We know that diamonds are forever, but you need a setting that’s going to go the distance, too. Here are some of the most popular engagement ring settings you should know about.
- Prong setting
Prong settings are certainly the most popular choice for engagement rings. Their average price is favourable, and they’re designed to hold any size stone securely in place. The prong acts like a small claw that’s rising up to grasp the stone. The prong will vary depending on the shape of the diamond. For instance, with round brilliant diamonds, there are typically for or six prongs that boost the diamond up.
- Halo Setting
The halo setting is designed to secure the centre stone of the ring beneath a rim adorned with pave diamonds, channel-set diamonds or even invisible-set diamonds. The halo setting can create a gorgeous diamond look that is very delicate. The settings can either be squared off or round on the sides.
- Channel setting
This setting looks something like a channel of sparkling water. You can identify this setting by its row of diamonds side by side, typically suspended by individual seats that are cut into either side of the channel. You’ll most commonly find a channel setting in wedding bands or for the side stones that accentuate the centre diamond of engagement rings.
- Invisible setting
Just imagine a floor completely made of diamonds. That is exactly the impression that is created by an invisible setting. The impression assembles a grid of princess-cut or even square diamonds that are set side by side to look like a surface made of diamonds.
The invisible-set diamonds tend to have channels cut into them. This allows them to be set from underneath and they’re usually set flush to the metal that surrounds the diamond’s grid pattern. So, it looks like there is nothing holding the diamonds together.
- Pave setting
Pave diamond rings are all about romance and glamour. They’re the ideal choice for the woman who loves her man and adores timeless fashion. The idea is that a ring’s surface is very literally paved with diamonds. Pave settings allow the ring to sparkle, yet in a subtle, understated way. The technique involves creating small prongs or beads from the metal to hold the diamonds in their place.
- Bezel setting
With this setting, the metal is formed around the diamond’s shape and the stop of the diamond sits flush on the perimeter of the setting. This is one of the oldest ways of setting a gemstone, but it only really grew in popularity in the late 19th century. It’s a popular choice for women who like contemporary, elegant and simple designs.
When it comes to bezel settings, there are two options:
- Partial bezel – This holds two sides of the diamond and leaves openings on the other two sides.
- Full bezel – This setting encircles the entire diamond.
If you’re about to go shopping for an engagement ring for your significant other, take a look at her overall style and taste to help you decide on the perfect setting. Make sure you’re comfortable with the risks of the settings and the overall costs before making a decision. Don’t forget to get a warranty and have the ring insured.