There’s nothing more timeless than a round brilliant diamond solitaire engagement ring, but there’s nothing more exciting than being different from everyone else. And choosing a unique style doesn’t have to mean you’re buying a fleeting trend without staying power.
The cluster ring, for instance, got its start in the Victorian era. When Kate Middleton received Princess Diana’s diamond-and-sapphire ring, it sparked a resurgence of interest in this style.
The ‘90s are back (already!), and that includes the halo ring, a center diamond with pavé diamonds surrounding its perimeter. Some even have a double halo — a compelling option if sparkle is your first priority, plus the frame of small diamonds makes the center stone look larger.
But why wear just one center stone when you can wear two? That, plus the romantic symbolism of a duo of diamonds (or other gemstones), is the appeal of the toi et moi ring. French for “you and me,” the style was popularized in 1796 when Napoléan, the future emperor of France, proposed to Joséphine.
Another multiple stone option is the eternity ring — a row of diamonds that wraps the finger with brilliance. Often worn as a wedding band, this style has also served as an engagement ring for women with extraordinary style and taste, including Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.