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The Different Types of Engagement Ring Settings
A diamond or cubic zirconia engagement ring represents love, commitment and an intention to spend eternity together as a married couple. As you choose a special ring that your beloved will treasure, consider the many types of settings available.
A bezel-set stone is very secure because it is surrounded completely by metal. A thin rim of metal encircles your stone, providing beauty along with a high level of protection. A bezel setting covers a portion of the stone and creates a wearable, clean look with no prongs to catch on clothing. Alternatively, you may choose a half-bezel, which surrounds only two sides of your stone.
For a channel setting, stones are set in a groove in your ring's band. No metal separates channel-set stones, enhancing their radiance. Similarly to a bezel setting, a channel includes two solid sides and no prongs. Your stone sits in a notch below the top of each side and is mounted flush with the ring's channel. Channel settings allow stones to line up with little space between them, creating a solid and sparkling line of diamonds. This style provides a fresh, modern look.
Tiny diamonds decorate the surface of a pave-set ring, which takes its name from the French word for “paved.” The technique for creating a pave setting uses small, round diamonds encrusted on the ring surface. The diamonds sit in drill holes and are secured with tiny metal beads pushing against the girdle of the stones. The width of the tiny beads separates the diamonds, and the encrusted diamonds give the appearance of a solid diamond surface on the band.
Prong settings are among the most common and popular for diamond engagement rings. The prong setting highlights your gorgeous stone and allows it to reflect more light and better reflect its brilliance.
To create the prong setting, vertical posts rise from a base beneath the stone to form a seat for the girdle of the stone. The prong tips are slightly burnished over the girdle, creating downward, inward tension on the stone from opposite directions. You may choose four or six prongs depending on your personal preference, although six prongs typically are used for larger stones.
A rim setting is similar to a bezel setting, with the stone secured within a thin metal rim. However, the stone is set directly into the metal using a drill hole, and the rim is graved onto the stone from the metal. The technique gives the effect of the stone appearing to be pressed into the metal.
Viewed from above, a trellis setting looks like a typical prong setting. When viewed from the side, however, four interlaced prongs add a beautifully designed elegance.
Cluster settings feature a grouping of several smaller stones surrounding a larger center stone, giving the look of one large stone.
In a flush setting, stones are embedded into the band, providing a contemporary look. Flush-set stones are well-protected, since they are flush with your ring band.
Tension settings show off beautiful stones to great effect. In a tension setting, the stone appears to float within the metal that holds it in place.
The invisible setting is a modern technique using specially grooved princess cuts that can be secured from underneath the stone. As a result, no hardware or prongs are visible around your stone.
Choose your setting, seal your promise
With a variety of beautiful settings available, your engagement rings is sure to be unique. Choose an engagement ring setting that best represents your commitment and that your beloved will enjoy wearing for many decades.
Eve's Addiction invites you to shop all Engagement Ring settings and styles, to find the ideal ring to pop the question.