Upon deciding that you want to share the remainder of your life with others the next move will become a little more strategic. You’re going to settle on a beautiful diamond engagement ring setting and an amazing proposal. But there is another element between these measures that needs much-needed consideration – the ring layout! The engagement ring setting that you choose is incredibly significant. This is the first decision you can make in the process, as it will decide to some degree what kind of diamond you need to purchase. Choosing between the many different types of engagement ring settings can be a seemingly daunting task. We’ve compiled a list of each setting in detail which you can refer to reach a setting that is to your liking. THE DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING AS FOLLOW PRONG SETTING & SOLITAIRE SETTING By far the most traditional western and truly iconic engagement ring arrangement is considered a prong setting which is a hook-like structure with a thin metal claw that holds the diamond firmly in its place. These can be of various varieties like rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped. Almost all prong combinations have either had four or six prongs; with the former category, you can see more diamonds, but the latter is far more stable. Perhaps the benefit of this setting is that there is a low degree of metal intervention to simply allow more diamonds to be made exposed. THE TIFFANY SETTING In 1886, Tiffany & Co. theoretically designed a particular six-prong solitaire environment to optimize the return of the light on the diamond. The ‘Tiffany setting’ is essentially an evolved version of the above-mentioned flat-band setting, primarily identified by the ‘knife-edge’ of its shaft and the structure of its prongs. Also Read: Know Some Interesting Things About Salt And Paper Diamond Although it is possible to acquire a comparable setting in almost every jewelry store or website today, it will never be the same Tiffany setting since Tiffany has trademarked the prong style. BEZEL SETTING The arrangement of the bezel is the second most popular ring set both for its elegant appearance and build for an active lifestyle. Rather than holding a gem by prongs, the bezel box envelops a diamond, or center stone, with a small metal rim specially designed to keep the stone firmly in place. The bezel arrangement can be a complete or partial setting: a full bezel wraps the entirety of the gem, whereas a partial bezel leaves the edges open. It’s really the best choice for nurses, instructors, and anyone shopping for such a ring that won’t slip but protect the stone perfectly. TENSION SETTING As the name suggests, this is the type of setting wherein the diamond is held in place due to the tension of the metal band. This results in the diamond hanging between the two sides of the shank. Lasers are used to configure accurate dimensions of the diamond which is then expertly cut into tiny grooves to the sides of the ring resulting in the stone being held up by the weight of the metal band. Tension-style arrangements provide a similar gem suspension feel while being less expensive and far more versatile in assembly. Tension-style settings provide an extra amount of protection by using a prong or bezel upon this side or under the diamond to firmly secure the gem in place. For this sort of setting, it is highly important to find a diamond that has no noticeable inclusions. So this setting does not have any prongs which might cover them and is exposed to any of them. TENSION STYLE SETTING A typical type of engagement ring is to mimic the tension style setting (as you see above), but in fact, the gem or is set there in the band, usually as a bezel setting. The ring in the photo above—two-tone metals with only a pear-shaped gemstone – a traditional tension setting, whereas the one beneath is a tension-shaped setting. Notice the bezel throughout the tension-style setting of the round diamond. CHANNEL SETTING Through this setting, miniature diamonds are securely arranged in a row on the ring band giving rise to the creation of a metal canal of glimmering stones abundant with the shank. Diamonds and other gems are put closely together in the indents of the canal with the sides of the ring or the whole band decorated. A popular setting for engagement rings, this setting features smaller gems without a center stone hence increasing its popularity. Because there are no prongs available, this setting is also a good choice for a snag-free and safe design. PAVÉ SETTING The pave setting, usually pronounced as “pa-vay,” derives its origins from the French word “pave,” as if it were lined with gems or diamonds. By setting small gemstones closely together with limited exposure of tiny metal beads or prongs locking the stones in place, the result is one of constant shimmering. Usually, the jeweler cuts crevasses in the band, then slowly implants the gems into the holes, and eventually forms mini-prongs, called beads, around each gem to lock them into the crevasses. HALO SETTING Diamonds or other precious stones are arranged in a circle or square with a core gem in this setting wherein the center stone appears bigger due to the formation of the halo. This proves to be an excellent choice to maximize the presence of a smaller diamond and enhance the look of the ring in an overall manner. They are available in a diverse variety of shapes, including looks resembling roses. A halo setting, then, maybe a way to cut costs on a smaller-carat diamond by not compromising the overall look of the ring. The inclusion of a halo of polished gemstones or the setting of halo diamonds with a particular metal color would make contrasting colors possible. Halos are frequently combined with pavé bands, but they could definitely stand on their own with a plain undecorated unit. As expected, the double halo setting includes two circles of gemstones encircling the central gemstone or diamond. CATHEDRAL SETTING The setting of the cathedral is one of the most beautiful and classic engagement ring setups. Similar to the elegant arches of the cathedral, this ring setting uses metal arches to carry a diamond or other gemstone. The cathedral can be set with stress, bezels, or prong, as the distinguishing aspect of this ring is not in how the gem is placed, but rather how it is positioned with arches above the shank. The arches will add additional height to make the center stone look bigger; they can also add a cost-saving style with less money than including more diamonds. BAR SETTING The Bar Setting consists of vertical or horizontal bars of metal keeping apart the diamonds or other gemstones in a ring. This setting will balance the center gemstone or standalone for an elegant wedding ring or stackable band. FLUSH SETTING The flush arrangement, also known as the gypsy setting, positions the diamond in a bored hole in the ring band such that the ring is “flush” with the ring band. The jeweler immediately hammers the material around the gemstone to keep it in place. There are chances of smaller and softer gemstones fracturing under the force of the hammer and hence this setting is not suitable for such stones. Another popular decision for wedding rings, especially for men, since the stone is set tightly in the band and is secured against chipping or dropping out. Like with the bezel arrangement, this is among the most secure and durable styles of engagement rings and a great choice for people who work with their hands. THREE-STONE SETTING The three-stone setting is a versatile setting that can be used for celebrations, anniversaries, or any other purpose. The three stones, set tightly around each other, have been shown to symbolize the past, the present, and the future of a duo. The most famous diamond shapes in this series are the oval dazzling cut and the royal cut. ANTIQUE/VINTAGE SETTING Most antique and vintage engagement ring models were crafted to fit unique different periods of jewelry design, including such Art Nouveau, Elizabethan, and Colonial designs. Such bands often display delicate craftworks, such as filigree and milgrain. Filigree is a form of sensitive stonework that bolts small metal beads or twisted metal strands to a substrate of the jewel. And milgrain engraving is a type of ornamentation that has been added to vintage bands to offer them that “elegant feel” of small metal spheres beautifully decorated the sides of the ring and the peak of the ring. CLUSTER SETTING A cluster setting the “clusters” of stones closely together to appear like a big diamond. It may either have a larger central stone or a cluster of stones of similar size. ETERNITY BAND These bands cannot be categorized under a setting as they are simply a form of the band used by women for wedding rings and special occasions like anniversary celebrations, Valentine’s Day, etc. Such rings are named after the “eternal” presence of gems or other precious stones decorating the inner ring band. Eternity rings are available in the pointed end, tube, rounded edges, and flushed configurations. SHANK/SPLIT-SHANK Here’s yet another phrase you have sometimes heard thrown along by jewelers. Many shanks are round, although there are square-shaped shanks and many other imaginative shapes. The split-shank relates to a ring where the shank is divided into two separate shanks. INFINITY ENGAGEMENT RING SETTING Crafted to symbolize eternal love, the infinity setting showcases a rare, elegant arrangement of an “8”-shaped design comprised of two intertwining strands. These strands form an infinity symbol, setting up the ring an elegant, majestic look that highlights the central gemstone. Like all rings, the Infinity engagement ring setting comes in several types. Others are solitary arrangements that pair a stunning core diamond with an undecorated ensemble, while others incorporate pavé-set diamonds that frame and bring focus to the center diamond. Some infinity settings also incorporate these patterns, such as this “twist” engagement ring, which features a simple, unpaved band and a pavé-set diamond ring. The Perfect Stone Now that you’ve finalized on a setting for your ring, let’s go through a few popular diamond types. Salt & Pepper Diamonds The Salt-and-Pepper Diamond is a diamond with black and white markings. Others would have more inclusions than others and no two diamonds would be the same—some would be dark and moody, others light and shiny with only a few small blemishes, while some might also appear like grey. Icy Diamonds Icy diamonds are technically called “heavy inclusion diamonds” or in simpler words, diamonds that are full of imperfections or impurities. These impurities and heavy inclusions give it a special hue. And that’s the key explanation of why they seem to be opaque in clarity. These impurities and abstract colors derive a special beauty in these diamonds. They’re special, and more often than not you’ll see them in a lot of jewelry collections. Rose Cut Diamonds Rose Cut Diamonds stray quite a bit from the conventional ‘Brilliant Cut’ diamond that we know in this new age. With between 3 to 24 facets, the Rose Cut Diamond resembles the shape of a rose flower. In general, they are smooth at the bottom, providing a wider surface for the brilliance of the stone. Polki Slice Cut Diamonds Polki diamonds are among the oldest techniques of cut diamonds originating in Asia far before mainstream cutting methods have been developed. They also maintain their original rugged form and have a shiny, polished finish. While they persisted in use in traditional Indian jewelry designs − primarily designed for marriage pieces − Contemporary designers started to integrate these classic jewels into their products. Diamond Beads The cheapest and most natural type of jewelry that can ever be found is diamond beads and strands. Diamond beads are made of raw diamonds and can be used as rough diamond jewelry, cut into small beads or balls of facets. If you’re a lover of nature and want to wear stuff the way it is then these diamond strands are the best you can do. You’re going to make beautiful diamond faceted necklaces and bracelets. With raw rough diamond beads, we have a range of colors. Black Diamonds Black diamonds, unlike the color typical of most colored diamonds, are dark-colored, translucent diamonds that come with only one color intensity: Fancy Black. The Fancy Intensity comes with only two other diamond colors, and they are white and red diamonds. Fancy White Diamonds are also equivalent in that they are reflective, although this quality is not shared by Red Diamonds. Several color intensities varying from Faint to Fancy Deep/Dark can be found in other color diamonds. Conclusion Thoughts That was all the information you might need if you were to go and select an engagement ring setting for yourself. Each set has its own distinctive feature and appeal, thus each serves a different purpose and has a unique elegance to it. Make the right choice following your needs.