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Guide to Engagement Ring Settings
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.
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.
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.
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Types of Engagement Ring Settings:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
surrounds a larger center stone with several smaller stones. It is
designed to create a larger ring from many smaller stones.