The star of a ring—especially an engagement ring or a wedding ring—is, of course, its centerpiece, which is usually a single diamond, or a whole cluster of gemstones. And let’s not forget that some rings may have additional sidestones. Still, no less important are the settings, which play a subtle but crucial role in enhancing the appearance of diamonds on a ring. So, today, let’s take a look at some of the more popular settings that you may encounter when looking at diamond rings...

1 Channel

Channel Setting: two long tracks of precious metal holding a row of gemstones sitting side-by-side.

 

2 Bezel

Bezel Setting: a thin, flat piece of metal surrounding each gemstone. This is one of the earliest settings ever devised.

Bar Setting: multiple diamonds are separated by metal bars.

 

3 Prong

Prong Setting: four to six metal “claws” hold up a stone. This allows the most light to enter a diamond.

Shared Prong: each prong might be used to hold up more than one adjacent diamonds.

 

4 Pave

Pave Setting: a huge central stone is surrounded by smaller gems set very close together.

Cluster Setting: one large center diamond is flanked by several small stones.

 

5 Gypsy

Gypsy Setting: diamonds are set in holes so that the upper surface of the stones are flush with the ring’s surface.

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