21 Three-Stone Engagement Rings for a More Is More Vibe
Three-stone engagement rings have emerged as one of the trendiest ring designs in recent years. The reason, of course, is Meghan Markle. Her engagement ring from Prince Harry features a stunning cushion-cut central diamond flanked by two round diamonds, a gift to the Prince by his late mother, Diana.
Prince Harry's cousin, Princess Beatrice, also sports a three-stone ring given by her husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. The style seems to have a devoted A-list following in Hollywood, too, as other celebs such as Jessica Simpson, Salma Hayek and Christina Ricci have been spotted wearing a version of this classic ring style.
Three-stone engagement rings are full of symbolism, as well as a gorgeous option for the to-be-wed looking for an easily customizable style. Not only does this time-honored setting represent the past, present and future, but it also allows for a lot of creative interpretation.
Want to know more? Read on for our guide to three-stone engagement rings.
What Is a Three-Stone Engagement Ring?
A three-stone engagement ring usually—but not always—features three stones that represent your relationship's past, present and future. While the size of the stones may vary, more often than not, the center stone is larger than the two side stones. The beauty of the design is that it gives you so much creativity—you can incorporate gemstones or go for diamonds in classic or nontraditional shapes. If you're going for a totally personalized look, the sky is truly the limit here.
What to Look For in a Three-Stone Engagement Ring
There are a few things to be mindful of when shopping for a three-stone engagement ring. First of all, make sure that all three stones are securely set. In this case, look at the prongs. If your ring features a nontraditional cut diamond such as a pear or marquise, go for V-prongs that grip the stone at its sharp ends.
If you have your heart set on a three diamond engagement ring, look at all three stones and make sure their color and clarity look uniform; you don't end up with a ring that features diamonds that visibly differ in color and brilliance.
And lastly, if you opt to design a custom engagement ring, don't just focus on the look of each stone on its own. Make sure that the trio of stones you choose work in harmony. They should complement each other, and one element should not overpower the others or look out of place.
Why Choose a Three-Stone Engagement Ring
This engagement ring style has so many benefits—it pretty much allows you to have it all. For instance, if you're into classic cuts such as princess, Asscher or cushion but would also like a pop of nontraditional color, you can certainly find a three-stone design that checks all of those boxes. And, this setting allows you to incorporate diamonds as well as colorful gemstones.
Believe it or not, three-stone diamond engagement rings may also end up costing less than a ring with a solitaire stone. Why? Because a cluster of smaller stones gives the illusion of a larger carat weight. Larger stones are also rarer, and therefore pricier.
And finally—we may be stating the obvious here—you get so much more sparkle with a three-stone engagement ring.
Three-Stone Engagement Rings You Can Buy Now
Feeling a three-stone engagement ring now? Shop some of our favorite rings styles below.
Forevermark Center of My Universe Halo Three-Stone Ring
You can never have too much bling. Case in point: This rose gold three-stone engagement ring with three round diamonds accented by sparkly diamond halos.
The Elspeth Three-Stone Engagement Ring
This classic three-stone ring design features 1.5-carats worth of GIA-certified diamonds set on a yellow gold band. It's a timeless look that can be worn with a variety of wedding rings.
Brilliant Earth Cometa Diamond Engagement Ring
This stunning three-stone oval diamond engagement ring features two kite-shaped side stones that add unexpected flair to a minimalist design. The slightly tapered 18K yellow gold band also accentuates this unique stone arrangement beautifully.
Pnina Tornai Deco Love Diamond Engagement Ring 2-7/8 CT. T.W. Baguette/Round 14K Two-Tone Gold
Calling all vintage brides. This diamond engagement ring's gorgeous Art Deco-inspired setting consists of an emerald-cut center stone and two baguette diamonds.
Kataoka Three Cosmos Ring
Boho brides, take note. Inspired by the cosmos, this alternative engagement ring with three rose cut diamonds surrounded by starburst halos has a gorgeous ethereal vibe.
James Allen 14K White Gold Three-Stone Trillion Shaped Emerald Engagement Ring
Two trillion-shaped emeralds complement a round center diamond and add a vibrant pop of color to this three-stone engagement ring. Bonus: The band can be customized in multiple precious metals.
Jared Diamond 3-Stone Ring 7/8 CT. T.W. Princess/Round 14K White Gold
This luxe design is all about glitz. Three princess-cut diamonds are surrounded by double halos plus a diamond-encrusted 14K white gold band.
Brilliant Earth Piper Diamond Engagement Ring
Two baguette side stones complement a stunning Asscher diamond for a modern take on a classic three-stone setting. A delicate platinum band completes the design.
Gemvara Luciana Ring
Blue topaz is associated with loyalty and love, so it makes perfect sense to have it on your engagement ring. In this version of Gemvara's Luciana ring, three topaz gemstones—an oval one and two round side stones—add a whimsical vibe to this three-stone engagement ring.
Forever One 2.77CTW Cushion Moissanite Three-Stone Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold
Two baguette side stones positioned horizontally flank a central cushion-cut moissanite (a lab-created stone) for an alternative take on the timeless three-stone engagement ring style.
Brilliant Earth Marquise Three-Stone Engagement Ring Set
Thisbridal set includes a three-stone engagement ring with a beautiful marquise-cut diamond and two round accent stones. The ornate bridal set also comes with a wedding band featuring matching hand engraving and milgrain borders.
Jared Diamond Engagement Ring 2 CT. T.W. Round/Emerald 14K White Gold
This sophisticated geometric design features Art Deco motifs and lots of megawatt sparkle. The central arrangement features three emerald-cut sparklers, set off by a band of channel-set emerald-cut diamonds. Chevron details set with round diamonds are the finishing touch of this 2-carat stunner.
Zales 4 CT. T.W. Diamond Past Present Future Ring in 14K White Gold
This stunning bridal set takes the guesswork out of choosing your wedding ring stack. It has not one but two wedding bands already included—one on top and one on the bottom of a stunning three-stone ring.
Tiffany & Co. Three-Stone Engagement Ring in Platinum
A smooth platinum band provides a classic foundation for three round-cut diamonds. It's a sophisticated, no-frills design that will wow anyone.
Jennie Kwon La Vie En Rose Ring
Romantics, this one's for you. This ultra-feminine engagement ring features three pink rose-cut sapphires in a velvety yellow gold setting.
Brilliant Earth Lyra Diamond Engagement Ring
A stunning Asscher-cut sparkler framed by two round diamonds make up this three-stone engagement ring. The 18K white gold band is encrusted with pavé diamonds for a "more is more" look.
Tacori Dantela Engagement Ring
This three-stone engagement ring is fit for royalty. A round diamond flanked by cadillac-shaped sapphire side stones sits atop a crown of pavé diamonds for a seriously regal feel.
Grace Lee Triple Pear Ring
A three-stone setting doesn't have to look expected. This alternative take on the time-honored design features a stunning cluster of pear-shaped diamonds.
Pnina Tornai Black Diamond Engagement Ring 2 CT. T.W. Round 14K Two-Tone Gold
This bold three-stone engagement ring is for the bride looking for a unique take on a classic style. In this case, the stunning round black diamonds transform this traditional ring style into a total showstopper.
Kwiat Engagement Ring With a Radiant Yellow Diamond and Side Stones
If you're in the market for a colored engagement ring with a more classic feel, consider a yellow diamond with white diamond side stones. This über-glam sparkler feels unique but will stand the test of time.
Jared Natural Tanzanite Engagement Ring 5/8 CT. T.W. Diamonds 14K White Gold
Tanzanite's rich indigo shade symbolizes longevity. This rare gemstone is a gorgeous option if you're in the market for a colored engagement ring. Here, an oval tanzanite gemstone shines between two oval diamonds on a diamond-encrusted 14K white gold band.