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Shoulder Set Engagement Rings

What are shoulder set engagement rings?

Shoulder set engagement rings feature a diamond or gemstone that sits nestled down within the band, as opposed to traditional prong settings where the stone sits up higher. The band of metal wraps up and around the sides of the stone in a 'U' shape rather than just securing it from underneath. This creates an appearance of the stone being set deeper into the band with its crown sitting flush within the ring's shoulders of metal on each side. Shoulder set rings provide a seamless and low profile look, with an emphasis on showcasing wide bands rather than elevated stones. The protective setting ensures optimal security, preventing the gem from loosening or coming loose. While this style was especially popular during the 1940s and 50s, shoulder set rings maintain interest today among those desiring a sleek, geometric look. They provide a modernist alternative to classic prong set solitaires. Their crisper lines exude understated elegance.

What is the history of shoulder set engagement rings?

Shoulder set engagement rings first emerged in the late 1930s and rose to popularity during the 1940s and 1950s. Earlier Victorian era rings had higher prong settings that uplifted stones off bands. However, the sleek, low-profile shoulder set offered an appealingly modernist look in comparison. This style showcased the lines of the band itself rather than drawing all attention upward to the gem. Its geometric appeal aligned with the architectural and Art Deco trends that were popular at the time. The secure protection of the stone within the ring's shoulders also ensured durability for everyday wear. By the 1960s, as other ring designs gained attention, the shoulder set faded from prominence but did not disappear entirely. Its crisp, refined beauty remains admired. While it is not as ubiquitous today as classic prong set solitaires, the shoulder set style retains devotees among those looking for its sleek, linear, understated elegance and nod to vintage charm.

Can you resize a shoulder set engagement ring?

Yes, a shoulder set ring can typically be resized, but the ease and extent of resizing may depend on the specific design and materials used in the ring. A shoulder set ring is one that features accent diamonds or gemstones on the shoulders of the band, enhancing the overall appearance of the ring. When resizing such a ring, several factors come into play.

If you need to make the ring smaller, Lily Arkwright jewellers can often remove a portion of the shank (the band), preserving the intricate shoulder details. On the other hand, increasing the ring size may require adding extra material to the shank, which can be more challenging without affecting the shoulder stones.

It's essential to consult with a skilled jeweller at Lily Arkwright who specialises in resizing rings, especially if your shoulder set ring has intricate designs. They can assess the ring's structure, advise you on the best resizing options, and ensure that the resizing process maintains the integrity and aesthetics of your beautiful shoulder set engagement or wedding ring.


Celebrity Shoulder Set Rings

Pixie Lott's shoulder set engagement ring

Pixie Lott flaunted a dazzling engagement ring from her partner, Oliver Cheshire. The ring showcased a stunning oval cut diamond centre stone framed by smaller diamonds on the band's shoulders. With its vintage inspired design and intricate detailing, it exudes elegance, symbolising their enduring love.

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Giselle round or Eden oval rings

Shoulder set engagement rings elegantly frame the centre stone with smaller diamonds lining the band's shoulders, enhancing its brilliance. This classic design highlights the central gem while adding intricate detailing, creating a captivating and sophisticated allure. The smaller diamonds on the band complement the centrepiece, radiating timeless beauty and grace.