Ring Education: Ring Settings

Looking for a setting that's a classic or totally unique? You decide. A traditional setting or one that shouts a modern sensibility? It's up to you. We've got the widest array of settings to choose from. One of which will match your style to perfection. Whichever you choose, your ring will be a beautiful reflection of you. After all, it is your time to shine.

Jump To: Prong Setting | Channel Setting | Bar Setting | Bezel Setting | Gypsy Setting | Tension Setting | Illusion Setting | Cluster Setting

This is the most popular setting for side and center diamonds in jewelry for a variety of reasons. Because it consists of four or six claws that cradle the diamond, it allows the maximum amount of light to enter a stone from all angles. This makes the diamond appear larger and more brilliant. And it can hold large diamonds more securely. Back to Top

This setting is most frequently used for wedding and anniversary bands. A Channel setting will set the stones right next to each other with no metal separating them. The outer ridge of metals is then worked over the edges of the stones. This protects the girdle area of the diamonds better than a bead or prong setting and provides a smooth exterior surface. Back to Top

Similar to the Channel setting, this type of setting is also most commonly used in anniversary and wedding bands, but can also be seen in bracelets and necklaces. It is a band of diamonds that holds each stone in by a long thin bar, shared between two stones. The Bar setting combines a contemporary and classic look. Back to Top

With a Bezel setting, a rim holds the stone and surrounds the gem. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. The backs can be opened or closed and they are used to set earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Warmer-colored diamonds look stunning when bezel set in yellow gold. Back to Top

You may know the Gypsy setting from men's jewelry you've seen. The band is one continuous piece that gets thicker at the top. The band is shaped like a dome and the stone is inserted in the middle. There are no prongs; therefore the look is smooth and clean. Back to Top

A tension-set diamond is held in place by the pressure of the band's metal, which is designed to "squeeze" the stone. The result is a highly contemporary, fashionable look and can be used to set necklaces, earring and rings. Back to Top

This setting is more intricate than others in that it surrounds the stone to make it appear larger. The metal that surrounds the stone usually has an interesting design. An Illusion setting is smaller stones, usually princess cuts, set next to each other and held from below to give the illusion of one larger diamond. Back to Top

This setting surrounds a larger center stone with several smaller stones. It is designed to create a beautiful piece of diamond jewelry from many smaller stones. Back to Top