For the uninitiated, deciding on an engagement ring is often done by pointing at whichever one you like and sticking with that. However, there is so much to consider what goes into crafting a diamond ring, and in particular, the setting can make or break the overall style of a ring. If you’ve always found the science of rings overwhelming, fear not, we are here to break down each setting style, so you know exactly which is the best choice for you.
The channel setting is a secure way to set smaller diamonds in a row into the band of the ring, making a metal channel of sparkling stones flush with the shank. The band often features a row of diamonds, or other gemstones set closely together between two strips of metal. This is a very secure setting, which enhances the ring’s sparkle with stones along the band. While this is a very sturdy setting where the diamonds are likely to stay in place with a minimal risk of snagging, it can however be difficult to resize. It also requires very specific cleaning as dirt can become trapped in the channels. The trackings may also hide some of the diamonds surface areas.
This setting, where a band of metal wraps around the outer edge of the center stone, is popular due to its clean modern look and the protection it offers the diamond. There is the option for the bezel to be either full or partial, where a full bezel completely surrounds the diamond and a partial bezel leaves the sides open. Though this setting is very secure, it may not be the best setting to show off a stone, as it tends to hide more of the diamond than a prong setting.
Easily the most recognized, and one of the most popular settings, a prong setting is where metal claws hold the center stone in place. The prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped in the case of most princess diamond engagement rings. This setting really allows the stone to shine through as light is able to pass through the diamond, emphasizing its brilliance. The risk with this setting is that it can catch on clothing, especially when a higher setting, and over time, the claws can loosen and so must be regularly inspected and tightened.
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Undoubtedly the setting for those who like a bit of sparkle, the halo setting features a border of diamonds or other gemstones around a center stone, which makes the center stone appear larger. The upside of this setting is that it makes the most of a smaller carat diamond, and allows you to mix and match unusual diamonds and colored gemstones, such as Kate Middleton’s engagement ring. The downside, however, is resizing can be difficult, and careful attention must be paid to small stones on the side, in case they loosen.
As the name suggests, this setting features three stones, set closely together, which can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the center stone is larger than the two side stones. As with the halo setting, this is a nice ring to play with a bit of color, as it suits a mix of rubies, sapphires and emeralds. This ring allows for maximum sparkle, as a large surface of the three stones is exposed. The only thing to note with this ring is that it does require a fair of maintenance and cleaning.
Similar to a prong setting, a split shank is where the band has a split effect, almost resembling two bands in one. The diamond can truly shine here, as the prongs let in a lot of light.
Derived from the French word, pave refers to a setting where the band is paved with diamonds, set very closely together. This is also one for the sparkle fans, as the tight row of diamonds lets off a continuous glitter. The only downside to this setting is that resizing can be difficult.
Here, the diamond is secured through tension of a metal band and gives an effect that the diamond is suspended between the two sides of the shank. This is quite a modern look, one that really shows off the diamond as there is minimal metal touching it. It can, however, make the diamond appear smaller if a particularly thick metal is used.
Often a popular choice for wedding rings, this setting features a stone sitting a hole within the band of the ring, so that it sits flush with it. This is a very secure option, but isn’t recommended for softer stones, as manufacturing requires it to hammered into place. The result, however, is a very sleek, simple look.
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Developed by Tiffany & Co in 1886, this features a six-prong solitaire setting intended to maximize the light trickling through the diamond. This classic look can be made by any jeweler, and is a popular setting for diamond engagement rings as it is timeless and shows off the diamond beautifully.
This ring setting uses arches of metal to hold the diamond or other gemstone, which can be set with either prongs, bezel or tension setting, which resemble the arches of a cathedral. One of the most classic engagement ring settings, the arches can add extra height and make the center stone appear larger and more noticeable.
Not to be confused with a channel setting, bar settings separate diamonds between vertical bars of metal, leaving the sides open. Setting diamonds separately between vertical bars of metal is another way to set precious stones. This is a popular choice to compliment a center stone for an engagement ring, or can be made into a wedding band.
For those of us who enjoy a ‘more is more’ style, the cluster setting features smaller stones nestled tightly together to resemble one large diamond. Smaller diamonds can also cluster around stones of bigger sizes, or the cluster can be made up of equal-sized stones. This can give the effect of a much bigger diamond, and the result is often very sparkly as there are so many diamond edges catching the light.
It goes without saying that Shimansky is your one-stop shop when it comes to finding that perfect diamond engagement ring or wedding band. Not only do they offer every setting imaginable, but their team of experts is on hand to assist you with anything you might need.