Know Everything About Choosing a Unique Engagement Ring

When you and your fiancée are ready to choose an unique engagement ring together, looking at such a vast assortment of styles can be confusing, on top of the pressure to choose the right diamond for the setting. To take it one step at a time, let’s begin looking at the setting styles.

Any piece of jewelry with a stone, whether it is a ring, a pair of earrings, or a pendant, all have the same basic components regardless of the setting style or size of diamond. The gallery is the place where the stone (as in a solitaire), or several stones are set, and the style of gallery is what differentiates one setting from another.

Most common is the prong setting, where small prongs, usually platinum for strength, are curved over the girdle to hold it in place. There are usually four to six prongs for most diamond cuts (called Tiffany set) except for the Marquise and Trilliant cuts. These need two or three V-shaped prongs at the corners. The prong setting is raised and shows off the cut of the diamond; however, some prongs are so high that the stone may be more easily caught on objects such as gloves and pockets. Keep in mind your daily activities and whether a tall ring would be suitable for your lifestyle. A solitaire diamond is the usual setting for an engagement ring, but sometimes a diamond set between two smaller diamonds could be a more unique engagement ring.

The bezel setting is a tiny cup or diskette that holds the diamond to the ring, also by its girdle. Often very ornately embellished, the bezel setting is difficult because the diskette must be carefully contoured to the shape of the stone. Oval and round stones are less complicated to set and have the advantage of showing off the diamond while protecting its edges, girdle, and pavilion. It works for active lifestyles, and is a good setting for earrings, necklaces, and bracelets also.

Literally meaning “paved,” the pave setting looks like a band paved with diamonds. Tiny prongs or little bits of the ring’s surface are scooped out, creating a nest for the diamond to set in. Many smaller diamonds close together create a dazzling effect of a much larger diamond, and are often set in white gold or platinum. An advantage of a pave setting is that there are no high stones to risk snagging in daily wear.

Stones that are precision cut to have the same pavilions are used in channel settings. Nestled between two raised tracks of gold or silver, they are packed together so tightly that they look like a single stone. They are often seen in promise rings, friendship rings, and eternity bands. Because there is no metal between them, the stones can show off their brilliance.

Bar settings are vertical bars between each stone that hold them in place. Sometimes two or more stones are stacked between the bars, as in a channel setting, to give the band more width. Often combined with colored gemstones, such as birthstones, this engagement ring can personalize the ring to the wearer. Like the channel ring, this setting is low on the band and is good for busy hands.

Understanding the ways that diamonds and gemstones are set can help you make the choice for the engagement ring that is a symbol of eternal promise.