What is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?

A question we get asked a lot at Steven Stone is “What is a Solitaire Engagement Ring?”

Solitaire, in jewellery terms, describes a single diamond or gemstone set on its own in to a setting. For a solitaire engagement ring setting, a single diamond is set on its own in either a traditional 4 or 6 claw setting or in a contemporary rub-over metal setting.

People often mistake the word solitaire for describing a diamond shape, as the most popular solitaire diamond ring is a round brilliant shape. However if you are looking to buy a ‘one diamond’ engagement ring the correct term is solitaire engagement ring.

The design of the solitaire ring has become the ultimate symbol of the traditional engagement. The setting beautifully displays a diamonds astonishing brilliance, especially when showcasing a classic round brilliant cut diamond. The ring style is without a doubt the most popular and traditional of all engagement ring types.

Solitaire engagement rings have been made famous the world over, through advertising from some of the largest jewellery companies in the world; De Beers and Tiffany & Co. This ring style was made popular in 1886 and is still a best seller. With only one diamond in the setting, the solitaire accentuates the gemstone allowing it to catch the light making it easily seen. This feature makes the solitaire engagement ring setting perfect for smaller diamonds as well as larger ones.

A Few of Our Favourite Solitaire Ring Styles


This is a classic style where the diamond is held in four metal claws. This particular design is available in all precious metals – white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum.


This diamond is alternatively held in six claws to create a round shape of claws around the stone. Again this style is available in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum.

Round Brilliant Diamond Set Bridge Engagement Ring

This final Solitaire engagement ring is one of our newest designs featuring a lotus setting and a subtle peekaboo diamond bridge.

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