24 Simple Engagement Rings with Perfect Minimalist Style
Looking for a simple engagement ring that fits your own unique style? We've got you covered with this list of our favorite classic rings that showcase thoughtful, minimalist design.
You'll find everything from classic to modern, round cut diamonds to radiant cut diamonds, rose gold to white gold, all created by skilled Honey Jewelry Co artisans in San Diego, California and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Some of the rings shown here are part of our well-known Honey line, while others are part of our Ready-to-Wear line. However, tons of the rings we create are custom, one-off designs, so absolutely send us an inquiry or schedule a virtual consultation if something catches your eye and you can't find it currently on our site.
#1. Twisted Band Solitaire
Any great list of simple engagement rings has to start with the tried-and-true classic: A round diamond in a solitaire setting.
This isn't just any old solitaire though.
Meet Juliette, our beloved twisted band solitaire engagement ring style. She is a relatively new addition, but with her sophisticated, finely crafted details, she has become an immediate favorite.
P.S. - If you're looking simple ring inspiration, we highly recommend taking a look at our Classic Honey Collection. It has tons of photos and videos for your ring-hunting adventures.
#2. Bezel Set Radiant Cut
Meet Winnie, one of our most frequently asked-about rings. She's been a bit of a darling on Instagram and Pinterest, so it's very possible you've seen her if you've been looking all over the internet for the perfect ring.
This style is simple, but has a very unique look with a radiant cut diamond in a bezel setting. It's clean and modern, but still maintains a timeless vibe.
Perfect for staying simple while adding a dash of extra personality.
#3. Twisted Diamond Band Solitaire
This is Waverly, our solitaire engagement ring that features a twisted, diamond-laden band.
While the twist does create some similarity to our Juliette style, Waverly's diamond band makes for a totally different look and feel. It's simple, but not too simple.
Like all of our styles, we are also proud to say that the craftmanship we put into this ring is on an industry-leading level. Each diamond is hand-selected and hand-set in a way that is unparalleled by most modern jewelers.
#4. Classic Round Cut Solitaire
Whether it's the day you receive your ring or it's your 50th anniversary, there's no doubt that you'll know a round solitaire will always be in style.
This look is all about getting even the tiniest of details just right, something a skilled designer can really help you with. Check out our Abby Engagement Ring and our Lolo Engagement Ring to see a couple of fresh takes on this classic.
#5. Oval Three-Stone
Who says that a simple ring design can't also turn some heads? This three-stone oval engagement ring is clean and classic, but has that unmistakable "wow" factor.
Stone selection and placement is crucial to correctly crafting this style of ring. This particular example is a ring that we custom-crafted for one of our clients.
Custom designs are actually Honey's bread-and-butter (check out this video we made to give a behind-the-scenes-look at that). No matter the style or budget, we want each of our clients to tell us how we can take their ideas from dreams to reality.
#6. Oval Solitaire with Double Claw Prongs
This look starts with a classic oval solitaire and adds a special touch in the form of double claw prongs. It's a perfect example how the smallest addition can make a huge difference in look and feel, all while keeping things simple.
Our client opted for yellow gold all the way with this ring, which is a color we love to pair with the double claw style.
#7. Cushion Cut Solitaire
A classic cushion cut diamond is always a popular alternative to round cut diamonds in solitaire settings. It's always a staple, but bit less common than round cuts.
A cushion cut diamond can sometimes also appear to be a very slight bit larger than a round diamond of the same carat weight.
If lightweight styles like this are up your alley, we've got a similar list featuring our favorite dainty styles.
#8. Bezel Set Pear Shaped Diamond
This is another style that is simple, but really turns heads. The pear shape is already unique as it is, but it's extra special when set in a bezel.
This is a perfect option for the minimalist who longs for a tasteful, sophisticated way to stand out from the crowd.
This is yet another example of our Winnie style engagement ring. It's often pictured on our site with a radiant cut diamond, but can also fit lots of other stone shapes.
#9. Emerald Cut Solitaire
A high-quality emerald cut diamond is a showstopper. There's no better way to showcase it than to let it speak for itself in a solitaire setting.
We think this picture is absolute proof that the best engagement rings designs are often the least complicated.
If you haven't considered emerald cut, we highly recommend you explore the possibilities of this timeless stone.
#10. East/West Marquise Cut
Marquise diamonds are already among the rarer shapes for engagement rings. Rotate one into an east/west setting and you'll have a look that few others will.
Don't let anyone tell you that creativity and simplicity are mutually exclusive concepts in ring design.
We feature several other marquise diamond rings in our roundup of some of our 21 Favorite Unique Engagement Ring Styles.
#11. Bezel Set Round Cut
Super minimal and super clean. It's hard to beat this style if you're looking for something equal parts modern and simple.
We love all sorts of diamond shapes in bezel settings, but there's arguably no better shape than round for an understated yet stylish pairing.
#12. Oval Cut Solitaire
Elegant, stylish, and timeless, an oval solitaire is another gold standard engagement ring. There are few other shapes that can achieve a "wow factor" to rival that of a perfectly cut oval diamond.
#13. Round Cut with Side Baguettes
Flanking a classic round cut diamond with two baguette diamonds is the perfect way to add something extra without sacrificing simplicity. It's a look we love, but it's one that can too often be forgotten when searching for the perfect ring.
This style also looks great with other center stone shapes.
#14. Gray Oval Diamond in a Bezel Setting
Of all the rings we've listed so far, this is obviously the one that stands out the most. A perfect grey diamond can be difficult to find, but it is a beautiful way to deviate from a standard white diamond.
This particular ring is another that has received quite a bit of positive feedback. There's just something about this color diamond wrapped up in a bezel that makes it pop.
#15. Cathedral Set Round Cut Solitaire
The difference between a gorgeous cathedral setting and an average on is all about creating the perfect lines.
This example brings an extra dose of elegance to a beautiful round cut solitaire.
#16. Round Cut with Single Halo
Adding a halo doesn't have to be complicated. This ring is a perfect example of how you can include one while still keeping things very clean. The plain band in white gold is the key to achieving that perfect balance in this example.
Our Caroline Engagement Ring pulls this look off in a cathedral setting, while our Emma Engagement Ring does the same with a unique basket setting.
#17. Bezel Set Oval Cut
A beautiful white diamond in a meticulously crafted bezel setting is simple, but just different enough. It tells you all you need to know that well-executed minimalism is quite far from boring.
#18. Radiant Cut Solitaire with Pave Band
A radiant cut diamond is much less commonly found in solitaire settings than rounds or ovals.
This ring is a great example of how we can get creative with our Olive Engagement Ring style.
#19. Round Cut Solitaire with Pave Band
Similar to the previous ring, this is an example of how to subtly include a pave band. The round cut diamond pairs well to create a classic look.
#20. Bezel Set Pink Tourmaline
If you're looking to totally get away from diamonds, a pink tourmaline may very well be just the thing. This alternative engagement ring combines a unique gemstone with a bezel setting to create a look that is definitely all its own.
We love when a client comes to us with a challenge. An engagement ring is the perfect canvas to showcase your unique personality.
#21. Salt & Pepper Oval Solitaire
If you've never met a salt and pepper diamond, then please allow us to introduce you. This is certainly not a look for the masses, but it's just right for those who are searching for an engagement ring with a more rustic vibe.
#22. Round Cut Solitaire with Thin Pave Band
Yet another great example of a classic round cut diamond atop a low-key pave band. Keeping the band as thin as possible helps to keep focus on your center stone.
#23. Grey Round Cut Solitaire
There's arguably no other ring on this list thas strikes such a balance between "unique" and "classic". The solitaire setting and simple band show the uniqueness of the grey diamond in all its glory.
#24. Round Cut Solitaire
We're ending close where we began with another example of just how beautiful a simple round cut solitaire can be.
This style is always the perfect starting point for a journey through simple engagement ring styles. You can learn a lot by starting with the basics, then branching out as you discover which extra touches you can't live without.
If you love the timeless style, don't miss our list of favorite traditional rings.