Engagement Ring Settings
In addition to considering the mineral or gemstone characteristics and band material, you must also decide on an engagement ring setting. There are a variety of setting styles to choose from to accommodate different personalities. An elegant solitaire setting may be more appropriate for the classic-styled. More unique settings such as the tension or bar setting are better suited for a stylish partner. The setting guide below will be helpful in determining the perfect setting for your partner.
This common setting looks as the name implies: a single diamond or gemstone that is not surrounded by other stones. Usually, solitaire diamonds are held in place with a prong setting.
Side Stones Setting
Engagement rings with side stones have a larger stone in the center, which is enhanced by the surrounding gems. Many different methods can be used to set the side stones; however, the most common are the channel and prong settings.
Three-Stone Rings are commonly referred to as “anniversary rings”. The three diamonds represent the past, present, and future of your relationship. All three stones can be the same size or the center stone can be larger than the side stones. Furthermore, the side stones can be personalized with different gems or birthstones. Usually, this style of ring is mounted using the prong setting.
Matching Bridal Set
Engagement rings can be paired with a wedding band to form an intricate design. These can be custom-made or can be purchased as a set.
Ring Setting Techniques
The bezel setting is holds the diamond in place by creating a metal frame either partially or entirely around the stone. If the metal surrounds the thin edge of the diamond, it can act as a protective barrier against damage or snagging. Additionally, this setting technique can make the stone appear larger.
Invisible settings are hidden underneath very closely placed gemstones. This technique gives the illusion of a larger, continuous area of diamonds. Since the setting metal does not block light from entering the stone, the diamond appears more brilliant.
The prong setting style is most common, particularly for solitaire rings. Similar to the invisible setting, the prong setting does not impede light from entering the stone. Furthermore, the center diamond can be raised above the band to make it appear larger. Prongs are attached to the band beneath the stone and grip around the diamond, forming an arch at the top. Most often, four prongs are used; however five or six can be used at evenly spaced intervals. This setting can be used for a variety of shapes, as it is effective in preventing damage to even the delicate pointed tips of the diamond. One drawback is that the prongs can snag on clothing if they are especially high-set. Those with active lifestyles may prefer the lower-set prongs.
In this band setting, the stones are set against two strips of metal that hold them side-by-side without the use of additional prongs. Considered to be one of the most secure settings, the channel setting protects and smooths the edges of the stones. This makes the stones less likely to snag on hair or clothing. The channel setting is very popular for engagement rings and wedding bands.
The pave, or bead, band setting is covered with dozens of small diamonds, which covers the metal band underneath. These diamonds are held in place with very small prongs or beads; this gives the illusion that the band is made entirely of diamonds. Using this setting makes the center stone sparkle, even if it is a lower clarity or less-brilliant cut. However, ring sizing can be difficult with this setting.
This setting style can be used to make rings look more abstract by setting diamonds and gemstones close together to form an unusual shape or create the illusion of a larger diamond. Since this setting style involves bringing several stones close together in a specific way, there is usually considerable height added, which can more easily snag.
The bar setting is similar to the channel setting; however, the bar setting uses a narrow bar of curved metal to hold stones in place on only two sides. Stones set next to each other using this technique have a thin bar of metal between them.
The tension setting is considered for rings with a modern design. Using pressure to hold a stone between two ends of a metal mounting, this setting creates the image of a floating diamond. These settings are less expensive and simpler to create. Additionally, they are one of the more secure settings as they use a prong or bezel setting underneath or to the side of the diamond to anchor it firmly.
Becoming more and more popular for engagement rings, the halo setting is the placement of diamonds/gemstones in one or more concentric circles around a larger center stone. This design gives the appearance of a larger center stone, which can be a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a solitary larger-carat stone. This style is commonly used with pave bands or with simple metal bands.
Similar to the arches of a cathedral, this ring setting utilizes metal arches to firmly hold the diamond in place. This is considered to be one of the more classic and elegant ring settings. These arches can be set with other settings, such as the tension or bezel. Since this setting uses high arches to hold the diamond in place, the stone is much higher above the band of the ring. This can make the center stone appear much larger, but can cause the ring to snag more frequently on clothing and other materials.
The flush setting is also referred to as the “gypsy setting” and sets the diamond into a hole drilled into the ring band so the top of the diamond is flush with the top of the band. Commonly used in men’s wedding bands, the flush setting is appropriate for the partner with an active lifestyle.
Although these styles were created with a specific time period in mind, the vintage styles are becoming increasingly popular. Usually, these styles have very intricate details such as filigree and milgrain. Filigree is a type of design that soders tiny metal beads to the surface of the ring. Milgrain is a type of engraving that provides an antique look using tiny balls of metal on the band sides and ring crown.
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