So you’ve picked out your diamond or colored gemstone, and you’re absolutely in love with it. You adore each and every facet, and you can probably sit there for hours watching the light filter through, creating a rainbow of brilliance and fire.
You can’t wait for it to rest on your left ring finger, and you can just imagine catching a glimpse of sparkle out of the corner of your eye. There’s only one problem: you’re terrified of losing or damaging it.
Most women are incredibly active in their daily lives. We use our hands all day, every day, from household chores to hands-on careers to working out. (When do we find the time?) Activity levels come in varying degrees, and women who participate in activities such as rock climbing, biking to work, dancing, yard work, etc., will want to take careful consideration when choosing an engagement ring setting. Constantly removing your ring to protect it actually skyrockets the likelihood that you will misplace it!
Below we suggest the best engagement rings for active women so that you can own and cherish your ring for decades to come.
Repeat after me: Bezel-Set Rings!
Bezel-set rings are an active woman’s best friend. Many love this style for its modern curves and distinctive style, but others seek it out because the bezel setting protects the diamond or gemstone and keeps it firmly secured. A bezel setting encircles the gem’s girdle (the widest point of the diamond) with a thin band of precious metal.
This uninterrupted setting gives this ring its modern appeal and gem security.
There are no prongs, so you don’t have to worry about your ring catching in your hair, fabric, or other material as you live your daily life. A bezel setting also allows you to wear gloves without the prongs getting in the way, which makes it a great setting for those who live in cold climates.
Bezel settings work with many diamond shapes, from a classic round to a unique pear. You can also find bezel-set rings that feature milgrained details around the bezel, giving the ring some light-catching vintage flair.
If, as you get older and your activities become more moderate, you want to purchase a ring with a different setting, bezel-set rings look stunning as right-hand rings as well!
Bezel and Flush Settings Are Great If You:
- Participate in extreme or contact sports (such as soccer, snowboarding, or roller derby).
- Love hobbies that require constant stress on your hands (such as pottery, woodworking, glass blowing, or knitting).
- Have a job where you constantly use your hands (such as hair stylists, doctors, or police officers).
- If you have a tendency to be hard on your jewelry (you always seem to be hitting tables, walls, etc. with your hands).
One thing to consider with a bezel-set ring is that you are not able to see as much of the diamond as you can in a prong- or basket-set design, which can affect overall light play. Non-bezel styles use less precious metal to hold the gemstone in place, meaning that more light filters through the diamond. Prong-set diamonds are brilliant, but they are also more suitable for women who only uses their hands for activities such as typing on the computer, hailing a cab, or reading a book. Those with less active lifestyles are less likely to damage or lose their diamond, so wearing a raised or pronged style is less risky.
Platinum is Best
Platinum is the strongest and most durable type of precious metal, so we often recommend this precious metal for those with active lifestyles, particularly if you choose a setting with less metal holding the diamond in place. Platinum is truly irresistible!
Opt For Beautiful Details Over A Large Center Stone
For those concerned that a raised center stone will snag on things and disrupt their daily activities, even with the no-prong option of a bezel set ring, there are still plenty of options! Rings like our Brynn Diamond Ring still offer plenty of sparkle with a pavé band of small glittering diamonds on either side of a low-set baguette diamond, held by bars of precious metal. Rings like this are a great compromise for those who crave the look of a sparkly engagement ring, but also love having a ring that won’t interrupt their active lifestyle.
The Darby Diamond Ring also has a baguette diamond held in place by lustrous precious metal. The chic geometric design of this ring is perfect for anyone looking for a modern and sleek ring that they can wear while doing virtually any activity.
Introducing texture, like the swirling ribbons of lustrous precious metal of the Cosima Diamond Ring, is a great way to add unique artistry to an engagement ring without relying on a large raised center diamond or gemstone. The alternating ribbons of diamond accents give this ring plenty of shimmer and sparkle from any angle.
The constellated diamonds of the Astra Diamond Ring are reminiscent of a beautiful starry sky in this simple but dazzling ring. The slender band also works well as a stacking ring if you’d like to experiment with offering more than one band as an engagement ring, or eventually switch to a more traditional style with a center stone.
Not interested in diamonds or gemstones? Opt for a hand-engraved ring for beautiful eye-catching details. The metal of the Hand-Engraved Laurel Ring is exceptionally lustrous and brilliant, highlighting the depth of the details of this gorgeous ring. Because it will sit flush to your finger and not snag and catch on things, you won’t be sacrificing having a statement piece you can wear every day.
Bezel Set Earrings and Pendants
Interested in keeping more than just your engagement ring diamonds exactly where they are? We also offer bezel settings for the rest of your precious diamond jewelry. When you create your own pendant or stud earrings, you can choose a bezel setting in white gold, yellow gold, or platinum. This modern setting is the best for active women—it will keep your diamonds in place while you’re on the move!