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Types of Engagement Ring Settings

 

Even with the Internet as a resource, it’s not unusual for couples—or guys alone—to walk into a jewelry store with no clue about what they want. Ask to see these popular setting styles:

SETTING DESCRIPTION
bar-setting

BarThe stones in a bar setting are held by slim, vertical bars of metal between each stone. This setting accentuates the metal without obscuring the stones. (Diaco Diamonds)
bezel-setting

BezelA bezel-set stone is completely surrounded by metal and is, therefore, very secure. An alternative is a half-bezel where only two sides of the stone are surrounded. (Cartier)
channel-setting

ChannelIn a channel setting, the stones are set into a groove in the band of the ring. Channel set stones have no metal separating them, which adds to their radiance. (Martin Flyer)
cluster-setting

ClusterWith the cluster setting, several smaller stones are grouped together, often surrounding a larger center stone, to give the illusion of one large stone. (Gabriel and Co.)
flush-setting

FlushThe stones are embedded into the band of a flush setting, giving the ring a contemporary feel. Flush-set stones are protected since they are level with the band. (Teno)
pave-setting

PaveTiny diamonds cover the surface of the ring and contribute to its overall sparkle. The price of the ring usually reflects the time-consuming nature of this setting. (Rhonda Faber Green)
prong-setting

ProngThe prong setting is one of the most popular and common settings. This setting highlights the stone and allows in more light, emphasizing the stone’s brilliance. (Oro Diamante)
tension-setting

TensionSince the stone appears to float between the metal holding it in place, a tension setting shows off the stone to perfection. These rings can’t be easily resized. (GelinAbaci)
trellis-setting

TrellisThe trellis setting looks like a typical prong setting from above, but, when viewed from the side, the four interlaced prongs add a beautiful elegance to the ring. (Designs by Vatche)

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