What engagement ring setting shall I choose?Becky Waldron
It’s not until you start engagement ring shopping that you realise how much more there is to this significant jewellery piece than you once thought. From familiarising yourself with the 4Cs, to choosing the perfect metal to getting the right ring size, preparing a wedding proposal requires a lot of research.
Ring setting is another item you can add to your list of ‘things to learn about engagement rings’...
What is an engagement ring setting?
The focal point of most every engagement ring is the diamond. However, it’s all down to the setting to display the stone in its best light – quite literally.
Ring setting refers to how the diamond, or other jewel of choice, is set to the metal band of the ring. So, alongside providing aesthetic value, the engagement ring setting does also provide a functional purpose, keeping your diamond in place.
The different kinds of engagement ring settings
If there wasn’t enough to think about when engagement ring shopping, there’s also a wide variety of ring settings to choose from. Below are just some of the popular, and lesser known, engagement ring settings.
A cathedral ring setting is an elegant and favourable choice for engagement rings – perfect for anyone wanting their diamond to stand out. From the ring band, the metal curves upwards, resembling the tall structure of a cathedral – hence the name. A cathedral setting typically has four prongs, but it can have more, depending on different styles.
The solitaire ring setting is perhaps the most popular, or at least the most common. This classic style holds the diamond with a number of prongs (usually somewhere between four and six) allowing the jewel to gleam from all sides. This setting is often accompanied by a round brilliant diamond because, together, they work well to enhance the brilliance of the diamond.
A bezel ring setting is quite unique to other ring settings. With the bezel, the main stone of an engagement ring is outlined by metal casing. Not only does this metal rim give ultimate protection to the ring’s diamond, but it can also help to make the stone appear larger. It’s an ideal setting for those wanting something extra to highlight their jewel or a more modern style.
Is there such a thing as too many diamonds? The pavé proves it’s not possible.
From the French word for paved, a pavé ring setting consists of a metal shank that is paved with tiny stones. These stones are fit into the band so that they’re at the surface, and they rise in the middle to secure the main jewel of the ring. It’s a sparkly setting for the showier wearer.
The claw setting resembles, you guessed it, a claw style shape. Claw settings often have four to six claws and can be customised with different shapes and finishes to suit the intended wearer. For example, some of the claws might be more of a bead shape, some resembling grains of rice, or some much pointer, similar to talon claws. For the fierce fashionista...
This ring setting creates a halo effect around the diamond of your engagement ring. Outlined with tiny gemstones, the diamond of a halo ring setting will appear much bigger than its actual carat weight. While typically halo stones are pavé or micro pavé, you can be creative with the kind of jewels you use; square, oval or marquise, it’s up to you – how extravagant do you want to go?
The more alternative of the engagement ring styles, the bar setting consists of two or more metal bars that ‘bookend’ the ring’s stone(s). This setting works especially well with an emerald shaped jewel – providing a very art deco style ring. It’s an excellent choice for the vintage lovers or the unconventional.
Another setting for those looking for something more unusual, a tension setting holds its jewel in the compression-spring pressure of the metal band. It almost gives the illusion of the jewel floating somewhere in the shank. This is best for hard stones like cut diamonds, sapphires and rubies.
If sparkle is a top priority for your engagement ring, then a channel setting might be for you. A channel ring setting consists of a row of stones sandwiched together with no metal in between, differentiating it from a pavé setting. This ring setting is used for both wedding rings and engagement rings as it doesn’t always feature a centre stone.
A cluster ring setting features a cluster of jewels instead of a single centre stone. This can be customised to suit a desired silhouette or to have a certain number of bigger stones to smaller stones. This setting can also give opportunity to a variety of stones in your engagement ring. Diamonds, sapphires or emeralds – with a cluster setting you can have all three! (Although your budget might be saying otherwise...)
Does ring setting affect price?
While not the most impactful price factor, the setting of your ring can affect its value. The ring settings that have more stones, and therefore a potentially higher carat weight, will be more expensive than the simpler, less stone-heavy designs.
Ring settings that are more sought after can also have a higher value, especially on the second-hand market.
What engagement ring setting is right for me?
It’s wise to choose an engagement ring that you are sure you or your partner will love and enjoy wearing for many years to come. It might be easy to get tempted into a flashy design, but if you plan to wear your engagement ring every day, having this kind of ring might only get in your way – and be a source of worry.
If you can find jewellers that allow you to see and try on a variety of ring settings, you can get a better feel for what you like and what suits you.
Contemporary to classic with Skydiamond
At Skydiamond we have a selection of four ring settings to choose from, for those seeking a more modern feel to their engagement ring to those in love with the timeless classics.
Our build-your-own-ring feature means you can choose all the components to your engagement ring. Whether you want a rose gold princess cut with a contemporary solitaire setting or a yellow gold round brilliant cut with a classic solitaire setting, your engagement ring can be completely yours.
Not forgetting our beautiful, rare and ethical diamonds. What more could you want as your symbol of love?
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