Choosing an engagement ring has to be meticulously planned, keeping in mind a few things. The setting type of ring is one such important factor. Here are a few tips to help you begin with:
An engagement ring is a reflection of the personality of the wearer. For example, a woman with an elegant and streamlined taste might prefer a custom-made solitaire setting with one brilliant diamond. Whereas, for women who like a lot of sparkles, the better option would be an intricate pave setting with rows of diamonds. For a woman who has a fondness for the classics, a vintage setting ring with delicate engraving may be the ideal choice. Gemstone settings are perfect for women who like a little bit of colour in their jewellery. And for women who like contemporary fashion styles, a baguette side stone setting or tension setting might be more appealing. Therefore, always consider the personality and fashion sense of the woman before making a purchase. This will help you choose the right style easily. Also, remember that the wedding band that follows need to complement the engagement ring in terms of metal and style.
Another factor to consider is the width of the ring, especially because it will soon have a wedding ring next to it. A narrow band ring will look good on a woman with small hands, whereas for a woman with larger hands, a wider band might be the ideal option.
One of the most traditional techniques is the prong setting. This setting minimizes the presence of the metal and provides maximum exposure to the diamond. Consequently, more light passes through the diamond, adding to its brilliance and beauty.
In this setting, a fine frame of metal (platinum or gold) encases the surrounding outer edge of the diamond and provides enhanced durability. Known for its simplicity, the bezel setting, is also a versatile option. It can accommodate almost every diamond shape. Moreover, using platinum or white gold, it can provide a larger appearance to the diamond.
In tension-setting, the centre stone diamond is fitted into a small groove that is cut into the tension mounting. It is a beautiful and modern method of setting a stone into a ring. The mountings in the ring are made using precious metals which are hardened to grip the diamond, without using prongs. This setting provides enhanced security and durability to the ring.
Channel settings are popular for their durability and brilliance. In this setting, smaller diamonds (usually princess or round cuts) are set into the metal band. This creates a channel effect that holds the diamonds together. Embedding the small diamonds into the metal makes it very secure, as they will not easily fall out. Due to this reason, channel settings are ideal for people who intend to work a lot with their hands.
This is a modern setting, that is increasingly gaining popularity among new couples. In this setting, the metal band of the ring is turned into creating a crisscrossed effect. The final result is a look that is delicate, complex and elegant at the same time.
The bar setting is distinctive due to the presence of two metal bars that hold the diamond in place. The bar-setting makes a bold statement with its sleek and modern look. Also, this setting features the centre diamond beautifully, allowing more light to enter the diamond and increasing its brilliance.