Diamond rings settings are sold in a variety of different metals and styles to accommodate different cuts, sizes and numbers or diamonds. Jewellers suggest purchasing the diamond first, then selecting a style that accommodates both the diamond and the taste of the wearer. Typically, settings consist of the head, which holds the main diamond, and the shank, the metal band that goes around the finger. There are several types of jewelry settings you can choose from, when you decide to purchase or make your engagement ring.
1. Solitaire setting is the traditional setting. It showcases a single diamond mounted in a prong setting, a simple band of metal with a tiny claw of thin metal prongs. Depending on its size and shape, the diamond might be cradled in three, four, six or even 12 prongs. The diamond appears to float, with no metal support below the gem.
2. Side stones. For a three stone diamond ring, a larger central diamond may be secured in prong, bezel, bar or some other setting. When all the three stones are bar-set, the metal appears as lines between the gems. Side stones of three stone rings might be in any shape, cut or gem, but they are usually smaller than and secondary to the central diamond.
3. Multiple stones. This setting is very common for anniversary bands, since the channel setting looks like a narrow metal trench filled with one single row of diamonds. In a cluster setting, several diamonds are bunched together similar to a stylised flower or similar arrangement.
4. Tension is a new type of setting used for engagement rings where springing, metal’s physical characteristic, is used to hold faceted stones in place. The gems must have a hardness of nine or up. The diamond is set in small grooves which are cut at the ends of the ring shank.
5. Bar Setting. This is a type of channel setting, using bars instead of channels to hold the diamonds. Imagine five diamonds and between them you put a bar of gold. Basically, there are two diamonds held together by the same bar. The ladder of sorts used to hold the diamonds creates a different effect than the channels of metal used with the channel setting.