Engagement Rings with Side Stones

Make a huge impact with side stones engagement rings. Go beyond the solitaire to enhance your ring; it's easier than you think. Side stones are smaller than the main diamond, but they add big sparkle to any setting! An engagement ring with side stones takes a simple ring and gives it that WOW impact.

Side stone engagement rings enhance the center diamond to make it appear larger. Solitaire diamond rings (a ring with one diamond) are a popular engagement ring choice. But there's no doubt that multiple stones can take engagement rings to the next level. A solitaire engagement ring with side stones is a game-changer for those looking to add more drama to their jewelry collection.

Here are some things to consider with side stones:
  • The shape of the stones
  • Color of the stones
  • The setting used with the stones

Side Stone Engagement Ring Settings

What is the best side stone engagement ring? There is no wrong way to add extra bling to a ring! Engagement rings with side stones are made in three parts. A side stone engagement ring is made up of a large center diamond and a smaller stone flanking each side. Most of the time, all of the smaller stones are one shape and style. For example:

  • Round
  • Oval
  • Square (or princess-cut)
  • Rectangular (or emerald-cut)
  • Marquise
  • Baguette
  • Pear-shaped
  • Heart-shaped
  • Triangle (or trillian or trilliant)

Add Color with Side Stones

Using gemstones for the ring’s side stones can give it that something extra special. Adding color to your engagement ring is a unique way to add a personal touch. This is a great idea for the bride who has a favorite color or loves colorful gemstones. You can add a gemstone for a birth month, favorite color or to symbolize something special.

Consider a popular style using oval gemstones such as sapphires alongside a larger oval diamond. Or, choose a larger carat gemstone flanked or bordered by diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds can help create a show-stopper look for the ring.


Halo Style Side Stone Rings

The "halo" setting works with any shape of the major stone. With a halo ring setting, pavé diamonds or colorful gemstones circle the main stone. Halo rings will have one or two diamond-lined frames that circle the main diamond.

A halo ring gives the appearance of a larger stone and lends a timeless, vintage feel. Adding side stones along with the halo setting will add bulk and shine to the ring.


Custom Side Stone Rings

The right jeweler can create a one-of-a-kind side stone engagement ring. Just think: you can own any type of ring you can dream up, including side stone rings. Imagine having a ring made just from your heart with exactly everything you desire.

To have a custom masterpiece created, you must first describe and/or draw your preferred style. Details of the ring include the shape, color, clarity, cut and carat weight of the center and side diamonds. A computer-aided design (CAD) of the side stone engagement ring is designed especially for you.

This 3D rendering of your ring is formed into a wax mold that is used to make the ring. Metal goes into the wax mold to shape the ring. The jeweler then removes the wax and the ring design.


Shop Rings with Side Stones

Adding side stones to an engagement ring is something simple that can really make your ring really stand out from the crowd. After all, any type of ring setting looks better with more bling. From the simple solitaire to custom one-of-a-kind designs, adding side stones to your ring will make it shine.

Zales has been The Diamond Store for nearly 100 years – and for good reason! Shop online at Zales.com to view our extensive selection of halo-framed engagement rings, multi-stone engagement rings, three-stone engagement rings and solitaires with side accents.

You can also shop our create your own design centers and make a custom design for the one you love. Or, visit your local Zales retail store and speak with a knowledgeable jewelry consultant. Either way, you're sure to find the ring of her (or your) dreams.