Looking for a beautiful and unique ring from the endless engagement ring designs available today might seem like a nerve-racking experience, especially when there are so many different options that the average person might not understand. One of the biggest problems that people have when it comes to choosing an engagement ring is the setting type. There are quite a few common setting types that offer a different look and secure hold for those precious gems.
To get a better idea about the variety of ring settings available, consider the following styles:
A bar setting uses vertical metal bars on the sides of precious stones to keep them securely in place on an engagement ring band. This setting shows off more of the precious metal than a prong setting but also doesn’t overpower the stone.
Bezel settings are metal rims that wrap around or partially secure the edges of the precious stone. They are among the most secure settings to choose for a ring and while it does cover more of the stone than a prong setting, it can also highlight the beauty and radiance of it.
Although more expensive than certain other settings, the bezel setting is a safe choice for women’s engagement rings and usually ideal for more masculine rings with larger stones.
A channel setting, as the name suggests, has a channel that precious stones sit in with narrow metal strips along the sides to secure them. This setting is ideal for ring designs without a focal stone, so it’s usually the number one choice for accent stones and ring designs that have rows of symmetrical gems.
Also a wonderful choice for simple engagement ring designs, the channel setting does not have metal bars or prongs between stones, which enhances a simplistic beauty and class.
A cluster setting is similar to a pavé setting but is mainly used to group different stones in artistic designs like flowers, hearts and butterflies. They are ideal for decorative engagement ring designs that may have multiple stone shapes, types and sizes. Although very beautiful with the intricate designs and secure setting, it does tend to cost more than other setting styles.
Similar to a bezel setting, a flush or gypsy setting does not have metal rims covering parts of the stone but instead sit within the band and level with the whole surface of the ring. A small tapered opening is created in the band and the stone is placed securely inside.
The simple and sleek design of a flush setting makes it a very popular choice for minimalistic and modern engagement ring designs, though it’s important to get a trusted professional to do it, to ensure the stones will not loosen.
The pave setting is a wonderful choice for anyone who doesn’t want or can’t afford those large precious stones but would like to increase the sparkle and wow factor of a ring. This setting tightly groups a number of smaller stones within gaps in the band, much like cobblestones and gives them the illusion of being one large brilliant stone.
This is the chosen setting for many ring styles that have multiple accent stones or to create a large brilliant surface resembling a large center stone.
A prong setting is one of the most popular choices for engagement ring designs since it allows for the most light to enter precious stones like diamonds, which makes the overall effect more brilliant in the light.
With a prong setting, the precious stone is placed in a basket like setting and secured with an arrangement of thin metal bars that is placed strategically around it. It’s a wonderful choice for medium and large solitaires since it shows off most of the gem in a secure way.
A tension setting is among the most difficult and expensive choices for an engagement ring because it can only be done for strong stones like diamonds and it will cause difficulty to resize the ring. The basic idea of a tension setting is to use the force of the metal to keep a stone in place and give it the illusion of floating in the ring.