Buying diamond rings is not really a big deal. We have all bought diamond rings for ourselves or our loved ones at some point of time. But, there is one kind of ring that is always going to be special for you and that is the engagement ring. Buying a diamond engagement ring is a one-time investment and hence you would certainly want it to be special. But, even before you can decide on a ring, you have to know the different kinds of settings for diamond engagement rings. If you are clueless about this, you are at the right place. We have got you covered with everything you need to know about the different kinds of settings.
1. Prong Setting
This is the most common kind of setting you will find in an engagement ring. This is basically a small metal claw that holds the diamond in its place tightly. Prongs can be pointed, flat or V-shaped. The V-shaped one is what you will see for princess cut diamond rings.
Most of the prong settings have 4 or 6 prongs. With the 4-prong setting, the diamond is more clearly visible, but with the 6-prong setting the diamond is more secure. One good thing about this kind of setting is that there is minimum amount of metal present. This ensures that there is more diamond visible and more light can pass through it, thus making the diamond shinier. The solitaires belong to the prong kind of setting and no girl would ever say ‘no’ to solitaires.
2. Tiffany Setting
Tiffany & Co. developed a specific kind of solitaire with a 6-prong setting in 1886. With this kind of solitaire, they designed it such that there should be maximum light returned on the diamond. It had a plain band and since then this setting has been known as Tiffany setting. Its main feature is the sharp edge of it shaft and the way its prongs are designed. You will find a lot of jewellery shops and online stores selling the Tiffany cut.
3. Bezel Setting
This is another popular kind of setting and actually looks more modern. In this kind of setting, a thin metal rim surrounds the diamond and holds it tightly in its place. Bezel settings can either be full or partial. In a full bezel setting, the rim completely surrounds the diamond, and in partial setting, the sides are left open.
4. Tension Setting
This kind of setting is named so because the tension of the metal band holds the diamond in place so that it looks like the diamond is suspended between the two sides of the ring. The jeweller cuts the exact dimensions of the diamond into tiny grooves into the band using lasers. These grooves hold the diamond by pressure by pushing into the sides of it. This kind of setting is stylish and more difficult to make, but these are less expensive. This is also quite safe because it generally has a prong or a bezel setting beside or below the diamond that holds the stone firmly in place.
Choosing diamond rings can be quite a challenging task, but if you know the settings right, half the battle is won!