In today's world, many couples prefer to shop for a diamond ring together in order to capture the exact personality and style of the wearer. Determining the perfect setting (the part of the ring that holds a diamond in place) will be key in finding the perfect ring.
If you've never been faced with the prospect of comparing different diamond ring settings, don't worry! Even though there are many elements to consider, we're here to break down all the options so you're not left guessing how to choose.
What Are Diamond Ring Settings?
When you consider the anatomy of a ring, the setting refers specifically to how the gemstones are mounted or attached to the metal band. Different styles of settings will highlight the beauty of diamonds in different ways.
Some settings are made to raise a large diamond up and out to show off its size. Other settings affix a cluster of smaller stones in a way that makes them appear larger. Many jewelers will design a ring with settings that protect the diamond for safety. Understanding the benefits and purposes of different settings will help you determine what fits your lifestyle and needs.
Types Of Diamond Ring Settings
Here's a breakdown of the top five most popular settings.
Prong settings use several "claws" that rise up from the band and grip the diamond firmly, securing it in place. Most prong settings feature four or six prongs and are best for allowing light to hit the diamond from all angles for maximum sparkle. Prong settings are usually a go-to for Solitaire engagement rings.
Pavé comes from the French word "to pave." That's because this setting style looks like it is paved with diamonds that are closely set together. The effect creates a surface of continuous stone and the small prongs that secure the diamonds are hardly visible. This elegant setting option works great for clusters of diamonds, or along the band leading up to a center stone.
One of the most secure options, a bezel setting encircles the diamond entirely with a metal rim. This durable style will be favored by those with active lifestyles, or anyone who loves a modern-looking design.
Halos are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to their beauty and affordability. It consists of a center stone that is surrounded by smaller diamonds, like an angel's "halo." You might choose this style to create the illusion of a larger diamond or to partner a diamond with colored gemstones. No need to worry if you choose another setting, you can always add halos to your ring later on.
Channel set diamonds are placed between vertical metal rows in the band, but unlike pavé settings do not require prongs. This is a great choice for encircling wedding bands, and its flush surface makes it comfortable to wear.
Consult With The Experts
There are still several other setting styles out there, which is why it will be important to consult with a fine jewelry expert before finalizing your decision. A lot of it comes down to personal preference, but even after you've identified what features work best for your ring setting, a professional will have the experience necessary to recommend additional elements to complement those preferences. For example, certain settings work best with specific cuts of diamond and a pro can better guide you every step of the way.The knowledgeable experts at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers are ready to extend a helping hand. Book a design consultation today and get one step closer to choosing your dream ring!