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Setting Style

Your Guide to Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Setting Styles

What is a setting?

The setting is the frame that secures and displays the diamond on the ring. Just as the diamond should reflect the personality and style of your future bride, so too should the setting. Although it should be unique, be sure that it contributes to, rather than detracts from, the brilliance of the diamond itself.

Center Stone Setting Styles

Prong Setting

Typically, four to six small prongs hold the diamond in place. This engagement ring setting emphasizes the diamond, not the metal, and is a time-honored favorite for many brides. It makes the stone easier to clean and is a less expensive mount.

Bezel Setting

In this engagement ring setting, the diamond is encircled by a metal rim or collar that can feature a straight or scalloped edge. The half bezel – in which the rim only surrounds part of the stone – is also an excellent choice.

Tension Setting

Normally found in wide-band engagement rings, this modern setting holds the diamond in place on two sides with the compression-spring pressure of the setting. This gives the impression that the diamond is floating in place.

Side Stones & Wedding Bands

Channel

Smaller diamonds (round or baguettes) are set in a row with no metal separating the stones. These diamonds sit well-protected between the two rims that encircle the ring.

Bar

Similar to the channel setting, this is also a ring in which smaller stones encircle all or part of the band. However, in this setting, the diamonds are separated from each other by thin vertical bars.

Pave

The ring is literally paved with diamonds. A row of small diamonds are held in place by tiny beads of metal. The metal holding the soon seems to disappear into the background and provides a look of continuous diamonds on the surface.

Gypsy

In this flush setting, the accent stones are recessed into the band.

Shared Prong

This style is typically found in diamond wedding bands or engagement ring settings. In this setting each diamond shares a prong with the neighboring diamond.