Engagement Rings Setting Types
Looking for an engagement setting that's a classic or totally unique? You decide. A traditional engagement 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.
A single diamond set in a traditional, plain mounting, usually with four or six prongs. This is a traditional engagement ring setting, and can be personalized with diamond bands, or a ring guard or wrap (which literally guard or wrap the main ring, and also "frame" the larger diamond to make it more prominent).
The Prong engagement ring setting is the most common setting and is sometimes referred to as the claw setting because the prongs hold the diamond in place like a claw. This setting really emphasizes the diamond.
This engagement ring 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. In a Chanel setting the outer ridge of metal 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. The Chanel setting enhances the diamond with some additional glamour and style.
Similar to the Channel setting, the Bar type of setting is also most commonly used in anniversary and wedding bands, but can also be seen in bracelets and necklaces. The Bar setting type includes a band of diamonds where each stone is held by a long thin bar shared between two stones. The Bar setting combines a contemporary and classic look. The diamonds are exposed on two sides so you can often see more brilliance of the diamonds.
With a Bezel setting, a rim holds the stone and surrounds the gem. Bezel settings can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. The backs of the Bezel settings 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.
You may know the Gypsy setting from men's jewelry you've seen. The band on the Gypsy setting 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 and flush with the band. There are no prongs in the Gypsy setting; therefore the look is smooth and clean.
The Gypsy setting is sometimes referred to as a flush mount setting, shot setting, or burnish setting. Similar to the Bezel setting, the crown of the diamond is really the only exposed area within the Gypsy setting.
A tension-set diamond setting 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. The tension setting is a modern or futuristic look in which the diamond appears to be suspended in midair. The tension setting allow the diamond to be seen in full view and are usually easy to clean.
An illusion setting is smaller stones, usually princess cuts, set next to each other and held from below to give the illusion of a larger diamond. This setting is more intricate than others and creates a visually interesting piece.
The illusion ring setting can also be a small diamond surrounded by patterned precious metals which provides the illusion that the diamond is bigger than it actually is. In either setting, the purpose is to provide a unique and attractive ring.
The cluster 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. The cluster setting provides the appearance of a larger stone. Sometimes the cluster is formed into shapes or designs to enhance the look of the ring. This attention getting setting is often more unique and adds character of which can be timeless.