Edmar Hendricks - 15 June, 2022
Diamond stone engagement rings are full of meaning.
They are not like mood rings that change color based on your finger's temperature. Or claddagh rings that represent love based on a country's tradition.
We can't equate them with birthstone rings that protect us from harm. Or signet rings that denote status and power.
We cannot compare them to estate rings passed on from generation to generation. And even promise rings that symbolize commitment don't come close to what a diamond engagement rings stand for. A diamond engagement ring is far more special because it represents the beauty, purity, and eternity of love!
Crafted specifically for marriage proposals, engagement rings signify commitment and togetherness and are an everlasting seal of love.
An engagement ring setting is a major component of your engagement band that defines how your diamond shall be mounted onto the metal band. The ring setting’s role is to bring out the beauty of the mounted diamond or diamonds if your engagement band has more than one gemstone.
The setting secures your diamond and plays a crucial role on how impactful and aesthetically appealing your band appears.
In this blog we shall talk about the different types of ring settings and how they affect the overall look of your engagement band.
A prong setting is a traditional engagement ring setting. Also known as a solitaire or claw setting, this type of setting is a classic option for engagement rings.
The prong or claw is a tiny metal piece that holds the center diamond steady in its place. The prong may be rounded, flat, or shaped like a V.
A great feature of this setting is that the prongs holding the diamond let light pass through the gemstone, thus enhancing its beauty and glow.
Designing your engagement band with a prong setting is a great way to showcase your diamond's beauty while keeping it secure.
This setting generally comes with four or six prongs. Four prongs add a bit of geometry to your band, while six prongs give a floral-like appearance.
This setting is perfect if looking for a classic ring setting that keeps your diamond safe. Just remember to have your band maintained on a regular basis as the prongs may loosen after a period of time.
Bezel settings come in two types; partial and full.
A full bezel setting has the center diamond with a fine metal rim around it, securing the gemstone. A partial bezel setting has the center diamond partly surrounding the diamond, making the gemstone noticeable.
Bezel settings, considered a modern ring setting, give the diamond more security. This setting also hides inclusions that your diamond might have on the sides, allowing you to pick a lower-grade diamond in case you don’t have the budget for a higher-grade gemstone.
It is also easier to maintain and clean rings that are designed with bezel settings. Cool, sleek, and unique bezel settings are versatile ring settings that match well with your diamond when designing an engagement band for men and women.
Pavé is a French word when translated to English means ‘paving’. In this ring setting, smaller diamonds are paved or lined on the band. One look at pavé set diamonds and you shall see a line of continuous glittering gemstones that accentuate the engagement ring adding more glitter and sparkle to the band while still keeping the spotlight on the center diamond.
The advantage of owning a pavé set ring is that you get a beautiful and elegant shine that also brings out the true beauty of your center diamond.
And if you decide to design a halo of pavé set diamonds around the center stone, it’ll make your center gemstone look larger than it is.
Just ensure you're well informed about your ring size before designing your pavé set band, as it'll be difficult to resize once it is ready for wear.
Micro pavé settings are a type of pavé setting. While pavé set rings can have diamonds of various sizes embedded in the band, micro pavé have diamonds of the same size and smaller carat weights lining up on the band.
Rings featuring this setting have, on average, fifty diamonds and, based on preference, even more, if you want to design a magnificent awe-struck kind of sparkle on your engagement ring. You can even have numerous rows of glittering gemstones in this setting, making it one of the most expensive rings you could choose from based on your preference.
A channel setting is a classic and sophisticated setting wherein a row of smaller diamonds is set together on the band and is considered a type of pavé setting.
While pavé is a line of diamonds set in prongs next to each other, a channel setting has a groove or channel cut on the band where the diamonds are set.
This particular setting adds beauty to the band, offers more security to the diamonds, and highlights the metal you choose for your band. Channel settings are a classic choice that gives you a vintage ring look but also works well with modern styled designs.
The ring settings we mentioned above are by far the most popular picks when it comes to engagement rings. There is ofcourse another setting known as the tension setting. Although, we don’t recommend it, we shall give you an understanding of it.
Tension settings, as the name suggests are ring settings wherein there is tension from the metal band securing the diamond in position. The setting is designed in such a way that the diamond appears to be floating in the air.
Jewelers use laser beams to accurately gauge the proportions of the diamond before crafting small grooves on the band’s sides so that the gemstone is held by the tension created by the band.
When crafting your band with a tension setting, you must find a diamond that has no visible inclusions as the gemstone shall be visible from all angles.While tension settings are stylish and unique with a mesmerizing light reflection with hardly any metal around the stone, you must also note that your diamond might just fall off when external force hits your ring. It will also make small carat diamonds look smaller.
You now have an understanding of ring settings and the type of settings available when designing your engagement ring. As you can see, each type offers a specific feature.
Prong settings are perfect for single diamond solitaire rings accentuating the beauty of the solitaire. Bezel settings offer more security and are easier to maintain. Pavé and micro-pavé settings add more sparkle while still highlighting your center stone. And channel settings add an elegant sophistication to the overall look of the ring while still keeping your gemstones secured.
Your ultimate goal should be to design a ring using a ring setting and diamond shape that’ll make your dearly beloved gleam with happiness. And if you’re designing it with your partner, creating a unique ring that resembles the love you share is sure to be a wonderful experience. For in small delicate acts where the both of you come together hand in hand, making decisions that decide your future is where love truly resides.