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:


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)

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)

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)

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.)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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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