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24th Jan 2023

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LOW-PROFILE ENGAGEMENT RINGS MAKE A BIG IMPACT FOR THE GIRL ON THE GO

Shopping for an engagement ring can become overwhelming incredibly fast. Between deciding on a center stone, setting style, and carat size, it's easy to forget about the height of the engagement ring setting. Luckily, we've compiled all you need to know about trendy low-profile engagement rings so you can determine if you bride would prefer to go high or go low...keep reading to learn all about it!

LOW-SET ENGAGEMENT RINGS MEET HIGH EXPECTATIONS

The low-set engagement ring is the Olivia Ewing woman's best friend. Traditional engagement rings feature a diamond or other precious stone sitting high above the band. This is a stunning and timeless look, but it leaves the stone vulnerable. A low-profile setting sits flush with the band and offers more security for those who have an active lifestyle. Today let's get into the pros, cons, and some suggestions for low-set engagement rings which are guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat.

WHAT ARE LOW-PROFILE ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

Unity Bezel Diamond Ring by Olivia Ewing Jewelry

A low-profile engagement ring is a perfect choice for the woman who just can't with a sweater-snagging high setting engagement ring.

But, what actually is the difference between a high setting and a low-profile engagement ring? It all depends on where the center stone sits!

A low-setting or low-profile engagement ring is going to have a prong setting that reaches from within the band to hold the stone close. This low setting offers extra security and comfort for an all-day anywhere fit.

This does mean that from the side, depending on your low-set gemstone, you may see only a sliver of the center stone (they do have a more shallow cut) and you might not even see the sparkler from certain angles at all when you go with a bezel-style ring (after all, everyone loves a glamorous surprise).

If your partner is an Olivia Ewing woman she is the first to scramble up a waterfall, has never shied away from getting her hands dirty, and is always there to catch you when you fall. She needs a ring that will stand the test of time. Low-setting engagement rings are just that, shining testaments to forever love that are held close and cherished always.

WHAT ARE HIGH -PROFILE ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

High-profile engagement rings on the other hand are the show ponies of the engagement ring world. They're all about maximum brilliance and standing out from the band. Their prongs reach out from the band to hold the center stone upwards, thus it is considered a high-setting stone.

While we love this blinding traditional setting that hits the light from every angle it has been known to snag a sweater or puncture a rubber glove from time to time. The extended prongs compromise on stability in favor of more light reflecting off its facets. If your fiancée-to-be is a healthcare industry hero, for instance, a high-setting engagement ring might not be what you are looking for.

WHAT ARE THE PROS OF LOW-PROFILE ENGAGEMENT RINGS?

The Calais Diamond Solitaire Ring is a great example of a high set engagement ring.

The pros of low-profile engagement rings are endless. A low-profile engagement ring is an ultimate choice for a low-maintenance bride who doesn't want a piece of jewelry to slow her down. Low-profile rings stand up to wear and tear. They are durable and sit lower on the finger which allows for a comfortable fit. Your person will love this engagement ring setting because there's no need to take it off to clean it.

Plus, whether she's white river rafting or biking around your neighborhood it won't be in the way. Low-profile engagement rings are a symbol of eternity with the woman you love chasing after down the glorious road to forever.

WHAT ARE THE CONS OF A LOW-PROFILE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING?

Calais Diamond Bezel Ring by Olivia Ewing Jewelry

The cons of low-profile engagement rings tend to be pros for the bride that believes in understated elegance. Because the setting sits flush to the band, the stone may appear less sparkly.

Have no fear though, the wow factor of a ring lies more in the cut than it does in the setting and low-profile rings are for the person who tends to lean toward more minimalist engagement rings for all of the gasps and none of the excess.

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOW PROFILE RINGS AND THEIR SETTINGS

The biggest difference between a low-profile engagement ring and a high-profile engagement ring is the setting.

The setting is the metal that holds the diamond or gemstone in place, and it can be made of gold, platinum, or even silver. High-profile settings are more ornate and intricate, while low-profile settings are more subtle, with fewer layers or diamonds.

PRONG SETTINGS

Prong settings are typically made of precious metals like gold and platinum. They're also sometimes made of white or yellow gold, but those aren't as common. Prongs come in different widths, ranging from 3 millimeters to 5 millimeters. The wider the prongs are, the more they will stand out against your skin when you wear them.

The main advantage of a prong setting is that they allow diamonds that are set in them to sparkle brightly and evenly across the whole surface area of their faces—which means no matter where you're looking at it from, you'll see a beautiful reflection!

BEZEL IS BEAUTIFUL

Verona Diamond Bezel Ring

A bezel setting fully wraps the center stone in your precious metal of choice. It is one of the oldest settings in history and is known for its ability to protect even the most delicate of gems. We think a brilliant cut diamond in particular leads to a guaranteed happily ever after when it's nestled within a bezel setting. This is the ultimate low-profile engagement ring setting, did we mention that it's super easy to clean after a long hike?

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A TISKET, A TASKET THAT DIAMONDS IN A BASKET

Basket Setting Breakdown

A basket setting may fool you into thinking it's a high-profile look at first glance. Traditional prongs reach from the band but then horizontal bands are woven around the prongs forming a basket to cradle the center diamond. This setting holds the diamond close to the ring's band creating a diamond engagement ring that will stun on sight.

FACET FASCINATION

Calais Oval Diamond Bezel Ring

You may think that an engagement ring needs a high setting to make an impact but the cut of a center stone allows for extra sparkle when you're committed to a low setting engagement ring. A gemstone's facets can deliver incomparable brilliance in a low-profile ring depending on the cut.

FOR YOUR RAMBLING ROSE

Feyre Rose Cut Diamond Cluster Ring

Rose-cut diamonds are typically comprised of 24 facets that are meant to resemble the shape of a rosebud. They are domed on the top but a flat bottom allows them to sit in a low setting beautifully.

Rose-cut diamonds are also a fantastic choice for bohemian brides who are looking for vintage appeal with modern sensibilities. The rose-cut originally debuted in the Victorian era as the petal style of the diamond was particularly adept at sparkling in the candlelight. And while candlelight has given way to electricity, the rose-cut diamond maintains its romantic appeal to this day.

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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE AN (OVAL OR PEAR CUT) DIAMOND

Pear-Shaped Juniper Diamond Cluster Ring

Oval cut and pear-shaped stones are also known for being shallower cuts so you avoid a high prong setting. They allow more brilliance without compromising comfort whether you are considering a bezel or a cathedral setting.

Additionally, oval and pear-shaped stones have a larger surface area than round-brilliant, princess, or similar cut stones. As a result, your gemstone engagement ring will actually seem larger than other gemstones that are the same carat weight... a win-win!

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SAY I DO TO OLIVIA EWING JEWELRY

If you're the active type, you probably don't want a ring that's going to get in the way of your life. Luckily, we've got you covered with our collection of low-profile engagement rings.

These rings are perfect for those who need a little more room for nicks and scratches because our active lifestyles stop for no gemstone. Whether you go high profile or low profile, or somewhere in-between—we have the engagement ring for you!

When you shop at Olivia Ewing Jewelry, not only are you shopping for the dynamic woman who has become your sun and stars but also for the life that the two of you will build together.

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