When we think of an engagement ring, we often think that what differentiates one ring from another is largely dependent on the diamond that sits atop of that ring.
And whilst the diamond is the centrepiece that makes the ring special in the first place, the ring setting it sits upon is absolutely critical too.
Engagement ring settings vary greatly, and reflect the different personalities of different owners.
The setting is also responsible for accentuating or downplaying certain attributes of the centrepiece diamond and creating visual effects that have the potential to bring out the best (and worse) of the gemstone.
Different people also live different lifestyles, making some settings more or less appropriate than others, throwing a ‘practical considerations’ element into the mix.
And finally, different settings cater towards different budget objectives, which may also influence a shortlist of settings that may be more or less appropriate for you too.
Below we overview five of the most popular ring settings you may wish to consider and outline the reasons many people gravitate towards each …
The solitaire setting has come to be the most popular engagement ring setting for a whole lot of reasons. Don’t be fooled by its subtle and unassuming nature – it is bold, striking and elegant. Solitaire settings shine a spotlight on your diamond without any distraction. If choosing a solitaire setting, prioritise the diamond’s cut, as your diamond’s sparkle, brilliance and fire will be most noticeable.
Halo settings also do a great job on drawing attention to your centrepiece diamond. They are a good option for when working with a smaller diamond and looking for clever ways to make your centrepiece diamond appear bigger than it actually is. This becomes possible by encircling the diamond with a number of pave diamonds, that creates a strong and large diamond presence at the top of the ring. And just like the solitaire setting, cut is critical in halo rings too.
The three-stone setting typically places your centrepiece diamond in the middle of the ring, flanked by two smaller stones on both sides. Each stone is said to represent the yesterday, today and tomorrow of your relationship. Round brilliant cut and princess cuts are the most popular diamond shapes for this setting. The three-stone setting is popular as it maximises sparkle and brilliance and has the ability to enhance the appearance of the centrepiece diamond too.
Bezel settings have gained popularity for their modern look and suitability for active lifestyles. Bezel settings encircle the centrepiece diamond with a thin metal rim instead of holding the diamond with prongs. This keeps the diamond tightly and durably in place and ensures the diamond remains as protected as possible. Depending on your preferences, you can leave the sides open or closed with a full or partial bezel.
These settings split the shank of the ring (the band that actually encircles your finger) into two separate shanks. Because of their uniqueness, they command a lot of attention and stand out from traditional single-shank bands. They draw attention to the centrepiece diamond, thus making it more noticeable. They are also great for adding additional side stones that create extra sparkle.
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