Engagement Ring Setting
1. Solitaire Setting
It’s the most common and classic ring setting for an engagement ring. Also referred as a prong setting where involves three to six “claws”. The benefit of the prong setting which is use a minimum presence of metal and give a maximum amount of diamond exposure. Prongs can be in different shape such as rounded, pointed, flat and V-shaped. For emerald-cut stones, we are recommend flat prongs while if you have a princess-, heart-, marquise- or pear-shaped stone, it is work best in a V-shaped prong.
Pros of a Solitaire Setting
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Use less metal to let the maximum amount of light pass through the diamond to make it more sparkler.
- Support with different vаriеtу оf diаmоnd shареѕ and ѕіzеѕ
Cons of Solitaire Setting
- May loosen or fall out when hitting hard object
- Can snag on your clothes, furniture, and other materials causing diamond loosen up
- Recommend inspect the diamond ring at least once every two year
2. Pavé Setting
Come from the French word for “paved” or “to pave”, pronounced as “pah-vay”. Pavé ѕеttіng are a type of ring setting that consists of small dіаmоndѕ place closely tоgеthеr with minimal visibility of the prongs or metal bead. The jeweller first drills small holes into the metal ring, then holds the diamonds in place, аnd use mіnі-рrоngѕ or tiny beads tо ѕесurе thеm into the holes. Sometimes this setting is also known as a bead setting. When very small diamonds such as .01-.02 carats are used, that would be called micro-pavé setting.
Pros of a Pavé Setting
- Can create a modern or vintage look for the engagement ring
- The cost of the ring is lower because only small diamonds are used
- Use with side stones to magnify overall brilliance of the ring
Cons of Pavé Setting
- Resizing the ring is very difficult if pavé set around the full band
- The risk of losing side stones is minimal
- If you have an active lifestyle, the pavé setting may not be safe
3. Channel Setting
Channel setting is popular used for engagement rings and wedding bands. Similar to Pave setting but the difference is the stone are right next to each other with no metal separating them. For people with active lifestyles, it’s best to use the Channel Set ring setting.
Pros of a Channel Setting
- The surface is smooth which prevent snag on clothes and other materials.
- The diamond in channel setting are very safe compare to a prong or pavé setting.
Cons of Channel Setting
- Require more time and effort with cleaning as it is difficult to reach deep into the channel to clean out the dirt trapped there.
- May slightly hide diamonds compared to the prong setting
- Similar to Pavé Setting, Channel setting can be challenging to repair or resize
4. Halo Setting
Halo designs surrounded by smaller cut diamonds to make the center diamond appear larger and look brighter. It can be a way to save budget on carat-weight. In additional, the halo setting is always a popular choice as a proposal ring. You can also design your halo with different color gemstones or metal to create a contrast in color.
Pros of a Halo Setting
- Can make the center diamond look bigger and sparkly
- Ability to create a contrast in color with using different colored gemstones or metal
- Budget saving with a smaller center diamond
- The center diamond can be securely holds and protects it from falling out
Cons of Halo Setting
- Can be difficult to resize and repair because depending on the number of side stone that line the band
- The tiny side stone can become loose and fall out
5. Three Stone Setting
Three-stone setting is a very versatile setting. There is a romantic meaning behind this setting where it symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future or simply represent for three words:”I love you.” These stone size can be either the same or the center stone is bigger than two side stones.
Pros of a Three Stone Setting
- Due to the additional sidestones maximizes sparkle on the center diamond
- Romantic meaning behind this setting.
Cons of Three Stone Setting
- Due to side stone design requires more cleaning and maintenance
- Compare to other ring settings, three stone setting is more expensive
6. Split Shank Setting
The split-shank design refer to the shank split into two separate shanks and hold the center diamond. Typically, these design give a more unique touch where it have a visible gap between the band and the center diamond. It is common with a halo setting but not common with a solitaire setting.