How To Choose A Diamond Ring Setting

Diamonds, invariably known as a girl’s best friend are desired by all. Without any doubt everyone would love to get adorned by diamond engagement ring. Engagement ring is a fine piece of jewelry which is preserved forever. You get it once and you keep it for lifetime. Owning the most unique and exquisite diamond ring is a dream of every bride-to-be. Who wouldn’t like to feel special and be the centre of attraction?

As you all know diamonds come in variety of shapes and sizes. Their value depends on its cuts, clarity and carat. Setting of diamond is equally important and is one of the most important factors to consider while buying diamond ring.

Following are 3 styles of diamond settings:

1. Solitaire

This type of setting has a single gemstone or diamond and doesn’t have any accent stones around it. Prong setting is one of the most common techniques for mounting a solitaire diamond.

2. Three stone rings

This type of ring carries a special meaning and is one of the most popular choices of engagement ring. They are mounted well within a variety of setting styles. Amongst them, the prong style is the most common.

3. Rings with side stones

Side stones help in complementing the brilliant centre diamond. Channel settings and prong settings are the common techniques for mounting side stones.

Ring setting techniques are classified as:

1. Bezel Settings

A bezel is a metal ring that surrounds a diamond. It has a contemporary and sleek appearance that makes it look unique. This type of setting is best for regular wearers who prefer a ring with a slim profile and which requires less maintenance.

2. Channel Settings

In this type of setting, diamond is set between two strips of metal that holds them in place. Channel setting provides a smooth setting which prevents them from getting snagged on clothing or hair. It protects the edge and girdle of the diamond and is a secure setting.

3. Tension Settings

In tension setting, it uses the whole ring as a support system, and makes bezels or prongs unnecessary. It looks open and airy but it requires a lot of force to hold the suspended diamond securely. Engagement rings with this type of settings are clean-lined styles that showcase the beauty of the stone. This type of rings is usually 2-3 times thicker than rings with prong mounts.

4. Invisible Settings

This type of setting has the same airy appearance as tension settings, but they function on a different principle. Invisible setting holds close together with their underneath hidden metal settings. This elegant design is a modern invention as it requires a precise shaping of the diamonds.

5. Prong Settings

This is the most common setting style especially for solitaire rings. It holds your stone securely and allows a good amount of light to enter your diamond. The centre stone is raised above the shank to make it look larger and provide an enhanced appearance.

6. Cluster Settings

Cluster setting is when diamonds and gemstones are set close together in a group. The stones can also be arranged in the form of stylish flowers or any abstract arrangement. They are usually multi level with considerable height. They can be either tightly arranged or be open and airing looking.

7. Bar Settings

This setting is similar to channel setting. It uses a thin bar of ‘u’ or ‘v’ shaped metal to hold diamonds or gemstone on both sides.

8. Pave Settings

This type of setting is covered with dozens of tiny diamonds so that the metal band is barely seen. These diamonds are very small and have small beads or prongs. The band appears to be made entirely of diamonds.