Types of Side Stones for Engagement Rings

When it comes to engagement rings, the center stone is undeniably the star of the show. However, the choice of side stones can significantly enhance the overall beauty and elegance of the ring. Side stones are smaller gemstones that flank the center stone, adding brilliance, color, and additional sparkle. 

In this article, we will delve into the various kinds of side stones commonly used in engagement rings, offering you a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision for your special ring.

Trilogy Ring


Trilogy rings, also known as three-stone rings, are a popular style of engagement or anniversary rings that feature three gemstones set in a row on the ring's band. The gemstones are typically diamonds, but they can also include other precious stones such as sapphires, rubies, or emeralds. The side stones can also come in many shapes too such as baguettes and pears.

Each of the three stones in a trilogy ring carries a symbolic meaning. The center stone is often the largest and represents the present, while the two smaller stones on either side symbolize the past and the future. This symbolism makes trilogy rings a meaningful choice for commemorating significant milestones in a relationship.

Pavé Side Stones


Pavé, derived from the French word for "paved," refers to the technique of setting small diamonds closely together, creating the appearance of a continuous diamond surface. Pave side stones add a glamorous and luxurious touch to an engagement ring. 

These tiny diamonds are held securely in place by small prongs, resulting in a brilliant, shimmering effect. They are versatile and can be used to create various designs, such as intricate patterns or simple bands of sparkle. 

You can choose half eternity, ¾ eternity, and full eternity pavé bands which are discussed in more detail here. Or even have a 3D eternity band that encrusts the whole band with gemstones for an all-out glimmer.

Accent Stones

Accent stones are larger gemstones or diamonds that are placed alongside the center stone, drawing attention to its brilliance. These stones can be of different shapes, including round, princess, emerald, or pear-cut, and they are usually set in a way that complements the shape of the center stone. 

Accent stones add visual interest and create a unique focal point in the engagement ring design. They may also include gemstones that hold significant meaning such as birthstones.

Channel Set Side Stones

Channel set side stones are a popular choice for those seeking a sleek and modern look. In this setting, small diamonds are placed within a metal channel, creating a smooth and continuous line of sparkle along the sides of the ring. 

The channel setting offers excellent security for the stones while maintaining a streamlined appearance. This style works well with both classic and contemporary engagement ring designs.

Trapezoid Side Stones

Trapezoid side stones have a trapezoidal shape and are typically used to flank the center stone. They offer a geometric and angular aesthetic, creating a contemporary and stylish appeal. Trapezoid side stones can be set horizontally or vertically, depending on the desired design.

This side stone setting is seen in more modern rings; an example being Demi Lovato’s engagement ring from her then-fiancé Max Ehrich

Photo taken from Vogue, 2022

Side stones play a significant role in enhancing the overall beauty and brilliance of an engagement ring. From pave side stones that create a continuous sparkle to accent stones that draw attention to the center stone, there are various options to choose from. 

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