Best Diamond Engagement Ring Settings: Types and Style Guide

Once you’ve made that big decision to propose to someone, the next obstacle is to find the perfect ring. Some people have family rings, decide to go custom or work together with their partner in finding the best ring. Whichever route you take, you will find that there are many (too many!) options out there. We will dive into just a fraction of these options below. Perhaps something might stand out as the one!

Bezel Set Engagement Ring

Taking a twist on the classic Solitaire Ring, the Bezel Set Engagement Ring is a great way to showcase a single diamond. This modern look is made by building up the metal to surround the diamond’s girdle, creating a smooth sleek finish. A Bezel Set ring is extremely secure, great for an active wearer. The extra metal (the bezel) around the diamond can also help to make the stone appear larger than it actually is.

Cathedral Set Engagement Ring

Choosing a Cathedral Setting is a great start to designing a ring. Cathedral Settings refer to the way the band arches up towards the diamond. This helps to create height to the ring as well as allows room to play with surprise diamonds or a more elaborate basket, like the floral motif above.

Cluster Engagement Ring

A great way to get a bigger look with a smaller budget is buy purchasing a Cluster Ring. Here you have multiple smaller diamonds creating a cluster, which alludes to a larger single diamond. You’ll get a bigger look for a much cheaper price

Flower Engagement Ring

Another method to help create the look of a larger stone is with the Floral Engagement Ring. Usually this style uses a halo of diamonds surrounding the stone, in order to symbolize a flower. This sweet look allows for a smaller stone to appear bigger.

Invisible Setting Similar to Channel Setting, Invisible Setting is a nice way to add sidestones to your ring. These diamonds will be placed right next to each out, fitting tightly together with no metal in between the stones. This creates a large sparkly setting.

Prong Setting One of the most classic settings is the Prong Set Engagement Ring. Rings usually range from four to eight prongs, but some could have over ten tiny prongs. The prongs are what holds the diamond in place, almost like a claw.

 

Solitaire Engagement Ring

The most classic ring out there, the Solitaire Engagement Ring stands the test of time. With no side stones, this ring really showcases the diamond as the main focus. If you have a family diamond or a unique cut stone, this is a perfect companion.

 

Three Stone Engagement Ring

One of the bigger looks out there, the Three Stone Engagement Ring is sure to catch everyone’s eye. Created by setting two larger diamonds next to the centerstone, this look has a lot of flash and sparkle.

Butterfly Engagement Ring

If you want a unique look that isn’t too elaborate, the Butterfly Setting is a great choice. Two stylized butterflies made of diamonds and milgrain frame the center diamond. Good for animal and nature lovers alike, this setting provides a nice sparkly touch.

Channel Set Engagement Ring

One way to safely add sidestones to your ring is by using a Channel Setting. This method allows for small diamonds to securely be set close to each other, with a channel of metal surrounding them. These settings are snag-free and help to create a bold, big look.

Floating Diamond Engagement Ring

One way to safely add sidestones to your ring is by using a Channel Setting. This method allows for small diamonds to securely be set close to each other, with a channel of metal surrounding them. These settings are snag-free and help to create a bold, big look.

Illussion Setting

If you are searching for a Vintage Ring, an Illusion Setting is a great setting to choose. Jewelers would build up the metal surround the stone, in an elaborate design that would help to make the center diamond appear larger.

Pave Set Engagement Ring

Pave is a French word that means paved. This setting style contains small beads in between each little diamond side stone. Having this small amount of metal visible, allows you to use less or smaller diamonds, but still have a nice amount of sparkle.

Side Stone Engagement Ring

Side Stone Engagement Rings come in many different designs. You can have two larger side stones, similar to above, or a collection of many smaller diamonds going down the shank. Using side stones is a great way to add some design and creative elements to your ring.

Split Shank Engagement Ring

One way to add some depth to your ring is by choosing a Split Shank. Your shank will split into two as it gets closer to the diamond. This look not only leads your eye directly to the center diamond, but it usually has a split shank that is sprinkled with diamonds.

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PhD Conclusion

While there are many different styles out there, try to narrow down what you like most. Is it the single stone look, the setting that makes your diamond look larger or the sparkle in the sidestones. Whichever you choose, you are sure to find a look that fits your style.