Engagement Ring Settings

Picking the right engagement ring style is as important as picking the right center gemstone or diamond. It can define the full look of the engagement ring and should match the personality of the wearer. All Four Mine styles are available in 14 karat and 18 karat white, yellow and rose gold as well as platinum. Many styles can be made with 9 different center diamonds, however some are available with less shapes. The more popular diamond shapes like round, princess and cushion are available in a variety of setting styles. Less common shapes like heart, pear and marquise are available in less setting styles. View our full diamond collection to see our nine popular diamond shapes. Factor in things like look, budget, and her style when choosing a ring. Often times jewelers can customize ring styles to suit your tastes or custom create something compeltely new. However, jewelers use these common setting techniques to craft rings, regardless of the type of design. Having a good understanding of the setting styles will help you to choose the ring style as well as help understand which elements you may want to include in a custom ring.

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Stone Setting Styles

Diamonds and gemstone accents can be set in a variety of ways that create a different look. Ultimately, precise craftsmanship and mastery of these techniques is what creates a brilliant and sparkling diamond engagement ring. When setting the engagement ring, craftsmen can use any single one or combination of the following techniques. All techniques have been honed over time to ensure that they are secure. While some methods may look like they use less metal or are thinner, you can be sure that they are secure. Just be sure to work with a jeweler whom you trust as well as one that has a lifetime warranty in case any repair work is needed.

diamond channel set with no prongs and metal on the sides

Channel

Channel set diamonds are suspended securely and uniformly between two borders or metal. This creates the look of floating diamonds that are not interrupted by metal prongs. This elegant look is used within classic ring styles. It is a fully secure setting style that is used in many traditional engagement ring settings. Typically princess and round accent diamonds are used in a channel set band.

tiny micropave prongs hold each diamond in place

Micropave Set

Accent diamonds are set closely together in this style with small beads of metal holding the diamonds together. This draws attention to the diamonds and their sparkle and minimizes the look of the metal. Jewelers must work with high precision to set stones with this technique. Oftentimes, laser setting is used for the maximum correctness and to produce a flawless result. The prongs in micro settings are smaller and narower as to minimize the look of the metal.

pave or shared prong diamond setting

Shared Prong

This style sets accent stones with shared prongs within a band. This means that two stones are being held together by a same prong. Minimizing the metal in this way ensures that light hits the diamonds and enables them to sparkle well. It also enables for a tighter and more uniform look.

diamonds enlcosed by metal in bezel setting

Bezel

This setting styles encloses the diamonds all around a border or precious metal. This holds the diamond securely in place and adds a pretty design element. This setting style shows more metal than others and is ideal for those that desire more of a metal look. Bezel set rings are common for both men and women and have long lasting appeal.

open metal bars hold the diamond similar to channel or tension setting

Bar

A bar setting holds the diamond accents in place with bars of metal on either side. This secure setting style is typically used for baguette style diamonds for three stone ring styles or for eternity bands. Bar settings are very secure as there is metal in which the diamond is nestled.

burnish or flush set diamonds similar to bezel setting

Flush

A flush set diamond is set within a band and is enclosed completely by metal. The top of the stone is visible and the rest is set within the metal creating a smooth surface. This setting style is used commonly within wedding bands and smaller accent diamonds. Flush settings are very secure, however as only the tops of the diamond are visible, the sparkle from the diamond can be somewhat less than with other setting styles.

V prongs with a design element and french style pave setting

French Pave

This setting style is similar to the pave setting style. However, a small v cut out underneath each diamond add another design element to the setting. This can also allow for more light to hit the diamond as less metal shows on the ring.

open scalloped pave or shared prong setting with trellis style

Scalloped Pave

This is another variation of the pave setting style. The metal beads holding the accent diamonds, have u shaped cutouts underneath to reduce the look of metal and add another design element to the ring setting. This pave style is less common on engagement rings.


Setting Styles in Engagement Rings


The options for different setting styles can be many. The first step to understanding which is the right setting style for her engagement ring is to consider which one you like more visually. Do you prefer the look of smaller accent diamonds with a minimal amount of metal. If so, consider the pave styles. If you prefer a balance of metal and diamonds, a channel or flush setting will enable you to showcase the beauty of the diamonds as well as the shine of the metal. If you prefer a subtle look where the diamond is encased within metal, a bezel setting is optimal. Another important consideration is the thickness in millimeter of the band. Certain setting styles can be made with various band millimeter widths, while others require a thicker millimeter. Typically, bezel, flush and bar settings require more metal and slightly thicker bands. While band thickness is based on preference, the rule of thumb is that narrower fingers and smaller ring sizes look best when paired with thinner band widths. Larger fingers look better paired with slightly thicker bands, whether or not they are set with diamonds or not. Also consider which shape of accent diamond you would like in your ring or band. Typically, baguette or longer diamonds are bar or bezel set. Micropave, pave, french pave and scalloped pave are set with round brilliant cut round diamonds. If trying to choose a ring for her whilst keeping the proposal a surprise, consider what other types of jewelery she wears. Does she prefer more metal and less sparkle. Does she have a minimalistic and subtle taste? Or does she prefer more sparkle. See what types of jewelry she is wearing on a regular basis to understand which type of jewelry she may prefer. Overall, all setting styles are crafted to showcase the beauty of the diamond and the metal and beauty is in the eye of the beholder or wearer.