A Guide To Engagement Ring Settings
When shopping for engagement rings, many shoppers commonly have the misconception that the most difficult part of the process is over when they find the perfect diamond or stone for a ring. While finding the right stone is an important step, you are far from finished. Next, you will want to ensure that you choose the best and most beautiful setting for the selected stone. Most shapes and sizes of diamonds, gems, or other stones can be fitted to most major ring setting styles. There are multiple ring setting styles available, but to help make your choice easier and find the perfect ring, we’re going to review some of the most common engagement ring settings as well as their advantages.
Pavé comes from the French word for ‘paved.’ In this truly brilliant and elegant setting, diamonds are set closely together to look like the ring is encrusted with diamonds. Each stone is secured with very thin prongs. The small-sized prongs are hardly noticeable, which lead the band to appear as if it is made entirely out of encrusted, or paved, diamonds.
Prong settings are perhaps the most popular for engagement rings as they enclose three stone, halo, and solitaire styles. In this setting, the diamond is nestled in a metal basket and is secured by three or more prongs. The prongs raise the stone which allows plenty of light to enter through the stone, making it flare and sparkle!
Channel is a popular choice for wedding bands and everyday accent rings. As the name suggests, this type of setting uses a metal channel to hold the diamonds in place. The sides of the band hold the diamonds in place without using bars or prongs. The diamonds encircle the entire ring, one of the reasons why it is such a popular option for wedding bands. There are no additional prongs or metal of any kind between the stones. The side-by-side diamonds sit down in the channel rather than rising above the edges. This makes the setting more smooth to touch and is less likely to get caught on objects.
If you are looking for a more sleek and contemporary look for an engagement ring, the Bezel setting may be for you. This setting features a center stone that is completely surrounded on all sides by a thin, flat piece of metal. This metal rim is usually custom designed for the specific center stone used in the ring to give it the most secure fit. In addition, the diamond is dropped a little below the metal for extra protection. The frame of the setting shields the diamond from any blemishes or chips on the stone that you don’t want visible. The frame also causes the center stone to appear larger. The bezel setting comes in two different styles — a partial or full bezel. A partial bezel keeps the sides of the stone open, while a full bezel goes around the entire perimeter of the stone.
Halo settings feature a large center stone with a row of smaller stones circling around it. The outer rim of diamonds, or other stones, often uses a pavé setting, but other settings have been used to hold them in place. Traditionally, halo settings come in both rounded and squared shaped. Almost any type of diamond or stone can be placed in a halo setting, which makes it a great option if you have already found the perfect stone.
Other Tips For Choosing Settings
Figuring out which setting is best for an engagement ring can take some time. If you are still having difficulties deciding, check out some additional pointers:
The prices of settings range from a style to style. Settings that require more work will end up costing more, while simpler settings are more affordable. For example, a simple prong setting will be more budget friendly than a pavé setting.
If you’re looking for an engagement ring for someone who has an active lifestyle, works with their hands, or spends a lot of time outdoors, you’ll want some extra protection. Look for ring settings that offer protection to the stones, like a channel or bezel ring setting.
Yes, diamond size is something that is appreciated, but bigger diamonds tend to cost much more. If you’re budget limits you to a smaller diamond, choose a setting that creates the illusion of a larger stone or added shine. For example, selecting a halo or bezel setting will make the center stone look larger. Selecting the right setting could help maximize your budget without losing the dazzling effect.
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