17 Gorgeous Diamond Engagement Rings from Real Brides

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

Whether you prefer pear-shaped diamonds, colored center stones, or halo settings, Inside Weddings is full of jewelry and wedding ring inspiration.

Photo: B&G Photography

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!

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; Planning & Design by Posh Parties; Venue: The Breakers
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
halo marquise diamond engagement ring bouquet classic wedding detail photo

Photo by Carasco Photography

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; Planning & Design by Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events
Round Diamond Ring on Golf Ball

Photo by Vallentyne Photography; Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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; Floral & Event Design by White Lilac Inc.

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; Floral & Event Design by White Lilac Inc.
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.

yellow gold engagement ring oval center stone

Photo by John Cain Photography; Planning & Design by Emily Clarke Events

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 The Day by Ira Lippke
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; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events
princess cut engagement ring wedding ideas

Photo by Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

To see more beautiful diamond engagement rings, visit the galleries section to view jewelry by shape, style, and color. And take a look at the best manicure ideas to show off your ring!