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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 Setting

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.

Advantages

  • Elegant Effect: Although the diamonds are small, the close setting style creates a brilliant and elegant effect
  • Protection: Because the stones are set so closely together, Pavé settings provide good protection for the girdle.
  • Center Stone Focus: When paired with a center diamond or stone, the Pavé setting puts a focus on the stone, allowing it to stand out and shine even more.
  • Prong Setting

    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!

    Advantages

  • Exposed Stone: Thin prongs are placed strategically to elevate the diamond, exposing the stone more than other setting styles.
  • Increased Sparkle: Prong settings give the stone open edges and angles, which allows more light to shine through. This will cause diamonds to sparkle and shine and give darker-colored gemstones a lighter and brighter look.
  • Simple Cleaning: Because the prongs elevate and expose the stone, the ring is easier to clean and maintain.
  • Channel Setting

    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.

    Advantages

  • Protection: Because the diamonds sit down in the channel, each diamond is protected in this setting
  • Security: The small, side-by-side diamonds in a channel setting offer greater security than other setting styles.
  • No Snagging: Because the diamonds sit down in the channel, the edges of the setting are smooth. This means the ring won’t get caught on clothes, hair, or other items.
  • Bezel

    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.

    Advantages

  • Security: This setting uses a metal rim instead of a few metal prongs. This allows the stone to sit securely inside the setting.
  • Hidden Flaws: If your stone has a few imperfections around the edges and sides, the rim of this setting helps cover them up.
  • Protection: The rim in a bezel covers the stone’s girdle, minimizing potential damages.
  • No Snagging: The flat metal rim creates a smooth setting, reducing the likeliness of snagging.
  • Halo Setting

    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.

    Advantages

  • Larger Stone Appearance: The outside row of smaller stones in a halo setting makes the center stone look larger when you use the same type of stone in both. This is perfect for those who have a smaller budget, but want the look of a larger center stone!
  • Hidden Inclusions: Halo settings bring a sparkling and dazzling effect to your stone which can help hide inclusions and other flaws located in the center 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:


    Budget

    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.

    Lifestyle

    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.

    Diamond Size.

    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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