A guide to engagement ring setting

When choosing an engagement ring, there's lots to consider. You need to decide on a diamond and the cut, as well as the metal type and ring shape.

Another consideration is the setting type. But for many people, this is well out of their comfort zone.

If you're confused by settings, don't worry! Read this guide to discover more about engagement ring settings and the different types available.

What is an engagement ring setting?

The setting is what holds the diamond (or other stone) in your engagement ring. However, it's more than just security for your diamond - the setting also helps to create the overall look of your ring.

Engagement ring setting guide

Engagement ring setting type

There are several different types of engagement ring setting available. Each one offers a different way of holding the diamond, so it's this that changes the look of the ring. Some of the most common and popular engagement ring settings are:

  • Prong setting
  • Halo setting
  • Bezel setting
  • Invisible setting
  • Channel setting
  • Pave setting

Keep reading to find out more about these different setting types.

What is a prong setting engagement ring?

A prong setting acts like a claw to grasp the diamond. It raises up the diamond so that it is unhindered and on show, allowing the diamond to catch the light and sparkle as a diamond should

What is a halo setting engagement ring?

A halo setting combines the security of a prong setting and the sparkle of multiple diamonds. A centre stone is secured underneath a rim adorned with smaller diamonds.

What is a bezel setting engagement ring?

A bezel setting, sometimes known as a rub over setting, provides extra security for the diamond. Metal is formed around the shape of the diamond, and the top of the stone sits flush to the perimeter of the setting which produces a clean, modern look.

What is an invisible setting engagement ring?

An invisible setting is hidden, providing the appearance of a floor of diamonds set side by side to create an all diamond surface. This can result in a striking and contemporary ring, with the hidden setting providing a sense of intrigue.

What is a channel setting engagement ring?

A channel setting in a ring features a row of diamonds side by side, suspended by individual seats cut into each side of the channel. This setting is often used for side stones to add more sparkle to the ring.

What is a pavé setting engagement ring?

The pavé setting is taken from the French for "to pavé", and features small diamonds set closely together; like paving the surface of the band with diamonds.

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