Select the Right Accent Stones for Your Engagement Ring

Go beyond the solitaire to enhance your ring — it's easier than you think.

Get a Truly Impressive Look

Solitaires may always be the engagement ring of choice. But there's no doubt that multiple stones can take engagement rings to the next level, even enhancing the center diamond and make it appear larger.

Here are some things to consider with side stones:
  • Shape
  • Color
  • Setting

Get Into Shapes

Engagement rings with side stones are often seen with threes - a large center diamond and a smaller stone flanking each each side. Often, all stones are of one shape, and can be:
  • Round
  • Oval
  • Square (or princess-cut)
  • Rectangular (or emerald-cut)
  • Marquise
  • Baguette
  • Pear-shaped
  • Heart-shaped
  • Triangle (or trillian or trilliant)

But you can mix stone shapes as well, such as triangle side stones flanking a square or rectangle — thus forming yet another shape.

You can also set smaller stones into the band itself. For example:
  • Small round diamonds arranged from largest to smallest
  • Several square diamonds flanking the main stone
  • Baguettes sitting just below the main stone
  • Bigger stones partially encircled by metal
  • Diamond-lined scrolls that create a vintage-inspired look

Don't Forget Colors

This could be a great idea for the bride who has a favorite color or simply loves colorful gemstones. Consider a popular style where oval gemstones such as sapphires sit alongside a larger oval diamond. Or choose a larger carat gemstone flanked or bordered by diamonds. Fancy colored diamonds can also help create a show-stopper look for the ring.

Give the Ring a Halo

The "halo" setting works with virtually any shape of major stone, literally outlining it once or twice with smaller prong-set or pavé diamonds, or colorful gemstones. Halos give the appearance of a larger stone and lend a timeless, vintage feel as well.

Create a Custom Masterpiece

The right jeweler can give you a perfect, one-of-a-kind engagement ring. Typically, you describe and/or draw your preferred style, including shape color, clarity, cut and carat weight of center and side diamonds. Then a CAD drawing is created. Once you approve, the ring is crafted to your exact specifications. Remember to ask about warranty and return/exchange rules before you set out on this path.

Zales: The Diamond Store

Zales has been known as The Diamond Store for nearly 100 years – and for good reason!

Shop online at 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 boutique and design 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 dreams.