Buying a ring for your loved one can sometimes seem quite complicated. What with decisions to be made about the gemstone, the color, the cut, the metal … and now, you’ve also got to decide on the setting.
The main purpose of a ring setting is to hold the gemstone securely and in a way that allows light to reflect off the stone for maximum effect.
With so many different and beautiful ring settings, there really are no right or wrong settings to choose; a setting is very much a case of personal preference.
Unless, you’re able to get a good idea as to the type of ring your girlfriend prefers, it’s usually a good idea to keep the ring setting simple – and let the gemstone speak for itself. However, if you’ve got an inkling that your girl would like something just a little bit different – or maybe a ring that looks antique, then here are a selection of popular ring settings for you to think about:
A prong setting is a simple setting that is commonly used for the classic diamond solitaire ring. There are different variations of the prong setting, with some allowing the ring to be raised up high, in order to show off more of the gemstone.
This is a variation of the prong setting and commonly used where there are 3, 5 or 7 gemstones needing to be placed in a row . In this type of ring setting, the prongs are merged together to create a long bar that holds the stones in place.
In a bezel setting, the gemstone is held in place by a metal circle or collar surrounding the stone. The bezel encases the gemstone and is attached to the top of the ring. The bezel is a simple setting with a modern look.
Another modern look is the tension setting. Here, the gemstone balances in a gap between the two ends of the metal ring. The tension setting is an excellent ring for people wanting a modern designer look.
Gemstones are sunk into the metal at varying intervals around the outside of the ring. This is a flush setting where the stones are nearly flush with the level of the metal. This setting makes a beautiful wedding band or a very modern and understated engagement ring.
Gemstones are set into metal channels around part or the whole outer circumference of the ring. Both round and baguette shaped gemstones can be used. This setting is a favourite for wedding rings particularly when worn with a matching single round solitaire or single baguette shape engagement ring.
The surface of a pave ring is literally paved with tiny diamonds – or other gemstones. This creates an extremely pretty and sparkly ring. The Pave setting is created by placing tiny diamonds into holes that have been drilled out of the metal ring. The stones are placed in rows so that they cover the surface of the ring. A pave setting is often seen as a part setting on either side of a central diamond.
This setting uses a combination of different sizes – and sometimes different shapes – of gemstones to create a raised cluster or flower design. The clusters can be tightly arranged or quite open and spread apart.
Using tapered baguettes around a central gemstone the ballerina setting creates a stunning display of sparkling stones – in a pattern reminiscent of a dancer’s tutu. The setting is used for both diamond and colored gemstones. It is a setting often seen in antique and vintage style designs.