Diamond engagement rings are at the fulcrum of some of the most memorable proposals in the world. If you've decided to follow tradition by popping the question with a diamond ring, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Once you've decided on a stone, you then need to choose the setting for your stone. The setting expresses the appearance of the stone, so be sure to choose something that will delight your partner. Here are some excellent settings for diamond engagement rings to help you plan a memorable proposal.
This is a popular setting choice for diamond engagement rings, involving a few metal claws to hold the stone firmly in a holder against the ring. Pronged settings can be rounded, V-shaped, flat or pointed, depending on what you desire. Keep in mind that fewer prongs display more of the stone, while more prongs can engulf its appearance. But more prongs keep the stone securely in place. For heart or pear shaped diamonds, V-shaped prongs are ideal for holding firm without overwhelming the stone. Flat prongs look good for emerald-cut stones. Because the diamond is pronged onto the ring, the light exposure maximises the dazzle of the diamond brilliantly. You may want to consider that high-set pronged diamonds can scratch people and clothes when brushed against, so lower pronged settings are the most practical choices.
This setting involves a metallic rim with partial or full edges surrounding the border of the stone. A bezel stone setting protects the girdle of the stone from getting chipped and secures it perfectly. The ring metal can also be moulded easily to fit the shape of the stone you choose. If you have chosen a white diamond, you may want to choose white gold or platinum metal to enhance the appearance of the diamond. Avoid choosing a yellow bezel setting for white diamonds, because the yellow tint of the bezel will reflect on the stone to make it appear smaller.
A pave setting involves a few rows of many small diamond stones that are inserted into holes that place them on the same level as the ring surface. You can get a domed or flat setting based on your preference. A pave setting gives the impression of bigger diamonds and displays design continuity for a classier appearance. Keep in mind that a pave setting may not be as reliable as a channel setting, but it creates a more lavish diamond ring appearance.
A channel setting encloses a row of diamond stones without any metal in between. This setting is ideal if you are buying several small diamond stones, instead of a large single solitaire. The metal of a channel setting protects the stones better than a pave or prong setting. Keep in mind that these ring settings are more difficult to resize, so make sure you get your partner's ring size absolutely right the first time.
Use these tips for choosing the right settings for diamond engagement rings.