Choosing the perfect diamond ring can be a challenge, as there are so many options available, ranging from classic solitaire rings to diamond eternity bands that make unforgettable gifts. Diamond rings come in a wide variety of metals and styles, making it easy to find the perfect one. We've compiled our favorite diamond ring settings in this guide to help you narrow down your options.
Diamond engagement rings, in particular, are frequently set with a prong setting. Several metal prongs form a claw or grip around the diamond, holding it firmly in place.
Four- and six-prong settings are the most common, and prongs can be round, pointed, flat, or v-shaped. Smaller prongs allow for better illumination of the diamond, which in turn results in more sparkle. In general, though, more prongs mean a more secure connection.
Diamond engagement rings set in pave settings are very popular. The French word "to pave" is the origin of the word pavé. As the name implies, this setting style appears to be paved with diamonds. Almost indiscernible metal beads or prongs hold each tiny diamond in place. Setting a diamond in this way is known for its continuous sparkle and elegant finish.
In a bezel setting, the stone is completely encased in metal. For those who lead a more active lifestyle, this type of setting is the most secure, making it ideal. This style is also easy to clean and maintain because there are no prongs. The metal rim of this setting lends it a sleek, contemporary look that many find appealing.
Intricate diamonds surround the central diamond in the halo setting. If you're looking for a large diamond engagement ring, this beautiful halo setting style is the one for you. As a result, using a halo setting to save money on an engagement ring is an excellent idea.
Gemstones can also benefit from halo designs. Colored gemstones often have a diamond halo to add contrast.
Channel settings are not to be confused with pavé settings, which are rows of diamonds alternating with rows of metal, creating the illusion of a single row of diamonds. Diamonds in a channel setting do not require prongs like those in a pavé setting and sit flush with the band.
Popular for diamond wedding bands and styles that don't require a center diamond, this setting is an excellent option.
Cathedrals have a timeless elegance that is both timeless and elegant. This ring setting, which resembles the arches of a cathedral, is popular among couples looking to exchange engagement rings. Diamonds can be set in a variety of ways, such as on prongs or in a bezel, but the arches are what really frame the stone in this design. The higher the diamond is set in this setting, the larger and more impressive it appears to be.
Split Shank Settings
If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring, a split shank setting is ideal. As the shank meets the diamond, it splits in two, forming an open section of the band. A split shank setting is a great option if you want to draw attention to your center stone.
Setting smaller diamonds in a "cluster" creates the illusion of one larger diamond.. The smaller diamonds in a cluster setting are less expensive per carat than larger stones, so they're more affordable in a cluster setting.
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