Diamond rings are the perfect way to complete any ensemble –but they are ensembles in their own right with each part adding to the uniqueness of the ring.
The setting is designed to support the center stone. It stretches from the shank and helps form a unique appearance for each ring.
Think of the setting as the stage you provide for your diamond to stand out. There are different types of settings to choose from and we'll explain how to choose a setting according to your needs on this blog.
Choosing The Right Setting For Your Diamond Ring
Picking the right setting depends on the center stone, the size and cut of the stone, your lifestyle, and your preference. Here's what each of these factors affects the setting choice.
If your day job involves lots of cleaning, lifting things, or any task that demands the use of your hands most of the time, a highly set diamond ring will chip and scrape easily. Lower settings such as gypsy and bar settings protect the stone from contact. These settings are very chic and on trend for those who want an understated everyday look to their engagement ring.
Each of these settings places the diamonds inside the metal band with just a small portion of the stones sticking out.
However, if your job mostly entails sitting at a computer, a higher prong-set ring, which raises the stone above the shank is beautiful.
We recommend something in between where your stone sits high enough that you can stack diamond wedding bands underneath and allow it to sit flush. If the engagement ring setting is set too low, you won’t be able to achieve a stack of rings. On the other hand, if your stone is set too high, your diamond could take a beating if you work with your hands or can be rough on your jewelry.
Settings that cover a large part of the diamond undermine its size and appearance while smaller settings give the stone more space to be seen.
If you want your center stone to look bigger, a halo setting does the trick! The rows of pave diamonds around the perimeter of the center stone make for a stunning addition to any center stone!
Alternatively, you can choose the channel or invisible settings. A channel setting spots a row of diamonds with each diamond next to the other and set in a different seat.
The invisible setting typically features a grid of square-shaped diamonds set next to each other, creating a floor of diamonds on the ring.
For bigger diamonds, we recommend the prong setting. This mounting often comes in four to six prongs and makes your finger look like it's wearing a crown.
3. Shape and Cut
Diamond shapes and cuts either fall under round or fancy. Modern styles include the simple traditionally elegant round-shaped diamond or sophisticated shapes like princess, emerald, oval, pear, marquise, etc.
It's also common to find an artistic mix of these shapes on the same ring. For instance, you can have a princess cut diamond as the center surrounded by a halo of smaller round diamonds.
For those who love to wear their diamonds in grand style, consider a pavé band paired with a hidden halo. The point of this combo is to have the smaller diamonds lead the eye back to the bigger centerpiece, making it appear bigger while the smaller diamonds accentuate the sparkle of the entire ring.
The hidden halo helps you add interest and depth to the ring because the halo sits under the center stone instead of encircling it.
If you love the vintage vibe, a cathedral setting can help you do that. It features arcs that adorn part of the shank close to the centerpiece and its frame.
For a more toned-down, unique, yet attractive style to wear your diamond ring, go for the tension setting. The shank is usually made of metal with the middle cut out so that the centerpiece can sit inside the space.
You can always speak to a professional about what you want and your lifestyle so they can advise you on what works best for you.
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