How To Make A Pick Among Various Engagement Ring Settings?

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Liljana Tomova

Aug 29, 2017 3:04:23 PM

One of the loveliest descriptions of a just-engaged couple is: “Two souls, but a single thought – to love and support each other until the end of time”. Oh, love. It is such a great thing to be in love, isn’t it? No, we are not trying to get sentimental here, we are just putting a pretty introduction to a very serious subject – the selection of your engagement ring. It is not easy to make up your mind and choose the best ring for you when having so many options at your disposal. That is why we are here to teach you how to make a pick among the medley of engagement ring settings. Get ready!

 

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Quick Reminder: The term “setting” refers to the art of securely setting or attaching precious stones into jewelry.

The fact that there is a wide range of settings can be confusing, especially when looking for a ring that has to fit your taste and budget. Each type of setting has its own specialty, a unique property to offer and sometimes, there can be a particular disadvantage that the customer needs to be familiar with before making any further decision. In the lines that follow, you are going to see which are the most popular settings in jewelry and their main characteristics.

 

 

SOLITAIRE SETTING

This type of setting draws all of the attention, thanks to the single stone that adorns the jewelry piece. The solitaire setting is classic and elegant, enjoying its fame as the most common setting for engagement rings. The single center stone is mounted in a plain metal work and it is an excellent alternative for those who prefer simplicity over complexity.

SOLITAIRE EMERALD CUT 1/2 CARAT DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Solitaire Emerald Cut 1/2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

PRONG SETTING

In the family of engagement ring settings, the prong setting is the most used one. The typical prong setting has four prongs; each prong grisps the stone tightly, thus holding it securely in place. Prongs look like small metal claws and they can be made in a variety of styles - rounded, flat, pointed and V-shaped. (V-shaped prongs are mostly used for princess-shaped diamonds).

In addition to the four-prong setting, customers can also choose between six prong and double-claw prong setting, which features 8 prongs in total. Obviously, this is the most secure alternative for those who want to go “prong”.

 

MARQUISE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING 1 1/4 CARAT (CTW) IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring 1 1/4 Carat (ctw) in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Increased brilliance and fire, thanks to the minimum presence of metal that enables more light to pass through the stone.

- More prominent and noticeable appearance of the stone.

- Supporting different types of cuts and sizes.

- Cost-efficient, because it employs a simple technique that saves on material, time and labor.

- Promoting an ever-classic, timeless appeal.

- Simple and easy to maintain.

 

The disadvantages:

- Catching on clothes and particular types of materials and furniture, due to the elevated position of the precious stone. That is why it is not recommended for women with an active lifestyle.

- It can loosen with time and wear, which requires regular inspections at your jewelry retailer to see if the stone is still sitting firmly in place.

 

 

CHANNEL SETTING

“Channel” is one of the few engagement ring settings used for smaller stones. Usually, they are arranged in a row, thus creating a sparkly appearance that perfectly interacts with the shank of the ring. The stones are set closely together and they can embellish the entire band or the sides only. Apart from engagement rings, the channel setting can be often seen in stackable designs too, where there is no center stone at all.

 

ART DECO BLACK & WHITE CUSHION TIER RING 1 3/4CTW IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Art Deco Black & White Cushion Tier Ring 1 3/4ctw in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Offering a high security level to the stone by protecting it from outside influences.

- Enhancing the sparkling look of the ring with the side stones.

- Promoting an attractive, sharp design without losing the necessary stability.

- Unlikely to catch on clothes and other materials.

 

The disadvantages:

- More complex to clean and maintain, as dirt gets trapped in the channels.

- Not able to resize or repair, because there is a huge risk to bend or misalign the channels, which will lead to completely destroying the beauty and functionality of the ring.

- Less visibility of the stone in comparison with the prong setting.

 

 

BEZEL SETTING

The charts are showing that the bezel setting finds its place among the top 3 engagement ring settings and this is a fact that definitely should not be neglected in the realization of your special purchase. Bezel-set jewelry looks modern and it is ideal for women on the go. The peculiarity of this setting is that there are no prongs that hold the precious stone; there is a fine, custom-made metal rim instead that encircles and provides it with maximum firmness.

There are two types of bezel setting – full and partial. The first fully encircles the stone and the latter leaves the sides open. Bezel-set engagement rings are the smartest choice for cooks, nurses and teachers, as they do not have to worry about snagged clothing or losing their dear stone(s).

 

ART DECO DIAMOND BEZEL ENGAGEMENT RING 3/4 CTW IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Art Deco Diamond Bezel Engagement Ring 3/4 CTW in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Excellent grades of diamond/gemstone security and undoubtedly, one of the best engagement ring settings for busy women.

- Giving the ring a smooth, contemporary look.

- Unlikely to catch on clothes and other materials.

- Simple and easy to maintain.

 

The disadvantages:

- Less visibility of the stone in comparison with the prong setting.

- Lower refractive index (brilliance) than the prong setting.

 

 

PAVÉ SETTING

The pavé setting is the other famous type of engagement ring settings for stones with smaller sizes, usually named as “accent stones”.  The word itself is a one of French origin and it is pronounced as “pa-vay”. When translated literally, it means to lay or cover the piece with precious stones. They are all set closely together with with little to no visibility of the metal beads that hold them in place. The effect of pavé setting is quite a remarkable one – impressive and continuous sparkle. When ultra-small stones are employed, the setting is called “micro- pavé setting”. This refers to diamonds and gemstones smaller than one carat.

FOREVER ONE GHI MOISSANITE ENGAGEMENT RING WITH MICRO-PAVE DIAMOND 2 1/4 CTW IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Forever One GHI Moissanite Engagement Ring with Micro-Pave Diamond 2 1/4 CTW in 14K White Gold

 

The advantages:

- Emphasizing the center stone.

- Enhancing the overall brilliance of the ring with side (accent) stones.

- Suitable for contemporary and vintage designs.

 

The disadvantages:

- Difficult to resize or repair because of the miniature stones.

 

 

TENSION SETTING

As the name suggests, with this type of mounting the stone is held by pressure provided by a metal band. Hence, the stone is stuck between the two sides of the shank and it looks as if it is in the air. This is a relatively new type of setting that employs laser techniques for cutting tiny grooves into the shank or the sides of the ring to place the precious stone. Although its sounds huge and complicated, making a tension setting is simple, fast and cheap. However, with tension-set engagement ring there is always an additional layer of security added, by applying prongs or bezel underneath the stone to keep it tight and secure.

 

ROUND DIAMOND SEVEN-STONE ENGAGEMENT RING 1 3/4 CTW IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Round Diamond Seven-Stone Engagement Ring 1 3/4 CTW in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Offering a high security level to the stone by protecting it from outside influences.

- Optimizing light reflection, because the stone is not entirely surrounded by metal.

- Giving the piece a modern, stylish and unique appearance.

- Simple and easy to maintain.

 

The disadvantages:

- Dificult to repair and resize. Even if possible, it is expensive.

- Can make the stone look smaller, especially if it is a one with a small carat weight.

- The risk of losing or breaking the stone is minimal, but present anyway.

 

CATHEDRAL SETTING

The cathedral setting is a rare specimen in the family of engagement ring settings, known and appreciated for offering a graceful look to the piece, no matter what kind of jewelry is. This type of mounting is very similar to the arches of cathedrals, hence the name itself. It employs arches of metal whose function is to keep the diamond or gemstone secure and in place. The interesting thing about the cathedral setting is that it can be combined and set with prongs, bezel or some other type of mounting. Since the arches are made of metal, they add an extra weight to the piece and make the stone appear bigger in size.

 

FOREVER ONE GHI MOISSANITE AND DIAMOND HALO CATHEDRAL ENGAGEMENT RING 1 2/5 CTW IN 14K WHITE GOLD

Forever One GHI Moissanite & Diamond Halo Cathedral Engagement Ring 1 2/5 CTW in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Highlighting the shape and overall beauty of the center stone.

- Offering the necessary level of security to the stone.

- Displaying an authentic and captivating look.

- Adds an extra dose of character to the ring with minimal expense.

 

The disadvantages:

- Catching on clothes and particular types of materials and furniture.

- More complex to clean and maintain, due to the number of crevices.

- If poorly designed, it can affect the beauty of the stone and the ring itself.

 

 

HALO SETTING

When precious stones are arranged in a way that they encircle the center stone, it means that they are part of a halo setting. This is beneficial for the center stone, because it appears larger than its actual carat size. Therefore, the halo style easily founds its place among the sought-after engagement ring settings and it is a great way to save money on smaller carat sizes without scarifying the beauty of the ring. The halo setting can be made with diamonds or colored gemstones, and it is usually in contrast with the center stone to achive a more eye-catching effect on the viewer.

 

2 CARAT TW MOISSANITE (HI) WITH DIAMOND (GHI) AND SAPPHIRE CUSHION HALO ENGAGEMENT RING IN 14K WHITE GOLD

2 Carat TW Moissanite (HI) with Diamond (GHI) & Sapphire Cushion Halo Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Giving a larger optical appearance of small-carat center stones.

- Enhancing the overall sparkle and brilliance of the ring.

- Supporting different types of cuts and sizes.

 

The disadvantages:

- Too small haloed stones may become loose.

- Difficult to resize.

 

 

THREE-STONE SETTING

“Three stone” is not only popular among the engagement ring settings, but it also enjoys a great recognition in bridal and fashion jewelry. The three stones are set closely together in the center of the band and they are said to have a symbolic meaning by representing the past, the present and the future. All three stones can feature the same size or they can be arranged in a way that the center stone is larger than the side stones. This type of setting is usually made with diamonds and gemstones in princess and round-briliant cut.

 

ROUND-CUT MOISSANITE THREE-STONE ENGAGEMENT RING 2 1/2 CTW 14K WHITE OR YELLOW GOLD

Round-Cut Moissanite Three-Stone Engagement Ring 2 1/2 CTW in 14K White Gold

The advantages:

- Optimizing the brilliance of the ring.

- Allowing to use multiple stones of different type, color and size.

- Giving the ring a bulky, opulent appearance.

 

The disadvantages:

- More complex to clean and maintain than settings with less stones.

- If poorly paired, the trio of stones may ruin the beauty and functionality of the ring.

 

 

We came to the end of this educational, yet super-exciting adventure that we planned especially for the seekers of the perfect engagement ring. If you still have some uncertainties about the engagement ring settings we talked about today, do not hesitate to contact our team that is here to answer to all your questions. Cheers!

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Written by: Liljana Tomova

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