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Collection: Shoulder Set Lab Diamond Engagement Ring Collection

Gracefully draw attention to your centre diamond or gemstone with the added sparkle of a high VVS grade lab diamond accented engagement ring, also known as shoulder set rings. An ethical and exquisite way to express your love.


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Side Stone Lab Diamond Engagement Rings

Also referred to as "side stone rings" or "accented rings", these designs are essentially solitaire rings with diamonds set in the shoulders, but some designs have a diamond halo around the centre stone together with shoulder stones. Diamond set shoulders radiate extra sparkle and ultimately joy, hence their popularity! A shoulder set lab diamond ring is perfect for those who want a bit of glamour brought to their everyday lives. Our pavé and channel set shoulder designs are beautiful since the small diamonds or gemstones create a stunning backdrop that enhances the brilliance of your chosen main stone.

As an environmentally conscious company, we are committed to using ethically sourced materials and sustainable practices. By choosing one of our shoulder set lab diamond engagement rings, you can be confident that you are not only getting a stunning piece of jewellery but also contributing to a more eco-friendly and responsible industry.

Whether you are searching for a unique twist on a classic style or want to make a statement with a bold and contemporary design, our shoulder set lab diamond rings offer a range of options to suit every taste. With their timeless elegance and environmentally friendly craftsmanship, these rings are a beautiful and responsible choice for your engagement ring.

Some celebrities who have chosen a shoulder set diamond engagement ring include, Kate Middleton, Beyoncé, Jennifer Aniston, Sofia Vergara and Lady Gaga.

To conclude, a shoulder set engagement ring offers a stunning and budget friendly option for those looking for a ring that offers plenty of sparkle and style. By encrusting the shoulders with smaller diamonds, the ring gives the illusion of a larger, more eye-catching diamond. This allows you to opt for a smaller centre stone without compromising on the overall look and impact of the ring. 

All of our accented shoulder set designs are made to order and set with ethically sourced lab grown stones

Frequently Asked Questions

Are shoulder set engagement rings also called side stone engagement rings? 

Yes, shoulder set engagement rings are also sometimes called side stone engagement rings. This is because the main feature of these rings is the side stones that are set on the shoulders or sides of the ring's band. These side stones can complement and enhance the centre diamond or gemstone of the ring.

How long have shoulder set diamond engagement rings been around? 

Shoulder set diamond engagement rings have a long history dating back to the early 20th century. The style became popular during the Art Deco period, which spanned the 1920s and 1930s. Art Deco was characterised by its geometric shapes, bold colours, and intricate designs.

During this period, shoulder-set diamond rings became fashionable due to their unique aesthetic and the desire to showcase smaller accent diamonds. These rings featured a centre diamond, often set in a traditional prong or bezel setting, with smaller diamonds set along the shoulders of the band. The smaller diamonds were often in a pave or channel setting, adding extra sparkle and visual interest to the overall design.

Shoulder-set diamond engagement rings continued to be popular throughout the 20th century, with various adaptations and styles emerging over time. The use of different metals, such as platinum, white gold, or yellow gold, as well as different diamond shapes and cuts, allowed for a wide range of customisation options.

What makes a shoulder set diamond engagement ring unique?

A shoulder set diamond engagement ring is unique because it features smaller diamonds set along the shoulders or sides of the band. This additional sparkle accentuates the centre diamond, making it the focal point. The shoulders can be designed in various styles, such as a classic pave setting, channel setting, or a more intricate filigree or vintage design. This type of ring adds extra elegance and glamour to the overall look, making it stand out from traditional solitaire or halo diamond engagement rings.

Can you design a bespoke engagement ring with side diamonds for me?

Yes! We can create bespoke jewellery that is unique to you. Whether you want to design your own piece of jewellery from scratch or put your own stamp on an existing design, our friendly and knowledgeable team are here to make it happen.

Schedule an appointment with our team who specialise in custom design. We will help you discuss your vision and preferences, including the desired centre diamond, metal, band style, and side accented shoulder diamonds. We will Work together to create a 3D rendering or sketch of the engagement ring concept and make any necessary adjustments or modifications until you are satisfied with the design.

Your bespoke engagement ring will be finalised and polished to perfection and will be presented to you in a beautiful box, ready for the perfect proposal.

Is a shoulder set diamond engagement ring a classic choice?

Yes, a shoulder set diamond engagement ring can be considered a classic choice. The addition of smaller diamonds along the shoulders or sides of the band adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the ring. This style has been popular for many years and continues to be a timeless choice for engagement rings. The shoulder diamonds complement the centre diamond and enhance its sparkle, creating a stunning and eye-catching look. Whether in a classic pave setting or a more intricate design, a shoulder set diamond engagement ring is a beautiful and traditional option for those seeking a classic and timeless engagement ring.

Are there any risks in choosing an engagement ring with shoulder diamonds?

Yes, there are a few risks to consider when choosing an engagement ring with shoulder diamonds. While these risks exist, they can be mitigated with proper care and maintenance. Regular cleaning, routine inspections, and being cautious by removing your ring whilst doing physical activities can help minimise these factors.

1. Can be prone to damage: The side diamonds along the shoulders of the ring are exposed and can be prone to damage through daily wear and tear. Since they are smaller and set in a more delicate manner, they may be more susceptible to being knocked causing chipping or loosening.

2. Careful resizing: In case you want to resize the ring in the future, it can be more complicated and potentially costly with a shoulder-set diamond ring. Since there are more diamonds on the band, resizing it could require additional work or even resetting the side diamonds, as they can move ever so slightly within their setting.

3. Cleaning challenges: Cleaning a shoulder-set diamond ring may require more effort due to the intricate setting. Dirt and debris can get trapped between the smaller diamonds, making it a little more tricky to clean thoroughly.

4. Upkeep and maintenance: The shoulder diamonds may also require regular maintenance and tightening to ensure they stay securely in place. It's essential to have the ring inspected periodically to address any potential issues proactively. Ethica offers a not for profit Ring Maintenance Service helping you keep your shoulder set diamond ring in perfect condition.  

How does a shoulder setting compare to a solitaire setting?

Solitaire: A Timeless Classic: The solitaire setting reigns supreme as the Audrey Hepburn of engagement rings – timeless elegance in its purest form. This minimalist design features a single stone setting that elevates the centre diamond, placing it on a pedestal of light. This approach allows the diamond's brilliance (play of light) to take centre stage, showcasing its cut, clarity, and fire without distraction. Imagine a ray of sunlight hitting a perfectly cut lab grown diamond, the solitaire setting amplifies that breathtaking display.

Shoulder Setting: A Symphony of Sparkle: The shoulder setting, on the other hand, offers a more intricate and dramatic stage for your chosen lab grown diamond. The shoulders gracefully frame the centre diamond, creating a sense of enclosure and intimacy. This design allows light to enter from multiple angles, maximising the diamond's brilliance and fire. Think of the shoulders as a stage director, ensuring the diamond performs its light show to the fullest. Often, the shoulder setting features smaller accent diamonds that add a touch of sparkle and complement the central gem's beauty.

Aesthetics for Every Love Story:

For the Romantic Minimalist: If your partner appreciates clean lines and understated elegance, a solitaire setting with a perfectly cut lab grown diamond might be the ideal choice. Imagine a single, sparkling teardrop catching the light with every movement, a symbol of your love's simplicity and brilliance.

For the Lover of Opulence: The shoulder setting caters to those who appreciate a more intricate and glamorous aesthetic. The additional details and accent diamonds create a sense of grandeur, reflecting a love story that's full of vibrancy and sparkle.

Ultimately, the Best Setting is a Reflection of Love: While both settings offer distinct visual appeals, the best choice comes down to you and your partner's tastes and what resonates with your love story. Explore Ethica Diamonds' collection of stunning lab grown diamond engagement rings, both solitaire and shoulder set, and let the sparkle guide you towards the perfect symbol of your love.

What are the benefits of a lab grown diamond shoulder set engagement ring?

Ethically Stunning & Eco-Conscious Choice: At Ethica Diamonds, we believe your love story deserves a sustainable engagement ring that reflects your values. Our lab grown diamonds are crafted using renewable energy where possible and carbon offsetting, minimising environmental impact and creating a conflict-free diamond. These stunning gems boast the same brilliance and fire (play of light) as mined diamonds, but offer a conflict-free and ethically sourced alternative. This allows you to express your love with a dazzling ring while staying true to your commitment to sustainability.

Budget-Friendly Brilliance with Customisation Options: The lab grown diamond price today is vastly more affordable than mined diamonds of comparable quality. This opens doors for you to secure a larger, more dazzling centre stone for your shoulder set engagement ring. Imagine a radiant round cut, a captivating emerald cut, or a timeless princess cut – the choice is yours! Ethica Diamonds also offers a variety of customisation options, allowing you to select the cut, clarity, and colour of your lab grown diamond to personalise the ring and maximise its brilliance within your budget. Explore our selection of lab grown diamonds to discover a diamond for an affordable engagement ring that reflects your partner's unique style.

Enhanced Sparkle & Fire with a Secure Setting: The shoulder setting cradles the centre diamond in your engagement ring, creating a seamless, polished look. This "closed-in" design allows light to enter from multiple angles, maximising the brilliance and fire (play of light) of your lab grown diamond. The surrounding smaller diamonds in a shoulder setting can also enhance the overall sparkle, creating a truly breathtaking piece. Compared to a solitaire setting, a shoulder setting offers a more secure setting for your precious centre diamond, ideal for active lifestyles or those who might accidentally bump their ring frequently. This makes it a perfect choice for those who desire both dazzling beauty and peace of mind.

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