and fire.

Modern and stylish, this tension engagement ring looks great with a round diamond and comes in yellow, rose or white gold (pictured), as well as platinum. A great choice if your fiancé-to-be is a fan of contemporary jewelry. 

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29: Pointed and Etched Tension Set Engagement Ring

Pointed and Etched Tension Set from James Allen
Pointed and Etched Tension Set from James Allen

Another impressive contemporary engagement ring, this tension ring features a center diamond or gemstone held between the two edges of the ring itself. James Allen offer this unique setting in 14k white, yellow or rose gold, as well as platinum. 

Unlike the other tension engagement ring above, which is designed exclusively for round center stones, this ring can securely hold a round, princess, marquise, oval or pear cut center diamond or gemstone. 

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Best Channel-Set Engagement Rings

Channel-set engagement rings feature small diamonds set along the shank of the ring inside ac channel. This channel protects the diamonds, all while giving the ring a similar appearance to a pavé engagement ring. 

30: Thin Channel-Set Round Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Thin Channel Set Round Diamond Ring from James Allen
Yellow Gold Thin Channel Set Round Diamond Ring from James Allen

This thin, elegant channel-set engagement ring from James Allen features 26 round diamonds with a total carat weight of 0.23ct. The center diamond or gemstone is mounted on four prongs for optimal fire and brilliance. 

Thanks to its simple, elegant design, this engagement ring is a great option if you’re looking for something with an eye-catching appearance that’s still subtle and tasteful. Available in a range of metals, the ring pictured is made from 14k yellow gold. 

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31: Channel-Set Baguette Cut Engagement Ring

Channel Set Baguette Cut from Blue Nile
Channel Set Baguette Cut from Blue Nile

This stunning platinum engagement ring from Blue Nile features baguette cut diamonds set in a small channel on its shank, giving it a contemporary look. 

Paired with the right round brilliant cut center diamond, this is a gorgeous engagement ring that looks both elegant and modern. Blue Nile only offer this setting in platinum, making it especially beautiful if your fiancé-to-be has a cool skin tone. 

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32: Graduated Channel Engagement Ring

14K Rose Gold Graduated Channel from James Allen
14K Rose Gold Graduated Channel from James Allen

This sleek, stylish engagement ring from James Allen features a reverse taper channel with 12 round, channel-set diamonds. The channel-set diamonds gradually increase in size towards the head of the ring, framing and emphasizing the center stone or diamond.

Made from 14k gold (pictured) and paired with a beautiful round, brilliant cut diamond, this ring looks particularly elegant and stylish.

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Best Eternity Engagement Rings 

Eternity engagement rings feature beautiful pavé-set diamonds that extend for the entire length of the ring. Elegant, classic and undeniably beautiful, an eternity engagement ring is a fantastic choice if you or your fiancé-to-be want something that provides plenty of sparkle.

33: Eternity Diamond Engagement Ring

Eternity Diamond Engagement Ring from Blue Nile
Eternity Diamond Engagement Ring from Blue Nile

This beautiful white gold eternity diamond ring from Blue Nile has a carat weight of ⅜ ct, with an assortment of stunning round diamonds in a pavé setting. Paired with a round brilliant cut center diamond or gemstone, this engagement ring provides incredible brilliance and fire. 

Blue Nile offer this setting in 14k white gold (pictured) and platinum. As with other eternity rings, this engagement ring can’t be resized after it’s made. 

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34: Blue Nile Studio Empress Diamond Engagement Ring

Blue Nile Studio Empress Diamond Engagement Ring
Blue Nile Studio Empress Diamond Engagement Ring

With two diamond bands that join in an unconventional reverse split shank, this beautiful eternity engagement ring from Blue Nile is a unique, eye-catching choice. Part of the high-end Blue Nile Studio range, this gorgeous ring is made from platinum and has a total carat weight of ⅓ ct. 

Like other rings in the Blue Nile Studio range, this setting looks outstanding. Paired with a round brilliant, cushion or oval cut diamond, this is a gorgeous engagement ring that’s sure to impress your fiancé-to-be. 

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Best Bezel Engagement Rings

Instead of holding a diamond or gemstone using prongs of tension, bezel engagement rings use a bezel that surrounds the center stone. Because the stone is more protected, this type of ring is a good choice if your fiancé-to-be has an active lifestyle. 

35: Bezel Set Diamond Halo Engagement Ring by Martin Flyer

Bezel Set Diamond Halo by Martin Flyer on James Allen
Bezel Set Diamond Halo by Martin Flyer on James Allen

This beautiful engagement ring from by NYC-based designer Martin Flyer uses a bezel to hold the center stone in place. The center stone is surrounded by bar-set baguette diamonds, with a classic cathedral shank to give the ring a modern yet vintage-inspired appearance.

Available in 14k (pictured) or 18k white gold, as well as platinum, this is a gorgeous ring that’s ideal for a round, brilliant cut center diamond or gemstone. 

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36: Half Bezel Set Diamond Engagement Ring

Yellow Gold Half Bezel Set from James Allen
Yellow Gold Half Bezel Set from James Allen

This incredible engagement ring from James Allen features a half-bezel setting for the center diamond, showcasing the diamond’s fire and brilliance perfectly. It also features a selection of pave-set diamonds on the shoulders, with three rows of pavé-set diamonds on the shank. 

Available in platinum as well as white, rose and yellow gold (pictured), this stunning ring is an excellent choice if you want your fiancé-to-be to have something unique, striking and elegant.  

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37: Bezel Set Princess Diamond Solitaire Ring

Bezel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Solitaire from James Allen
Bezel Set Princess Shaped Diamond Solitaire from James Allen

Angular, eye-catching and extremely contemporary, this solitaire ring has a square bezel that’s designed specifically for a princess cut diamond. In white metals such as platinum (pictured) or white gold, this ring looks especially unique and modern. 

Paired with a center diamond such as this 0.90 carat I color ideal cut stone, this setting offers sleek, ultra-modern looks at a more affordable price than a traditional solitaire ring with a round cut diamond of equivalent carat weight. 

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Best Gemstone Engagement Rings

Although just about any ring from James Allen or Blue Nile can be customized with a gemstone instead of a diamond (just choose to add your own custom center stone), some premade rings featuring gemstones can look absolutely stunning. We’ve listed our favourites below.

38: Sapphire and Micropavé Diamond Halo Ring

Sapphire and Micropavé Diamond Halo Ring from Blue Nile
Sapphire and Micropavé Diamond Halo Ring from Blue Nile

This stunning engagement ring features a blue sapphire center stone surrounded by a halo of round diamonds. There’s also a line of pavé-set diamonds along the shank of the ring, drawing attention to the center stone and giving the ring an elegant appearance.

Prefer pink to blue? Blue Nile also offer this ring with a pink sapphire center stone, allowing you to choose the gemstone that best matches your fiancé-to-be’s personality. 

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39: 18k White Gold Aquamarine and Diamond Ring

Aquamarine and Diamond Three Stone Ring from Blue Nile
Aquamarine and Diamond Three Stone Ring from Blue Nile

Another stunning gemstone ring, this engagement ring features a light blue center aquamarine that’s accented by two round brilliant cut diamonds. Made out of 18k white gold, this ring looks particularly impressive on people with a cool skin tone. 

Like other gemstone engagement rings, Blue Nile also offer this setting with your choice of opal or blue sapphire for the center stone. 

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40: 18k Yellow Gold East-West Topaz and Diamond Ring

Yellow Gold East-West Topaz Diamond Ring from James Allen
Yellow Gold East-West Topaz Diamond Ring from James Allen

This beautiful east-west set blue topaz ring features 16 pavé-set diamonds in its beautiful 18k yellow gold band. With its warm, beautiful color and unique appearance, this ring is a fantastic alternative to a conventional diamond engagement ring for your fiancé-to-be.

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41: Pear-Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Halo Chevron Ring

Pear-Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Halo Chevron Ring from Blue Nile
Pear-Shaped Sapphire and Diamond Halo Chevron Ring from Blue Nile

This stunning engagement ring features a pear-shaped blue sapphire surrounded by a halo of pavé-set diamonds. With its unique chevron shape, this is a stylish, eye-catching engagement ring that’s ideal if your fiancé-to-be is a fan of blue sapphire. 

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42: 14k Rose Gold Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring

14K Rose Gold Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring from James Allen
14K Rose Gold Emerald and Diamond Cluster Ring from James Allen

Elegant and timeless, this emerald and diamond cluster ring features a pear-shaped emerald alongside two marquise diamonds. Made from 14k rose gold, this warm and beautiful ring is a great non-conventional engagement ring for a fiancé-to-be who wants something unique. 

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43: Pink Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring

Pink Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring from Blue Nile
Pink Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring from Blue Nile

This incredible pink sapphire and diamond halo ring from Blue Nile features a 3.44 carat center stone, giving it incredible presence on your fiancé-to-be’s finger. With diamond side stones and pavé-set diamonds, this is a stunning gemstone engagement ring that commands attention. 

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The 4 Cs of Choosing the Perfect Engagement Ring

When choosing an engagement ring for your partner, you’ll certainly encounter the 4 C’s: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. Each of these elements plays a role in a diamond’s overall beauty. 

The C’s are each graded on their respective scale, helping to evaluate their quality level. Standard terminology and grading are used in the industry, though it does vary from entity to entity. The most reliable labs are the GIA and AGS. We recommend gaining a certificate from either lab for every diamond you consider purchasing. 

Understanding the basics of the 4 C’s and their grades is helpful when purchasing a diamond. The most important aspect, though, is how the diamond appears overall to you. Check out our tips for buying an engagement ring here.

Cut

While many people mistake Cut for meaning the shape of the diamond, cut actually refers to the quality of the diamond’s proportions, angles, facets, fire, brilliance and finishing details. The cut of a diamond, more than any other aspect, impacts a diamond’s beauty and sparkle.

Diamond Cut is graded by the GIA on the scale of Ideal, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor. Depending on the diamond’s shape, an Ideal or Excellent Cut will usually offer maximum brilliance and fire. 

A top grade doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an outstanding diamond, though, as nearly 55% of all diamonds sold online are graded as Excellent. Some of them are stunning, like this 1.5 ct round brilliant diamond from James Allen, while others can be less impressive.

So rather than only paying attention to the grade designation, it’s essential to look at the diamond closely.

Color

A diamond’s color grade tells us how colorless or white a diamond is. GIA grading ranges from D to Z. D is the most colorless and Z contains a noticeable yellow or brown tint.

With most diamonds, the naked eye cannot tell the difference between diamonds of two adjacent color grades, although the price can differ significantly.

When it comes to judging color for purposes of buying an engagement ring, it’s important to determine if the diamond looks white to the naked eye (i.e. there are no noticeable tints) and that the diamond appears colorless in relation to its setting. As an example, this Oval diamond is graded a J (which can sometimes have a slight tint), but looks white in relation to its 14K yellow gold setting.

Looking closely at the diamond and placing it next to its setting, or a similar setting, will give you a good indication of color. You don’t want to pay for an E graded diamond, for example, if an I or J Color Diamond looks white to the naked eye.

Buyer’s note: Some colored diamonds are regarded as valuable, like a fancy green or pink diamond. Color grading for these diamonds are distinct from grading used for “white” diamonds.

Clarity

Clarity grade indicates how clean the diamond is from blemishes and inclusions. Blemishes refer to imperfections on the diamond’s surface, while inclusions are internal imperfections.

The GIA grades clarity on the following scale:

  • FL: Flawless
  • IF: Internally Flawless
  • VVS1: Very, Very Slightly Included 1
  • VVS2: Very, Very Slightly Included 2
  • VS1: Very Slightly Included 1
  • VS2: Very Slightly Included 2
  • SI1: Slightly Included 1
  • SI2: Slightly Included 2
  • I1: Inclusions 1
  • I2: Inclusions 2

Only the most severe imperfections will interfere with the light that passes through the diamond. A Diamond’s brilliance and beauty can be hindered in a Diamond with inclusions, though this is unlikely.

Above all, we recommend that your diamond is eye clean. Review it carefully and ask for confirmation from an expert. Unfortunately, a certificate alone won’t explain how imperfections impact or don’t impact the Diamond’s brilliance and beauty.

Carat Weight

Some diamond buyers confuse the term carat with size. A Diamond’s carat refers to the actual weight of the diamond, not how large it is. A 1 carat diamond is equivalent to 0.2 grams, or 200 milligrams. A 1 carat diamond weighs roughly the same as a quarter of a raisin.

Because carat refers to weight, depending on diamond shape and quality of cut, two diamonds with the same carat weight (for example, two 1 carat diamonds) may be distinct in size.

While Carat weight is important to some buyers, the overall beauty and brilliance of a diamond should be emphasized over carat weight. A stunning 1 carat diamond will outshine a mediocre 1.5 carat diamond, despite its difference in weight.

With the four Cs in mind, consider each diamond as a whole. If you’re unsure about whether or not you’ve found a high-quality diamond at an excellent price, ask us for assistance

Diamond Shape

Different than diamond cut, diamond shape refers to the outline or form of a diamond. Common diamond shapes include the oval, princess cut, emerald cut and round brilliant cut, all of which have a distinct shape and appearance.

Selecting a diamond shape is truly a matter of personal preference. Many people like a classic round brilliant, while others prefer a more unique diamond shape like a pear shaped or Asscher Cut diamond.

Review our shape guide to determine which diamond shape matches you or your partner’s style and personality. Select one they’ll be comfortable and excited to wear for life.

Precious Metals

The four metals most commonly used for engagement ring settings are yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. Just like when it comes to design, there’s no best metal for every ring — instead, it’s best to choose the metal for your setting based on taste, longevity and cost.

Platinum

Platinum is a white-colored metal that’s often used for engagement rings and other high quality, fine jewelry. It’s a durable metal that’s hypoallergenic, meaning it doesn’t cause skin irritation in people with metal allergies.

Thanks to its white color, platinum is commonly used for engagement rings with white diamonds and cool-colored center stones. The platinum used for jewelry is almost always nearly pure, with purity levels of around 90 to 95%. 

White Gold

White gold is made from a mixture of pure gold and white metals such as silver, palladium and nickel. It’s often coated with rhodium for durability and resistance to corrosion. White gold has a similar appearance to platinum but is much less expensive, making it a good value option. 

Like platinum, white gold complements people with a fair, cool skin tone and looks excellent as a metal for engagement rings that feature white diamonds. 

Yellow Gold

Yellow gold is a blend of pure gold and alloy metals such as zinc and copper. It has the purest color of all the gold types. A popular and timeless color, yellow gold is the traditional choice for engagement rings and other wedding jewelry. 

Because of its yellow color, yellow gold can be matched with diamonds of a lower color grade, such as K or J. 

Rose Gold

Rose gold has a pinkish-red color, giving it a more elegant, subtle appearance than yellow gold while retaining its warmth. Although it’s not quite as common as white or yellow gold, rose gold is becoming increasingly popular as a choice for engagement rings and other jewelry.

Our full comparison guide to engagement ring metals goes into more detail on the advantages and disadvantages of all four metals, from appearance and durability to cost. 

Best Place to Buy Your Engagement Ring

Purchasing an engagement ring is a special and exciting time. Buying from a reliable, reputable dealer will make the process smoother and less stressful—plus, you’ll also end up with a higher quality ring at a better price point. 

We recommend James Allen and Blue Nile when purchasing diamonds and engagement rings.

James Allen 

James Allen delivers exceptional customer service and high caliber jewelry. They’re an industry leader and have excellent technology for reviewing diamonds up-close. Hundreds of our readers purchase from James Allen every month and we hear rave reviews back from them. 

Click here for our full James Allen review.

Blue Nile 

Blue Nile built the market for online diamond shopping and have maintained the largest online selection of diamonds and settings. They’ve implemented video technology and have refined their business processes for fast delivery and quality assurance. 

Our readers continue to have excellent experiences with Blue Nile for their engagement rings and other fine jewelry.

Click here for our full review of Blue Nile.

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Mike learned the diamond business from the ground-up at Leo Schachter Diamonds - one of the world's top diamond manufacturers. He has been recognized as a diamond industry expert by Time, PeopleMoney, The Daily Mirror, NerdWallet, The Times Herald, Yahoo Finance Australia, The Art of Charm, The Washington Diplomat, The Next Web, and more. See more
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What we love about them:
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James Allen James Allen is the leader in online diamond sales. Their imaging technology is at the point where it's almost the same as inspecting a diamond with a jeweler's loupe. Their customer experience is best in class, and they have recently upgraded their non-engagement jewelry inventory as well.
What we love about them:
  • No questions asked returns within 30 days of shipment. James Allen will send you a paid shipping label to return the ring.
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