Three stone engagement rings are a classy way to get a seriously impressive engagement ring, without being overtly ‘blingy’ or flashy. Three stone rings radiate luxury while still retaining an air of elegance.
Three stone settings are sometimes called ‘Past, present and future’ rings, and like many things to do with diamonds, this came from De Beers. In 2000 they started a marketing campaign promoting three stone rings as the jewelry gift of choice for an anniversary – tying the three stones to the past, present and future of a relationship.
However, three stone rings are definitely not just for anniversaries and are a popular choice for engagement rings.
On this page we’re going to look at
- What’s good about three stone engagement rings
- What’s not so good
- A selection of three stone engagement rings settings for you to check out.
By the end, you should have a great idea of what to look for with three stone rings, and hopefully have some inspiration to help you make your choice.
What’s good about three stone engagement rings?
Three stone diamond rings can give a higher total carat weight at a lower price
Buyers of a three stone diamond ring, have an advantage over those who choose a solitaire ring because a three diamond ring does not necessarily require a large single diamond, which can be expensive. Instead, the buyer can select three smaller stones of better quality, but since they are smaller, may have a lower price.
For example, if you were looking at a 1.5 carat round brilliant diamond with good cut, color and clarity, it would cost around US$12,000. You can check out today’s prices of a 1.5 carat round brilliant diamond here. Then you would have to add the cost of the setting on top of that.
But a three stone setting with 0.5 carats of side stones, added to a 0.9 1 carat center stone would allow you to hit the same 1.5 carat mark in a different way for significantly less.
This would allow you to hit 1.5 carats of total carat weight for around $7,500.
Three stone rings are versatile
Three stone engagement rings give you more opportunity than most other ring setting styles to mix up the design and really make it your own.
As well as the choice of center stone shape, as you would have with other setting styles, you can also choose to pair these with almost any other diamond shape as side stones. And, if you want to add a flash of colour, you can pair a center diamond with other gemstones as the supporting stone. Emeralds, sapphires and rubies are popular choices.
As we’ll see in the next section, there’s almost no limit to the combinations that you can choose in terms of shape and color for your three stone ring.
Three stone engagement ring settings
The three stone ring offers the most variety of any format of engagement ring due to the combinations of stones shapes and styles that are possible, which means that it’s possible to create a ring that is truly individual
I’ve selected a few examples below to give you an idea of what is out there, but it is by no means a definitive list. Click through on any of the rings to find out more about it or see other options for my recommended retailers.
Classic three stone round brilliant diamond ring
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Princess cut three stone diamond ring
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Three stone ring with baguette side stones
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Three stone diamond ring with half moon side stones
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Three stone diamond ring with emerald side stones
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Three stone diamond ring with ruby side stones
Rubies can also make excellent supporting stones in side stone rings, and each is available in a range of shapes, either to match the center stone or as a great way to introduce another shape of gemstone too.
Three stone diamond ring with sapphire side stones
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Of course, three stone settings don’t need to be white-colored though. They work equally well in yellow gold, or in a mixed gold setting.
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Three stone halo diamond ring
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Rose gold three stone rings
Although most of the rings featured here are either platinum or white gold, there is also a wide selection of rose gold and yellow gold three stone engagement rings for you to check out. Click through and have a look!
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