The 39 Best Classic Engagement Rings for the Timeless Bride (2024)

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Best Oval-Cut Zales Oval Diamond Engagement Ring Best Trinity Ring Anna Sheffield Three-Stone Engagement Ring Best Emerald-Cut Brilliant Earth Diamond Engagement Ring Best Gemstone Capucinne Sapphire Diamond Ring Best Round-Cut Catbird Juno The Swan Best Diamond Accents Clean Origin Dylan Ring Most Timeless David Yurman Eden Engagement Ring Most Sparkly Kwiat Diamond Engagement Ring with Pavé Most Unique Band David Yurman Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring Best Criss-Cross Band Kwiat Engagement Ring with a Round Brilliant Diamond and Pavé Band Best Milgrain Style Brilliant Diamonds Halo Engagement Ring Most Sleek Three-Stone Single Stone Amelia Best Micropavé Band James Allen Three Stone Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring Best Cushion-Cut Christopher Designs Crisscut Cushion Ring Most Unexpected De Beers Small Round Brilliant Diamond Ring Best Bling De Beers Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring Most Delicate Jennie Kwon Diamond Hope Ring For the Traditional Bride Harry Winston Oval-Shaped Engagement Ring Understated Yet Striking Jack Kelége KGR 1069 Engagement Ring Setting Best Vintage-Inspired Michael M Define Engagement Ring R737-2OV Most Eye-Catching Lizzie Mandler Emerald Cut Diamond with Rose Gold Band Best Rose Gold Penny Preville Liat Ring Setting Best Split-Shank Sylvie Clarinda Setting For the Glam Bride Penny Preville Penelope Round Ring Setting Best Mixed Stones Sylvie Double-Halo Mixed Color Diamond Engagement Ring Most Refined Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting Engagement Ring Most Feminine Uneek Oval Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring For the Minimalist Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Solitaire Best Princess-Cut Bario Neals Avens Diamond Princess Ring Most Enduring De Beers Round Brilliant Diamond Ring Most Lustrous Hearts on Fire Illustrious Engagement Ring Most Clean & Classic De Beers Oval-Shaped Diamond Ring Best Mixed Diamond Shapes Harry Winston Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Most Geometric De Beers Princess-Cut Diamond Ring Best Hidden Halo Blue Nile Solitaire Plus Hidden Halo Diamond Engagement Ring Traditional With a Twist Charles & Colvard Moissanite Split Shank Ring Best With Baguettes With Clarity Elegant Channel Set Baguettes Diamond Engagement Ring Most Romantic Greenwich St. Jewelers Vesey 3-Stone Engagement Ring Setting For a Hint of Whimsy The Forevermark Tribute Collection Diamond Stackable Ring Other Options You Might Like VRAI The Round Inlay Band Sydney Evan Gold & Diamond Marquise Eye Cluster Ring What to Look for When Choosing a Classic Engagement Ring Why Trust Brides FAQs References
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Shane is a former fashion and accessories editor at Brides, InStyle, and Harper's Bazaar. She is now a brand consultant for fine jewelry and fashion.

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The 39 Best Classic Engagement Rings for the Timeless Bride (1)

Sure, we love a trend-driven sparkler, but nothing says "I'm engaged" quite like a classic engagement ring. Defined by simplicity and sophistication, these rings are classics for a reason: A traditional diamond cut with a no-frills design never goes out of style. Since you're planning on wearing that rock around your finger for the rest of your life, it only makes sense to choose something you will still love when you're celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. "Pick from the heart," advises Corina Madilian, one-half of the husband-wife duo behindSingle Stone. "Find a ring that you love and speaks to you. Don't get too caught up in the specifics of a center stone only. I encourage my clients to pick something they love, within their budget, and not to focus too much on what they think they 'should' be buying."

From modern jewelry designers, such as Anna Sheffield and VRAI to veteran brands, there are so many options. With the help of Madilian, we found the best classic engagement rings in a variety of metals, shapes, sizes, and budgets. You can't go wrong with a simple solitaire like Vrai's Signature Radiant Engagement Ring, or you can switch it up with a halo-style from Beverly K.


From round-cut (the perennial favorite) to oval-shaped, emerald cut, radiant cut, and princess cut rings, you'll gush over these rings 'til death do you part. Read on for the best classic engagement rings.

Best Oval-Cut

Zales Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

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There's a good reason why oval-cut engagement rings continually come back into popularity. This 14k white gold solitaire piece is incredibly classic and doesn't lack any sparkle either.

Who It's For: The bride who likes a lot of sparkle

Metal: 14k White Gold | Stone: Natural Oval Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 2 cw

Best Trinity Ring

Anna Sheffield Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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Similar to the heirloom-inspired solitaire, this white solitaire ring is flanked by diamond side stones and set in 14k yellow gold. The delicate proportions of the band perfectly balance out the heaviness that can sometimes be present in three-stone designs.

Who It's For: Those who prefer a classic vintage design

Metal: 14k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamonds | Stone Size: 1.20 cw

Best Emerald-Cut

Brilliant Earth Diamond Engagement Ring

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For the bride who is not only timeless but chic and refined, this one's for you. An emerald cut never fails to exude utter sophistication, and this 18k yellow gold solitaire ring does just that.

Who It's For: The bride who wants and elegant and glamorous ring

Metal: Platinum, 18k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Lab-created or Natural Emerald Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.50-2 cw

19 Best Emerald-Cut Engagement Rings for a Glamorous Look

Best Gemstone

Capucinne Sapphire Diamond Ring

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A sweet and endearing touch to a minimalistic design that is bound to exude long-lasting beauty. This oval peach sapphire ring is adorned with a diamond on either side of the center stone in addition to a solid rose gold band.

Who It's For: Anyone looking for a unique but classic style

Metal: Platinum, 18k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold, 14k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Oval Peach Sapphire and Natural Diamonds | Stone Size: 0.6-0.65 cw

The 23 Best Sapphire Engagement Rings

Best Round-Cut

Catbird Juno The Swan

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As graceful as a swan, this three-stone engagement ring elegantly drapes over the ring finger like a bejeweled cloak. A brilliant-cut white diamond is fringed with two horizontally-set, pear-shaped side stones.

Who It's For: Those looking for an heirloom-style and quality ring

Metal: Platinum, 14k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: 1 Brilliant Cut Recycled Natural Diamond, 2 Brilliant Pear Cut Natural Recycled Diamonds | Stone Size: 1.27 cw

Best Diamond Accents

Clean Origin Dylan Ring

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For a modern yet timeless option consider this rounded diamond engagement ring. The delicate stone is paired with diamond accents on the gallery and shoulders of the ring.

Who It's For: The bride seeking a timeless and elegant ring

Metal: Platinum, 18k White or Yellow Gold, 14k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Lab-created Round Diamond | Stone Size: 0.2 cw

Most Timeless

David Yurman Eden Engagement Ring

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David Yurman's iconic cable detailing has always been indicative of love's union of two separate entities. This diamond solitaire may seem exempt from its cable-clad counterparts, but a closer look will show a platinum band with hidden cable detailing. Sometimes the greatest beauty of all is hidden in the details.

Who It's For: Those who want a classic engagement ring with intricate details

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Natural Round Diamond | Stone Size: 0.7+ cw

Most Sparkly

Kwiat Diamond Engagement Ring with Pavé

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The Ashoka cut is widely recognized for its very distinct prismatic brilliance that gives the stone a fiery quality. Here, an Ashoka-cut diamond is encircled by a pavé halo and set on a platinum, pavé band.

Who It's For: Those looking for a classic engagement ring with a unique style

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or Rose Gold | Stone: Ashoka-Cut Natural Diamond | Stone Size: 1-4+ cw

Most Unique Band

David Yurman Cable Solitaire Engagement Ring

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David Yurman's iconic cable designs are symbolic of the emotional connection in a relationship—the perfect sentiment for an engagement ring. Here, a diamond solitaire is set on an 18k yellow gold cable band.

Who It's For: Brides who want a high-quality understated ring

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamond | Stone Size: 0.7+ cw

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Best Criss-Cross Band

Kwiat Engagement Ring with a Round Brilliant Diamond and Pavé Band

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A criss-cross shank to represent the interwoven love that you and your partner share. A round, brilliant solitaire is set on a platinum pavé band.

Who It's For: Anyone who wants an engagement ring that truly stands out

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or Rose Gold | Stone: Round Brilliant Diamond | Stone Size: 1-4 cw

Best Milgrain Style

Brilliant Diamonds Halo Engagement Ring

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A round diamond is framed by milgrain detailing and a diamond pavé halo. The negative space between the halo and the center stone creates the illusion of a floating gem, untethered by the mount. This classic engagement ring is set in a choice of platinum or 18k gold.

Who It's For: Brides looking for a simple ring with elegant details

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural or Lab-created Round Diamond | Stone Size: Center Stone: 0.78 to 1.28 (sold separately), side stones: 0.08 cw

Most Sleek Three-Stone

Single Stone Amelia

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"A classic three-stone, the emerald-cut ring is always a favorite," says Madilian. "The simple lines of the shank and prongs make this a classic option for someone preferring a timeless ring." An emerald-cut diamond center stone is flanked by two diamond baguettes on each side, set in 18k yellow gold.

Who It's For: Anyone seeking a classic, statement ring

Metal: 18k Yellow Gold | Stone: Natural Emerald Cut Diamond, Baguette Cut Diamonds | Stone Size: 2.38 cw

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Best Micropavé Band

James Allen Three Stone Micropavé Diamond Engagement Ring

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With a diamond center stone flanked by diamond side stones and a 14k white gold band completely encrusted with micropavé diamonds, this classic engagement ring is very much inspired by distinctive couture pieces.

Who It's For: Brides who want a delicate ring in a classic style

Metal: Platinum, 18k Yellow or White Gold, 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural or Lab-created Brilliant Round Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.20 cw

Best Cushion-Cut

Christopher Designs Crisscut Cushion Ring

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Cushion cuts are known for their sweet shape and compounded brilliance. Here, a cushion-cut diamond is framed by a pavé halo, adding to the overall glimmer of the design. The mounting sits on a channel-set pavé band.

Who It's For: A bride who wants a new ring with vintage details

Metal: Platinum, 18k or 14k White Gold | Stone: Natural Cushion Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.27 cw

Most Unexpected

De Beers Small Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

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Timeless sophistication, but make it modern. This contemporary design is comprised of two bands interlocking to create one unified band—there's that matrimonial symbolism again. A diamond center stone sits on the two joined bands of smooth and pavé encrusted textures, set in 18k rose gold.

Who It's For: Those looking for a delicate ring with a lot of sparkle

Metal: 18k Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Brilliant Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.31 cw

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Best Bling

De Beers Cushion-Cut Diamond Ring

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Halos are exceptional at maximizing a center stone by creating the illusion of higher carat weight, which makes them ideal for stretching an engagement ring budget. Here, a cushion-cut diamond solitaire is framed by a micropavé halo and set on a platinum micropavé band.

Who It's For: Brides who prefer a classic cushion-cut diamond with an updated style

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Natural Cushion Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.5-2.54 cw

Most Delicate

Jennie Kwon Diamond Hope Ring

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A feminine and dainty style to truly withstand the test of time. A diamond solitaire is flanked by a row of three diamond accent stones on each side, and set on the most delicate 14k yellow gold band.

Who It's For: Anyone looking for a simple take on a classic engagement ring style

Metal: 14k Yellow, White, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Brilliant Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.50 cw

For the Traditional Bride

Harry Winston Oval-Shaped Engagement Ring

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You can never go wrong with the enduring sophistication of an oval-shaped stone. This refined style features an oval diamond center stone fringed with tapered baguette side stones and set in platinum.

Who It's For: The bride looking for a timeless design

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Natural Oval Diamond Center, Baguette Side Stones | Stone Size: 1-3 cw

Understated Yet Striking

Jack Kelége KGR 1069 Engagement Ring Setting

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A glimmering solitaire is truly ageless. A round center stone is mounted on a pavé basket and matching band, set in 18k white gold.

Who It's For: Those looking for a delicate ring with stunning details

Metal: 18k White Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamond (Not included) | Stone Size: 0.75-1.25 cw

Best Vintage-Inspired

Michael M Define Engagement Ring R737-2OV

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Vintage-inspired designs have already proven their age-defying charm, making them the perfect choice for a piece that will last a lifetime. This classic engagement ring features an oval center stone with pavé halo and band. All set in 18k gold or platinum.

Who It's For: Brides who prefer a timeless style with an oval diamond

Metal: Platinum, 18k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Oval Cut Center Stone (Not included) | Stone Size: 0.67 cw

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Most Eye-Catching

Lizzie Mandler Emerald Cut Diamond with Rose Gold Band

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A stunning emerald-cut diamond solitaire set in 18k rose gold. The band is created with a knife-edge design that gives it a peaked look rather than the conventionally rounded surface.

Who It's For: Those who want a ring with a classic but unconventional style

Metal: 18k Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Emerald Cut Diamond | Stone Size: Custom

Best Rose Gold

Penny Preville Liat Ring Setting

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A classic solitaire, but make it regal. This brilliant solitaire is cradled in a crown of diamonds and set on a diamond-encrusted band with a beautiful filigree design. All set in a choice of 18k gold or platinum.

Who It's For: Brides who prefer engagement rings with special details

Metal: Platinum, 18k Rose, White, Green Gold | Stone: Natural Round Brilliant Cut Diamond (Not included) | Stone Size: 0.34 cw

Best Split-Shank

Sylvie Clarinda Setting

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Vintage inspiration basically ensures a ring design will be exalted to the immortal ranks of treasured family heirlooms. This piece features an emerald-cut center stone framed by a pavè halo and set on a pavé, split-shank band.

Who It's For: Anyone looking for a ring with a unique design that can support a larger stone

Metal: Platinum, 18k or 14k White, Yellow or Rose Gold | Stone: Natira; Emerald Cut Diamond (Not included) | Stone Size: 2 cw

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For the Glam Bride

Penny Preville Penelope Round Ring Setting

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A halo is an oh-so sweet and romantic addition that has demonstrated its reluctance to ever go out of style. Here, a round center stone is encased in a diamond pavé halo and set on a pavé band of 18k gold or platinum.

Who It's For: Brides looking for a round stone with lots of embellishments

Metal: Platinum, 18k White, Green, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Brilliant Cut Diamond (Not included) | Stone Size: Custom

Best Mixed Stones

Sylvie Double-Halo Mixed Color Diamond Engagement Ring

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Why not add a little something blue to a classic engagement ring that will undoubtedly become your family's something old one day. This round diamond center stone is framed by not one but two halos of diamonds and sapphires, set on a diamond-accented band.

Who It's For: Anyone who wants to take a classic style and add some extra color

Metal: 14k White Gold | Stone: Natural Round Brilliant Cut Diamond (Not included) | Stone Size: 1.61 cw

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Most Refined

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting Engagement Ring

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In the world of bridal jewelry, iconic is synonymous with enduring style and legacy—exactly what we want out of an engagement ring. And no one does iconicity better than Tiffany & Co with their 130-year old, namesake setting. Here, a diamond solitaire sits on an 18k rose gold band.

Who It's For: Those looking for traditional, timeless, high-quality ring

Metal: Platinum, 18k Rose or Yellow Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamond | Stone Size: 1.0-1.34 cw

Most Feminine

Uneek Oval Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring

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The inspiration for this double-shank silhouette comes from the undulating curves of the female physique. The curvaceous appeal is carried over to the oval diamond center stone flanked by oval side stones, set on diamond-encrusted, 18k gold bands.

Who It's For: Brides who want a bold, yet classic engagement ring style

Metal: 18k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Oval Cut Diamond (not included) | Stone Size: Custom

For the Minimalist

Van Cleef & Arpels Perlée Solitaire

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A humble band can make just as much of a statement as a brilliant center stone. This classic engagement ring features a diamond solitaire on a white gold, beaded "perlée" band. The band adds tons of dimension and texture to the otherwise simple design.

Who It's For: Those looking for an engagement ring with a stylish band

Metal: 18k White or Rose Gold | Stone: Brilliant Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.3-1 cw

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Best Princess-Cut

Bario Neals Avens Diamond Princess Ring

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A classic, princess-cut diamond solitaire with a creative twist. Unlike prototypical bands that are fleshed out vertically, this gold band is forged horizontally to show only a razor-thin edge at eye level with the majority of its width visible only from the profile.

Who It's For: Brides who prefer an understated band paired with a solitaire

Metal: 18k White or Yellow Gold, 14k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Lab or natural Princess Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.5 cw

Most Enduring

De Beers Round Brilliant Diamond Ring

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Simplicity is key when it comes to longevity, and solitaires will forever stand the test of time. Here, a round solitaire diamond is set on an 18k yellow gold band.

Who It's For: Brides looking for a ring with a modern, classic style

Metal: 18k Yellow Gold | Stone: Natural Round Brilliant Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 1-1.24 cw

Most Lustrous

Hearts on Fire Illustrious Engagement Ring

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This may look like an ordinary pavé band at first glance, but closer inspection will show a design that is completely flush with diamonds on all three visible sides. Now that's a lot of sparkle! A round diamond solitaire picks up all of that extra light and refracts in a brilliance that could probably be seen from miles away.

Who It's For: Those looking for a classic engagement ring that sparkles from all sides

Metal: Platinum, 18k White, Yellow, or Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamond | Stone Size: 0.5-3 cw

Most Clean & Classic

De Beers Oval-Shaped Diamond Ring

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And if yellow gold isn't exactly your speed, this oval diamond solitaire set in platinum will be sure to dazzle for all of eternity. Unlike round stones, the oval shape is ideal for elegantly elongating fingers in the most sophisticated way.

Who It's For: Anyone looking for a contemporary take on the classic design

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Natural Oval Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 1-1.81 cw

Best Mixed Diamond Shapes

Harry Winston Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

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It's hard not to catch a glimpse of this striking emerald-cut ring. The four brilliant round diamonds perfectly framing the center stone is utter perfection.

Who It's For: Brides who want a distinctive and delicate ring

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Natural Emerald Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.70-0.99 cw

Most Geometric

De Beers Princess-Cut Diamond Ring

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With stunning geometric composition, clean lines, and so much brilliance, princess-cut diamonds have the perfect combination of classic style and contemporary modernity to span the ages. Here, a princess-cut solitaire is set in platinum.

Who It's For: Brides looking for a classic engagement ring with an elevated style

Metal: Platinum | Stone: Princess Cut Diamond | Stone Size: 0.76-2.11 cw

Best Hidden Halo

Blue Nile Solitaire Plus Hidden Halo Diamond Engagement Ring

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This classic engagement ring from Blue Nile looks stunning with your choice of stone. The elegantring has a thin shank with a hidden halo design. Choose from a yellow, white, or rose gold, or platinum setting, and add a lab-created diamond solitaire in round, oval, emerald, or several other shapes.

Who It's For: Brides who want a classic ring in a contemporary setting

Metal: 14K Yellow, White, or Rose Gold, 18K Yellow or White Gold, Platinum | Stone: Lab-created Round, Cushion, Princess, Emerald, Oval, Radiant, Asscher, Marquise, or Pear Cut Diamond (not included) | Stone Size: 0.25-8.0 cw

Traditional With a Twist

Charles & Colvard Moissanite Split Shank Ring

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Featuring a 2.75 cw round center moissanite stone, this split shank engagement ring adds an element of interest to the classic engagement ring. Set in white or yellow gold, the pavé accent stones give this ring major sparkle.

Who It's For: Those looking for an engagement ring with lots of style and sparkle

Metal: 14K Yellow or White Gold | Stone: Lab-created Round Moissanite | Stone Size: 2.75 cw

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Best With Baguettes

With Clarity Elegant Channel Set Baguettes Diamond Engagement Ring

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This classic engagement ring from With Clarity is a true sparkler. The center stone (lab or natural diamond) sits in a four-prong setting flanked by channel-set baguettes along both sides of the band. You have a choice of yellow, white, rose gold, or platinum set with a round, radiant, cushion, emerald, or oval center stone to truly make this ring your own.

Who It's For: Brides who want a ring with elegant details

Metal: 14K or 18K Yellow, White, or Rose Gold, Platinum | Stone: Natural or Lab-created Round, Radiant, Cushion, Emerald, Oval (not included) | Stone Size: Center stone: 0.25 - 20 cw (sold separately), side stones: 0.5 cw

Most Romantic

Greenwich St. Jewelers Vesey 3-Stone Engagement Ring Setting

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With tapered baguettes set on either side of a classic solitaire, this classic engagement ring has a graceful and romantic design. The slim band comes in your choice of white, yellow, rose gold, or platinum, and it’s easy to stack with a wedding band. The center stone can be a round, oval, emerald, princess, cushion, or asscher lab-created or natural diamond.

Who It's For: Those looking for a graceful ring with a timeless style

Metal: 14K Yellow or White Gold, 18K Yellow, White, or Rose Gold, Platinum | Stone: Natural or Lab-created Round, Oval, Emerald, Princess, Cushion, Asscher (not included) | Stone Size: Center stone: 2 - 3 cw (sold separately), side stones: 0.31 cw

For a Hint of Whimsy

The Forevermark Tribute Collection Diamond Stackable Ring

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If you’re in search of a classic engagement ring, but want to find one with a bit of flair, the De Beers Forevermark ring adds a bit of whimsy to the traditional sparkler. The intricately designed, stackable band features eight individual smaller diamonds on each side set in delicate curves. The round diamond solitaire is bezel-set in yellow, white, or rose gold.

Who It's For: Brides who want a ring with petite stone in a stylish setting

Metal: 18K Yellow, White, Rose Gold | Stone: Natural Round Diamond | Stone Size: 0.36 - 0.49 cw

Other Options You Might Like

VRAI The Round Inlay Band

Classic, clean, and utterly elegant, we absolutely love this unisex ring from VRAI . It features a semi-rounded polished surface for the band and a single round brilliant diamond to add the perfect touch of sparkle and sophistication. Wear it solo or stack it with other rings for a dynamic look.

Sydney Evan Gold & Diamond Marquise Eye Cluster Ring

This dainty pick is made from 14k yellow gold and features a diamondmarquise eye bezel prong cluster.It's perfect for those looking to make a subtle statement that's modern and unique.

What to Look for When Choosing a Classic Engagement Ring

  • Cut: While some cuts come and go, others will always remain timeless. Round-cut diamonds, like Catbird's Juno the Swan Ring, will never go out of style because of their versatility and their elegance. Oval cuts are classic in the same way. Emerald cuts, while bolder, still make a statement that can withstand the test of time, like this one from Brilliant Earth.Trendier cuts, such as a marquise cut or an Asscher cut, may fall in and out of style over the years. "Trend-driven styles are great if you are committed to these elements and committed to loving them for the duration," says Madilian. "If you are picking something of the moment just because you are currently seeing and liking it, you may not feel the same down the line, which is perfectly fine if you are comfortable knowing you may be resetting your stone or replacing the ring entirely when you are over it."
  • Setting: For the ultimate classic look, you can't go wrong with a solitaire setting, like Vrai's Signature Radiant Engagement Ring. But a timeless engagement ring doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice a bit of sparkle. Pavé or halo settings, like Beverly K's Halo, are also a great option to highlight your center stone. If you aren't looking to break the bank on an engagement ring right now, then choosing a simple design is the perfect option. Down the line, you will be able to add a halo setting or a few more diamonds to your classic ring for a bit more sparkle.
  • Quality: The quality of your classic engagement ring comes from a balance of the 4Cs of buying a diamond: cut, color, clarity, and carat. It's important to find a trusted jeweler to work with you to find a ring that combines all those qualities. If buying an engagement ring online, make sure your ring comes with a certificate of authentication to ensure the quality of your stone.

FAQ

  • Does the carat size matter?

    When it comes to diamonds, it's easy to think that bigger is better. However, carat size should be considered with the cut and clarity of the diamond. A bigger diamond will show imperfections if the stone is of low quality. So, when choosing your carat size, make sure to consider all of the four Cs of your diamond.

  • Is the color or clarity more important to consider?

    When choosing your diamond, it's important to consider both color and clarity, although, depending on the shape of your diamond, one may be more relevant than the other. The bottom line is that a perfect diamond takes into account both color and clarity.

  • What elements should I look out for to ensure it remains timeless?

    The trendier the style of your ring is, the more likely it will go out of style as time passes. Do some research and see if the style you are after is considered "trendy" or if it has ever fallen out of style in the past. Opting for a solitaire ring, like Tiffany's namesake engagement ring, is sure to remain timeless while choosing a style like a cluster ring may not.

Why Trust Brides

Shane Clark is a former fashion and accessories editor at Brides, InStyle, and Harper's Bazaar. She is now a brand and creative consultant for the fashion, bridal, and fine jewelry industries. For this article, Clark interviewed jewelry designer Corina Madilian.

  • Corina Madilian, one-half of the husband-wife duo behind Single Stone, has over 15 years experience designing heirloom-quality jewelry for the brand and over 30 years in the industry.

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FAQs

What is the most timeless style of engagement ring? ›

The Unmatched Round Brilliant: A true icon, the round brilliant cut reigns supreme, and is considered the most timeless of them all. Its meticulously proportioned facets maximize a diamond's brilliance, creating a dazzling play of light and fire.

What is the most classic wedding ring? ›

A classic solitaire in yellow gold is often the choice of brides looking for a traditional setting.

What is the most desired engagement ring? ›

"The round-cut diamond is consistently the most popular engagement ring shape," says Shannon Delany-Ron, CMO for online ring retailer James Allen, noting that its appearance is timeless, versatile, and provides plenty of sparkle.

What was Meghan Markle's engagement ring? ›

From its poignant origins—the bauble features two diamonds from Princess Diana's collection—to its subtle changes (Meghan swapped the simple yellow gold band for a micro-pavé option in 2019), mysterious absence in 2023, and sudden return in 2024, we're all particularly invested in the piece.

What engagement rings will never go out of style? ›

Timeless Engagement Rings
  • Classic Solitaire Diamond Ring.
  • Three-Stone Diamond Ring.
  • Art Deco-Style Diamond Ring.
  • Pavé Diamond Ring.
  • Birthstone Ring.
  • Round-Cut Diamond Halo Ring.
  • Vintage-Inspired Rings.
  • Stackable Ring.

What diamond shape is timeless? ›

Timeless Diamond Cuts

In terms of diamond shapes, I would say the most stable shapes that do not change in popularity much are: the classic round brilliant, the emerald cut, the cushion cut and antique cuts.

Which style ring has a timeless design? ›

While not all timeless engagement rings have a sleek setting, the Solitaire is one of the designs that embodies the definition of timeless. A plain or pavé-decorated band puts the spotlight on the center diamond, and the prongs actually further accentuate the shape of the stone.

What is the least common engagement ring? ›

Marquise CutThe marquise cut looks almost like a football, boat or eye shape from a top view. This is the least common cut for engagement rings.

What are timeless rings? ›

I think any solitaire in plain metal is timeless, with round being the most timeless shape, but all shapes looking timeless enough. I think most three-stones are also timeless, again no matter the shape. And all of this no matter the metal, though metal colors do go through trends.

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