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Everything You Need to Know About Dainty Engagement Rings

As the old adage goes, "Size doesn't matter!" — at least when it comes to engagement rings. Nowadays, dainty, delicate rings are all the rage. Whether your bride-to-be prefers a minimalistic approach to engagement rings or simply has small, slender hands, it's worth considering whether she might love a dainty engagement ring just as much as that big stunner of a diamond.

Shopping for a dainty engagement ring

The dainty engagement ring scale is not based on any single factor or characteristic. Even the four C’s of gemstones have minor impact on the nature of the ring when measured individually. Dainty engagement rings typically have small solitaire gemstones with rounded types of cuts, and any design work or style alterations in the metal is very simple and basic, if it has any at all.

What makes a ring dainty?

As a rule, the smaller and simpler the ring, the daintier it is. Typically, dainty rings bear a small solitaire diamond — but pave bands and even split shanks can also be dainty. It all depends on the size of the stone and the width of the band. If you're stuck on finding a dainty engagement ring, try asking our on-staff experts or a friend of the bride for advice on what qualifies as dainty enough for your demure bride!

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Things to consider before buying a dainty engagement ring

When shopping for an engagement ring, your goal is to select a ring that your future fiance will love wearing for the rest of her life. That's why it's also important to choose a ring that will last: dainty bands can fall victim to wear-and-tear, so make sure to choose a durable metal. The thinner the band, the more important it is that the band will last!

Consider your bride's lifestyle as well as her tastes in engagement rings. Even if she loves the idea of a dainty ring, a bride who works with her hands might find that her ring gets knocked around a lot, impacting its ability to last. Considering your metal choice carefully can help with this (we’re getting to that).

Most importantly, ask yourself whether you think your bride will like a dainty engagement ring! After all, the goal is to find a ring the bride will love — and be proud to show to her family and friends. Dainty rings may be in vogue, but engagement rings are designed to last forever. If she has larger knuckles, she may find that a classic style looks better on her hand than a dainty ring.

If you're stuck, try asking a friend or family member of the bride what style of ring she prefers, or take a look through her jewelry box to see what kind of bands she usually opts for. However, if your future fiance has been dropping hints, chances are that you already know how she feels deep down!

Dainty engagement ring metals

When choosing a dainty engagement ring, it is important to choose one that can withstand daily use and wear. Engagement rings can take a lot of use, wear and tear simply because we do so much with our hands on a daily basis. Therefore, platinum or the 14k version of your favorite gold might be your best options. With a smaller quantity of metal or a more intricate design, it is best to opt for a metal that is sturdy, especially for jewelry that will be worn lifelong. Platinum is the strongest metal, but not everyone likes the weight or color.

So what do you do if she doesn’t like platinum but you’re worried about her ring getting damaged? Consider the 14k version of the gold that is a good complement to her tastes. Since it contains a little less true gold, which is very soft, than the 18k version, rings made with 14k rose, white, or yellow gold will be sturdier. Rose gold has a vintage vibe, while yellow gold is more classic and white gold is a versatile choice that is a great match for anyone and everyone.

Gemstones for these styles

The most popular engagement rings have diamonds, emeralds, sapphire or rubies. These four are the most popular options for engagement rings as they are rare, valuable and can withstand daily wear. For that dainty engagement ring look, classic and solitaire styles are the best as the band is thinner and the gemstone takes the center stage. Additionally designs that incorporate smaller accent diamonds, tapered baguettes or small halos can make for a dainty look for the engagement ring.

There are many ways to achieve a beautiful design with a balance of sparkle and metal for a dainty ring. If you’re considering a gemstone other than a diamond, reach out to us. We work one-on-one with our customers who want a non-diamond engagement ring. Discover more about what that process looks like and reach out to get a conversation started here.

Caring for your dainty engagement ring

Your dainty engagement ring is an investment that you want to last your whole life, but you need to put special care into it to ensure they’re as beautiful in 50 years as it is now.

  • Don’t wear it all the time. Of course you want to wear your ring all the time, but there are certain times when you should take it off. While we’re all human and forget sometimes, it’s best to take your ring off before cleaning, exercise, sleeping and showering. Also, if possible, don’t wear your ring at work if you’re constantly using your hands.

  • Keep it away from other jewelry, especially platinum. The reason: It can get scratched easier.

  • Regularly check your thin band for signs of wear. If you find it’s wearing down, visit with a jeweler to discuss your options for strengthening the band, or replacing it.

Trends in this style of ring

A few dainty engagement ring styles made bigger impressions than others:

  • 14k Rose Gold Solitaires
  • Split Shank Bands
  • Basket Setting
  • Micro Pave Accents
  • French Cut
  • Teardrop Shaped Stones
  • Woven/Rope Designed Brands
  • Cathedral Setting

Some of our favorite dainty engagement rings

Just to be clear here, dainty diamond rings aren’t just solitaires. These engagement ring settings, some of which are solitaires while others are not, all have in common that their style is more demure than flashy. And that’s exactly what guarantees that their style is timeless.

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Petite Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

Remember when we said a smaller band can make a center stone look larger? This is the perfect example. The thinner band on the Petite Solitaire Engagement Ring puts all of the attention on the center stone.

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Petite Micropave Diamond Engagement Ring

Opting for a dainty engagement ring doesn’t mean you have to give up the bling. Case in point: The Petite Micropave Diamond Engagement Ring has a standout center stone, along with smaller accent diamonds all around the band for maximum shine.

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Knife Edge Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring

The Knife Edge Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring creates the illusion of a smaller band with its detailing, making it not only look thinner, but more visually interesting than a typical band.