Three Stone Diamond Engagement Rings

Three stone engagement rings, also known as trinity or trilogy rings, with their placement of three diamonds close to each other, symbolize the romantic love that unites a couple in a promise of marriage. The center stone represents their present love, one side stone denotes their memories of the past, and the other signifies their commitment to a united future. The three diamonds also stand for friendship, love, and fidelity. This style is perfect for couples who want to imbue significance into their engagement ring setting.


History of Three Stone Engagement Rings

Archduke Maximilian of Austria may have been the first person to add a diamond to an engagement band when he offered a diamond ring to Mary of Burgundy upon his proposal in 1477. For a long time the giving of diamond rings was restricted to the upper class and nobility. In the Victorian Era, diamonds became more common on engagement rings due to the discovery of large deposits of the precious stones in South Africa.

The De Beers Group of Companies, which focuses on diamond exploration and mining in several countries on the southern African continent and on diamond retailing around the world, invented the three stone ring design in 2001. De Beers was also responsible for the famous saying "a diamond is forever," which became popular in the 1940s. The concept of a symbolic past, present, and future ring appealed to many couples, and the three stone engagement ring attained cultural status.

Numerous celebrities prefer three stone settings for their engagement rings. For instance, Karl Urban proposed to Nichole Kidman with a beautiful three stone ring. Christina Ricci received a lovely three stone diamond engagement ring when she became engaged to James Heerdegen.

Advantages of Three Stone Engagement Rings

One of the main advantages of three stone engagement ring settings lies in their opportunities for creativity and diversity. In some settings, the center stone is significantly larger than the two side stones, while in others, the center stone and side diamonds are almost the same size.

The three stone setting allows for a larger surface area of diamonds in an engagement ring but for a smaller price than you would pay for a solitaire setting. One large diamond generally costs more than three smaller stones that total the same karat weight. The spread out surface area also creates a maximum of brilliance, sparkle, and fire.

Diamond Shapes for Three Stone Engagement Rings

Several cuts and shapes of diamonds look magnificent when featured on three stone engagement rings. Breathtakingly beautiful round cut diamonds, also known as round brilliants, are easily the most popular diamond shapes for engagement rings, comprising over two-thirds of all diamond ring sales. These dazzling gems have 57 facets measured at precise angles and proportions to create maximum sparkle. Cutters often create a 58th facet by squaring off the sharp culet at the bottom end of the diamond to prevent its damage during setting. As the iconic diamond shape, round cuts are usually what come to mind when people picture diamond rings.

Also known as square modified brilliants, princess cut diamonds are characterized by square or occasionally rectangular faces and backs in the shape of inverted four-sided pyramids. Princess cuts have between 57 and 76 facets, which spread light and enhance the sparkle. The corners generally remain uncut to preserve the shape of the square. This modern alternative to the traditional round-cut diamond provides faceting that dazzlingly accentuates and amplifies reflected light, and yet due to its shape and cutting process, it is less costly than other cuts.

Oval cut diamonds provide the elegant sparkle and fire of round cut stones in a distinctive, unique, and mesmerizing shape that is perfect for an eye-catching engagement ring. Like round cut diamonds, oval cuts have 56 to 58 facets crafted at exact angles and proportions to receive and reflect a maximum amount of light. Oval cut diamonds have no standard shape, and can vary from almost round to extremely long and thin.

Magnificent emerald cut diamonds offer unique elegance to engagement rings. Unlike the complex multifaceted look of round cut or princess cut diamonds, emerald cut stones provide a sense of distinctiveness and geometric perfection. The stepped pavilions and flat central surfaces of emerald cuts allow for brilliant bursts of reflective light. Emerald cut diamonds are popular in both rectangular and square shapes.

Precious Metals for Three Stone Engagement Rings

All types of precious metals look lovely on three stone engagement rings. The white sheen of platinum perfectly complements and sets off diamonds and does not change color or fade, so this lovely metal is ideal for symbolizing eternal love in an engagement ring. Due to its rarity, platinum has attained a prestigious status. For diamond engagement rings, platinum bands represent the ultimate in elegance.

Lovely white gold is currently the most popular choice of metal for engagement ring bands. Indistinguishable from platinum to the naked eye, this bright, strong, durable metal perfectly complements and enhances the sparkling diamonds in engagement rings.

Yellow gold engagement rings offer a classic warm color with vibrant elegance that has long been associated with romance. Although white gold bands have overtaken yellow gold in popularity, yellow gold provides an unparalleled traditional look that is timeless.

Romantic rose gold provides a lovely alternative to the more common white gold and yellow gold found in engagement rings. Its warm, rich, distinctive color creates a stunning and attractive metaphor for the binding of hearts.

Three Stone Engagement Ring Options

The master craftsmen and jewelers at Hayden Cudworth offer an eclectic selection of handcrafted three stone diamond engagement rings in assorted settings and precious metal bands to suit any romance in the Aberdeen, Chatham, and Islay Tres collections. To find the right ring for your fiancé, take advantage of the home try-on program. Select any five potential rings to sample at home, send them back within five days, and order the ring of your choice.


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