The three-stone cubic zirconia engagement ring is the most popular ring design after the classic solitaire design which is still going strong given that it is over a century old. Also known as a ‘trilogy’ design, the growth in popularity for three-stone engagement rings has emerged over the past couple of decades largely attributable to marketing strategies by the giants in the industry such as DeBeers. After all, DeBeers and their advertising campaigns back in the 30′s, are also responsible for convincing us that an engagement ring should be diamond and that it should cost at least one month’s salary if not two!
Romantics will tell you that three-stone engagement rings symbolise the past, the present, and the future of love. Exactly how this differs from the ‘eternal’ love of an eternity ring (a band in which gems circle the entire ring) is not clear, but when do matters of the heart ever make sense anyway!
Whatever the reasons for this setting’s popularity, if you are attracted to this kind of setting for no other reason than because you like how it looks, then a three-stone cubic zirconia engagement ring is a great choice as you can get the kind of ring you want at an affordable price.
Gold three-stone CZ engagement rings can be set in gleaming 10k, 14k or 18k white or yellow gold engagement bands. Of course the alternative to these are those that are made with silver or platinum.
Common configurations for Round-cut and Princess-cut three-stone cubic zirconia engagement rings include those that are made up solely of the one kind of cut or combinations of them such as one princess-cut stone surrounded by two round-cut stones or vice-versa.
Three-Stone Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring Settings
In the most basic three-stone engagement ring setting, the stones are the same cut and equal in size. This uniformity is attractive and appealing to the eye and a simple variant of it is where the middle stone is larger than the other two.
Alternatively, the three-stone design offers endless opportunities for creativity and customization. For example, a princess cut middle stone flanked by two round brilliants really brings the sparkle to a whole new level and fit nicely together side by side.
Marquise, emerald, and oval cuts also work well and baguette shaped stones make for an interesting choice as flanking stones, as their unusual faceting contrasts beautifully with the brilliant faceting of a round center stone.
Some shapes like heart-shaped three stone rings are very uncommon because they are not well-suited to having three large stones aligned together.
Since three-stone cubic zirconia engagement rings highlight a row of three matched stones, as opposed to focusing the attention on a single solitaire, the effect of three smaller stones can be just as dazzling if not more hypnotic than just one stone.
Bear in mind however, that even though each individual stone may smaller than in a solitaire, the total carat weight and therefore cost may be more.
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