Diamond Engagement Ring

 “…In chemistry, the diamond, being pure carbon, is one of the most common elements. Yet it fashioned by nature into a magnificent crystal with the most dramatic history of all gems…”  C.W. de Kiewiet

Leon Mege Diamond Engagement ring

Engagement ring's meaning

An engagement ring is a universal symbol of love and commitment. It has an additional meaning as a status symbol.

Early engagement marks were as simple as grass braids tied around the wrist or ankle. It was a nice addition to a dowry, usually consisting of a few sheep or cows. In the old days, men in power used rings as tags to track their wives and concubines. Puzzle rings and ornate bands were popular in the East, while the European tradition favored rings set with inexpensive gemstones. 

By the end of the Middle Ages, diamonds appeared in betrothal rings, and by the 20th century, diamonds were set in almost every engagement ring. Even today, finding a couple without an engagement ring is hard. Even when called by other names, such as a “promise ring” or a “friendship ring,” they still serve the same purpose. The ring announces to everyone that the person is engaged in a relationship. A hand is the best spot on the human body for a ring to be attached to and noticed.

Why a diamond?

"If you're not gonna be a part of civil society, then just get in your car and move to the East Side."
Cosmo Kramer

Wearing a diamond ring is ingrained into the very fabric of society as a sign of vanity and bondage between two people. Following the relentless marketing juggernaut of DeBeers, diamonds ruled every matrimonial aspiration. They are virtually indestructible, rare, valuable, and, above all, shiny, bursting in a brilliant fire everywhere: outdoors or in a dimly lit office. Diamond’s lack of color makes it the perfect companion to a modern bride that will not contrast with any outfit, garment, or accessory. They are easy to color-coordinate and fit virtually any situation in life, whether casual or formal. 

Why a natural diamond?

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” Robertson Davie.

Spiritually a natural diamond’s power is said to restore the true meaning of the engagement ritual and purify its corrupted Karma. Lab-grown diamonds’ Karma-healing properties have not been tested yet. However, we are optimistic that that day will come.

Diamonds, much like Bitcoins, hold no intrinsic value in the absence of a socially accepted value. Even though they were synthesized fairly recently, lab-grown diamonds are fully accepted by the general public.

A lab-grown diamond will save you a lot of money with zero trade-offs. They are virtually indistinguishable from natural diamonds but are made by man. You get the same mineral with the same optical properties, hardness, and beautiful look. Whether the painter used oil or acrylic does not affect the value of the painting as long as he is a true artist.

Engagement ring styles

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Our classification of engagement ring and wedding band styles groups them into distinct categories. Construction and the type of pave are identifying characteristics responsible for their distinct look.


Pave solitaires 300-series

Series 300 Solitaire solitaire accented with traditional bright-cut pave infusing the boring plain metal with rigorous sparkle.

  • 301 – pave on top of the shank r6748
  • 303 – three-sided pave on the shank
  • 310 – pave on the basket, plain shank
  • 311 – pave on the top of the shank and the basket r7842
  • 313 – pave on all sides of the  shank and the basket r7041

Pave solitaires 400-series

The legendary Series 400 engagement rings by Leon Mege put the universe’s sheen and splendor at your fingertips. All our Series 400 engagement rings are custom designed and could feature unique elements that are not the requisite parts of the design.

Series 400 engagement ring is a traditional solitaire accented with modern borderless pave. 

Each style number in the series indicates how many rows of pave the ring has. The middle digit tells the number of rows on the ring’s head. The last digit tells the number of rows on the ring’s shank.

  • 401 – one row on the shank, plain basket r7992
  • 403 – three rows on the shank, plain basket r6255
  • 410 – one row on the basket, plain shank r6969
  • 411 – one row on the shank, pave on the basket r7749
  • 413 – three rows on the shank, pave on the basket r7977
Leon Mege series 400 micro pave solitaires illustration
Leon Mege bridal rings 600-series illustration

Halo rings 600-series

Both 600- and 800-series rings have a diamond halo that circles the center stone. On occasion, the halo can be set with colored gemstones. There are two main pave styles – modern and traditional.

Series 600 Halo rings with traditional pave, called bright-cut, bring a conservative style to the halo design. 600-series rings have an antique flair, often emphasized by millgrain. Diamonds in bright-cut pave are set single-file between two edges. 

  • 611 – top of the shank and single row on the halo r6240
  • 613 – three sides of the shank, single row on the halo
  • 621 – pave on the top of the shank and two sides of the halo r5142
  • 623 – three sides on the shank, two sides on halo r7155

Halo rings 800-series

Series 800 Halo ring with modern, borderless pave.

Series 800 features modern pave styles, such as cut-down, V-cut, fishtail, etc. Each style differentiates the number of pave rows in the ring. The number in the middle is the number of rows in the halo. The last digit is the number of rows on the shank.

  • 810 – single row halo with plain shank r7431
  • 811 – single row halo with a single row on the shank r8129
  • 813 – single row halo with a three-row shank r6577
  • 821 – two-row halo, single-row shank r8221

Leon Mege 811 Halo style is our most popular halo engagement ring style.

bridal styles wedding band s 100-series

Wedding bands 100-series

Eternity wedding bands with bright-cut pave, giving them a squared profile and orderly geometric feel, where each diamond row is separated by edges often mistaken for a channel.

Wedding bands 200-series

Eternity wedding bands with modern, borderless pave: cut-down, fishtail, V-cut, or micro pave. This style of pave is less metallic, with a softer, more rounded look.

leon mege wedding band 200 series styles illustration
Illustration solitaire Leon Mege


A Solitaire is an engagement ring with a single stone floating over the finger with minimum attention to the mounting and all attention to the stone. Our 300- and 400-series engagement rings are solitaires with pave.

  • Classic solitaire – Traditional ring style with a two-tiered basket and cathedral shank
  • Modern solitaire – Contemporary ring style with a two-tiered basket and uniform shank
  • Tulip solitaire, aka “Tiffany solitaire.” The crown-style mounting is typically outfitted with six prongs and is best suited for round stones.

Three- and five-stone rings

The elegant ring design, where stones are filed neatly in a row from East to West, can have many stones, but combinations of three and five are the most popular. Different shapes are synergized to produce a joined result greater than the sum.

The side stones‘ purpose is to draw attention to the center stone’s importance (physical or spiritual). They are mirror reflections of each other on both sides of the center. The sides are tilted down, shadowing the shank’s curve. Most side stones are colorless diamonds.

Leon Mege three-stone ring style illustration
Three- and five-stone rings
Cluster ring illustration
Cluster rings

Cluster rings

A cluster ring occasionally called a “Cocktail ring” is a bouquet of shapes and, occasionally, colors that may or may not feature a keystone. Clusters built around a larger center are more traditional.

Those assembled from various shapes to form flower-like arrangements are more decorative and allow artistic freedom. Harry Winston pioneered high-end cluster design far beyond the “leftover mix” typical in low-end jewelry. Rounds, marquises, and pears are the most popular shapes used in clusters.

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