One of the most key steps in purchasing the best engagement ring for your fiancé-to-be is selecting the right wedding ring style. The ring setting not only determines how the ring looks, but it also determines which type of diamond is the best choice for you. The look and character of engagement rings can differ tremendously. Fortunately, determining the best engagement ring style for your fiancé-to-be isn't as difficult as it appears. This is due to the fact that each wedding ring design has its own set of pros and cons.
Some styles, for example, are simple, elegant, and light, making them excellent choices if your fiancé-to-be prefers simple, timeless beauty. Others are more visually appealing and eye-catching, with halo or Pavé diamonds and engraving to enhance the ring's beauty. At last, others are built to last, making them ideal for busy, active people or those who work with their hands.
Here are some trendy engagement ring styles to assist you choose the appropriate engagement ring for your loved one, whether it's an engagement ring, or simply a gift.
1) Prong Setting & Solitaire Setting
A prong setting is the most classic and popular engagement ring setting. A prong is a small metal claw that tightly holds the diamond and secures it. Round, pointed, flat, or V-shaped prongs are some of the options on the market (the latter being the most common for princess-cut diamonds). The majority of prong settings have four or six prongs; the former allows you to view more of the diamond, while the latter is more secure. The fact that there is less metal in this setting means that there is more diamond to see and more light that can flow through the diamond, amplifying its sparkle.
The Benefits of a Prong Setting
- The diamond is elevated, making it more visible and noticeable.
- Allows a large amount of light to flow through the diamond, increasing its brilliance and fire.
- Supports and complements a wide range of diamond shapes and sizes.
- Cleaning and maintenance are simple.
- It has a classic, timeless appearance.
The Drawbacks of Using Prongs
- May snag on garments, furniture, and other items, particularly if they are high-set (a lower-set prong may be best for those with an active lifestyle)
- Wear and tear may cause loosening (we recommend having the prongs inspected at least every two years to ensure the stone remains secure)
The solitaire ring setting, which has one diamond or any other precious gemstone, is the most popular of the prong designs. The solitaire setting focuses all of our attention on the gemstone, with no extra stones or sophisticated workmanship to distract us.
2) The Tiffany Engagement Ring Setting
Tiffany & Co. scientifically designed a solitaire six-prong setting in 1886 to maximise the diamond's light return. This plain-band setting has earned the moniker "Tiffany setting," according to the "knife-edge" of its shaft and the form of its prongs.
Pros of a Tiffany Setting
- Because of the elevated diamond, it increases light reflection and brilliance.
- Supports a wide range of diamond forms and cuts.
- Clean and easy to maintain
- It has a timeless look to it.
Cons of a Tiffany Setting
- It's possible that it'll snag on clothing or other fabrics, especially if it's high-set (lower-set prongs are often best for those with active lifestyles)
- Wear can cause the diamond to become loose (prongs should be tested at least every two years).
3) Bezel Wedding Ring Setting
Due to its modern appearance and adaptability for an active lifestyle, the bezel setting is the second most popular wedding ring setting. The bezel setting encircles the diamond, or centre gemstone, with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone securely in place, rather than using prongs to hold it in place. The diamond is held in place more precisely in this bezel than it would be in a ring with prongs. As a result, the bezel setting is one of the most long-lasting engagement ring styles. A full or partial bezel setting surrounds the diamond, whereas a partial bezel leaves the sides open.
It's an excellent choice for nurses, teachers, and those who want an engagement ring that won't snag and properly protects the diamond.
The Benefits of a Bezel Setting
- It is a better choice for active lifestyles and professions than a prong setting since it secures the diamond more than a prong setting.
- It has a sleek, contemporary appearance.
- It won't snag on your clothes or other items.
- It does a good job of protecting the diamond and preventing damage.
- Cleaning and upkeep are simple (i.e. no prongs to routinely check)
The Drawbacks of Using a Bezel
- When compared to a prong setting, it tends to hide more of the stone.
- When compared to a prong setting, it achieves less light reflection and brilliance.
4) Tension Setting
The tension setting takes its title from the tension of the metal band that holds the diamond in place; the diamond appears to be hung between the two sides of the shank as a result. The jeweller precisely cuts microscopic grooves into the sides of the wedding ring, or shank, using lasers to calibrate the exact measurements of the diamond, so that the diamond, or other gemstones, is physically held by the pressure of the custom-designed metal band pushing into the edges of the diamond.
Tension-style ring settings have a similar look to diamond suspension but are cheaper and less time-consuming to design. Because tension-style settings use a prong or bezel setting on the side or bottom of the diamond to anchor the diamond firmly in place, they add a layer of protection. Because there are no prongs to cover visible inclusions and the setting is exposed from every angle, it's critical to locate a diamond with no noticeable inclusions for this type of setting.
Tension Setting Benefits
- Holds the diamond firmly in place.
- It has a one-of-a-kind appearance.
- Because the diamond is surrounded by minimal metal, it enhances light reflection.
- It has a modern, attractive appearance.
- It requires less upkeep than a prong setup.
The Drawbacks of a Tension Setting
- Resizing is difficult and often expensive.
- When thick metal is utilised, it can make a small Carat weight look smaller.
- A stone could fall out of a tension setting if struck by a powerful outside force, though this is highly unlikely.
5) Channel Setting
The channel setting is a safe way to insert small diamonds in a row into the wedding band of the engagement ring, creating a metal channel flush with the shank of sparkling gemstones. The diamonds, or other jewels, are put tightly together in the channel's grooves and adorn the band's sides or the complete band. Engagement rings or stacking bands with only lesser jewels and no central gemstone are also popular in this arrangement. This configuration is also a fantastic alternative for a snag-free and secure construction because there are no prongs.
The Benefits of Using a Channel Setting
- Holds the diamond securely and secures it from outside pressures.
- With side jewels throughout the engagement band, the ring sparkles even more. Achieves a striking design without sacrificing stability.
- It is unlikely that it will snag on garments or other fabrics.
The Drawbacks of a Channel Selection
- Cleaning tends to take more time and effort (dirt can become trapped in the channels)
- Due to the various channels, it can be difficult to repair and resize (it is possible the channels will become bent or misaligned, or that the side stones will loosen during the repair process)
- Diamonds may be hidden slightly more than in prong settings.
6) Pavé Engagement Ring Setting
The Pavé setting, which is pronounced "pa-vay," is derived from the French term "pave," which means "paved with diamonds." The impression is one of continuous brilliance by tightly fitting little diamonds together with limited visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs keeping the jewels in place.
Typically, the jeweller drills holes into the ring carefully insert the gems in the holes, and then makes tiny beads, or mini-prongs, around each diamond to set it in the gaps. This setting is also known as a bead setting or a micro-pavé setting in the case of, particularly small stones. When diamonds are as small as.01-.02 carats, they are called Pavé, and anything smaller than that is considered micro-pavé.
The Benefits of a Pavé Setting
- The central diamond is highlighted.
- With side gemstones, the ring's total brilliance is amplified.
- Gives a lower-set or less-sparkly centre stone a boost of radiance.
- It is possible to design it in a modern or vintage form.
The Drawbacks of a Pavé Setting
- If the ring is Pavé set around the entire band, fitting and resizing can be problematic.
- Although extremely improbable, there is a small chance of losing side stones.
7) Halo Wedding Band Setting
The halo setting is when a focal stone is surrounded by diamonds or other gemstones in a concentric circle or square. The halo setting enlarges the central stone, which is a wonderful way to make a little diamond appear bigger, and it boosts the wedding ring's overall shine. They come in a variety of intriguing shapes, including those that resemble flowers.
A halo setting, on the other hand, can help you save money on a lesser diamond without losing the overall look of the ring. Adding a coloured gemstone halo or placing the halo diamonds in a different colour metal can also create a colour contrast.
Halos are frequently coupled with Pavé bands, but they can easily stand alone with a plain band. A double halo setting encircles the central gem with two concentric circles of jewels, as the name suggests.
Advantages of a Halo Setting
- Enhances the appearance of a smaller centre diamond.
- Because of the surrounding gems, it adds to the overall radiance.
- Holds and preserves the centre stone securely.
- Supports and enhances a wide range of Diamond Shapes
- A halo of coloured metal or jewels can be used to create contrast.
The Drawbacks of a Halo Setting
- Small side stones can fall loose.
- Depending on the number of side gemstones that line the ring, resizing can be challenging.
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