What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

Finding the perfect engagement ring takes work and knowledge. Being educated on the seven engagement ring settings is a must! We want to help you understand what every ring setting is and explain the pros and cons of that ring! 

Prong Setting 

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

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The first and most popular ring setting is the prong setting. Basically what this mounting is, is three to six “claws” that help hold the diamond (or any gemstone) in place. The prongs can be V-shaped, pointed, or flat. Usually the V-shaped prongs are used for more fancy cut stones such as marquise, pear and princess cut. One thing to keep in mind is, depending on the amount of prongs you want to incorporate into your ring, the more or less your diamond will be emphasized. For example if you choose three prongs your stone will allow more light in and be shown to its maximum potential. Six prongs will securely hug your diamond, but might make the diamond look smaller. Usually the average amount of prongs in a ring are 4.

Advantages

  • Prongs allow for an easy hold on softer stones such as gemstones
  • The prongs make the ring mounting easier to clean
  • There is less metal involved in making the mounting so it can ultimately be less expensive

Disadvantages

  • There is less protection for your stone which can cause damage to the stone
  • The prong setting gets caught in your clothing
  • Depending on which prong you decide on it can badly scratch you or other people

Pave Setting 

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

This is also one of the most recognizable mountings. Pave pronounced, Pah-Vay comes from french word meaning paved or paving. This ring style gets it name because of the way the diamonds are set to look like the diamonds are paved into the ring. It involves several rows of small stones.

Advantages

  • The pave set diamonds gives the illusion of the center stone being larger and makes the ring look more grand
  • The pave setting makes the ring design look remarkable

Disadvantages

  • The surface is level, but is not a smooth feeling 
  • This ring mounting is not good for softer gemstones

Tension Set

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

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This is one of the coolest settings ever! The mass amount of pressure of the shank holds the stone firmly into the setting. After the diamond is placed the ring gives the illusion that it is floating!

Advantages

  • Allows a lot of light in
  • Gives a cool illusion that is is floating

Disadvantages

  • Any stones other than Sapphires, Rubies and Diamonds cannot handle the pressure in the tension setting
  • Ring is usually fit to size and resizing can be difficult
  • This ring is for special occasions only and shouldn’t be worn everyday. This setting doesn’t have a lot of metal which means less protection for the ring
  • You are limited to which stones you can use for the center stone

Gypsy Setting

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

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This style is usually seen more in mens rings and wedding bands than an actual engagement ring. The diamonds are places in holes and become level with the mounting. Some rings that use gypsy mounting are the Tiffany & Co. Etoile Rings.

Advantages

  • Secures the Stone well
  • Makes scratches and nicks look as minimized as possible

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive to set the ring this way 
  • Fragile gemstones are not recommended for this mounting

Bezel Setting

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

This type of setting is trending in 2013 and basically is when the whole perimeter of the diamond is encompassed by a rim of metal.

Advantages

  • Protects the girdle of the ring
  • Secures the Stone
  • Depending on the metal color the stone can have a beautiful ambiance or make the stone look larger!
  • Metal can be made to fit any stone shape

Disadvantages

  • Using a colored metal such as yellow gold can make the diamond look more yellow! Gemstones are the only stones that will have a different look to them if colored metal is being used. 

Bar Setting 

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

When vertical bars are used to firmly hold the stones in place. This mounting is a mix between channel set and tension set. Bar settings can be used throughout the whole ring or only part of it, the decision is up to you!

Advantages

  • Protects the sides of each stone
  • Will not scratch you or your friends, the ring is fairly smooth

Disadvantages

  • Leaves top and bottom of stones exposed 
  • The unevenness may cause some discomfort when wearing the engagement ring

Channel Set

What You Should Know About Engagement Ring Settings

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This is also one of the most popular setting used for engagement rings in 2013. The Channel Setting is popular for wedding bands or engagement rings and basically incorporates a lot of diamonds closely next to each other and no metal separating them.

Advantages

  • Protects the girdle of the diamonds
  • The surface is smooth so it wont nick your clothes

Disadvantages

  • It is very difficult to resize this type of setting 
  • Will not hold softer gemstones
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