Congratulations—you’re about to propose! When it comes to engagement rings, you want her to be head over heels in love with it to the point where she’ll show it off for years to come.

Considering that your soon-to-be fiancée will be wearing this ring forever, it’s important to research all of the engagement ring styles available before deciding on the one that suits her best. If she has her heart set on vintage style engagement rings, you don’t want to purchase a modern halo style engagement ring, and vice versa. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to feel overwhelmed about how to choose an engagement ring style. To learn about the different styles of engagement rings and shop the best selection in NYC, visit Roman Malakov, where our expert jewelers will assist you in finding the perfect “say yes” sparkle for your bride-to-be.

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How to Determine Her Engagement Ring Style

It’s likely that your soon-to-be fiancée has been dropping hints about the types of engagement rings she likes and doesn’t like. Maybe she’s told you she adores antique style engagement rings but isn’t a fan of other styles. Or perhaps she loves halo style engagement rings and is also open to halo vintage style engagement rings. Whether she’s given you some not-to-subtle hints or you’re completely in the dark about her preferred engagement ring style, we can help. 

Consider Her Lifestyle

The first thing we’ll recommend is to consider her lifestyle.  Does she dress up frequently? Does she love to accessorize and switch out her jewelry, or does she stick to the same few pieces? Is she particularly active, or does she have a job working with her hands? Thinking about her lifestyle will give us an idea about her personality and what she may want in a ring. At the same time, knowing her personal style, particularly in terms of wardrobe, will help us determine what looks she may prefer.

Look at Her Current Jewelry

To find her engagement ring style, start with the jewelry she already owns. What is her current jewelry selection like? Does she like non-traditional and unique jewelry? Or is she more of a traditional, timeless girl? You can look at some of her favorite pieces in her jewelry box and compare them to the engagement ring styles you see online and in stores. 

Check Her Social Media

If your bride-to-be has any inclination that you might propose soon, it’s highly likely that she’s looked at rings online. Even if she didn’t save a whole collection of styles of engagement rings that she likes on a Pinterest board, chances are, you’re not out of luck. The ads and other things that populate her newsfeed on various social media sites are sure to have rings similar to the ones she’s almost certainly been looking at. If you go this route, be sure to ask her in advance so that you don’t invade her privacy. 

Ask Her Friends and Family

Just about every woman has had a conversation with her best friend about the different styles of engagement rings and which ones she does or doesn’t like. Talk to her friends, sisters, mom, and anyone else she’s close to. Even if they don’t have a specific ring, designer, or style that she’s mentioned, they can probably help steer you in the right direction. 

Different Styles of Engagement Rings

While you may be uncertain about the exact ring she would love, knowing her preferences for any type of jewelry is a great place to start. Does she wear bracelets, and if so, are they colorful bangles or a simple chain? How about necklaces? What’s in her everyday rotation?

The closer you can get to knowing her style, the easier it will be to work through hundreds of ring options. Take a breath: For now, let’s focus on these five categories of different engagement ring styles.

#1. Vintage

Vintage style engagement rings are incredibly popular nowadays since they carry an air of history that cannot be easily found or replicated in more modern designs. Vintage style engagement rings often have intricate and artistic details, such as milgrain detailing, filigree, and several diamond accents. These antique style engagement rings are often made with white gold, yellow gold, or platinum, which are all very durable metals that will continue to stand up to the test of time.

#2. Halo

Halo style engagement rings are characterized by a round “halo” of diamonds or gemstones around the center stone. Sometimes halo style engagement rings will have two or three halos, but they most commonly have one halo of diamonds around the center diamond. Halo style engagement rings make the center stone look larger and add a significant amount of sparkle to an already gorgeous ring.

1.52 Carat Intense Yellow Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

#3. Solitaire

If your lucky lady is a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, this style of ring may be right for her. Solitaire engagement ring styles include a single stone on a band, typically with no other diamond accents. Solitaires can have a center stone of nearly any shape, with the most common cuts being round, oval, and emerald.

#4. Three Stone and #5. Side Stone

Three-stone engagement rings and side-stone rings include various diamond accents in addition to the center stone. Three-stone engagement rings have one stone on either side of the center diamond, typically in a slightly smaller karat than the center stone. Side-stone engagement rings include diamond accents down the band and in other intricate designs on either side of the center stone.

Shop Roman Malakov for a Wide Selection of Engagement Ring Styles

You’ve discussed jewelry with your partner, you’ve explored many styles of engagement rings, and now you have a sense of where to begin. Why not begin your search for the perfect ring at Roman Malakov? We have a beautiful selection of high-quality, handcrafted engagement rings in a variety of styles to best suit your loved one. All of our pieces are handcrafted and made with the highest quality metals and stones, and each ring is exclusive to the Roman Malakov name. Plus, we can help you match your engagement ring to your future wedding bands and advise you on insuring your jewelry in the future. Shop online now, book an appointment, or visit us at Roman Malakov in NYC’s Diamond District today!