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find her style

One advantage of buying your engagement ring from an online jeweler is the expanded access you get to ring styles. At Brilliant Earth, we offer almost every ring style imaginable – and if we don’t have a style you want, we can custom design a ring for you. To choose the perfect ring, consider what fits her lifestyle and personality best. In addition to your budget, her personal style and her daily activities are the main considerations that should guide your selection of a setting. Here are recommendations that match personality traits with various styles of engagement rings:

Traditional & elegant

A classic solitaire setting is timeless and showcases the center diamond without any distraction. Solitaires, which are rings that feature one center diamond, are the most popular style for engagement rings. The most traditional solitaire features a plain metal band. To add a bit more refinement or to ensure the center diamond is set especially low, consider a trellis setting or a basket setting. For a touch more glamour, add a row of diamond accents on the band or consider peekaboo diamonds (diamonds set in the gallery or undercarriage of the ring that are not visible from the top). Three stone engagement rings are another prevalent alternative to the traditional solitaire.

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Stylish & Outgoing

If the wearer wants to dazzle with glamour, she might love a setting that holds her diamond higher, or perhaps one that features sparkling pavé-set diamonds on the band of the ring. Halo engagement settings are also very popular. Halo settings add a circle of diamonds around the center diamond to add sparkle and make the center diamond appear larger.

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outdoorsy & nature Lover

Is your significant other a nature lover or someone who is happiest outdoors? Ring settings with organic elements in their designs such as leaves, vines, and flowers may suit her well. For an active woman, consider a setting that holds the diamond lower to the hand. A bezel setting, or a thin metal band that hugs the diamond all the way around its girdle, is also great for keeping a diamond protected.

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Romantic & Timeless

Does your partner love all things romantic and vintage? Consider ring settings that feature milgrain details, filigree or scrollwork patterns, intricate galleries, or dainty bands. View our diamond engagement rings featured in our Antique Inspired Collection. Or, if your partner loves unique one-of-a-kind items from the past, consider an authentic antique engagement ring. Brilliant Earth has one of the largest online collections of antique rings, and it is constantly being refreshed.

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Modern & Contemporary

Does your beloved appreciate a modern, fashion-forward style? Look at sculptural rings – rings that experiment with non-traditional forms. Consider a bezel setting – a thin metal band that hugs the diamond all the way around its girdle. If she wants to forgo the traditional center diamond altogether, consider a wide band ring with beautiful detail. Add sparkle with diamond or gemstone accents.

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If you feel unsure or overwhelmed, consider selecting a diamond but proposing with a temporary engagement setting. This approach allows her to select her own perfect setting. Women take part in over 60% of engagement ring decisions, so rest assured you are not alone. If you prefer to surprise her and are just looking for more ideas, view our Customer Favorites or Top 20 Engagement Rings, which feature our most popular rings. You can also get inspired by our Top 10 Pinned Rings by discovering what styles are trending on Pinterest.

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Precious Metal Options

As you choose a setting, it is important to decide on the type of precious metal for the ring. Your significant other may prefer a specific color of precious metal (yellow, white, or rose), or a specific type of metal (gold, platinum, or palladium). Look to see what jewelry she typically wears for clues. Platinum, white gold, and palladium are all silvery-white and more or less identical in hue. For a golden look, choose yellow gold. For a rose or pink hue, choose rose gold.

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FINd her ring size

The most accurate way to determine ring size is to have your partner’s ring finger measured by a professional jeweler. But if that’s not possible, don’t be concerned. There are other approaches you can take. Ask your partner’s parents or close friends about her ring size. Or, try borrowing one of your partner’s existing rings. Using our online ring sizing guide, you’ll be able to determine the ring size she wears. Our online ring sizing guide contains some additional hints on ring size. And if you contact us, we’re happy to provide extra guidance or send you a complimentary plastic ring sizer. Keep in mind that if you purchase a ring that does not fit correctly, we’ll gladly resize it for you for free within 30 days.

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Jewelry Design Glossary

When selecting the perfect ring setting style, there are several design features to consider. Take into account today's most loved design elements, as well as those that suit her style and personality. Learn about the options for your center gemstone setting, accent gemstone setting, band, and finishing details.

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