WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SETTINGS FOR DIAMONDS?
When it comes to diamonds, it's all about the setting. The type of diamond setting you choose can make or break the overall look of your ring, so it's important to choose wisely. There are a few different types of stone settings for diamonds, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks.
Keep reading to learn more about the different types of settings for diamonds and which one might be right for you.
HOW ARE DIAMONDS SET IN RINGS:
1. PRONG SETTING
A prong ring setting is the most typical and traditional type of ring setting. A prong is a tiny metal claw firmly grasping the diamond and holding it in position. There are many different types of prongs for rings. Round, pointed, flat, or a v-shaped prong setting are all possibilities (the latter being the most common for princess-cut diamonds) because a v-shaped prong setting is most suitable for angular gem styles.
Most prong settings include four or six prongs; the former allows for more diamond visibility while the latter provides greater security. A benefit of this setting is that it contains the least amount of metal possible, allowing more light to enter through the diamond and increase its brilliance.
Pros of a Prong Setting:
- Raises the claw setting diamond, making it more prominent and noticed.
- Enables substantial light to enter the diamond, increasing its fire and brilliance.
- Supports and complements a range of diamond sizes and shapes.
- The prong metal is simple to clean and maintain.
- A prong ring setting is also relatively easy to resize and repair.
- There are many different types of prongs for rings to choose from
- The solitaire setting, which holds a single diamond or other valuable stone, is the most popular of the prong settings. With no other stones or elaborate metalwork to divert our focus, the solitaire setting makes the stone the center of attention.
- It provides a timeless, classic look.
Cons of a Prong Setting:
- Especially if high-set, a claw setting diamond can snag on clothing, furniture, and other things (a lower-set prong may be best for those with an active lifestyle).
- Prongs can catch on clothing and other materials, potentially causing the diamond to fall out. The metal claws can also wear down over time, making the stone more susceptible to falling out.
Is 4 prong or 6 prong better?
4 prong is more popular for round diamonds, while 6 prong is typically used for princess cuts. 4 prongs allow more light to pass through a diamond, but 6 prongs are a more secure option.
2. TIFFANY SETTING
To maximize the diamond's return on light, Tiffany & Co. created a unique solitaire six-prong setting in 1886. The shaft's " knife-edge " shape and the prongs' shape have earned this plain-band setting the nickname "the Tiffany setting."
Pros of a Tiffany Setting:
- Because of the elevated diamond in a Tiffany claw setting, light reflection and brilliance increase.
- A Tiffany setting style ring supports a range of diamond shapes and carat sizes.
- It is simple to clean and maintain compared to other prong types.
- A Tiffany setting style ring is also relatively easy to resize.
- The Tiffany claw setting possesses a timeless aesthetic that will never go out of style.
Cons of a Tiffany Setting:
- The prongs catch on clothing or other items, mainly if they are high-set (lower-set prongs are often best for those with active lifestyles)
- Prongs often become loose with wear (we recommend inspecting the claws at least every two years to ensure they are still secure). The loose prongs in a Tiffany prong setting sometimes result in the loss of a stone.
How wide is the tiffany setting?
A round brilliant-cut half-carat diamond in a Tiffany prong setting, for example, has a diameter of approximately 5.5mm across the setting from claw to claw.
3. BEZEL SETTING
Due to its contemporary appearance and adaptability for an active lifestyle, the bezel setting is the second most popular ring setting. A bezel ring setting encircles the diamond, or center stone, with a thin metal rim to hold the stone firmly in place, as opposed to holding the diamond with prongs.
The bezel holds the diamond more firmly in place than it would be by prongs in a ring. As a result, a bezel ring setting is among the engagement ring types with the highest level of durability.
There are two types of bezel settings: full and partial (a two-sided bezel setting). A full bezel encircles the diamond with a metal rim, while a partial two-sided bezel setting exposes the sides of the diamond.
A full bezel setting offers extra protection for your diamond but can also make the stone appear smaller because of its thick metal rim. While a partial two-sided bezel setting is less safe, it allows more light to enter the diamond (by exposing the sides of the diamond), making it appear much larger.
Pros of a Bezel Setting:
- More effectively secures the diamond than a prong setting because a bezel setting fully or partially encircles the stone.
- It provides a sleek and contemporary look.
- A bezel ring setting can complement a range of diamond shapes and sizes.
- It does not easily snag on materials such as clothing because there are no prongs.
- Simple to keep and clean (i.e., no prongs to routinely check).
- Bezel settings don't need high diamond grades. Instead, the bezel metal rim removes the focus from any blemishes or inclusions on the side of the diamond, making them less noticeable.
- A bezel setting is more durable than a prong setting, making it a good choice for those with an active lifestyle. The metal rim of the bezel also protects the diamond from being hit or scratched.
Cons of a Bezel Setting:
- A bezel setting may conceal a portion of the diamond, resulting in less light reflection and brilliance.
- Because a bezel setting uses more metal, it can make a diamond appear smaller than it actually is.
- Some consider a bezel setting an overly bulky ring style.
4. TENSION SETTING
The tension setting is named for the metal band that keeps the diamond in position; as a result, the diamond appears to be floating between the two sides of a ring shank.
The jeweler uses lasers to determine the diamond's dimensions precisely, then cuts tiny grooves into the ring's shank, or stem, so that the stone is kept in place by the pressure of the custom-made metal band pushing into the sides of the stone.
Tension-style settings are just as beautiful as diamond suspension, but they're less costly and easier to produce. The side or bottom prong or bezel setting on the diamond secures it in place, thus adding an extra layer of security with tension settings.
It's critical to find a diamond with no apparent inclusions for this sort of setting because the prongs on this setting don't hide flaws because all diamond angles are exposed.
Pros of a Tension Setting:
- The pressure of the metal band on either side of the compressed diamond ring keeps it in place, making a tension setting one of the most secure ring settings.
- The stone appears to 'float' in the setting, which many find aesthetically pleasing.
- Tension settings can accommodate a range of different diamond shapes and sizes.
- Because there is little metal surrounding the compressed diamond ring, it appears to have a greater level of light reflection.
- A tension setting doesn't have any prongs that need regular checking, making it a low-maintenance option.
- It provides a contemporary, stylish look.
Cons of a Tension Setting:
- The tension of the metal band creates microscopic stress points around the diamond, making resizing a challenge for a jeweler. This also makes resizing a tension-set ring more expensive.
- Setting small diamonds in a tension setting may make them appear smaller, especially with the use of thick metal.
- Although rare, if a huge outside force strikes the stone it might come out of a tension setting.
Are tension set rings safe?
Tension set rings are generally safe to wear. However, it is important to have the ring checked by a professional jeweler every year to ensure that the ring setting is still secure.
5. CHANNEL SETTING
The channel setting creates a metal channel of glittering stones flush set with the shank and is a safe way to insert tiny diamonds in a row into the ring's band.
The band's sides or the entire piece may be embellished with diamonds or other jewels that are set tightly together into the channel grooves. This style is also typical for stackable rings or wedding bands with only diamond side stones and no center stone.
Pros of a Channel Setting:
- The channel setting is one of the safest ways to set diamonds into a ring because the metal rim on either side of the stones protects them from hits.
- There are no prongs that can get caught on clothing or other materials.
- Channel set rings tend to be more affordable than solitaire rings, and they also offer a unique and modern look that is perfect for couples who want something a little different.
- Additionally, channel set rings tend to be more durable than solitaire rings, which is ideal for couples who are active and don't want to worry about their ring getting damaged.
- Finally, channel set rings offer the opportunity to add additional diamonds or other gemstones into the band, which can create a truly one-of-a-kind look.
Cons of a Channel Setting:
- Cleaning a channel setting can be more difficult than cleaning a ring with prongs because the diamonds are set so close together that it's hard to reach each one individually.
- Due to the various channels, it can be difficult to repair and resize (it is possible the channels will become bent or misaligned or that the side stone settings will loosen during the repair process).
- It may partially conceal diamonds compared to the high visibility of different prong types.
6. PAVÉ SETTING
The French term "to pave," as in "paved with diamonds," is the source of the pavé setting, pronounced "pa-vay." The appearance displays a line of continuous sparkle because little diamonds are tightly set together, and the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place are barely visible. There are different types of pave settings.
Typically, the jeweler drills tiny holes into the ring to set small diamonds, delicately inserts the diamonds, and then creates tiny beads, or mini-prongs, around each diamond to hold them in place. .
Pave styles are sometimes called a bead setting and, when used with particularly small stones, micro-pavé settings. Diamonds as little as.01 to.02 carats are said to be pavé-set.
Pros of a Pavé Setting:
- Pave styles enhance the center stone.
- Side stone settings enhance the ring's overall brightness by magnifying it.
- It provides more glimmer to a less sparkly center stone.
- There are different types of pave settings, which allows for more versatility when selecting a piece.
Cons of a Pavé Setting:
- When a ring is pavé set around the entire band, adjusting it for size and resizing might be challenging.
- Although this is quite unlikely, the possibility of losing side stones exists because of damaged prongs.
- We recommend double-checking ring size as soon as possible to avoid any issues with the ring fit.
7. HALO SETTING
Diamond or other jewels surround the central stone in a concentric circle or square, known as a halo setting. The halo diamond setting makes diamond proportions appear larger and raises the ring's overall shine.
Therefore, a halo diamond setting can be a method to save money on a smaller-carat diamond without compromising the ring's overall aesthetic. You can also achieve a hue contrast by adding a halo of colorful gemstones or mounting the halo diamonds in a different color metal.
Halos and pavé bands are frequently combined, but they could stand alone.
Pros of a Halo Setting:
- A diamond halo ring setting boosts the appearance of a smaller carat center diamond.
- Enhances overall sparkle due to surrounding stones.
- The center stone is securely held and protected.
- It's compatible with a wide range of diamond shapes.
- You can use a halo of colored metal or gemstones to create contrast.
Cons of a Halo Setting:
- Tiny diamond side stones may become loose, resulting in a possible loss.
- Depending on the number of side stones that border the band of a diamond halo ring setting, resizing might be difficult.
8. CATHEDRAL SETTING
The cathedral setting is one of the most elegant and classic engagement ring settings. Similar to the graceful arches of a cathedral, this ring setting uses metal arches to hold the diamond or other gemstone in place
A cathedral ring can be mounted with different gem setting types such as prongs, bezel, or a tension setting since the defining characteristic of this ring is not how the diamond is held but rather how the arches mounts it above the rest of the shank.
Pros of Cathedral Setting:
- The arches add extra height and make the center stone appear larger.
- A cathedral ring offers a unique and eye-catching design.
- Holds the center stone securely in place.
- A cathedral mounting can make the diamond proportions seem larger and more prominent.
- It allows for extra detailing in the metal, be it leafy designs or a personal engraving.
- Can be used with different gem setting types.
Cons of Cathedral Setting:
- A cathedral mounting can snag on clothes, furniture, and other materials if high-set.
- Requires more time and effort to clean due to the number of crevices.
- According to some, the curved features can distract from the center stone’s beauty.
What is a petite cathedral setting?
Petite cathedral settings have thin bands, typically 1.6 to 1.8 millimeters wide, for a more delicate appearance and to make the diamond stand out even more.
9. BAR SETTING
Another way to set valuable stones is to split diamonds between vertical metal bars.
Bar settings are similar to channel settings, but unlike channel settings, which completely encase the diamond, bar settings leave the diamond exposed on two sides, holding it in place with the help of the metal bars holding the stones in place on the other two sides.
You can use this setting with or without a central stone to create a stunning wedding band or stacking ring.
Pros of a Bar Setting:
- It offers better visibility to diamonds compared to a channel setting because of the less metal used.
- Metal bars keep the stones in firm position.
- Stones are more visible, so the sparkle is amplified.
Cons of a Bar Setting:
- Slightly less secure than a channel setting.
- Resizing may be more time-consuming or expensive.
- Because stones are less protected by metal, there is a higher risk of chipping.
10. FLUSH SETTING
A gypsy setting, often called a flush ring setting, places the diamond into a hole drilled into the ring's band, so they are "flush" together.
The jeweler hammers the metal around the diamond to secure it. This setting is inappropriate for softer stones since the jeweler must hammer in this piece of metal to secure the stone in place, which could cause the stone to break.
Since the diamond is set firmly into the ring's band and is therefore well-protected against chipping or dropping, this style of setting is a common option for wedding bands, particularly men's wedding bands. A flush setting is one of the safest settings, similar to the bezel.
Pros of a Flush Setting:
- A flush ring setting affords active wearers the highest security, especially to those who work with their hands.
- It offers a sleek, polished, simple look.
- Delivers peace of mind, knowing the stone is highly unlikely to loosen or fall out.
- Provides excellent protection to diamonds and other gemstones.
Cons of a Flush Setting:
- It reduces the visibility of the stone.
- Limits the amount of light that passes through the stone (decreasing brilliance and fire).
- Less likely to catch someone's immediate attention.
11. ANTIQUE/VINTAGE SETTING
Many of the designs for antique and vintage engagement rings were developed to go along with the fashions in jewelry throughout specific eras, such as the Art Deco, Edwardian, and Victorian eras. These rings usually have delicate milgrain and filigree designs.
Twisted metal threads or tiny metal beads are attached to the surface of a jewel by a type of exquisite artistry called filigree. Additionally, milgrain engraving, an embellishment used on antique-style rings to give them an "old" appearance, comprises tiny metal balls covering the band's sides and the ring's crown.
Pros of a Vintage Setting:
- It has a lot of personality and charm to it.
- A vintage setting is created with great care, and it's distinctive.
- It enhances the beauty and prominence of the center diamond when well-designed.
- It might be customized to match a certain time period.
Cons of a Vintage Setting:
- Due to the intricate design, a vintage setting requires more cleaning and upkeep than a standard setting.
- If you poorly select the setting, it may overwhelm the stone's beauty and brightness.
13. CLUSTER SETTING
In this ring setting style, stones are "clustered" closely together in a cluster setting to create the illusion of a huge diamond. A larger center stone may be present, or it may group stones of various sizes.
Pros of a Cluster Setting:
- A cluster ring setting presents as a larger stone even though smaller stones make up the surface area and size.
- It promotes a distinct appearance with ample depth and texture. This is achieved by bringing stones close together and often adding an extra layer or metal between the stones to create more depth.
- A cluster ring is a less expensive alternative to purchasing a large center stone since it uses several (less expensive) smaller diamonds to create the look of a larger diamond.
- This setting style is also popular among those who prefer a unique and vintage-inspired design.
- Cluster settings are highly customizable and can be adapted to fit various jewelry shapes. This versatility makes it a popular choice for those who want a unique engagement ring.
Cons of a Cluster Setting:
- Because there are so many stones, cleaning and maintaining a cluster ring setting is a lot more difficult than a basic setting. This is because it's easy for dirt and debris to get trapped between the stones.
- Since they are all clustered together, cluster settings can hide the individual stones from view, making it difficult to appreciate the beauty of each one.
- Smaller stones have a higher risk of coming loose and falling out because they are not as securely set in place as an individual stone.
- The stones in a cluster ring are also more likely to become loose over time. So, you'll need to have your ring checked and serviced by a professional jeweler on a regular basis.
14. SHANK/ SPLIT-SHANK SETTING
Another phrase that jewelers might use is this one. The band of a ring, or the portion that wraps around your finger, is referred to as the ring shank. Although square-shaped shanks and other more inventive designs are less common than round shanks, they do exist.
A split shank ring has a ring shank that separates into two distinct rows.
Pros of a Shank/Split-Shank Setting:
- A split shank ring has a distinctive, eye-catching appearance that is sure to turn heads. It is also a very versatile setting that can accommodate a variety of different diamond shapes and sizes.
- Its double band offers an additional surface area for accent gems, which can really make a ring pop.
- When wearing rings, one of the most common pet peeves is that they might slip and slide off, forcing you to readjust them constantly. The split shank covers more surface area, thus, has more of a hold on your skin, creating more tension to better stay in place. This is especially beneficial for those with slender fingers.
- It draws the viewer's attention toward the center diamond, making it more visible and apparent, thus, accentuating its size.
- Whether you're going for a vintage-inspired or a clean, minimalist style, you can personalize the design with nearly limitless variations to make your ring one-of-a-kind.
Cons of a Shank/Split-Shank Setting:
- Cleaning is more work in a split-shank setting than in a standard setting because you must clean each shank separately; also, a split shank features more hard-to-reach corners than a standard ring design.
- Its less streamlined design makes it not as practical for those who lead an active lifestyle or who work with their hands because there are more places for dirt and grime to accumulate.
- The split-shank setting can also be more expensive than a standard ring setting because of the extra time and materials needed to create it.
15. INFINITY SETTING
Infinity ring settings have a special, lovely design with an "8"-shaped pattern made up of two interlocking bands representing everlasting love. An infinity ring has an attractive, graceful appearance that draws attention to the center diamond thanks to how these interlocking bands combine to form the infinity symbol.
Infinity ring settings come in various designs, just like other rings. Some are pavé-set diamond settings that surround and bring emphasis to the center diamond, while others are solitaire settings that pair a lovely core diamond with an understated ring band. Some infinity ring settings even blend these styles.
Pros of an Infinity Setting:
- An infinity setting, like a split-shank setting, extends the surface area of a ring and helps it stay in place on your finger.
- An infinity set-ring directs the viewer's eye towards the center stone, giving it a prominent and clearly visible position, thus highlighting its beauty.
- An infinity-set ring has a lovely and unique appearance representing eternal love.
Cons of an Infinity Setting:
- An infinity setting can be more difficult to resize if needed, as the band is continuous.
- An infinity setting may snag on clothing or other materials more easily than other types of ring settings.
- Like other one-of-a-kind settings, an infinity ring setting might need more cleaning than a regular one.
- The settings' less streamlined design makes it unsuitable for those who do active work with their hands.
When it comes to finding the type of diamond setting for your ring, there is no shortage of options to choose from. The most important thing is to find a ring setting style that you love and will complement your personal style. With so many different types of stone settings available, one is sure to be perfect for you. Thanks for reading!