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Top 6 Engagement Ring Settings You Need To Check Out

If you want a vintage look engagement ring setting, it’s up to you. If you want your ring to have a classy and elegant look, it’s your choice. But have you ever wondered, what plays an important role in bestowing your engagement ring with such looks? If not, let me tell you. 

After you’re done with the stone selection, it’s time to put some focus on its setting. Although your ring’s stone accounts for 90% of its price and ability to grab attention, don’t let your shoulders down when it comes to its mounting. A ring has two parts: the main metal part of the band called a shank and the setting or mounting that holds the center stone like a diamond securely at its designated position. It’s this mounting that showcases your stone’s best facets. Hence, it’s always suggested to come up with a beautiful engagement ring setting to compliment your stone. 

To help you with this, we have discussed the top-rated modern engagement rings settings that’ll leave your jaw-dropping. So, let’s start.

Best Engagement Ring Settings

Engagement Ring Settings by Stephanie Gottlieb

Prong setting

A prong engagement ring setting is sometimes regarded as a “default” setting as every jeweler will incorporate a prong setting if not asked for something else. Hence, it’s the most common and worth trying for once. In this, there lie three to six claws or prongs that are either V-shaped, flat, pointed, or curved that securely hold the stone at its position. 

While choosing this particular setting, keep in mind that the number of claws must be as such it provides complete security to the stone without covering it much. A prong setting uses less metal and allows easy cleaning of the stone. If the stone isn’t fully covered, it’s capable of maximizing the brilliance of your stone too.

But one thing you must remember that a prong setting can easily tangle with clothes and hairs. So, invest in a high-quality prong setting from a good jeweler.

Pavé setting

A pavé engagement ring setting is one of those settings that give you ring an extra glint and an illusion of more and bigger stones than they really are. It is basically a setting that involves tiny stones set in holes that levels them to the ring’s surface. The surrounding metal (either crafted out of white gold or platinum) is then lifted to form a bed that secures the gem. The end result will look like a path paved with sparkling stones. However, if you have an active lifestyle, this pavé engagement ring setting is not suitable for you. Moreover, fragile gemstones don’t go well with this.

Halo setting

A halo engagement ring setting is known to make your ring look bigger and sparkler than before. In this, there lies a center stone with a pavé of smaller stones encircling it. These smaller stones are meant to drive the attention to the center stone. It’s up to you whether you decide to go with a single halo, tow halos, or more than two halos. No matter what you choose, this halo engagement ring setting will definitely add a vintage memento feel to your band. 

Moreover, a halo setting can even fit under a moderate budget for which you would need a smaller and cheap center stone and a diamond (a most sought after jewel for halos) pavé. 

Bezel setting

Now, if you don’t know any of the engagement ring settings listed here but you aspire for a mounting that’s smooth at the top and securely holds the center stone, even in an active lifestyle, the bezel setting can be your best bet. In this, there is a rim made of different metals whose edges partially cover the stone’s sides giving an extremely smooth surface to the ring. 

If you have a white center stone, having a white metal rim will enlarge the stone while a yellow metal rim will praise colored stones especially green and red. Another advantage of the bezel engagement ring setting is that the same metal rim can be remolded in the future to snugly fit other stones of different sizes. 

However, one con associated with a bezel setting is that it doesn’t do anything to maximize the sparkle of the center stone. 

Channel setting

A channel setting is ideal for both engagement and wedding rings. Here, there is a thin channel type structure in which a row of stones is sandwiched with no metal separating them. You can have either round stones, square stones, and rectangular stones. However, round ones will prove to be less costly. A few advantages of this particular setting include better protection of the stones than the pavé or bezel settings, smooth surface, etc. One thing that you should memorize is that you should refrain from using fragile gems like emeralds, opals, etc. 

Tension setting

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-world, why look beyond this tension engagement ring setting? A tension setting utilizes the compression-spring tension of the shank to hold the stone in its place which appears to be floating in the center. That’s why it’s suitable for those stones that can withstand such pressure. However, there are some limitations to this setting. First, getting it repaired is extremely difficult as only its manufacturer will be able to do so. Second, once made, it’s not easy to change its style or fit. And last, fragile stones can’t be put to test in the tension setting. 


What is a setting in an engagement ring?

A setting is a structure that holds the gem snugly at its position. It can be Prong, Pave, Halo, Channel, Bezel, etc. settings. Each set has its own set of pros and cons.

Which ring settings are the best?

The top 5 popular ring settings are prong, bezel, halo, channel, and three stone ring. If the wearer is very much active, then prong setting may not suit her up as it has very much chances to entangle with the clothes, so in this case Bezel may suit best.

Can I modify my ring setting in the future?

In some settings like bezel, you can afford some mods without damaging the stone. However, in some settings like tension, it’s not possible to have any change(s).

Which is the most classic engagement ring style?

Solitaire is the most classic yet elegant engagement ring style with a single gem like a diamond.

Are 4 prongs setting safe?

A 4 prong setting is not as safe as a 6 prong setting but it’s better as it allows for a maximum reflection of light from the stone’s surface, something very minimal in a 6 prong one.

What is a high setting engagement ring?

It’s a popular engagement ring setting that keeps the gemstone high in the air i.e. above the finger. The rings with a high setting mostly worn by men on special occasions. 

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