Elaborate diamond rings catch the eye. Extravagant designs can compel a person to keep looking, taking in every detail. Plainer rings may not be as dramatic, but they have their admirers. They appeal to those feel the craftsmanship of their diamond bands stands out on their own.

The Beauty of Simplicity in Diamond RingsSolitaire rings get their name form the single diamond mounted on the shank. Round brilliant cuts are a popular choice for this style, though other cuts are common. Diamond cuts like heart, princess or emerald offer their own takes on brilliance and luster. Precious metals used for this design include gold, colored gold and platinum. Solitaires are versatile, and are used as both engagement rings and wedding bands.

Three stone rings feature three diamonds mounted in a row. The jewels have the same cut, with a larger jewel flanked by two of the same size. As with solitaires, three stone rings come in many cuts, settings and metals. The three gems represent the past, present and future of a couple, giving the design a romantic air.

With fewer frills, the diamond setting comes to the forefront. Prong mounts use thin pieces of metal to hold the jewel in place while allowing more light to travel through the stone. The number of prongs vary, with four or six being common. Other settings like cathedrals serve as a sort of pedestal, raising jewel higher above the band. Bezel mounts use a rim of metal as both a setting and protective border around the diamonds.

Some people forgo diamonds in favor of plain metal rings. As with diamond bands, designs range from elaborate to simple. Subtler designs concentrate on shape, be it domed, grooved or knife edged. Finish also comes to the forefront, playing with polish and texture. Plain is a popular choice for wedding bands, especially men’s wedding bands.