There are many aspects you need to consider when it comes to choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring – the size, and colour, and more. But alongside the size, colour, and everything else, there is one other important consideration you should think about: the setting.
The setting of the ring plays an important role, especially if you want something that your would-be-fiancée would definitely love and treasure. So how do you choose the best setting for your diamond engagement ring? Let’s find out.
What to consider
First of all, what you need to think about when deciding on the setting is her lifestyle. This will help you determine how well the setting will be suitable for it. For instance, if she’s the active type, you may want to choose a setting with a lower or not-so-ornate profile, with a more secure, sturdier mounting as well. This way, it wouldn’t be easy for the ring to become caught up in objects or knocked about if she moves around a lot. If, on the other hand, your girl is less active and more into glamour and fashion, you may want to think about a statement setting with a more enhanced profile and intricate or unique details.
The most common types of settings for engagement rings
There are four most common types of settings for diamond engagement rings: a solitaire setting, a sidestone setting, a halo setting, and a three-stone setting. But whilst all of these are popular, the solitaire setting can be said to be more popular than the rest. The solitaire setting is easily recognisable, as it is comprised of one single stone. You can have a solitaire setting in a prong-set style, with either four prongs or six prongs to secure the stone and allow it to reflect the light better. You can also opt for a bezel setting, which can offer a stronger and more secure setting for the stone.
The sidestone setting, meanwhile, is distinguished by the use of one centre stone flanked by two or more smaller stones on the sides. This type of setting adds more colour or sparkle to the ring. You can choose this with a prong setting, a bar channel setting (allowing more light to go through the side stones), or a channel setting, which offers additional protection for the stones.
The halo setting is also quite popular, and it is simply a centre stone which is surrounded by a series of small diamonds or gems in a ‘pave’ style or setting. This adds that extra sparkle to the ring and makes the centre stone appear larger as well.
Another common setting is the three-stone setting, which, as its name implies, is comprised of three diamonds. The centre stone is a little larger than the other two stones on the sides, but they are all of the same shape. Happy searching, and congratulations in advance!
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