All you need to know about your ring


Choosing an engagement ring can be a stressful process. However, it doesn't have to be. By taking a little bit of time to understand all the components of the engagement ring, the decision can be a simpler one. You'll also have a beautiful ring to celebrate your engagement. Learn all about metal, ring styles, diamonds, gemstones, and how to buy an engagement ring in order to make the best decision. You can also start by learning the parts of an engagement ring with our 101 guide so you can get on the right path to the perfect ring for a perfect proposal.

Ring Buying Guide

Explore our engagement ring shopping guide for expert advice on choosing the perfect style at the perfect price. Ring buying is made easy with these steps.

Ring Collection

Explore a wide range of ring styles at Stienhardt & Stones. Whether you’re looking for solitaires, halos, classic, contemporary, or three-stone rings, we have something for every taste. Consider the look, budget, and style when selecting your ring. Discover the differences and find the one that suits you best.

Ring Sizing

You've got it all ready, except the finger size! Follow our printable guide for tips on finding out the size, whether secretively or not. Get it right the first time! We’re happy to create rings in quarter sizes and in-between sizes to ensure we can craft the perfect fit.

Setting Styles

Even subtle differences matter with engagement rings. Look at the fine detailing of various setting styles up close so you can determine which fits your perfect ring.

Head Styles

The ring setting's head is particularly important for it holds your center stone. The head is in the spotlight so see the choices up close before choosing a ring style.

Buying Online

Learn the positives and negatives of buying an engagement ring online. Get tips and additional information to make the right decision with any online jewelry store.


As of 2024, the average cost of an engagement ring in the United States is around $5,500. However, this can vary widely based on factors such as the type of diamond (natural or lab-grown), the quality and size of the diamond, the setting, and the retailer. Lab-grown diamonds, like those offered by Stienhardt & Stones, can often provide a more affordable option without compromising on quality.

Visually, lab-grown diamonds and natural diamonds are nearly indistinguishable to the naked eye. Both types of diamonds exhibit the same physical and chemical properties, including hardness, brilliance, and clarity.

The best engagement ring setting depends on personal preference, lifestyle, and the diamond being used. Here are some popular engagement ring settings, each with its own advantages:

  1. Prong Setting: This classic setting uses metal prongs to hold the diamond in place. It allows maximum light to pass through the diamond, enhancing its brilliance and sparkle. It’s a versatile choice that works well with various diamond shapes.
  2. Pavé Setting: Small diamonds are set closely together along the band, creating a continuous sparkle. This setting adds extra glamour and is ideal for those who want more sparkle without a larger center stone.
  3. Halo Setting: A ring of smaller diamonds surrounds the center stone, making it appear larger and more brilliant. This setting is great for maximizing the visual impact of the center diamond.
  4. Bezel Setting: The diamond is encased in a metal rim that holds it securely. This setting offers excellent protection for the diamond and is a good choice for those with an active lifestyle.
  5. Channel Setting: Diamonds are set in a channel within the band, providing a sleek and modern look. This setting is durable and protects the diamonds from chipping.
  6. Three-Stone Setting: Features a center diamond flanked by two smaller diamonds, symbolizing the past, present, and future. This setting offers a meaningful and elegant design.
  7. Vintage Setting: Inspired by antique designs, these settings often feature intricate details and unique characteristics. They are perfect for those who love a romantic and timeless look.

Ultimately, the best setting is one that suits the wearer’s style and lifestyle, enhances the beauty of the diamond, and offers the desired level of durability and maintenance.

The thinnest practical width for an engagement ring band is typically around 2 millimeters. This width strikes a balance between durability and comfort, providing enough metal to securely hold the setting while maintaining a delicate and elegant appearance on the finger.

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