While a number of people find a single jewel on their diamond engagement ring to be all the shine they need, others enjoy some extra brightness. For the latter, side stone diamonds may be just the enhancement their looking for. In addition to the brilliance and luster they provide, rings with three stones symbolize the past present and future of a relationship.
Three stone rings usually have side stones that differentiate from the center jewel. All three may be of the same cut, with the flanking jewels a smaller size. An alternative idea are side stones of a different shape from the central jewel. Triangular diamonds are popular for this purpose, as are pear shaped stones. Those who want something a bit more uncommon might want to consider marquise cut diamonds to flank their main jewel.
Some designers add yet more shine to their diamond engagement rings by mounting additional stones onto the band. Five or seven diamonds of uniform cut and similar or graduated sizes may be mounted side by side, or there may be enough diamonds to circle the entire band. Round brilliant cut diamonds are most common for this style, though other cuts such as the princess cut diamond are used. Another popular variation on side stones is to use tiny diamonds to cover parts of or the entire band in a technique known as pave.
The baguette cut diamond has a narrow rectangular shape, akin to the skinny French bread. Like the emerald cut, and Asscher cut, the baguette cut is designed to display the diamond’s color, polish and clarity. Unlike the other two, the baguette is most popular in modern times as an accent for other jewels, particularly when it comes to flanking the central stone in a ring.
During the Art Deco period, the baguette cut’s geometric shape combined with its versatility as a building block in elaborate designs made it a popular shape. Baguettes are still a common element in Art Deco influenced jewelry.