Here are a few of the most popular types of engagement ring settings that you’ll probably find yourself considering.
In the world of diamond and gemstone jewelry, the pave style is one of the most common. This type of setting is also a popular choice for engagement rings, in addition to some of its other applications, like pendants. The basic concept of the pave is that you have a large number of small diamonds, set together very tightly. The result is the appearance of a single, smooth surface, comparable to having one large diamond, but at a much lower cost.
If you’re set on a pave, it’s important to keep in mind that this type of setting works best with diamonds with straight sides. In other words, round diamonds are not particularly suitable, as they can’t be set together in large numbers without leaving space exposed.
Another standard among engagement ring settings is the prong. With a prong, you usually have one diamond, which is set in the center of the piece in between four prongs.
Prong settings can be used with just about any diamond shape, although they are perhaps best suited to square or rectangular shapes. Also, they are considered inappropriate for very small diamonds, as the setting itself will overwhelm the diamond if it’s too small. That being said, a prong with one moderately-sized diamond will be more affordable than most pave.
Another popular choice for engagement ring settings is the channel setting. Channel tend to feature one relatively large diamond in the center, which may be encased in raised prongs, and then an arrangement of smaller diamonds, which are set within a channel that runs along the band.
For the diamonds in the channel of a channel set ring, square or rectangular shapes are definitely the best, as these can be set flush next to one another. The featured diamond can be of any shape, and when you’re using square or rectangular diamonds in the channel, using a round diam