How to Add Meaning to an Engagement Ring

Whether you are getting an engagement ring made for your love or having one designed with your input, adding meaning can be a great way to increase the romance factor. This type of ring is meant to be rich in meaning, symbolising the great love you share with you and your beloved. Although you could consider symbolic rings that clearly signify this love, you can also add meaning in more subtle ways. In this guide, we take a look at some of the ways that you can add meaning to your engagement ring.

Adding Meaning to Your Engagement Ring

Some of the ways that you could add meaning to your engagement ring include the following:


Inscriptions are a very simple way to add meaning. Ask your jeweller to inscribe a special date, phrase or even a word that has meaning that only you and your love will understand. Everything time you look at this inscription, you will be reminded of your love. You could inscribe something onto the band, on the underside of the band or even on your wedding rings as well. You could even opt for an almost invisible message that can only be seen under a magnifying glass. If you are surprising your love with a ring, this can be especially romantic.

Hidden Birthstones

Another deeply romantic way to add meaning is to add a hidden stone. Birthstones are ideal for this type of ring. If your love has a stone that means a lot to her, you could also consider this stone as well. Add it to the side of the diamond or even deeply set within the underside of the band. This is a great way to bring in her special stone without being too over the top.


You can also add engravings in other ways aside from inscriptions. Try a symbol that represents your love – doves, hearts, the name of the place where you met. Get creative and think of something that has deep meaning for both of you. Like inscriptions, this can be added somewhere visible or somewhere hidden.

Coloured Diamonds

Coloured diamonds can be surprisingly meaningful. Certain colours may represent certain meanings or memories in your relationship. Many colours have broader meanings as well, similar to birthstones. If she has a favourite colour, you can add a very tiny colourful diamond somewhere in the design that will make her smile whenever she looks down at her ring finger.

Custom Stone & Setting

Another way to add meaning is to go with a customised diamond shape or setting that has meaning for both bride and groom. For example, a heart-shaped diamond may not mean something to everyone, but to you, it may signify a personal story or a hardship you have overcome together. Think about who your love is and what sort of stone and setting would truly suit her.

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Beautiful Bezel Engagement Rings

Bezel engagement rings are characterised by their full setting around the stone rather than prongs. Depending on the style, this setting can help to enhance the stone. It is also one of the most secure settings, with nothing that catches on clothing or fabric and far less chance of damage. Keep reading to learn more about this setting to see how it can be used in engagement rings.

Fall in Love With These Elegant Bezel Cut Engagement Rings

Sturdy, minimal and modern, bezel cut engagement rings have become popular in recent years. Here are some of the ways that you could use this setting in your ring design.

Halo Pave

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This exquisite halo pave ring from Cape Diamonds has a classic design that is surprisingly versatile. A flawless round cut diamond takes centre stage, surrounded by pave stones that continue onto the band. This ring would work equally well with a solid metal band. It would also work well in any other metal – yellow gold, white gold or platinum. The secure tube or bezel setting not only ensures that the stone is securely fitted – but it also continues the gentle roundness.

Twisted Band

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Bezel settings can also work very well in a twisted band. In this ring, the small centre diamond is set in a way that draws attention subtly. The stone is framed on both ends, tapering to a point on one end to add to its delicate design. This ring would work well in any type of metal and in any colour diamond. It would also work well with your birthstone or another favourite stone for added colour.

Black Marquise

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This ring is certainly bold and dramatic. Two bands in yellow gold are used to frame a breathtaking black marquise diamond. The shape of the marquise cut stone works perfectly with this ring, balancing it out without being over the top. Although the black and gold combination works well, you could also opt for a classic diamond and platinum for something more traditional.

Half Bezel

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The bezel cut also includes half bezel, which frames the stone on either side rather than all the way around. This style works well in the simple, elegant example shown here in platinum and diamond. The solitaire cut diamond is positioned to sparkle without being over the top. Rose gold would work well for the band if you prefer more colour.

Gold Sapphire

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Another dazzling ring, a delicate gold band is enhanced by a rich blue sapphire stone in a bezel setting. This ring is ideal for modern brides who favour non-traditional jewellery. Although gold and sapphire work well, you could choose any other stone and metal combination for an equally lovely effect.

Three Stone

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The three stone ring works very well in bezel cuts – especially for those who favour minimal rings. These rings are ultra-romantic, symbolising the journey you take together as a couple. Each stone is said to represent a stage in this journey… your past, your present and your future. Choose cool-toned stones and metal, try different coloured diamonds for each stone or add warmth in rose or yellow gold.

Rose Pear

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Another elegant and classic design, the pear cut ring works very well in a bezel cut. Simple rose gold helps the centre stone to shine, adding a soft boundary around the stone that tapers into the band. It would work equally well in any metal – white gold, yellow gold or platinum – and any stone.

Diamond Ruby

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Finally, we have another modern bezel cut ring. This ring could technically be seen as a two stone ring, representing your love as friends and as romantic partners. But it is also a little bit different, with an asymmetrical style that works well with the combination of gold band, ruby teardrop and tiny diamond.

At Cape Diamonds, we are committed to making your dream ring into a reality. Contact our studio today to learn more about planning the perfect engagement ring in Cape Town and surrounds.