When you think of a favorite memory, the setting remains vividly in your mind. For an Engagement Ring, the setting is just as important as the setting from your memory. There are a plethora of different settings that offer unique ways a center stone can be mounted onto a ring. Deciding on your ring’s setting is the second step, after choosing your center stone, in cultivating a one-of-a-kind ring; the setting you choose determines all other elements of the ring. Some popular examples of settings are:
- Prong Set – this setting is characterized by the metal claws that grip the diamond tightly, effectively keeping it in place. The most popular are 4 prong which shows more of the diamond, and 6 prong which is considered more secure. These prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat or v-shaped depending on the stone shape.
- Bezel setting - a popular choice for active women as it’s even more secure than prong setting. This setting does tend to cover more of the stone as the edge of the stone is covered all around by a thin metal. Bezel setting can also come in partial bezel where not all, but only a part of the stone is covered. This is a popular style for women who prefer a clean, sleek modern look without all the fuss.
- Tension setting gives the illusion of the center stone being suspended between the two sides of the shank. In essence their tension is what is holding the diamond in place, hence the name. This settings gives a truly unique, modern look.
- Channel setting is a way of securing diamonds of a shank between 2 edges of metal. There are no prongs in this setting and the diamonds are being held in the grooves of the channel. This setting offers a clean modern look and securely holds the diamonds in place.
- The pavé setting is popular on engagement ring shanks and wedding and anniversary bands. Diamonds are set closely together with tiny metal beads or prongs that hold the stones in place.