The setting of a diamond – how it is presented in or on the ring – is every bit as important for the style of the ring and the appearance of the diamond. A poorly set diamond won’t look as stunning as it can. When you want an attention grabber, you need to choose a beautiful setting just as much as you do a beautiful diamond. There is quite an array of settings to choose from.
This is a classic setting in which three to six claws hold a diamond or gemstone in place on a ring. The prongs come in many shapes and placements based on the cut of the stone. These are popular because they allow the stone to really shine, and they are usually more affordable. They are also great for softer gemstones. However, this is not the most secure setting.
This setting involves having many smaller stones set around a larger stone. It is a very feminine and luxurious look that comes in a variety of shapes and styles. However, depending on the way that the smaller halo stones are set (usually pave or channel set), they are more likely to come loose over time.
A bezel set stone is held in place by a metal rim that either partially or fully surrounds the stone. Think of it like a metal wall holding the stone in place. This is popular for stones that aren’t quite as perfectly cut, because the bezel can hide imperfections, and if you surround a clear stone with white metal, it makes the stone look bigger. However, it is not as dramatic a look for brides who like the glamorous style.
In a tension setting, the ring itself holds the diamond in place with pressure, and nothing more. Think of the ring as a clamp that has been momentarily pulled open. A diamond is then placed in the hole where the ring was pulled apart, and the clamp is then released. The pressure of the “clamp” (ring band) wanting to be back in its original shape holds the stone in place. While this does make for a very stunning setting, the repair options and resizing options for this type of ring are very limited for future needs.
There are other types of settings that are primarily used for the band, rather than the engagement diamond itself, such as pave, channel, and gypsy settings. Consider your bride-to-be’s style and if she’s likely to need a diamond that will be very secure due to an active lifestyle, and you’ll be on your way to choosing the right setting. An experienced jeweler can help you find the perfect compromise between glamorous bridal style and a durable, protective setting.