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Engagement Ring Styles

Engagement ring styles have evolved since we opened our first store in 1915.  After a century of service, the Helzberg name has come to stand for quality, knowledge, and trust. But most importantly, at its very core, Helzberg Diamonds stands for love.

When understanding how to buy an engagement ring diamond, it is important to keep your preferences and budget in mind. The perfect diamond and ring setting come together to create a breathtaking engagement ring that your partner will love.

Solitaire Engagement Rings

The classic Solitaire style showcases a single diamond or gemstone set on a ring with no accent stones. Simple, classic, and always in style. The most common technique for mounting a solitaire diamond is prong setting (more on that later).

Halo Engagement Rings

The halo engagement ring style features a diamond border around a center stone.  This creates greater impact for your ring’s overall look and will make the center stone look larger.

Three-Stone Engagement Rings

A three-stone ring features three stones in the same or similar sizes, representing the past, present, and future of love. Like all of our engagement rings, the three-stone ring is highly customizable.

Side-Stone Engagement Rings

A side-stone ring is a popular alternative for those who want more sparkle. Side stones tend to be smaller and complement a center diamond to create the overall look and feel of an engagement ring.

Vintage Engagement Rings

Designed to look like heirlooms, vintage engagement rings are inspired by antique styles and the charm of the past.  From Victorian-inspired rings to Edwardian engagement styles, a vintage engagement ring can be the one-of-a-kind style you’re looking for.

Create Your Own Custom Engagement Rings

Looking for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring? Select your diamond and setting, then have it handmade with expert craftsmanship and quality.

Matching Bridal Sets

Some engagement rings can be paired with a matching wedding band that wraps around the center stone or fits against the engagement ring like a puzzle piece. For example, ring enhancers are wedding bands that curve and contour around a center diamond of your engagement ring.

Center Diamond Setting Styles

The ring setting secures the center diamond to the ring band. Prongs or bezels are the most popular styles. There are several settings to choose from. Picking out the setting will help you personalize the style of the ring and also help with the ring's durability. The diamond setting is vital to the look of your engagement rings side profile.

Prong Setting

The most common type of setting style, especially for solitaire rings, is the prong setting. Strong prongs hold the stone securely while still allowing a good deal of light to enter your diamond or gemstone.  Prongs can be placed at each corner, with 4 or 6 prongs evenly spaced around the stone. People love prong settings because the diamond can appear elevated and stands out more.

Bezel Setting

A bezel setting is held in place by creating a metal frame around the circumference of the stone or at its girdle (the thin edge of the stone). It can wrap all the way around the stone or only partially surround it, depending on the style of the ring. This type of diamond ring setting is good for protecting the edges of your stone and can make the stone look larger.

Engagement Ring Band Styles

Aside from the center diamond or gemstone, the look of the ring band will affect the overall style.


A simple band is a classic, minimal look that lets diamonds take center stage. If your partner wants a simple band, it’s good to know exactly what they mean by that and get photos. You can bring in images of what they love to your local diamond expert, or find it here online.


A channel setting is most commonly used on ring bands to create a smooth channel of small diamonds. In a channel setting, diamonds are set flush between two strips of metal that holds them in place side by side with no additional prongs between the stones. This type of setting protects the edge, or girdle, of the gemstone, and is a very secure setting. Channel-set gemstones provide a smooth setting making them less likely to get snagged on hair or clothing.


Another option is the pave setting, which are close set diamonds with minimal visibility on the prongs which holds the stones in place. This setting will offer extra sparkle to your engagement ring.


If you’re looking for maximum sparkle, the prong style band will be your favorite. It features smaller diamonds in a prong setting, with less space in between each one than a pave ring.