Designing your custom engagement ring

Designing Your Custom Engagement Ring

The Difference that Steven Kirsch Makes

 A custom-designed engagement ring by Steven Kirsch will signify the depth of your commitment. Nothing other than flawless craftsmanship, coupled with superior design, will suffice for such an occasion. Creation of such a piece always begins with an exquisite center stone. Whether you select a high-quality diamond, an family heirloom or a colored gemstone all attention will focus on that stone and be enhanced by a well-designed setting. Please follow this link for details regarding our ordering process. ((((add link after article is created!!))))

1)Selecting a Center Stone


The most popular center stone today remains an excellent diamond, and for good reason. Diamonds are simply exquisite. Steven Kirsch Inc., will offer you our expert advice so that the diamond that you ultimately select will contain both fire and enduring value. When color, clarity, and cut come together in ideal proportion, you have a superior diamond. Diamonds of all sizes are beautiful when these characteristics are equally represented. Certain colored stones (e.g., sapphires) present wonderful alternatives to diamonds as a center stone. If you prefer a colored stone, let us help you select one that mirrors your style and is suitable for everyday wear.

2)Picking an Engagement Ring setting style

Platinum and Diamond ring hand made in New York by Steven

There are generally three major styles of engagement rings: solitaire rings, halo rings, and three-stone rings (see descriptions below). You should consider the cut of your center stone when deciding upon a ring style. A modern cut usually looks best with a contemporary or classic mounting, while an antique stone might be better enhanced by a design more consistent with its time period. When picking the setting we also advise that you choose a style that will compliment your personality and lifestyle. If you’re having trouble deciding between designs we wold be happy to help you with your decision. Email us at



Round cut diamonds are classic and appear quite elegant in a solitaire setting. Solitaire settings are the simplest and are generally preferred for enhancing stones of high quality. These settings consist of two parts: the head that holds the stone and the shank or band that goes around your finger. There are also two main types of head styles: the basket style (sometimes called the “Winston style”) and the crown style (sometimes called the “Tiffany style”). The basket style is generally considered by most as the more elegant, classic, and secure style.  Our master craftsmen always try to minimize the visibility of metal in order to allow as much light as possible to pass through the stone and to highlight the center stone’s best features. If you desire, it is also possible to add pavé or micro pavé (a carpet of tiny diamonds) to any surface of the ring. For a complete description of the difference that you will see with Steven Kirsch’s pavé, see our page Art of Pave. A solitaire setting is best for stones with good symmetry and perfect cut. Browse our collection of Solitaire Engagements Rings to help you decide on that perfect setting.



A halo is a border, usually set with small diamonds (((pavé or micro pavé add link when article is written))), that surrounds the center stone. This style has become very popular in recent years. A halo setting around the center stone helps to define the graceful outline and shape of the stone and can help to correct the stone’s short comings, if any. A halo is not an extension of the stone, but focuses attention on the stone’s shape. A halo of diamonds also provides a stunning frame for a colored center stone. When surrounded by one or more rows of micro pavé diamonds, a high quality colored diamond, sapphire, emerald, or ruby will dazzle the eye. To see a wonderful selection of halo settings, browse our Halo Engagement Ring selection!

Three Stones


A three stone style displays two side stones on either side of the center stone. Depending on the cut or shape of the center stone, this style connects the stone to the shank or covers the width of the ring to minimize visibility of the shank when viewed from the top. Sometimes, this style employs five or more stones. Once your center stone has been selected, we can advise you about whether a three stone style should be used to display the stone to its best advantage. As you make your decision, be sure to have a look at our outstanding collection of Three Stone Engagement Rings and Five Stone Engagement Rings.

3)Sit back and let Steven Kirsch create your custom piece that will commemorate this memorable moment!




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