A beautiful ring is what makes a marriage proposal complete. The perfect ring will take pride of place on a woman's finger, enhancing every outfit that they wear. There are thousands of designs of diamond engagement rings available, but only one has stood the test of time, carrying it's beauty and elegance through generations - the solitaire ring.
Solitaire rings consist of a single, central stone on a simple precious metal band. First introduced by Tiffany and Co in 1886, they have remained at the forefront of style ever since. While solitaire rings usually have a diamond as their central stone, they can contain any stone, depending on the woman's preference. Stones such as tanzanite, sapphires and emeralds are becoming increasingly popular in solitaire rings.
The setting that a solitaire ring has is almost as important as the stone within it. The setting should enhance the stone contained within it, heightening its brilliance and sparkle. In solitaire rings, prong or bezel settings are considered to be the most elegant. In a prong setting, the stone in held in place with thin, metal claws. This allows light to enter the stone from all sides, but does not allow the stone much protection. Bezel-set stones are held in place with a metal surround. This setting is often considered to be more modern than the prong setting, and it can make stones appear larger, but the setting can block some light from entering the stone, reducing its brilliance.