There are many engagement ring settings to choose from to fit the personal preferences and style of every couple. For extra flexibility, it's possible to purchase a semi-mount ring, which only includes the setting, without the center diamond. This way, the couple can choose to have a diamond from an heirloom piece of jewelry reset, to keep the family tradition alive.
The prong setting is probably the most classic, and it enhances the brilliance of the diamond. Four or six prongs keep the gemstone firmly in place. It's the most common setting in solitaires. The bezel setting is a more practical alternative for women who have an active lifestyle or work with their hands because it prevents snagging on clothes and is resistant to accidental brushing against surfaces. A strong metallic rim keeps the diamond in place.
The channel setting creates a striking contemporary look and is particularly common in wedding bands. Small diamonds are placed next to each other with no metal around them except for two bands on the edges to hold the diamonds in place. In the pavé setting, the girdle of the ring features many small diamonds, kept in place with prongs or beads.
In the halo setting, instead, a circle of smaller stones surrounds the center diamond to enhance its size and brilliance. Couples on a budget can opt for the illusion setting, which holds multiple small diamonds, typically four, to provide the illusion of a larger center stone. The most common cut used in the illusion setting is the princess one.
Whatever the setting of your choice, you'll get a memorable diamond engagement ring that will stay beautiful for a lifetime.