Now that you’ve found that someone you want to spend the rest of your life with, it’s time to make things a bit more official. And what says “officially getting married” better than an engagement ring? Choosing an engagement ring is a very big decision and one that requires a lot of thought. A huge financial and emotional investment, engagement rings are a display of the amount of affection one has with his partner. But with a wide array of choices and availability of engagement ring settings, picking the right one can prove to be overwhelming.
Consisting of the band, additional stones and the means by which the diamond is held in place, engagement ring settings are very important and can mean the world of difference to a ring’s appearance. An attractive one can make even the most inexpensive diamond look like a million dollars, while one that’s not done properly can cloud the sparkle of the brightest stone.
Here are the types of engagement ring settings:
It is the most common engagement ring setting; most couples use this by default. Although it sometimes comes in six hooks, a prong has four locks that hold the diamond in place so it will be slightly above the band. The locks are discreet and slender making the diamond receive an equal amount of light from all sides. Most couples choose this type because it makes the diamond larger and more impressive. Moreover, Prong can also hold a large sized diamond in place better than some of the other setting types.
This setting places multiple diamonds right next to each other. There are no visible hooks or anything to hold them in place, but instead, they sit in a metal channel to give the appearance of flowing smoothly around the band. In well-done instances, they can look as if they are submerged inside the band, with the exterior of the ring being smooth. This actually provides better protection than most other settings because the gems aren’t elevated, reducing the risk of loss or damage. It also has the interesting feature of making a middle-set diamond much more prominent, if it was designed to do so.
This setting uses a metal rim to surround the diamond and keep it secured. The rim extends slightly above the gem itself, protecting the edges. This one is popular among those with active lifestyles due to the protection it provides the gem while only sacrificing some of its “wow” factor. It is practically impossible to dislodge the diamond in this setting barring a jeweler’s tools or damage to the ring itself. It is extremely versatile, but those that prefer more flash for their stone might prefer another setting.
Pave (Pa Vay)
This one is arguably the setting that favors the diamond the most. The Pave uses a cluster of small diamonds encrusted along the surface of the band itself, with tiny beads to hold them secure. The metal base underneath is barely noticeable, so it can have the appearance of the diamonds sticking to the skin or standing independently. This setting, however, requires great care. Unlike other engagement ring settings, the diamonds are far more exposed and are at a higher risk of being damaged or dislodged.