The ring setting is the style of which the stone for your engagement ring will be mounted on. The setting will to a large extent, determine the overall look of the ring and how well the stone will stand out. There are many different styles of settings to choose from and it is important for you to choose the style of setting which will bring out the best of the stone that you have chosen.
This is the most classic and common ring setting. The stone is secured in place with little metal claws called prongs. This setting offers a simple, classic and timeless look. It brings more attention to the diamond itself due to the minimum metal used and allows for more light to be exposed to the stone. Commonly, four prongs or six prongs are used for this setting. Four prongs will allow for more light exposure to the stone but six prongs offer a more secure setting.
The setting is called as such as the ring is paved with many smaller stones. The smaller stones are held in small holes within the ring metal and secured with mini prongs. These smaller stones are placed directly next to each other without any breaks and the surface of the ring will appear to be encrusted with stones for a brilliant effect and additional sparkle.
This setting uses compression-spring pressure of the shank to hold the stone between the two sides of the metal without the use of prongs. In this setting, the diamond looks like it is suspended in the air and allows great light exposure to the diamond.
A strip of metal surrounds the stone by the girdle in this setting. It can be a full bezel setting where the stone is encircled entirely or a partial bezel setting where the metal rim does not cover the entire edge of the stone with the sides visible. This setting secures the stone well and protects the girdle from being nicked but it tends to hide more of the stone.
The three-stone settings is anther popular setting which consists of three stones set closely together. Very often, the centre stone is larger the two side stones so that appearance of the centre stone is enhanced. The use of three stones in a ring will create a flashier effect with more brilliance and sparkle. It is also possible to pair a diamond with coloured side stones.
The halo setting is a style that includes the placement of diamonds or other gemstones around the centre stone. This setting can make the centre stone appear larger and boost the overall sparkle of the ring. Halo settings can also be paired with the pave setting to give a even flashier look.
A split shank ring is a ring where the band of the rings is spilt into two separate shanks. It creates a unique and attention grabbing appearance. The spilt shank also provides a additional surface area to add side stones.
The channel setting sandwiches a row of stones in the band of the ring. The stones are set closely to each other with no prongs and no metal in-between them unlike the pave setting. This setting is very popular among wedding bands.
Also called the “Gypsy”, this setting flushes the stone into the band and does not protrude at all. The setting is another popular choice for wedding bands, especially for men as it offers a sleek and simple look. The stone set in a flush setting is highly protected from chipping but it also limits the visibility of the stone.