Engagement Ring Settings
Choosing the Right Setting
The way in which the diamond (or diamonds) is held in an engagement ring is referred to as the engagement ring's setting. The engagement ring's setting will determine the overall design and look of your diamond ring. Engagement ring settings are as diverse and unique as the woman who will wear it. If your bride-to-be is a fashionista choose a modern Bezel setting for her engagement ring. While a simple, classic bride might prefer a solitaire diamond in a Prong setting.
Below is a list of popular engagement ring settings:
Prong Engagement Ring Settings - traditionally holds a solitaire diamond (but can hold many more), putting the emphasis on the diamond and not on the ring that displays it. Prongs are very thin strands of metal that attach to the ring's center (or head) and hold your diamond securely in place while raising it up high on display. Prong engagement ring settings are typically 4 or 6 prongs - the more prongs the more secure the setting. Prong engagement ring settings are said to allow the most light to reflect through a diamond.
Luster Engagement Ring Setting - in which small diamonds are 'clustered' in a circular pattern or flower pattern at the center of the ring's head.
Bezel Engagement Ring Setting - is a thin strip of metal that wraps itself around the outer edge of the diamond and attaches it to the ring base. Solid bezel engagement ring settings wrap around the entire diamond, while half bezel engagement ring settings arch around only half of the diamond.
Channel Engagement Ring Settings - set a row of round diamonds into a ridged channel to create a stunning row of round diamonds where none of the diamond's edges are exposed.
Pave Engagement Ring Setting - 'Pave' which means 'paved' covers the entire surface of a ring with tiny diamonds. To prepare a ring for Pave setting, small holes are drilled in rows on the ring's surface and the diamonds are placed within.
Flush Engagement Ring Setting - a diamond, or row of diamonds, is sunk into the mounting until they run flush with the ring surface for a twinkle effect.