Engagement Ring Styles and Types

With so many engagement ring styles out there, it can be hard to know which one you should choose. Picking between the types of engagement ring styles is all about the individual. Choosing a ring to reflect your taste and values will help mark one of the most special and memorable moments in life. If you’re stuck on what style to choose, check out our guide for every engagement ring style and type.

Engagement Ring Styles vs. Settings

Engagement ring settings normally refer to how gemstones are mounted to the metal band of the engagement ring. They draw the attention of the eye and serve as the centerpiece for the ring. Engagement ring styles refer to the overall design of the ring, such as three stone, pave, or cathedral.



Taking its name from the French for "alone", a solitaire ring carries one single diamond. Possibly the most popular style of engagement ring, this design boasts elegance in its simplicity. The gemstone is usually set high, which allows the diamond maximum exposure to light, enhancing its brilliance. It is perhaps best suited to a woman who prefers classic style.


This "ethereal" style ring has a central gemstone surrounded by a "halo" of smaller diamonds to emphasize its sparkle and make it appear larger. Best suited to the fashion-forward woman, this design seems set to become the "new classic".



Also known as a trinity or trilogy ring, this design sports a trio of gemstones, symbolizing your past, present and future together. The center gemstone is usually set higher than the complementary side gemstones to highlight the (usually) larger gemstone and add depth to the ring. It's a wonderful choice for the woman who is sentimental and enjoys symbolism.


Taking its name from the French word for ‘paved’, the gemstones on a pavé ring are set as close together as possible so that little or no metal is shown. The encrusted diamonds give the band the appearance of a solid diamond surface. If super-sparkle is what you’re after, this design could be the perfect choice.





Classic engagement rings feature timeless designs and traditional cuts that highlight the beauty of the center stone. Clean lines, solitaire settings, and pavé accents are often considered "classic," allowing this ring style to attract anyone from the lover of tradition to those who simply want a gorgeous sparkle.



Infinity engagement rings offer contemporary style that symbolizes the intertwining of husband and wife. The lines of the band create an infinity sign by twisting together to form the figure. This unique design represents the infinite capacity for love and emphasizes the never-ending commitment of marriage.



The center diamond in a cathedral setting is firmly nested between bands extending from each side. They angle up in such a way that draws the eye to the gemstone. This type of engagement ring setting provides good protection for the diamond so is a good choice for a woman on the go.


Timeless beauty is always in style. Shane Co.'s "reinvented vintage" engagement rings possess splendor from a bygone era but exhibit a contemporary twist. Using a combination of engravings, milgrain detailing and a certain "je ne sais quoi", their romance and intrigue know no bounds.




Small diamonds are embedded along the band to extend the brilliance of the center diamond. This engagement ring style will inspire the modern woman thanks to its fresh, modern look.


Feminine, romantic and pretty, this style of engagement ring features a "swirl" or metal around the diamond. Usually sold as part of a set, the wedding band offers a perfect fit to the unusual, dreamy shape. An artistic, creative woman may be drawn to this ring.



Small colored gemstones are placed along the band to accentuate the center stone and add a pop of color.

FAQs about Engagement Ring Styles

How Do I Choose an Engagement Ring Style?

Choosing an engagement ring style can be a difficult task. You should consider your values, preferred aesthetic and metal, while also taking your finger length and width into consideration. Finding a beautiful engagement ring with a specific stone that shares a meaning with you can make all the difference.

What’s the Difference between an Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring?

The biggest difference between an Engagement Ring and Wedding Ring is that an Engagement Ring is gifted during the proposal, and the Wedding Ring is worn during the ceremony. The Engagement Ring typically features one dominant stone and the Wedding Ring normally has a lower total carat weight.

What Metals are Used in Engagement Rings?

There are many types of metals used in Shane Co.’s handcrafted engagement rings. These can range from gold to rose gold to platinum and white gold. Which metal the wearer chooses depends on the ring style and their preference. Certain metals are known to be more durable, while others can better fit one’s budget. Explore more of our Engagement Rings to find the perfect fit for you!