Choosing your Diamond Ring Settings
There are several kinds of diamond ring settings and the best way to choose one you like is to actually try them on to see what they look like on you. You may like a certain setting but it may be too delicate on your hand or even overpowering, so some type of balance needs to be achieved.
The shape and size of the diamond should also be taken into account when you are choosing diamond ring settings as a large stone could look incongruous with a small setting and vice versa. Another factor to consider is how active you are and whether or not the diamond ring settings can withstand rigorous activities.
The prong setting is the most popular amongst the different diamond ring settings and is used widely for solitaires in engagement rings. The stone is housed within the metal setting and held in place with three or more prongs. This configuration allows for maximum refraction so that the diamond sparkles.
A band in your choice of metal wrapping around a round diamond for security is called a bezel setting and can be quite strong and protective. Among the diamond ring settings, this is one of the most durable and can easily hide some of the flaws of a diamond while still making it appear larger than it really is. The smoothness of the bezel means that there are no parts, unlike the prong diamond ring settings, which can snag or get caught on something.
The bar diamond ring settings are similar to the prongs only instead of individual prongs; there are elongated bars to hold the stone in place. While there is more metal shown in a bar setting, it is not obscuring the diamond.
A rather new trend in diamond ring settings, the tension setting uses the band itself to hold the stone in position. The band is constructed of a super strong metal with tiny grooves etched into the edges where it touches the diamond. The ultimate result of the tension ring is breathtaking as the diamond seems to be suspended in mid-air. The only drawback to tension diamond ring settings is that it must be custom-made for the wearer.
A Variety of Others
There are at least five or more additional diamond ring settings that are quite popular these days than those listed above such as the channel setting, flush setting, pave setting and the invisible setting. Shopping around and perusing through the various diamond ring settings is the only way to determine which one best suits your personal style and taste.