Everything You Need to Know Before Buying a Solitaire Engagement Ring
What is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?
A solitaire engagement ring is a type of ring that features a single prominent center stone. However, there are actually two styles of solitaires. One which has a plain band and another which has a band adorned with small diamonds. This style is sometimes called a “pave solitaire.”
Brief History of the Solitaire
The solitaire engagement ring can be traced as far back as Ancient Rome and has had many iterations since. It was in 1886 when Tiffany & Co. introduced their signature six prong solitaire that the solitaire style you are most familiar with today was born. The solitaire engagement ring wasn't the most popular choice for an engagement ring in the early 20th century. However it in the 1940s De Beers released their "A Diamond is Forever" campaign and the solitaire engagement ring became the setting of choice for an engagement ring and has remained so ever since.
Are Solitaire Engagement Rings Popular?
As with all fashion, the solitaire style falls out of fashion every few decades and then comes back with a vengeance. In the present, cluster and multi-stone settings have gained in popularity but the solitaire engagement ring is a timeless style that, in the end, will never go out of fashion. The solitaire engagement ring can be a great choice for those who are seeking something will be a timeless heirloom.
What to Keep in Mind When Buying a Solitaire Engagement Ring
If you are interested in purchasing a solitaire engagement ring, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the quality of center stone within a solitaire engagement ring is paramount. Since it is both the star of the show and really the main act, the investment in the piece is made in the stone itself. Second, keep in mind that the more simple a design is, the more challenging it can be to perfect. The setting itself should be considered strongly. Solitaire settings can be more flush on the finger but also sit higher up. Do you want your band to be very flush against your engagement ring, then you need to have a higher mounting or if you are ok with a bit of a ring gap you can choose a lower profile that tends to be more elegant and wearable. You can get creative with you solitaire style with a range of metals including platinum, white yellow and rose gold. You can also consider a two tone style which is very vintage or vintage inspired.
How to Care for a Solitaire Engagement Ring
Once you have purchased your solitaire it is important to consider your lifestyle. It is preferable to not wear your ring in harsh environments like frequent dish washing, working with your hands, and even ocean or pool dips. Take your solitaire ring off before you hit the gym or do yard work. All of these activities can cause damage to your solitaire engagement ring. If you are active and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle, consider a bezel setting which will protect your center stone from any knocks. We recommend an annual check of your ring, to make sure your prongs are secure.