Presented in this article are various settings that can be found with engagement rings.
Prong “Claw”: The most common setting, easiest to produce and inexpensive. Optimal light that shining through. Prongs attached to the head/basket of jewelry. The prongs arch over the gemstone/diamond. It is preferred to have round claws apposed to sharp as to not rip clothing and scratch other jewelry. Very popular with a solitaire ring style.
Bezel: One of the oldest setting techniques. Provides a firm grip protecting the girdle and pavilion from scratches or chips in your engagement ring. Also available in half or semi bezel.
Channel: Diamonds set side by side. Girdles are held in-between the metal wall giving a “floating” impression. Protects the jewelry extremely well as there are no edges exposed. This setting is best suited for round, princess, emerald, oval, square and baguette pieces. Engagement rings look very stunning in this setting.
Bar: Metal bars are exposed providing a different visual effect than the channel setting.
Pave: Surface of jewelry appears to be covered with diamonds. Stones placed in small holes drilled from the surface jewelry item giving the illusion of bigger jewelry. This setting is best appreciated with diamonds and white gold. Try finding a vintage engagement ring in this setting, just remarkable!
Tension: Metal pressure is applied from both sides to hold the stone. The setting is spread apart and the girdle of stone is placed into tiny grooves. This also does well with hard gemstones. For the modern, sophisticated personality who wants their engagement ring to empower.
Flush/Burnish: The diamond is placed below the surface of the metal. It is placed into tiny holes drilled out for the stone.
Invisible: Gives the illusion of a continuous surface. Metal is not visible from in-between the stones. Only for a multi-stone arrangement. This setting is similar to the pave but has an overall better look and more brilliance.
Cluster: Small stones mounted together in a group around a larger stone. Very unique and very beautiful setting style to go with your engagement ring!