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Want to know everything about engagement ring settings before you purchase it?

Guide to Engagement Ring Settings

Hearty Congratulations on your decision to get married. It's the perfect time to choose an engagement ring and choosing an engagement ring is a big decision deserving careful consideration. After all, it's a huge financial and emotional investment. The choices are endless, and the availability of numerous engagement ring settings can be overwhelming.

This article provides a guide to some of the more well-known engagement ring settings. When you're done, you'll know enough to start your search. Feel free to browse online sites for more examples and variations of settings.

Engagement ring settings can make even the most inexpensive diamond look like a million dollars. The setting consists of the band, additional stones, and the means by which the diamond is held in place.

Which engagement ring setting appeals to you?

Types of Engagement Ring Settings:

Settings are the mountings that attach the diamond to the ring's band. Setting and stone shape selection should go hand in hand, as getting the right combination is key in creating a desired look.

Prong:

Prong settings usually have six or four prongs (or claws) that cradle the diamond. Prongs allow the maximum light to enter the diamond from all angles, making it appear larger and more brilliant. With solitaire engagement ring, the diamond can be held in by a 4- or 6-prong setting. The 4-prong setting shows the diamond off and works for women who do not do heavy labor with their hands. For women who use their hands often, the 6-prong is more likely to stay in the setting rather than shaking or pulling loose at some point. The prong setting with a solitaire round brilliant stone is the classic engagement ring look.

Bezel:

The diamond is set with a metal rim around the perimeter of the diamond to hold it in place. A bezel setting can be a full bezel, or a part bezel. In a part bezel setting, the metal only partially surrounds the diamond, leaving the top and bottom of the stone exposed.

Tension:

The diamond is held in place by the pressure of the band's metal, resulting in the startling appearance of the diamond being held in midair in the engagement ring. The result is a highly contemporary, fashionable look.

Channel:

Diamonds of similar size and shape are lined in a row between the band's two horizontal sides. There are no visible hooks or metal pieces holding the diamonds in place. Instead, the diamond's sit in a metal channel, and they flow smoothly around the band. The diamonds appear to be submerged inside the band, and the exterior surface is smooth. This engagement ring setting provides better protection than most other settings and is visually stunning. A variation of the channel setting is the Channel End setting - which features thin vertical bars in between each of the stones.

Pave:

This design coats the entire surface of the ring with gems, each set into either a minute depression or secured with thin, unobtrusive prongs. The metal is barely noticeable, so the diamonds appear to be standing freely. The Pave setting requires great care because the diamonds are more exposed than with other engagement ring settings. Because of their vintage antique look, pave settings are becoming increasingly popular.

Cluster:

This setting surrounds a larger center stone with several smaller stones. It is designed to create a larger ring from many smaller stones.