Ring Setting Guide
The right ring setting can dramatically influence the look and feel of your Diamond Engagement Ring and will display your diamond and other gemstones the way it was meant to be seen. The right setting depends on your tastes as well as the cut and size of your Diamonds or Gemstones.
The bar setting uses a thin bar of metal to hold the stones in place on both sides. Similar to the channel setting, the bar setting works particularly well with circular bands and offers a contemporary look for your diamond engagement ring.
In a bezel setting, diamonds or gemstones are held in place by a rim, or collar, that encircles the sides of the stone and extends just slightly above it. This setting gives the impression of a smooth surface and can fit any shape stone. This might be a good setting for you if you are looking to hide chips or other imperfections in your diamonds or gemstones. The bezel setting is very secure and is ideal for people with an active lifestyle.
The channel setting inserts diamonds or other gemstones into a "channel" within the ring. The stones run in a fluid line, one after the other, which creates a flawless, smooth look with no metal separating the set stones. The channel setting is particularly popular for men's wedding bands. It is very secure and works well with round diamonds.
Similar to the bezel setting, the half-bezel setting also has a metal rim or collar that encircles the stone. However, in the half-bezel setting the rim only surrounds a portion of the stone, exposing the other sides of the diamond or gemstone. This is a secure setting and allows for more of the stone to be exposed and appreciated. The half-bezel setting works well with solitaire diamonds.
This modern setting involves placing stones very closely together with a metal setting concealed beneath. Giving the appearance that the row of stones runs uninterrupted, the invisible setting is an excellent way to show off the intensity or color of your diamonds or gemstones.
In this classic setting, the diamonds are fit into small, pre-fashioned holes and set almost level to the surface of the ring. These diamonds are frequently secured with tiny metal beads. The pavé setting gives the impression that the diamonds or gemstones have been paved which is how the setting got its name. Some say that pavé set stones appear bigger than they actually are.
Read more about pavé settings.
The prong setting is the most common type of setting and involves two or more metal claws called prongs. The diamond or gemstone is grasped by projecting metal prongs that form a base. The tips of the prongs are bent so they rest just over the face of the stone, holding it firmly in place. The prong setting is particularly popular with diamond solitaire engagement rings. This type of setting exposes nearly all of the diamond to light, creating a brilliant and lustrous look. This is a secure setting and holds even the most fragile of stones.
This unique setting holds the centerstone in place between the sides of a metal band. A compression-spring within the band suspends the diamond or gemstonestone and gives the impression that the diamond is floating. The tension setting is only used for hard stones such as diamonds and allows for the diamond to be exposed to a maximum amount of light.
A v-prong setting is used to protect the ends of diamonds or gemstones that come to a point such as pear shape, princess or marquise cut stones. V prongs grasp the stone at the corners, covering their edges with metal claws and sheilding them from wear and tear. Because the ends of these stones are fragile, it is necessary to protect them from damage and hold the stones securely in place.
Caring for your settings should be a part of your regular jewelry care routine. Diamond Engagement Rings, Wedding Rings and other Rings should be gently cleaned in a professional cleaning solution or with warm, soapy water. You can also take your ring to a jeweler to have it professionally cleaned and polished.