17 Gorgeous Diamond Engagement Rings from Real Brides

From pear-shaped diamonds to gorgeous halo settings, you'll love these beautiful sparklers.

Choosing your favorite engagement ring style can be a difficult task. With all of the precious metals, diamond shapes, and ring styles available, it can be trying to choose just one. While your groom will likely select the final ring, most brides have an idea of the type of engagement ring they want before their beau gets down on one knee. 

Whether you prefer pear-shaped diamonds, colored center stones, or halo settings, Inside Weddings is full of jewelry and wedding ring inspiration. Browse some of our brides' favorite diamond shapes and ring styles below, and let us know which ring you would love to have on your finger in the comments section.

Pear or Teardrop
Pear-shaped (or teardrop) diamonds are elegant and unique. Pair these dazzling stones with a sparkling halo setting for an even more radiant style, or take a cue from Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter – who presented his bride Lauren Kitt with a beautiful pear-shaped diamond engagement ring – and focus the attention on the diamond itself. 
Pear-shaped diamond ring with halo setting
Photo by KT Merry Photography
Nick Carter Lauren Kitt Engagement Ring
Photo by Kris Kan

While marquise-cut diamonds are popular in earrings and bracelets, a marquise-cut diamond engagement ring is truly special. The unique shape, which looks great on brides with long, slender fingers, is sure to impress every onlooker.
Marquise cut diamond engagement ring
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer

Round-shaped diamond engagement rings – whether placed in a solitaire or halo setting – are timeless and beautiful. The classic diamond shape stands out on a polished setting and dazzles atop a sparkling micro-pavé band.
Round diamond engagement ring on Christian Louboutin shoe
Photo by John Solano Photography
Round Diamond Ring on Golf Ball
Photo by Vallentyne Photography

Halo settings, which feature sparkling diamonds around the center stone, are perfect for brides who want a glamorous ring that stands out. If you prefer a smaller center stone, the diamonds surrounding it will make the ring appear larger – or add a halo to a sizeable diamond for a drop-dead gorgeous result.
Double Halo Diamond Engagement Ring
Photo by Michael Segal Photography
Round diamond engagement ring with halo
Photo by Troy Grover Photographers

Emerald-cut diamond rings are sophisticated and chic. The stylish ring shape, which is popular with celebrities, instantly makes a statement. Pair this elegant diamond shape with a halo setting, keep the focus on the center stone, or add striking side stones for a refined look. 
Emerald diamond ring with halo and two gold bands
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
Emerald cut diamond engagement ring
Photo by Michael Segal Photography

Oval-shaped diamond rings – à la Blake Lively's ravishing engagement ring – are popular among many brides desiring a style that elongates their fingers. Diamond halo settings add allure to this already unique diamond style.
Oval shaped diamond ring with halo
Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography
Oval diamond ring on wood background
Photo by Maria Angela Photography

Colored Center Stone
For the trendy or vintage bride, colored center stones are gaining popularity. While some brides prefer to incorporate "something blue" into their engagement rings, other brides – including The Real Housewives of Miami's Joanna Krupa – prefer a more subtle color, which can be found in a fancy yellow diamond. 
Blue center stone engagement ring
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Joanna Krupa yellow diamond engagement ring
Photo by Kris Kan

Side Stones
While solitaire diamond rings are lovely, adding side stones to border your center stone is a great way to add a touch of glamour to any diamond shape or ring style. 
Princess cut engagement ring with side stones
Photo by Ira Lippke Studios
Diamond on wood background with side stones
Photo by Robert Evans Studios

All brides want to feel like royalty on their wedding days, so why not select a princess-cut diamond engagement ring to wear for the rest of your life? UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer's princess-cut engagement ring is absolutely gorgeous and will never go out of style.
Brittney Palmer princess cut engagement ring
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography
Engagement ring on wine champagne cork

Photo by Shanti DuPrez Portrait Design

To see more beautiful diamond engagement rings, view our Sparkling Engagement Rings inspiration board or visit the galleries section to view jewelry by shape, style, and color. And if you have a gorgeous engagement ring that you'd like to share with us, post a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #IWrings for a chance to be featured on our profile. 

Authored by: Kelcy Christy