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5 Reasons You’ll Love a Low Profile Engagement Ring

Want a ring that’s so low maintenance you’ll forget it’s on? Us too. Here’s why we can’t get enough of this practical, modern approach to the traditional engagement ring.

If you live in outer space or you hate sweaters, a tall engagement ring might be the perfect style for you. For everyone else, a low-profile engagement ring is at least worth considering. Life is different these days, and low-profile engagement rings have been gaining in popularity for the past several years.

Yellow gold cathedral solitaire set up high
Not low profile
Platinum cathedral solitaire set up high with pave band
Also not low profile

In the name of practicality, diamonds have begun to descend from the loftier designs of decades past. But, what are you giving up by going down a bit? Will your diamond be as brilliant if it’s a few millimeters closer to your finger? The answer has to do with the way a diamond is cut, more than the way that it’s set.

Why Diamonds Sparkle

(Spoiler: It Has Nothing To Do With How High They’re Set)

Light passes through the top of a diamond, entering the stone at the table and crown areas. In poorly cut diamonds, light will exit through the lower facets of the diamond that make up the pavillion. In well cut diamonds, light will bounce around the inside, and come back out through the top of the diamond, creating sparkle that will be impossible to ignore. Moving your diamond a few millimeters closer to the sun is not going to make it sparklier, it’s just going to make it harder to wear. Focus on the quality of cut and a setting that suits your lifestyle. With no further ado, here are five reasons we think you’ll love a low profile engagement ring.

A diagram showing how light reflects from a round brilliant diamond

1. You Own Sweaters

(And you don’t want to ruin them on the first wear).

Do you love sweaters? We do too. We love cotton, merino, those $99 cashmere sweaters Nadaam makes. There’s nothing better than pulling on a sweater and cozying up with your partner in front of a crackling fire. But, when that sweater starts coming off, the pointy prongs of a taller setting are likely to snag. Prepare to spend the next few moments untangling your sweater rather than doing, ahem, other things. For that reason, it’s best to use protection — meet the bezel.

While any type of engagement ring setting can be low profile, bezel settings are the lowest maintenance of the bunch. With a thin, streamlined frame of metal holding your diamond firmly in place, you can worry less about what to wear, and more about what’s for lunch.

Our Favorite Bezel Set Low Profile Engagement Rings

The Golden Bathtub — this setting forgoes a flush fit for a clean, minimal look that’s low-profile as humanly possible.

Parker No. 6 — east west settings have the advantage of making smaller stones look bigger. Smaller stone = less height = lower profile. Get it?

Similar to the Golden Bathtub, Billie No. 5 takes it down a notch by replacing the round brilliant with a rose cut. With their flat bottom and geodesic top, a rose cut is the ideal diamond if you’re prioritizing height over everything else.

2. You Have a Dog

A low profile engagement ring is your dog’s best friend

Do you have a dog? Whether your fluffy friend is a a Terrier or a Komondor, the kind of care you’ll want to take of your dog might not be compatible with taking care of your ring. Imagine the leash getting caught on your pointy solitaire as your dog does a 180 to chase a squirrel. How about the brushing, bathing, grooming, and of course petting that happens every day. Prong-set rings can get stuck in hair. Poorly made rings can bend or even break. With a low-profile engagement ring it’s much less of an issue.

Our favorite dog friendly low profile engagement rings

Marquise’s may remind you of your grandma but hear us out. Marquises are the shallowest brilliant cut you can buy and give you a whole lot of a surface area without the height.

Similar to Marquise, ovals are similarly gifted in the surface area department. Bezel set yours for a dog friendly look that’s low maintenance and sparkly.

You Have a Child

Do you plan to continually take your engagement ring on and off multiple times a day during those early toddler years? We didn’t think so. In fact, when recently surveyed, 63% of you said you planned to wear your ring every day. A towering setting can be a nuisance. Especially when it comes to changing diapers, picking up toys, or chasing after a rogue toddler. Alternatively, a low-profile engagement ring like a three-stone setting or bezel setting is less likely to get in life’s way. You’re a parent; you have so many things to think about, why not select an engagement ring that you don’t have to?

Our favorite child low profile engagement rings

The best thing about three stones? A 1.5 carat center stone can still get you a big look without all the added height.

Consider a more round stone like the cushion, oval or round brilliant that is less vulnerable to chipping with everyday wear.

You Like to Travel

A low profile engagement ring won’t get in the way of your adventures

Like most self-respecting millennials, we love to travel. Even better if it’s spontaneous. We might complain about the lack of legroom inside that 500mph aluminum tube, but, the journey is always part of the fun.

Now imagine future you, jet setting all over for your new job. Do you want a tall ring getting in the way when you lift your bag into the overhead? Do you want to worry about the diamond snagging your coat liner when you pull your passport from your interior pocket? How about when you pull out your laptop to work on a presentation. You have better things to do than continually upright your ring. Why not choose a low-profile setting that won’t get in the way of your trips or your career.

Our favorite travel friendly low profile engagement rings

The Skinny Stacking Oval — this setting is as low profile as can be while still maintaining a flush fit.

The Skinny Stacking Round — round diamonds sit a bit higher than ovals, but can still be low profile if the culet (bottom of the diamond) is set just above, or recessed into the band.

You Live on Planet Earth

Do you live on planet earth? Us too! Such a small world. But seriously, planet earth comes with this pesky thing called gravity. Gravity loves to pull things down to the ground. Especially top-heavy engagement rings like a classic Tiffany solitaire set with a 2-carat diamond.

To make it even trickier, your finger size will change. While you might think your ring fits perfectly in summer; it’s going to be a spinner in the winter.  Why? Fingers shrink in the cold. Plus, sweater and gloves are the sworn enemies of tall engagement rings. So, if you enjoy the simple pleasures of planet earth, consider a low-profile engagement ring. It’s a practical and gravity-friendly choice that will bring you joy (rather than annoying you) every day.

How to Choose a Low Profile Engagement Ring that Won’t Catch or Snag

Once you’ve decided to choose a low-profile engagement ring, the next question you might ask yourself is how? Most engagement rings aren’t labeled low-profile. Because of this, it can be difficult to know what to buy. Here are our top three tips for evaluating a ring’s practicality.

Look at the Point of the Diamond

For a low profile look that stacks flush with an engagement ring, the point of the diamond (known as the culet) should hover a fraction of a mm above the band.

For a low profile look that doesn’t stack flush you can recess the point into the band for an even lower look.

Low profile settings and stackability aren’t necessarily at odds with each other, but you will have to choose which one is the most important to you,

Consider the Size of the Diamond

The bigger the diamond the higher it sits, period. This is because carat weight increases out but also up. If you’re coveting a larger stone consider a Marquise, Pear or Oval diamond all of which are more shallow and will sit lower on the finger. Or, opt for a halo or three-stone setting as a way to get that big look without the added height.

Consider the Setting Type

If you want the lowest-maintenance, lowest-profile setting: a platinum or yellow gold bezel is the way to go. This combination requires the lowest maintenance over time. It won’t require the occasional re-plating that white gold does. It also won’t require prong tightening the way that prong-set styles do.

If you’re set on a stackable solitaire, remember what we said earlier. Take a look at the ring’s profile view to see where the point of the diamond ends. This is the best way to evaluate a setting’s height.

If you want that big look without a tall stone, a three-stone setting like our cushion cut three stone could be perfect for you. Three stone settings are generally lower profile and complement the curvature of your finger. This means they are less likely to get stuck or caught on things.

When in doubt, try it on! Rings just look different in real life. Our complimentary try at home kit allows you to test drive rings for up to a week. You can see how they fit into your everyday life, and decide what you find comfortable. Ready to give it a go? Take the quiz to see which ring styles suit you.