Choose Your Forever: Ring Settings and Styles (part 2)
There are so many details to consider when it comes time to choose an engagement ring. As anyone who has been there will tell you, the prospect of choosing the right one can be overwhelming. However, knowing what you’re looking for can take the stress out of the process.
In our last post, we included tips about how to choose a ring that will fit her style, stand the test of time, and offer a flattering look that she’s sure to love. In our second part, we’ll delve into the terms you’ll come across while searching for rings. Read on to learn about types of ring settings and popular styles that are trending now.
What are jewelry settings? In a quality engagement ring, the gems are carefully fitted to the band. The gems are never glued or attached in a way that would wear over time. Rather, a skilled jeweler crafts the band perfectly to hold the ring. Held in securely in place by the precious metal, the diamond will withstand time and wear.
Which setting the jeweler uses will depend on the preferred style and the shape of the diamond. The setting frames the diamond, and it places the stone on display. It’s the focal point of the engagement ring, and in many ways, it makes or breaks the look.
Perhaps the most classic engagement ring look, a prong setting holds the gem in place by narrow metal pieces which attach to the rim of the gem. These rings most often have four or six prongs of the same metal as the band. Prong settings elevate the gemstone, drawing attention to it and allowing light to pass through. The Tiffany setting, patented by Tiffany & Co. in 1886, is a variation on the prong design. An elegant six-prong look, the Tiffany setting has been replicated by many other jewelry companies since.
Another popular look, a bezel setting encircles the gemstone, holding it secure, close to the band. With a sleek and modern look, the bezel is ideal for an active lifestyle, holding the gem out of the way of potential impact. In many cases, the bezel surrounds the gem, but for those looking for a fresh take on the look, a partial bezel is a stylish alternative.
For the girl who can’t get enough sparkle, a pave engagement ring offers continuous shine. From the French word meaning “to pave”, this ring is literally paved in diamonds. Because the surrounding diamonds tend to be on the smaller side, a pave ring can be an economical way to increase the ring’s overall brilliance.
Boasting truly angelic beauty, a halo setting uses small diamonds to surround the center stone. Like pave rings, the halo style creates an eye-catching sparkle that’s hard to miss. It can bring to mind vintage glamour and elegance, and it’s sure to charm.
The cathedral setting is a decorative take on the traditional prong engagement ring. The band of a cathedral ring rises to meet the diamond at the center. The ring’s arches are classical and elegant, and they enhance the apparent size of the center stone by elevating it.
A trend that has been on the rise in recent years is the three stone setting, which highlights the center stone with two slightly smaller stones on either side. The accent stones can be diamonds or colored gems. The three stone setting offers a brilliant symmetrical design which is both refined and on-trend.
How to choose
These are some of the most popular and classic ring settings, but there are several other styles and variations in the jewelry world. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what type of girl your soon-to-be-fiancée is. Pay attention to the type of jewelry she already wears, and consider her personal style. Browse our collections to find the perfect engagement ring today, and feel confident as you choose your forever.