Engagement Ring Settings
Besides choosing the size and shape of your diamond as well as the kind of precious metal (gold, platinum, etc.) for your engagement ring, perhaps the most important decision to make is the setting in which your stone will sit. When showing off your ring, the setting will be the first thing people will see! Choosing a setting is an important thing to consider when designing an engagement ring as it can affect the size and shape of the diamond as well as the clarity or ‘sparkliness’. The setting completes the overall look of your engagement ring and should reflect your personal style. Styles like prong and bezel settings are more classic while tension and channel settings are more modern and adventurous.
Here are a few common (as well as unique) settings you can choose from:
This is one of the most common and classic ring settings. But what is a ‘prong’? A prong is a little metal claw that grips onto the diamond tightly and holds it in place. Prongs can also have different shapes like rounded, pointed or v-shaped. Settings like this usually feature four or six prongs and have the benefit of making the diamond the center of attention. A prong setting means that the diamond is covered with minimal metal so it will allow more light to pass through it, making it more brilliant!
Bezel settings are really popular because of their practicality in today’s fast-paced active world. Instead of being held by prongs, the bezel setting encircles the diamond with a thin metal rim. This kind of setting is great because you won’t run the risk of snagging your ring on clothes or other items.
This setting is a fairly new option on the market and is really eye-catching! While it is more complex and expensive to do, tension settings are really impressive to look at and enhance the diamonds ability to reflect light. A tension setting works by cutting tiny grooves into the band so that the diamond or precious stone is held into place by the pressure of the band itself.
Channel settings set diamonds in a row along the length of an engagement ring and are surrounded by the two metal edges of the band- creating a channel. With this setting, you have the option of including smaller diamonds on your ring to complement your center stone. This is a nice way of decorating your ring and adds a lot of bling!
Just like a halo surrounds an angel’s head, a halo engagement ring setting employs the same idea where small diamonds surround the center stone. This setting makes the center stone look larger and boosts the overall sparkle of the ring. Halo settings are a great option when using a smaller-carat diamond and using different stones to surround the main diamond makes for a really unique looking ring.
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