Engagement rings feature a focal centre diamond, whereas dress rings traditionally have a coloured gemstone in the centre surrounded by smaller halo or shoulder stones. Modern day diamond dress rings and cocktail rings, however, don’t adhere to strict design guidelines and can include a simple gold band of diamonds or gemstones without a centre stone.
Dress rings can be customised by diamond and gemstone shape, setting type, carat, metal type and band width. The addition of milgrain edging and other metal detailing can also be used to customise dress ring designs, and stackable dress rings can be used to create an opulent display of layered gold dress rings.
A diamond dress ring adds a touch of luxe to any outfit, whether it’s work attire, or something more formal. The more extravagant, modern diamond dress rings are usually reserved for special occasions like evening wear and formal events.
A cocktail ring is a lavish dress ring commonly featuring coloured gemstones and diamonds. Similar in size and design complexity to a modern engagement ring, cocktail rings are usually worn on the middle finger or index finger to cocktail parties and black tie events as a statement jewellery piece, often with matching diamond earrings.