Ring setting design is a reflection of your personality and style. To find the perfect engagement ring which has balance and pleasing proportions, it can be as simple as “saw it, loved it and bought it”. For many who cannot decide, below are some setting styles to help you along. Choosing a ring is not something you want to get wrong, after all the engagement ring is a symbol of the most important relationship of your life.
Design of an Engagement Ring
An engagement ring has two major components,
• the shank; and
• the setting
The shank, also called the band, can have many designs with or without accent stones.
The setting is to hold the main gemstones in place. Some popular setting techniques include prong (which can come in three, four, six or eight prongs) bezel, bar and tension.
Solitaire rings showcase one single gemstone on a ring. The 6–prong solitaire setting is the most popular traditional engagement ring of all time.
Also called Trilogy, three-stone rings feature three gemstones in a row, said to represent the past, present and future. Often the centre stone is larger than the two side stones.
The main purpose of accent side stones is to help complement the centre stone. The most common techniques for mounting side stones include channel settings, pave settings and prong settings on the shoulder of the shank.
For women who want a lot of sparkle.
A halo of diamonds is set around the centre gemstone to create a diamond halo effect.
The shank splits into two as it reaches the crown to highlight the centre stone. The split shanks can also be highlighted with pave set diamonds.
Design that have stood the test of time with style and grace. Many of these designs have a milgrain edge or filigree work.
Simple and Classic
This is the most common type of ring setting and involves four to six 'claws' that hold the diamond firmly in a “basket” while still allowing a good deal of light to enter the stone. The shape of the prongs can be rounded, elongated, pear tipped, heart shaped,V-cornered, square-cornered or flat.
Gemstones are suspended in a gold channel forming a continuos flow with no gold to separate the stones. This style is often used for wedding bands and may also be used to accent the centre stone.
Pave (Pah Vay) is a style of setting where small stones are set very tightly together to give the impression of a solid paved diamond surface.
A cluster setting is designed to crate a lovely larger piece from several smaller stones. The design can be in the form a flower or it can be made in an abstract arrangement.
A bezel is a band of metal that encircle the diamond and holds it in place. The bezel can wrap all the way around the stone or only partially surround it, depending on the style of the ring. The bezel protects the girdle and often makes the stone look larger.
The stone is fit snugly into the tapered hole until it sits flush with the surface. Then the surrounding metal is pressed and hammered around the rim of the hole to secure the stone.
Princess cut or square brilliants diamonds are set next to each other with metal of the setting concealed underneath the diamonds so create the illusion of larger diamond. New technique involves using fancy cut stones like marquises and square to make a illusion of a larger round stone.
Similar to the channel setting, except the stones are set in a channel across a ring with supporting bars on either side of each stone.