by Denise Joyce
You've already decided that you want to spend the rest of your life with your significant other, and now you're ready to search for the perfect engagement ring that symbolizes your relationship. If you're looking for a ring that symbolizes the memories of your past, the current moments you're sharing and a future that's full of love and happiness, then a three stone engagement ring might be the right one for you.
Although many couples still go to the tried and true solitaire ring, there are other couples that want to explore different options. Three stone engagement rings are growing in popularity, largely due to their symbolism and significance. Here's a little bit of information about the three stone engagement ring:
The symbolism of a three stone engagement ring
Three-stone engagement rings hold a different meaning than the traditional solitaire ring, and it has the ability to tell the story of your journey together. The three stones that make up the ring represent the past, present and the future. The stone that represents the present is always the biggest and is placed in the center of the three stones. The smaller stones that surround the middle one represent the past and future. Alternatively, the three stones can also symbolize friendship, love and fidelity. Three stone engagement rings are also commonly known as trilogy or trinity rings. If you're a couple who wants a deeper meaning in your engagement ring, the three stone engagement ring may be the right choice for you.
The different styles: equally sized, traditional graduation and slightly graduated
There are several different styles of three stone engagement rings to choose from including equally sized, traditional graduation and slightly graduated. When the diamonds are equally sized, each of the three diamonds is the same carat weight. The traditional graduating three stone engagement ring usually incorporates a center diamond weight that is equal to the total of the outer two diamonds. For example, if the center diamond is a half carat, each of the outer two diamonds are a quarter carat each. For people who prefer a lesser graduation between the diamonds, the slightly graduated style may be for you. With this style, the center stone will be slightly bigger than the others, but the degree of graduation varies from ring to ring.
Make a statement
If your significant other is looking for a way to stand out from the crowd a bit more or if she's the romantic type that wants her ring to tell a story, you may want to consider the three stone engagement ring. The three stone engagement ring allows you to get creative, and there are many different styles to choose from. For example, although many couples choose diamonds for all three stones in a three stone ring, the side stones (and even the center stone) can be just about any stone that you like or that hold meaning to you. If your significant other loves blue, sapphire or zircon may be the perfect choice for a side stone. The birthstones of both you and your significant other are also meaningful options for the side stones.
Stay within your budget
If you have a set budget for an engagement ring, the three stone engagement ring may be a great option for you. If you select gemstones as opposed to diamonds for the surrounding stones, they may be less expensive than three diamonds would be. Just because you're using gemstones instead of diamonds doesn't mean the ring will be any less beautiful. Using a combination of gemstones and a diamond will be just as stunning as a ring with three diamonds.
If you're considering a three stone engagement ring, keep in mind your significant other's style, your budget and what the meaning of the three stones would hold for both of you. You may just find that the three stone engagement ring is the perfect symbol of your relationship.