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Battle of the Classic Engagement Rings: Solitaire vs. 3-Stone

Battle of the Classic Engagement Rings: Solitaire vs. 3-Stone


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 18k White Gold Three Stone Engagement Ring

Classic-style engagement rings are beautiful and timeless. These traditional, ever-popular designs have proved they can stand the test of time. But, if you haven’t shopped for an engagement ring before, you might not know that there are actually multiple classic engagement ring styles. There are two main types of classic engagement rings: 3-stone rings and solitaire rings. But what are the differences between these two types of rings, and why should you choose one style over the other? Let’s take a look at the pros of each, as well as the meaning behind their designs.

3-Stone Engagement Rings

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18k White Gold Three Stone Engagement Ring

A three stone engagement ring is just what it sounds like. Instead of having one centerpiece diamond, the three stone ring has three. Traditionally, the center stone is the largest diamond, and each of the flanking stones is half the size of the center stone. But, today, you can find variations on three stone engagement ring diamond sizes, including ones where all three stones are the same size.

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18k White Gold Halo Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

For many, the major appeal of three stone engagement rings is the meaning behind their design. Each of the three stones represents a time in your relationship: your past, present, and future as a couple. This representation of the timeline of your life together sits beautifully on the circular band of the ring that represents eternity. This meaning behind this design is highly romantic and sentimental.

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18k White Gold Trapezoid Diamond Side Stone Princess Cut Channel Set Shank Engagement Ring

Another benefit of a three stone ring is that there are more customization options for each stone. For example, you can choose from many different sizes and shapes for your design. Another customization option that many people take advantage of is using various gemstones instead of diamonds for the side stones. This can be either for aesthetic reasons, preferring the look of certain gemstones, or for budget reasons, as many gemstones cost less than diamonds.

Solitaire Rings

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18k White Gold Single Bezel Set Diamond Accent Solitaire Engagement Ring

Solitaire rings are what come to mind for most people when they think of an engagement ring. A solitaire engagement ring is a ring that features only one center stone, usually a diamond. Solitaire rings are the most popular engagement ring style and have been for many decades. This gives them the advantage of always looking classic. They are both practical, elegant and look appropriate with both the most casual and the most dressy of outfits.

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18k White Gold Elongated Shank Diamond Engagement Ring

Another advantage of solitaire rings is that they usually fit with standard wedding bands. With more complicated ring designs, you might have to get specific or custom wedding band that will be specially designed to sit flush with your ring. But most solitaire bands have a more standard design that will match more wedding bands, allowing you to customize your wedding set more easily.

Solitaire rings also do an excellent job of highlighting your diamond. With no other distractions on the ring, all the focus is on your center stone, letting it take the spotlight.

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18k White Gold Six Prong Center Mounting Diamond Gallery Engagement Ring

So, now you know all about the different advantages of these two classic designs. All that’s left to do is decide which one is right for you! Whichever design you prefer, Natalie K has an incredible selection to choose from. Our solitaire rings are elegant and timeless, and our 3 stone rings are as romantic and meaningful as they are beautiful. Check out our carefully crafted selection of rings and find the one you’ll love for a lifetime.

How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

How do you know you’re ready for ‘I Do?’

Marriage is a huge step in a relationship. If you’re at the point in yours where you’re considering tying the knot, you might be wondering if you’re truly ready. After all, marriage is a lifelong bond. Taking that next step might seem a little frightening. So, how do you know you’re really ready to get hitched? Here are the eight major signs that you’re ready to say “I Do.”

  1. Your Communication Skills Are Top Notch

Communication is perhaps the most important element of making a long-term relationship work. When you have trust and openness with your partner, you can talk about anything with them. When you can talk openly and honestly in your relationship, you’ll avoid many problems and be able to clear up your disagreements much more easily, as well as be able to understand your partner’s perspective.

  1. You Accept Each Other For Who You Are

This might seem like a simple one, but not every couple can check this one off the list. Some people might like their partner, but think of them as more of a “fixer upper.” Or they might think that marriage will change them, and all the problems in their relationship will go away once they exchange vows. But this kind of wishful thinking is merely fantasy. Marriage does not magically change a person. Before you say “I do,” make sure you love your partner for who they already are, flaws and all.

  1. You’re On The Same Page About The Future

Marriage is about spending the rest of your life together, so you need to make sure you and your partner have similar plans for the future. This can be everything from whether or not the two of you want children, to where you ultimately want to live, to how you like to save and spend your money. Whatever your plans for the future are, you’ll want to be sure you and your partner are on the same page.

  1. They Lift You Up

A healthy relationship should make you feel like the best version of yourself. Being with someone who believes in you and cheers you on (in all aspects of your life) can drastically improve your life. If your partner supports you and makes you feel like a winner, you’ll have a much happier life together.

  1. You Know You’re Ready To Stop Playing The Field

If you’re thinking of getting married, you’re also thinking about the end of your dating life as you once knew it. Since marriage is a lifelong commitment, you need be confident that you’re done with dating other people before you make or accept a proposal.

  1. You Want A Marriage, Not Just A Wedding

Are you excited about the thought of spending the rest of your life with your partner, or just excited about the wedding day festivities? A wedding should be merely the side effect of having found your partner, not the main thing you want. Make sure it’s your partner you’re excited about and not just the idea of an extravagant party.

  1. Your Family And Friends Approve

Marriage is not just a merging of two people. There’s a common saying that when you marry someone, you also marry their family. Before you say “yes” to marriage, make sure your trusted friends and family approve of your partner.

  1. You Can’t Imagine Your Life Without Them

The last, and most telling, sign of whether you are ready to say “I Do” is if you can’t imagine your life with out your partner. If, when you think of your future, you simply can’t imagine a life without your partner in it, you might be ready to finally tie the knot. If you can’t see a future without them, it’s probably time to ask them if they feel the same way.

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Once you know you’re ready to pop the question, there are only two things left to do: plan the proposal and get the perfect ring!

A Classic Engagement Ring from the Renaissance Collection

A Classic Engagement Ring from the Renaissance Collection

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There is no commitment greater nor stronger than that of true love. When you have found the one person you want to take that monumental step with, you know. In the time of the Renaissance when marriages were arranged for political and practical reasons, the notion of marrying someone purely because you love them was revolutionary. It is with that notion that the Renaissance Collection was created and NK26640-W, this classic engagement ring, was designed.

The most monumental moment in your life together needs a ring to match, make it Natalie K.

NK26640-W is the ideal engagement ring to define all of the aspects we hoped to inspire the Renaissance Collection with. It’s a timeless and decadent style that shimmers, crafted with 14k white gold and sparkling with 40 round cut white diamonds. Your diamond center will dazzle in the prong setting, allowing light to filter through every possible facet. Even more light is reflected by prong set diamond side stones that flank either side of the sparkling center. But the crowning center is only further enhanced by the unique split shank band and the scroll-work profile. With delicate curves and curls the profile adds just the right amount of romance and vintage elegance. This is the kind of style that endures, and will impress and dazzle from the moment you say “Yes!” through your 50th wedding anniversary and beyond.

Appreciate a Classic Diamond Engagement Ring

Appreciate a Classic Diamond Engagement Ring

NK27715-18WGlitz and glamor definitely has its place in the world of engagement ring design, but isn’t what every bride is looking for. There is a way however to combine the sparkle of diamonds with clean and classic subtlety. NK27715-18W, from our Classique Collection, is perfect for someone who doesn’t want to sacrifice beauty for practicality.

For someone who loves the way diamond halos frame a center the six prongs of this engagement ring add an extra decorative touch without any extra bulk. You get the feel of a halo but not the weightiness. The band is another example of this ring’s dual appeal. With six large diamonds down either side of the center there’s no lack of sparkle but not an overwhelming clutter of diamonds. It’s also is slightly detached from the simple strand of prong set diamonds within the half circle gallery. It’s has a touch of luxury but is not impractical in its height.

Browse the entire Classique Collection to find your engagement ring.