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September 04, 2020
As the great philosopher, and international superstar, Beyonce, once said, “If you like it, put a ring on it”.
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So you’ve met the love of your life and now you want to pop the question, but you need the perfect ring. With all the different types of engagement ring settings available, anyone who’s new to the world of engagement rings will probably be feeling a little overwhelmed. To help you decide, we’ve whittled it down to the top five most common engagement ring settings. Scroll down to ease your ring shopping anxiety.
To put it simply the ring setting refers to how the diamond is fitted onto the ring. If your diamond was your lunch, the ring’s setting would be where you put your food in, your lunch box. The setting of a ring affects how it’ll end up looking, what kind of diamond you’ll want to pair it with, and how often the ring will need cleaning. This means that when you’re deciding on a ring setting, you may want to think about your budget, the wearer’s lifestyle and personality (or design preferences).
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The prong setting is the most common type of ring setting used for engagement rings. Its mechanics are similar to a claw machine, wherein the claws or prongs grip onto the diamond and hold it securely in place. This setting is also synonymous with Solitaires — jewelry with a single gem or diamond. While shopping, don’t be alarmed if you suddenly hear the term ‘prong setting’ and ‘solitaire’ used interchangeably. The prong setting is the most popular setting because it draws the viewer's attention to the center of the ring, your diamond.
The prong setting can also be further broken down to 4 prongs, 6 prongs, or even 8 prongs.
If you’ve ever been on a date in the arcade, you’ll know how hard it is to win a plushie with only 2 or 3 flimsy claws as compared to those with more. This is the same for rings. The more prongs, the more secure your diamond will be. This means that a 6 prong setting will be more secure than a 4 prong setting. The 4 prong covers a smaller surface area of the diamond so that means its diamond captures more light and eventually gives the ring more bling. This means the lesser the prongs, the shinier the diamond. You might want to note, for solitaire designs, the thinner the band, the larger the center stone appears.
Pavé (pronounced “pa-vay”) is the french word for ‘paved’. Like it’s namesake, the Pavé setting involves a ring band paved with diamonds. Several tiny diamonds are fitted into smaller holes along with the ring metal which set them leveled with the surface of the ring. It’s similar to how stones are laid on cement to create a pavement. These diamonds are placed closely one after another to achieve a sparkly effect around the band, like a never-ending road paved with diamonds.
The cathedral setting is commonly accepted as the most elegant and classic setting. It is inspired by the arches of a cathedral. The metal arches hold the center stone, your diamond, securely in place. Don’t worry if you find rings with both a cathedral setting combined with something else, like prongs, bezel, or tension settings. Prongs, bezels, and tension settings refer to how the gem is embedded. But the cathedral refers to how the arches frame the gem using the sides of the metal band. Here are more examples:
It’s really all in the name. The Three Stones setting is essentially three stones placed side by side. However, don’t let its simplicity fool you, the Three Stone setting is extremely versatile. On top of engagement rings, it can also be used for anniversaries or any other occasion. The three stones can all be the same size or more typically the center stone is slightly larger than the two sides which makes it look a little like a podium. The three stones also don’t have to be the same type or even the same colour. This setting is a good way to add in a pop of colour or even a birthstone, so you’ll always remember your partner’s birthday. Traditionally, the three stones, set closely together, are said to symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future. And maybe if your center stone is the largest, you’ll remember to never let your past or your future eclipse your present and let it shine the brightest.
Last but not least, my personal favourite, the Halo setting. Halo engagement rings generally have a larger main center stone with smaller accent stones surrounding it. Most halo rings have either a single or double accent circle. But because of its unique shape, rings designs like floral motifs, latticework, and twisted bezels are entirely possible. Halo rings also tend to embody a nostalgic vintage mood. This is because the classic Halo setting of today has its origins in the Art Deco era of the 1920s. (Think: The Great Gatsby, Flapper Girls, cigars and just great ol’ 1920s glamour.) So if your significant other is in love with antiques or likes the special heirloom feel, this might just be for you.
With so many things to consider, hopefully, this little guide will alleviate your ring shopping anxiety. If you’re still confused, book an appointment or head on down to Carat 55 to have a chat with our friendly team. You can DM us on Instagram, message us on Facebook, WhatsApp us or drop us an email too.
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