Diamond Ring Settings
When deciding on a diamond ring, the setting is one of the most important factors to consider. Different ring setting styles cater to a wide range of tastes. A classic, understated bride-to-be may prefer a simple solitaire while more fashion-forward women might like the the bezel or tension settings. Use this ring setting guide to learn more about the available options.
SolitaireThis style of setting showcases a single diamond or gemstone, with no accent stones around it. The most common technique for mounting a solitaire diamond is prong setting.
Rings with side stonesSide stones, or accent stones, help complement the brilliant center diamond or gemstone. There are different ring settings with side stones, but common techniques for mounting side stones include channel settings and prong settings.
Three-stone ringsAnniversary rings, the three-stone diamond ring setting carries a very special meaning. Each diamond or gemstone represents the past, present and future of your relationship. Three-stone rings are mounted with a variety of setting styles, prong settings being the most common.
Matching bridal setsSome engagement rings can be paired with a matching wedding band that wraps around the center stone or fits against the engagement ring like a puzzle piece. These intricate designs come in many beautiful variations, from simple and sophisticated to elaborate and dazzling.
Ring Setting Techniques
Bezel settingA bezel setting is held in place by creating a metal frame around the circumference of the stone or at its girdle (the thin edge of the stone). It can wrap all the way around the stone or only partially surround it, depending on the style of the ring. This type of diamond ring setting is good for protecting the girdle and often makes the stone look larger.
Invisible settingInvisibly set gemstones sit very close together with their metal settings hidden underneath. So you see a continuous, uninterrupted surface of diamonds or gemstones. We think this type of setting is a great way to showcase the brilliance of princess cut diamonds, because there are no prongs or bezels blocking the light as it enters and illuminates each stone.
The most common type of setting style, especially for solitaire rings, is the prong setting which holds your stone securely while still allowing a good deal of light to enter your diamond or gemstone. To increase this effect, the center stone is sometimes raised above the shank, to give it a larger, more important appearance, with only a suggestion of metal showing.
In such a setting, the prongs are attached to the central setting of a ring, known as the head or basket. Each prong extends upward and outward from the head, gripping the diamond with an arch at the top.
Prongs can be placed at four corners of a stone or at five or six points evenly spaced around the stone. Other variations include V-prong setting which is used on marquise and pear shape gemstones to protect the pointed tips from chipping or breaking.