Deciding the basic setting of a ring before purchasing it, is very important. The setting of the ring is implied to accentuate the beauty of the ring. The setting of a ring refers to the overall layout of the jewelry. It is important to decide the setup of the ring earlier because according to the setting of the ring the shape of the stone or the diamond is to be decided. The ring setting also helps to identify whether the ring is going to be – solitaire, halo, or three stone.
Whether you are buying the ring for an engagement purpose or your first diamond purchase or even if simply to gift it to your loved ones, before that you must thoroughly understand the basic ring settings. So here is a complete guide for you to understand it deeply and to choose the best one for you.
17 different ring settings –
1. Prong setting and Solitaire setting
One of the most common rings that we usually see in our everyday life is a prong setting. A prong is basically a metal holder that holds the diamond or any stone tightly into the ring. There are various shapes and sizes of prong for eg. flat, edged, V-shaped, circular, etc. In a prong setting, it usually consists of 4 or 6 prongs that grip the stone mounted over it. If you go for the 4 prongs then it’s more attractive since more of the diamond can be seen from outside but if you go for 6 prongs then the diamond will have less surface area but it’s more secure.
Some of the benefits of a prong setting are that it makes the diamond look more prominent and exposing, it allows the stone to expose to the light and reflect a good amount of light which gives it a mesmerizing look, it also supports a wide variety of diamonds to fit into it. Some of the drawbacks of the prong setting are that the stone mounted on the ring may get loose due to excess use and also sometimes it snags on our cloth or another article.
2. The Tiffany setting
It is considered to be a royal setting of rings. It was scientifically developed in 1886 by a company known as Tiffany. It was designed in such a way that maximum light could be reflected from the diamond which will give an extra glow and mesmerizing effect to the diamond. It is constructed with 6 prongs that grip the diamond over the ring. It almost resembles the knife-edge setting but its prongs are designed differently.
Some of the benefits of the Tiffany setting is that it amplifies the maximum magnitude of light from the diamond, it usually supports a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, it is also easy to maintain such rings. Some of the drawbacks are that even rings with this setting can snug to our clothes, and may get loose over time.
3. Bezel setting
Rings with bezel settings are the second most popular rings in today’s market. This setting is famous for its unique look and easily usable in every lifestyle. In the bezel setting the diamond or the stone is encircled around it by a thin rim of metal which ensures high safety against the loosening of the stone. This feature makes it a more secure prong setting. In the bezel setting too, there are two types, in a full bezel, the stone is completely surrounded by the rim of metal. But in the case of a partial bezel, only a partial part of the stone is surrounded by the rim of metal.
Some of the benefits of the bezel setting are that it ensures the high security of the stone, it does not snag on any article, it completely insulates the diamond from any external force. Some drawbacks are that in such type of setting maximum part of the diamond is hidden and thus it has less surface area to reflect light.
4. Tension setting
The name tension setting is given due to the technical feature of the ring. In this kind of setting the metal is bent to achieve tension on the two ends of the metal, and due to that tension pressure is created at the two ends and due to that pressure, the diamond is held at it’s right place. It is done through the help of lasers. In tension setting, it is very important to find a diamond which is perfectly sized because all the area of the diamond will be exposed.
Some benefits of tension setting are that it clasps the diamond securely in its position, it has a unique design, enables full reflection of light through the diamond. One of the drawbacks is that this setting of rings is often expensive and difficult to make, the stone may get misplaced if a huge external force acts on it.
5. Channel setting
In the channel setting, smaller diamonds are used to lay in rows on the surface of the band of the ring. Various kinds of stones or diamonds are plopped on the entire band or some partial part of the bend which gives the ring a classic look. In this type of settings basically, there is no center stone. It is most ofently used in weddings or regular wearing rings. Due to the pattern of the setting, it is very easily useable in daily life.
Some of the benefits of channel setting are it doesn’t cause any snug with clothes, easily holds the diamond in its place, it gives an extra sparkle effect to the ring. Some of the drawbacks are it hides most of the diamond, resizing is difficult in such case, cleaning is also difficult.
Before opting for any above-mentioned settings of rings you must know the requirement and go for it accordingly.