Diamond ring settings are the foundation”
Whatever diamond ring settings you choose, be it in a 3 stone diamond ring, pave diamond rings or flush diamond ring.
The way the stones are held in a ring is an important part of the ring design.
You may like one ring rather than another simply because of the setting technique used.
Diamond ring settings create a look that is part of the overall style of the ring.
The purpose of ring settings is to hold the diamond securely in the mounting and at the same time, allow light to enter the diamonds for maximum brilliance.
This is a delicate balancing act….the less metal used, the greater the chance for the diamond to reflect light.
The more metal used to hold the diamonds, the more secure they are.
There are various setting used but the common ones are……. Channel settings, pave settings, flush settings, prong settings and bezel settings.
Channel diamond ring settings are used to set round diamonds….they offers a sleek, elegant appearance.
This kind of setting can be used either entirely on its own covering the whole ring or in a ring with a center stone.
Prong ring settings or claw settings are commonly used to hold Solitaire rings.
They emphasize the diamond by the use of Prongs to hold the stone in place.
Thin (prongs/claws) of either gold or platinum are used to hold the diamond securely in place.
The diamond is raised up above the shank to show it off more.
Using thicker wires secures the diamond but allows less light to enter the stone.
The best prongs have rounded points and should be placed at the corners of the diamond or at enough points to secure the stone
Bezel diamond ring settings involves using a pocket or collar of metal to secure the diamond.
The bezel which is attached to the top of the ring stands above it and adds height to it.
Bezels protect the diamond but restrict light from entering the stone.
When a ring looks like a paved street covered with tiny diamonds, this kind of setting is whats’ known as Pave setting.
Small holes are first drilled in to the ring shank in rows.
Then small diamonds which are the size are placed in the holes (as small as these diamonds are, they are cut just like bigger diamonds with all 58 facets.)
After the stones are placed in the holes, tiny bits of metal are used to create beads that hold the stones in place.
As you can imagine, pave ring settings are a very demanding technique and are done by very experienced and patient jewelers.
This leaves only the table and upper pavillion showing.
The flush setting offers protection to the diamond without compromising on style.
It is a very subtle look but it has gained popularity over the years.