Understanding Engagement Ring Settings

When proposing or being proposed to, did you consider engagement ring settings? Probably not, as we’re sure you had other things on your mind! When selecting a ring though, the setting it has is important as it does affect the way the ring looks and to an extent, costs and functions. Today we’re going to explore each of the seven most popular engagement ring settings to help you find the perfect ring!

Seven Popular Engagement Ring Settings

Engagement ring settings come in a multitude of varying shapes and sizes. Here are seven of the most popular engagement ring settings:

  • Prong/Solitaire setting - is by far the most common type of setting and uses a small metal claw to hold the diamond or other gemstone in place. The best part of this setting is it allows the stone to be the central focus.
  • Bezel setting - as the second most popular setting, it is often more practical as it won’t get caught on clothing like some of the other ring settings. The stone is either partially or fully protected from potential damage and is one of the most secure too, with the stone held in place by a custom made metal frame or rim.
  • Tension setting - created by the jeweller using a laser to find the exact dimensions of the stone or stones, who then cuts little grooves into each side of the stone/s, with a metal band physically pushed into each side which sets the stone firmly in place.
  • Pave setting - the centre stone still takes centre stage, but there are multiple stones on either side all set very closely together to create a carpet-like effect.
  • Halo setting - differentiates itself from a Pave by having lots of smaller stones set around the central diamond or other stone, which helps make the stone appear larger.
  • Three stone setting - a popular choice thanks to the appearance and symbolism of the stones: past, present and future.
  • Cathedral setting - a very classic choice for an engagement ring. This particular setting uses metal shaped like arches (like a cathedral) to hold the stone in place, but it can use the Prong, Bezel, or Tension setting instead. The arches can help give extra height to the ring and make the central stone appear far larger than it is.

For help in selecting the perfect engagement setting for your or your fiancé’s ring, never hesitate to ask for help! A professional jeweller will be more than happy to discuss the pros and cons of the different ring settings to help you make the best decision. Find professional jewellers HERE.