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An engagement ring doesn’t have to be elaborate or extravagant to be a stunning piece of jewelry, a declaration of enduring love and a promise to build a future together. For many couples, minimalist engagement rings are the perfect choice to symbolize their love and commitment, and these simple designs have a timeless elegance that perfectly matches the romance they represent.

Defining Minimalist

The exact definition of minimalist and how it may apply to an engagement ring is different for every couple. Typically, a minimalist ring has one prominent center stone and lacks multiple adornments or elaborate side settings, though some simple rings may have gentle details that enhance but do not overwhelm the center focal point of the ring. The simplest design is a solitaire engagement ring, a single diamond or other gemstone without any other details. This is not the only option for a minimalist ring, however, and there are many lovely yet subtle ways to design minimalist rings to showcase individual style and flair without extravagance. Popular choices include…

• Unusual settings that draw even more attention to the stone, such as elegant arches or twisted metals at the top of the ring’s band.

• Texture in the ring’s band, such as milgrain edging, a hammered surface, simple filigree patterns or similar details, but without overwhelming the stone.

• Changing the orientation of the stone to give the ring more distinction, such as an emerald-cut rectangular stone set parallel to the band instead of perpendicular.

• Opting for an unusual stone cut, such as a cushion cut or other vintage or antique stone shapes that are unexpected and lovely.

• Choosing a unique metal for the ring’s band, such as rose gold or sage gold, rather than more commonly used gold tones.

• Choosing an unusual stone such as a pearl, garnet, emerald or other colored gemstone that may have personal meaning or symbolism.

Ultimately, the key to a minimalist ring design is its simplicity, and when carefully designed to highlight the beauty of its stone, such a ring can be simply beautiful.

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Why Choose a Minimalist Engagement Ring?

Couples may opt for a minimalist ring for many reasons. For some couples, the classic appeal of the simple ring design aligns with their own minimalist tastes and preferences. On the other hand, if personal tastes are very elaborate and ever-changing, a minimalist engagement ring is sure not to go out of style as anniversaries pass, and it can be accessorized with wraps, enhancers, guards or companion bands that can be changed even while the engagement ring remains the same. A minimalist ring allows couples to concentrate their budget into a more valuable diamond or gemstone that may be a larger size or better quality than in a more elaborate ring. Simpler rings can also be easier to care for, with less risk of damaging a delicate, detailed setting or losing tiny side accent stones after years of wear.

Choosing Your Minimalist Ring

Choosing a minimalist engagement ring is no different than choosing any quality piece of jewelry. Be sure to do your research beforehand so you understand the diamond and gemstone buying process, particularly how different stone characteristics – color, cut, clarity and carat – affect the stone’s value. Have the ring inspected carefully to check its setting and condition, and ask for appropriate certification of the ring’s value, authenticity and conflict-free status if available. In the end, however, the most important consideration for this most important purchase is to be sure you choose a ring you love, one that you’ll enjoy wearing not only while engaged, but through many happy anniversaries to come.

Browse our collections of antique engagement rings, vintage engagement rings and GIA diamond rings to find the perfect minimalist piece to match your preferences!

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