Design Elements

There are a lot of elements to consider when designing your engagement ring. We walk you through each and every step and ensure you are happy with the results. Scroll down to read about different design elements to consider.

Stone Settings

Playing with different styles of setting stones into a ring can drastically alter the look of a ring. Lifestyle is also a factor that should be taken into consideration when thinking of a stone setting. Some setting styles lend themselves better to not stick out as much for example and are great options for people with active lifestyles.

  • Prong or Claw Set

    The most common way center stones are set are in some form of claw-set. Many variations are available in this setting. The number of claws can vary (ie. 4-prong, 6-prong, etc.) and variations will also apply depending on the shape of stone that is being set. Basket-settings which allow the claws to be thinner can also be used. Customization options are even available on how you’d like the prong tips to be finished including rounded tips, flattened tips, bear claws and more. There is always some room we can play with regarding how high or how low a center stone can be set as well.

  • Bezel

    In a bezel, the stone is encased with a rim of metal. This is often a popular option for people with concerns about having their diamond catch onto clothing or people with active lifestyles. Bezel-set stones are typically set lower into rings than other stone setting options.

  • Semi-Bezel

    By encasing a stone only partially, a semi-bezel will allow you to view the side of a stone while still providing a lot of the benefits that draw some people to a bezel-set ring.

  • Pave and Micro Pave

    Commonly used in setting small diamonds, pave-set diamonds are set as closely as possible with each diamond being held by tiny beads of metal. The appearance created resembles a pavement pattern of diamonds which result in a fine shimmering glitter which is simply breathtaking. Even the smallest diamonds (under 1.0mm in diameter) are individually hand-set under a microscope one at a time resulting in some of the finest works around.

    Pave and Micro-Pave

  • Tension

    Made popular through modern setting techniques, this setting allows for the diamond to seemingly ‘float’ and shows off the beauty of your diamond from all angles.

  • Channel

    Channel-set diamonds are held securely between two channels of metal without any claws holding the stones in place. Stones can be set as closely as possible or they can even be set with some spacing in-between each stone to create a unique look.

  • Gypsy

    Similar to bezel, gypsy-set stones are completely encased in metal but have the added feature of being completely set-into the metal so that the surface of the stone is flush with the surface of the metal.

  • Trellis

    A more ornate alternative to the traditional claw-set option, the criss-cross of metal allows for a delicate look that adds another dimension to a ring by allowing for a beautiful side profile look.

Popular Ring Styles

Looking for inspiration? We have compiled a variety of popular engagement rings styles from era-inspired designs, different ring shapes to details that can be added to your ring to make it unique.

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  • Antique or Vintage

    Includes Victorian and Edwardian era-inspired pieces

    Designs from this era inspire romance and feminine grace. These rings featured fine hand-engraved details as well as intricate metal-work that resembled fine lace. These features were often accentuated by incorporating open spaces to further create a feeling of delicate beauty.

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  • Art Nouveau

    French for ‘new art’

    Art Nouveau rings often mimicked forms from nature such as water lilies, flower and dragonflies. Flowing lines were a common theme during this period.

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  • Art Deco

    Architectural and highly stylized

    These rings were often symmetrical and featured geometric designs.

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  • Split-Shank

    Space in the Metal

    Split strands of metal allow for open spaces and accentuate the center stone in a unique fashion.

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  • Bypass

    Interesting Shapes

    Bypass rings allow for interesting shapes and can create the illusion that the center stone is wrapped between two arms of metal.

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  • Cathedral

    High Slope

    Shoulders sloping up towards the center stone allows a more architectural look from the profile view and also allows for the stone to not seem like it’s set so high off the ring.

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  • Euro-shank

    European Look

    A common shape in Europe, flattening the bottom of the ring provides a different twist to the traditionally round band shape.

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  • Knife-Edge


    Incorporating a knife-edge to the ring adds contour and an extra flair to the traditional rounded band. The ‘sharpness’ of the knife-edge can be customized to your liking.

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  • Taper


    By having the ring width thin out as it approaches the center stone, this style focuses the viewer’s sight toward the center stone. The same result can also be achieved by have the ring width get wider away from the center stone.

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  • 3-Stone Rings


    The 3 stones are symbolic of the Past, Present and Future. This style is popular for both engagement and anniversary rings. Various options are available from having all three stones being the same size, setting a larger center stone to using different shaped side stones for further accent.

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Diamonds, Gemstones and Pearls

Intimate knowledge of coloured stones is not necessary for you to incorporate colour into your piece. You can simply tell one of our consultants the colour(s) that you prefer and they can match the gemstone that will work best.

  • Coloured Diamonds

    Colours of the Rainbow

    Diamonds naturally occur in almost every colour of the rainbow and generally are more rare than white diamonds. Red, pink and blue diamonds are amongst the most rare in colour. Coloured diamonds vary in the intensity and saturation of their colour with many cross-colours occurring as well such as a Purplish-Pink or Greenish-Yellow.

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  • Sapphires

    Available in a Variety of Colours

    Sapphires are the next hardest gemstone after diamonds. The most common colour people associate with sapphires is blue but they are available in just about every colour of the rainbow including yellow, pink and white. Sapphire is September’s birthstone. Sapphires are commonly used in bridal jewellery as centre stones and accent stones.

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  • Ruby

    Deep Red In Colour

    Often noted for its deep red flaring colour, rubies are a fantastic option to use both as a center stone or sidestone accent. The ruby is July’s birthstone.

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  • Emerald

    Deep Green in Colour

    Prized for their deep green colour, the value of an emerald will depend on the richness of its colour as well as its clarity. This gorgeous and rare precious gem also represents May’s birthstone.

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  • Tanzanite

    Purplish and Blue in Colour

    Tanzanite is a gorgeous gemstone that has a purplish/blue colour. It derives its name from the country of Tanzania where it was originally discovered. The colour of this gemstone will display differently under different lighting conditions and is a common stone option as both a center stone or side stone.

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  • Amethyst

    Light Violet to Rich Purple

    This beautiful gemstone can vary from a light violet to a deep rich purple in colour. Available in a multitude of different shapes, this is a great stone to provide an extra colour accent to your piece of jewellery. This gemstone is February’s birthstone.

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  • Peridot

    Olive Green to Lime Green

    This breathtaking stone can vary in colour from an olive green to a bright lime green. This uniquely coloured gemstone is also the birthstone for August.

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  • Garnet

    Range of Colours

    Garnet gemstones are available in a wide range of colours from red, orange, green to purple and beyond. These beautiful stones are used as January’s Birthstone.

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  • Tourmaline

    Variety of Colours

    Like garnets, tourmaline gemstones are also available in a variety of colours including pink and blue. These gems are great for accent stones.

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  • Topaz

    Range of Colours

    Topaz gemstones are beautiful and serene. Available in a large range of colours from yellow to various shades of blue, blue topaz is commonly referred to as December’s birthstone.

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  • Citrine

    Yellow and Orange

    Available in a range of shades of yellow and orange with warm brown tones, citrine is commonly used as November’s birthstone.

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  • Aquamarine

    Deep Aqua Blue to Almost White

    This beautiful stone’s natural hues range from deep aqua blue to almost white. Known as the March birthstone.

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  • Pearls

    Perfectly Round and Smooth

    The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth. Pearls naturally occur in many other shapes. A “natural pearl” or “wild pearl” is one that forms without any human intervention at all, in the wild, and is very rare. Pearls can differ in colour from white, black to golden yellow depending on where they are from. Pearls are commonly associated with June’s birthstone.

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