The solitaire ring - as popular as ever after over 100 years
The 19th-century origins of the solitaire ring
The first solitaire ring was designed in 1886 by the famous jewellers Tiffany & Co. Blue sapphires had previously been the characteristic choice for engagement rings, reflecting the symbolism of blue as the colour of fidelity. An example is the engagement ring of Lady Diana, today owned by Kate Middleton.
However, Tiffany's solitaire ring was so spectacularly successful that it soon became regarded as the classic engagement ring The special setting of the diamond in a solitaire ring is known to this day as the Tiffany Setting.
What is a solitaire ring?
One reason for the popularity of solitaire rings is that the special setting used for their gemstone is particularly effective at highlighting its beauty. Originally the gemstone in a solitaire ring was clasped in place by six metal prongs. This setting is known as a prong or claw setting; the metal prongs which give the setting its name hold the stone and allow its full size to be seen from all angles.
The name 'solitaire ring' is derived from the French word solitaire, meaning solitary or alone; in keeping with this name, the ring generally contains a single stone - usually a diamond - to symbolise the uniqueness of the wearer.
The diamond in a classic solitaire ring usually has a brilliant cut. The most popular and widespread type of cut, a brilliant cut is outstandingly effective at bringing out the fire and brilliance that is integral to the diamond.
However, variations on the classic solitaire ring are also available. Diamonds need not only be in brilliant cuts; heart-shaped diamonds are also extremely appropriate.
At RenéSim we also offer solitaire rings with princess, emerald, Asscher, marquise, oval, radiant, pear and cushion cut stones.
In addition to classic rings in platinum or white gold, we naturally supply solitaire rings in yellow gold and rose gold.
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