Written By: Vahid Moradi
Choosing an engagement ring beyond comparison is an undertaking of great importance. Not only does your engagement ring symbolize your eternal love for one another, but it’ll also adorn your finger for decades to come. When it comes to finding the perfect ring, however, the options from white gold to yellow, center diamond shape, the ring style, and more can be challenging to navigate.
So, where do you start when you begin the search for your engagement ring?
It can help to select one aspect of the ring at a time, beginning with your diamond engagement ring setting. After all, the setting is of utmost importance. It keeps your center stone in place and affects the overall appearance of the ring as it perches confidently on your finger.
Learning the fundamentals of some of the popular engagement ring settings may help you determine which one you prefer over the others. In this blog, we discuss a variety of settings available and suggest some tips on choosing the perfect one for you.
Types of Engagement Ring Settings
Because there are so many different diamond engagement ring settings to choose from, it’s vital to know what you’re looking for when you’re viewing page after page of online options. From solitaire to pavé, how do you determine which one complements your personality and lifestyle?
Before you dive into the deep sparkling waters of the different styles of engagement rings, start by examining a list of settings you’re likely to find. With this setting knowledge at your side, you’ll know exactly what will appeal to you while you’re browsing the plethora of options—as well as the benefits associated with each.
A solitaire setting is a ring with a single center stone. It’s a classic yet elegant choice for any bride who wants the spotlight on the focal point of the ring–the sparkling diamond.
A solitaire setting has many benefits, such as:
- Being versatile – Solitaire settings pair perfectly with almost any style of engagement ring or stone. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring with a stunning sapphire or are seeking something more subtle, the options are endless with a solitaire setting.
- Accommodating any budget – If you’re looking for a cost-effective ring, this setting is ideal. Because the band has minimal detailing, you can spend more money on a center stone with a larger carat weight that also has better cut, clarity, and color.
- Complementing all cuts – With a solitaire setting, you have the option to choose from any shape of stone you’d like, depending on what pairs well with your personal tastes. From the classic princess cut to an edgier emerald cut, the sky’s the limit.
These are just three reasons why this style is ranked among the timeless and simple engagement rings.
A Pave setting is a ring that has many small stones (often diamonds) sitting snugly next to one another.1 Originating from the French word meaning “to pave,”2 the closely lined diamonds give the outward appearance of a dazzling pavement on which your center stone delicately sits.
If you’re interested in a pavé setting, here are some of the benefits you can expect:
- They draw attention to the center stone – The extra dazzle of the tiny diamonds attracts curious eyes directly to the shimmering center stone.
- They provide extra brilliance – If your center stone isn’t as sparkly as its surrounding pavé diamonds, this setting can give the entire ring an added dash of shine and brilliance.
- They are available in many designs – Whether you’re interested in a pavé setting with a modern twist or have your eyes set on something with a vintage flair, this setting offers a wide assortment of styles depending on your personal tastes.
A halo setting has a center stone that’s encased in a series of smaller diamonds or other stones. Typically, the smaller stones have a pavé setting. With its glittering border, the larger stone–often a diamond–looks as if it’s cushioned by a glimmering halo, quickly ensnaring everyone with its delightful dazzle.
Here are some of the advantages of choosing a halo setting for your engagement ring:
- Larger appearance – The halo of tiny diamonds embellish the center stone, giving it the appearance of being larger than its actual carat weight.
- Extra sparkle – The pavé setting provides the engagement ring with an added tier of sparkle.
- Added protection – Since the extra layer of diamonds often hides the center stone’s prongs, they can provide additional protection for the larger gemstone.
A three-stone setting is exactly what it sounds like–a band that holds three gemstones, typically a center stone with a smaller stone on either side.
Also known as a trinity ring, this setting is popular for the symbolism bestowed upon it. Each stone can represent an important part of the wearer’s life. The first stone represents your past, while the second embodies your present life in which you’re preparing for marriage. The last stone is a promise of the future you and your partner plan to share with one another.3
In addition to its beautiful symbolic meaning, there are other advantages to choosing a three-stone setting:
- They’re customizable – A three-stone setting can hold stones of various carat sizes, depending on whether you prefer to make a statement or want something more along the lines of modern and minimalist engagement rings. You can also choose a combination of different gemstones on either side of the center stone that signify something important, such as your and your partner’s birthstones.
- They make a statement – This setting isn’t as common as some of the others, so you can stand out from the crowd with a three-stone showstopper of your own creation.
- They add sparkle – With a stone on either side of the centerpiece, you receive an added layer of brilliance anywhere you go.
A bezel setting holds a diamond (or another center stone of your choosing) inside a thin metal rim surrounding the stone. Here are a few of the perks of choosing this setting for your engagement ring:4
- Bezel settings provide protection – Since they hold your gemstone tightly in place, bezel settings offer the most security. If you work with your hands, plan to wear your ring every day, or just want some peace of mind, you can feel confident knowing that your stone is snug, safe, and secure with a bezel setting.
- They don’t snag – Some engagement rings, like those with a prong setting, are more prone to snagging certain objects, such as your favorite cable-knit sweater or even a few strands of hair. Because of its smooth surface, you can wear your bezel-set engagement ring without worry of any ruined sweaters or snagged hairs.
- They boast a modern look – Because of their sleek characteristics, bezel settings pair well with anyone looking to don a stylish and contemporary engagement ring.
A prong setting uses metal prongs to hold your diamond in place. This setting is ideal for those who adore sparkle, as it allows light to pass through and emits a more dazzling shine.
With this setting, you can choose from four or six prongs. While four prongs might appeal to those seeking minimalism, six prongs usually offer more protection for your center stone because they can hold it in place more securely.
If a prong setting piques your interest, here are a few of its advantages:
- They’re easy to clean – Since much of the diamond remains visible, there are fewer places for dirt to collect in a prong setting. You likely won’t need to clean it as often as a ring with a bezel setting, and it may be easier when you do.
- They can make stones appear larger – A prong setting elevates the center stone, which can make it seem more grandiose to the naked eye—even if you choose a stone with a smaller carat weight.
- They accommodate most stone shapes – Whether you’re interested in a cushion cut, emerald cut, or something else altogether, a prong setting can host a variety of shapes.
Tips to Help Determine Which Setting is Right for You
There’s no set-in-stone method when deciding which setting is right for you. However, you can use these suggestions to help guide you in the right direction:
- Consider your lifestyle – Your daily habits can be a factor in your decision-making process. If you live an active lifestyle and frequently exercise, or if your job involves the frequent use of your hands, you might want a setting that offers more security. A bezel setting is more likely to protect your center stone from accidents and you’ll be less likely to worry about your diamond coming loose.
- Determine your budget – Once you have decided on the total amount you’d like to spend, it can be easier to choose the kind of setting that suits your budget. For example, if you have a modest amount of money allocated but want your center stone to look larger, a halo setting can help you achieve that without the added cost of purchasing a bigger carat weight.
- Think about the future – If you think you might ever alter your ring in the future by adding a larger center stone, be sure the setting you choose can easily allow for the adjustment. A prong setting is usually a strong choice if you know you’re going to upgrade your diamond at a later date.
Find Your Perfect Engagement Setting with CJ Charles
Choosing the perfect engagement ring should be an exciting experience for both you and your partner, whether you decide on a solitaire engagement ring or halo ring setting. With a solid understanding of the types of engagement ring settings available, you’re one step closer to choosing the ring you’ve always dreamed of.
At CJ Charles, we offer a wide selection of settings so you can find a ring that pairs with your unique tastes.
Whether you’re looking for a dazzling micro pavé setting or a contemporary bold bevel, you can speak with an experienced jeweler at one of our locations to find the ring that was meant just for you.
Written By: Vahid Moradi
Vahid Moradi’s lifelong passion, dedication, and commitment for the jewelry industry led him to become the respected owner of CJ Charles Jewelers in 1988. From that moment, Moradi’s single focus in business was to become recognized as the pinnacle of value and world-class quality in the his Community. Over 34 years later, CJ Charles continues to grow and thrive as a successful, family-owned business that consistently provides exceptional service to all their clientele.
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- The Gemsny Blog. An Ultimate Guide to Three Stone Ring Settings. https://www.gemsny.com/blog/an-ultimate-guide-to-three-stone-ring-settings/
- The Diamond Pro. Bezel Engagement Rings. https://www.diamonds.pro/education/bezel-engagement-rings/#Why_Choose_a_Bezel_Engagement_Ring