When shopping for engagement rings, it’s easy to pay so much attention to the diamond that you forget about the other half of the ring – the ring setting! The ring setting is the part of the ring that the diamond rests in, and can be as important if not more important than the diamond itself. There are lots of styles to choose from, from the gaudy ornate to the sleek, simplistic designs. To get you familiar with the basics, though, here are the 7 most important ring settings to know about.
This is the classic, no-nonsense setting for engagement rings. In a prong setting, three or more prongs wrap around the sides of the diamond to keep it in place. This puts as much attention as possible on the gem! It’s also common to see as a part of other settings.
A bezel setting surrounds the diamond with a simple, smooth border of metal. This holds the gem tightly in place, making the bezel setting a great design choice for active wearers that don’t want the ring to snag or get in the way.
Another classic among ring settings, the halo setting is a lot like the bezel setting, but… flashier. The setting wraps all the way around the diamond (sometimes with prongs to hold it more tightly in place), and the metal border is totally encrusted with smaller gems. It may be harder to wear with an active lifestyle, but it sure does sparkle!
One of the more interesting settings, a tension setting holds the diamond between two metal bands on opposite sides of each other. This takes a step in a totally different direction than the other settings since most rings support the ring from below rather than from the sides. This setting offers a unique, stylish look to the ring – but make sure you have it made exactly to size, or you run the risk of the diamond falling out!
If you thought that a halo setting was flashy, wait ’til you see this one. Based on the French word “pavé” (to pave), the pavé setting either partially or entirely encrusts the band of the ring with tiny jewels. This will definitely help draw attention to the ring and the main stone, but beware – maintenance for pavé-set rings, especially when the entire ring is encrusted, can be a pain.
Why have one main stone when you can have three? Adding two slightly smaller stones to the ring setting can be a fantastic compliment to your main gem without having to encrust it with lots of smaller ones, like with a halo or pavé setting. You can even mix and match the stone size, shape, and type, making this setting highly customizable and personal.
Shank (Split Shank)
A term you might not be familiar with in jewelry is the use of the word “shank” in connection to rings. The shank is the part of the band that actually goes around your finger. The shank setting (also called the split shank setting) is when the shank splits into two before it reaches the ring, meaning the gem is supported by four different bands coming in from two sides. This can really give the diamond a light, modern look, putting plenty of the attention on the main gem.
Now you’re set!
Now you know the seven most important ring settings you’ll see when you’re hunting for rings on the market. We hope this guide helps you in your hunt for the perfect ring! You might also want to check out our information on how to pick the right diamond for the ring you end up picking. Feel free to follow us on social media to stay up-to-date in the world of engagement rings and synthetic diamonds!