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A Guide About Different Engagement Ring Styles and Settings

The choice of engagement ring setting is extremely important. It’s the first decision you should make in the process as it will determine to some extent what kind of diamond you will need to buy. Once you select the design you can easily have your engagement ring mountings at

However, before that, you must choose your preferred ring style and setting. Below is a list of different type of engagement ring style and setting that will help you to choose the best.

Prong Setting

The prong setting is the most common and classic. A prong is a little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly, holding it in place. Prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped, the latter being the most common for princess-cut diamonds.

Bezel Setting  

The bezel setting is the second most popular ring setting due to its modern look and suitability for an active lifestyle. Instead of holding the diamond with prongs, the bezel setting encircles the diamond, or center stone, with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone tightly in place.

Channel Setting

The channel setting is a secure way to set smaller diamonds in a row into the band of the ring, making a metal channel of sparkling stones flush with the shank.

The diamonds, or other gemstones, are set closely together into the grooves of the channel and decorate the sides of the band or the entire band. This setting is also popular for wedding bands or batch rings. Usually the rings feature only smaller stones and no center stone.

Since there are no prongs, this setting is a good option for a snag-free and secure design.

Pave Setting

By closely setting small diamonds together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place, the effect is one of continuous sparkle.

The jeweler typically drills holes into the ring, carefully places the diamonds into the holes. It finally forms tiny beads, or mini-prongs, around each diamond to secure them into the holes.

Halo Setting

The halo setting refers to the placement of diamonds or other gemstones in a concentric circle or square around a center stone. The halo setting makes the center stone appear larger. It is a great option to boost the appearance of a small diamond. Moreover, it increases the overall sparkle of the ring.

A halo setting, then, can be a way to save money on a smaller-carat diamond while not sacrificing the overall appearance of the ring. Plus, adding a halo of colored gemstones can have a contrast in colors.

Bar Setting

Bar settings are similar to channel settings. The only difference is those channel settings enclose the diamond on all sides whereas the bar setting leaves the diamond exposed on two sides. Diamonds are held in place by the metal bars that secure the stones on the other two sides.

Cluster Setting

In cluster setting, the jeweler cluster stones tightly together to look like a large diamond. It can either contain a larger center stone or cluster together stones of equal size.

Three Stone Setting

The three-stone setting is a versatile setting that can be used for engagement, anniversary, or any occasion. The three stones, set closely together, is the symbol of couple's past, present, and future.

These stones can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the center stone is larger than the two side stones. The most popular diamond shapes for this setting are the round brilliant cut and the princess cut

It’s possible to personalize this setting with colored side-stones, such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds, or other birthstones

Over to You

Your ring setting is the foundation of your entire ring design. Selection largely depends on personal style and preference, along with the wearer’s lifestyle. Townsquarejeweler is one of the best jewelers, you can count on them to select your preferred ring.

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