Once you have found that perfect diamond, it is down to finding your ideal ring setting. While the diamond is the centrepiece of any proposal ring, a complementary ring setting can bring its beauty to the next level. Today we will highlight some of the most popular designs.
The solitaire ring setting is the most common setting for any engagement ring, and for good reasons! Its main feature lies in its simplicity; bearing only a metal band, the attention is directed all onto the diamond centrepiece.
With prongs to hold the diamond in place, much of the diamond anatomy is exposed to light, maximising light performance of the diamond. That being said, the diamond would also likely incorporate a slight tint of the metal band. For example, when paired with a yellow gold or rose gold band, the diamond will take on a yellowish or orangish tint. Hence, a colourless diamond would be best paired with a white gold or platinum band, whereas a slightly yellow diamond can benefit from a yellow gold band.
The most common setting for a solitaire is 4- or 6-pronged. A 4-prongs setting would allow more of the diamond to be exposed, hence improving the brilliance of the diamond slightly. On the other hand, a 6-prongs setting would ensure that the diamond is better secured to the band. In addition, the prongs will create a unique illusion of a hexagonal diamond shape when mounted with a round diamond.
You might consider a band that is approximately 2mm in thickness to truly allow the diamond to stand out. To further draw the eye towards the diamond, consider a band that tapers towards the centrepiece.
Pavé means “to pave” in French, and that is exactly the essence of the Pavé design. The band is paved with tiny diamonds such that ideally, no metal is visible, creating the illusion that the band is made fully out of diamonds. The pavé ring setting exudes a feeling of luxury.
However, be mindful that the pavé stones can actually distract attention from the centrepiece. With that being said, this ring setting can actually rescue an engagement ring from a poor light performing diamond.
For this design, it is important to get the sizing right, or at least close, as resizing a pavé ring setting is very challenging. To overcome this, you might consider a half pavé setting, where the tiny diamonds are only paved halfway around the band.
The channel ring setting is actually very similar to the pavé setting, where a series of tiny diamonds circumnavigate the band of the ring. As opposed to the pavé setting, the tiny diamonds are set in a channel, with the metal band of the ring very much visible. In addition, the tiny diamonds are flushed into the band, whereas in the pavé setting, the tiny diamonds are protruding from the band.
Its effect on the centrepiece diamond is very much similar to that of the pavé setting. However, the channel ring settings usually exudes modernity and class. As the tiny diamonds are flushed into the band, it is more durable and less likely to snag onto fabric. Hence, it is recommended for those with a more active lifestyle.
The side stone ring design can be summarised by a centrepiece diamond, being set along with other smaller diamond pieces. Unlike the tiny diamonds in the pavé or channel setting, the side stones are usually significant pieces that are larger in size and better in quality. The side stone setting usually exudes creativity and class.
A common design is the three stone ring setting, where the feature diamond is flanked by two smaller diamonds. Overall, the brilliance of the ring is increased with the inclusion of the side stones. However, do bear in mind that the size of the side stones matter. When paired with smaller side stones, the centrepiece can appear larger. Conversely, if paired with larger side stones, the centrepiece can appear smaller, and attention will be diverted away from the centrepiece.
Tons of creative avenue can be applied into the side stone ring setting. You can mix and match diamonds of different shape and colour to achieve different results and impressions.
The halo ring setting is essentially setting tiny diamonds around the feature stone. In this design, the feature stone will appear larger, and more brilliant than it actually is. This ring setting is suitable for diamonds of smaller carat weight, where the halo can actually work its magic. On the other hand, when paired with a larger diamond, it might in fact appear overly large and cumbersome.