One of the classic engagement rings is the one set with three stones. It is one that adorns Meghan Markle’s finger too. Apparently, as the Duchess of Sussex also wears one, it has become much popular in the market these days.
What is a Three Stone Ring?
A three stone ring has a centerpiece stone, with two stones set around it. The centerpiece and side stones can be anything; diamonds or other stones, such as ruby or sapphire. You could have either a diamond at the center, flanked by two colored stones that provide a striking contrast, or diamonds used as the side stones. Usually, the centerpiece in three stone engagement ring settings is larger than the side stones, making the center stone more noticeable.
What Do a Three Stone Ring Signify?
The biggest or the center stone in a three stone ring signifies the present in a relationship, while the stones around the one in the middle stand for the past and future. This explains why a three stone engagement ring is also known as a “past, present, and future” ring. However, the three things can depend upon how you choose to perceive it or how your culture sees the same. It could also represent “friendship, fidelity, and love” in some translations.
Which Diamond Shape Work Best for Three Stone Rings?
This is an extremely difficult question to answer in one word, as the shape of a diamond is often the customer preference. Yet, there are some diamond shapes, which make a three stone engagement ring more gorgeous than others do. As the most popular option is the “round brilliant” shape, it is no surprise several diamond ring settings feature them. Other popular options for a three stone ring are the oval, rectangular or square (like “princess cut”), and cushion cut diamonds.
At the same time, an engagement ring featuring a large and two smaller emerald cut diamonds has a sleek and sophisticated look. The emerald shape’s symmetry brings a rhythm and grace to the ring.
You can mix and match diamond shapes too. For instance, trilliant cut diamonds set around an oval, marquise, or princess cut stone would frame the centerpiece stone nicely. Mixing diamonds with different colors and shapes make for an extraordinary piece of jewelry, and this holds true for three stone engagement rings as well. Note that yellow gold, rose gold and white gold/platinum can be artfully used in three stone rings for more visual richness too.