Single Stone Engagement Rings

Single Stone Engagement Rings

If there is one ring that emphasizes the classic engagement ring it’s the Single Stone Engagement Rings.

Its beauty and elegance have throughout the ages enchanted and mesmerized all those who come before it.

The Single Stone Engagement Ring is the epitome of good taste and requested love everlasting.


Alluring and magical.

The very essence of precious love.

Oozing sophistication and timeless appeal.

It has been and will forever more be the ‘go to’ for the last word in engagement rings.

(OK, so I guess you know… we love solitaires).

What are Single Stone Engagement Rings?

A great many people ask the question, “what is a solitaire engagement ring”.

A solitaire engagement ring is a ring with just one singular stone. This single stone may be a diamond or another gemstone. The great majority of engagement rings have a diamond solitaire in the centre. Its an unmistakable ‘engagement ring’.

When we think of solitaires, we think mostly of engagement rings. Other jewellery may also be classed as a solitaire. Jewellery such as earrings and pendants. With a solitaire piece of Jewellery, the focus is on the stone. The diamond or the Gemstone really does do the talking. It’s almost impossible to go wrong with a solitaire engagement ring.

History of the Solitaire Engagement Ring

Who really knows the history of the engagement ring? Its beginnings have been claimed by the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans.

The first documented use of the diamond in an engagement ring dates back to 1477 in Vienna. Archduke Maximillian of Austria in the imperial court of Vienna gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond Engagement Ring. No doubt a whopper!

This is said where the modern-day giving of engagement rings started. The gentry of the age being of higher social class and classicism being everything then started to Mimic Max and started giving diamond rings to their loved ones and brides-to-be.

It has been worn on the ring finger of the left hand as it is said to contain a vein that runs directly to the heart.

Styles of Single Stone Engagement Rings

There are two styles used in the majority of engagement rings.

  • The 4 claw Engagement Ring Solitaire
  • The six-claw Engagement Ring Solitaire.

This is by no means the only style of solitaire as you can have 3 claw solitaires for pear-shaped diamonds or even 2 claws for Marquise shape solitaires (not advisable).

The Four Claw Single Stone Engagement Rings.

By far the most popular style of Solitaire bought in Jewellery shops throughout the world is the classic 4 claw solitaire engagement ring. It has the perfect balance of metal. A solitaire ring showcases the diamond to its fullest capabilities. The solitaire is of a simple style whilst not overpowering the diamond but rather showcasing it in a delicate yet secure setting.

Four claw solitaires can come in a surprisingly different array of styles. Each style has subtle differences giving a completely different look to the ring when on the hand.

The Six Claw Solitaire Ring

The six-claw solitaire was really made popular by a very well-known Jewellery shop in New York which is known for serving a particularly congenial breakfast. An advertising campaign in the 60’s with their green boxes and showcasing the 6-claws is the stuff of Jewellery marketing legend. It etched the image of the 6 claw style into many people’s minds.

Style of a Single Stone Engagement Ring

Although it would seem that a solitaire engagement ring is a simple style of setting. There are many styles of rings with subtle differences that can give a very different look to a ring.

Here are just some of the more popular settings.

The Shank

The shank or the band can come in many different shapes and thicknesses. It is a personal decision as to what width of the band to go with. Most engagement rings are between 1.5mm to 3mm in width. Different finger widths and lengths will look better or worse with differing bandwidths.

The shape of the shank can also differ. Some people prefer to go with a more rounded profile while others prefer a wider style of the band. Here is a graphic of different profiles of ring bands that may be applied to your engagement ring.

Solitaires With Diamond Shoulders.

Often Ladies choose to have the band of their Engagement Rings adorned with diamonds. There are many styles in which the band may be set. The most popular styles are Pavé or Grain Set, Channel Set, Scallop Set and Micro Pave.

We have a beautiful selection of solitaires with diamond shoulders on our Melee Rings Page.

Contact Loyes Diamonds Engagement Rings.

If you are considering one of our Single Stone Engagement Rings, we would love to hear from you.

Not only do we have many styles to choose from, but we also can help you design a ring from ideas or pictures that you bring to us.

We use our own metals in the casting process and are confident that it is the highest quality you will find available in Ireland today. All of our stones whether they be diamonds or another Gem are hand chosen. We use the best quality available and examine each stone individually.

We are confident that you will be blown away with the resulting Engagement ring.

Make an appointment to come in and discuss with us the ring of your dreams and we will make it a reality.

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