But once you dive into the world of engagement rings, you’ll find that there are a lot more options than you may have ever known. One of the things that many would-be brides and grooms find confusing is the setting of diamonds.
The setting describes how the diamond or diamonds are placed in the ring and held in place. It can make a huge difference in the way the ring looks overall, and how easy it is to see the beautiful diamond you’ve picked out. It also changes the entire style of the ring.
While there are quite a lot of diamond settings out there, two of the most popular are grain set (or pave set) and channel set – which, to the naked, untrained eye, may look strikingly similar. They refer mainly to the band of the engagement ring. So, how do you tell them apart, and which is better for you?
These small diamonds are held in place by tiny prongs, which are also called beads. They are nearly invisible, and keep the diamonds set extremely close together. With the tiny beads of metal surrounding the diamonds, there is no gap between the stones visible, so the ring appears to be solid, as though it were encrusted by the diamonds. This gives this ring a very flashy, shiny appearance that works well for those who prefer glamorous jewellery.
Instead of tiny prongs holding the diamonds in place, the diamonds are literally embedded into the band, and are held in place by the channel walls and each other. This is a popular method for rings that are stacked, like wedding sets. The diamonds are frequently described as looking like they are floating in the ring, because small gaps can be seen surrounding the stones where there are no metal prongs, such as in the grain setting. This often gives this type of ring a more subtle, timeless appearance.
There are many other types of diamond settings in engagement rings. Those include flush settings, claw settings, full bezel settings, cathedral settings, halo settings, cluster settings, and more. These refer to the central diamond, while grain set (pave set) and channel set usually refers to the band.
Both channel set diamonds and grain set diamonds can look modern or vintage, as both have a timeless appeal. For many buyers, the band they choose will often be the one that comes paired with the engagement ring that they prefer best.