Protecting Your Wedding Ring
Wedding Ring Mistakes That Can Cost You Thousands Of Dollars
Tips On Caring For Your Wedding Ring
Protect Your Wedding Ring
Dont Make a Thousand Dollar Mistake
How To Pick Good Wedding Ring Coverage
How To Buy Wedding Ring Insurance
Frequently Made Mistakes That Cost Couples Thousands Of Dollars
Frequently Asked Questions About Ring Insurance
What Couples Need To Know About Engagement Rings
Selecting A Diamond Or Gemstone
How to Find a Good Deal on an Engagement Ring
Engagement Ring Advice For Clueless Men
Cleaning Your Engagement Ring
Choosing an Engagment Ring
Diamond Colors, Cuts, and Grades
The Difference Between a Diamond
Shining Facts About Jewelry Appraisals
Getting To Know Your Gemstones
Getting Started In Diamond Shapes
Evaluating Diamonds Up Close
Diamonds In The Rough
Choosing A Ring Setting
Shes Just Not Into Diamonds
I Want My Diamond Bigger
Bridal and Wedding Rings
What Future Brides And Grooms Need To Know About Wedding Rings
Warning Don't Get Ripped Off On Your Wedding Day
Tips On Buying Wedding Or Engagement Rings From Online Auctions
How To Find A Good Deal On A Wedding Ring
Five Tips For Choosing Your Wife
Engraving A Wedding Or Engagement Ring
Do I Need A Custom Made Ring
Choosing Ring Band Width For Your Engagement And Wedding
Choosing Metals For Your Ring
Choosing A Wedding Ring
Choosing A Wedding Band Design
Wedding and Engagement Ring Tips
Bridal Jewelry and Accessories at Auction Prices
Gold Swarovski Crystal Bridal Tiaras at Discounts
Auction Pricing on Pink Wedding Jewelry and Pearls
Discounts on Red Wedding Hairpieces and Tiaras
CHOOSING A RING SETTING
Another part of the ring to consider, whether you're planning to pop a question or go through the wedding, despite your cold feet, is choosing a setting. A setting refers to the way the stones are held in the ring and is a very important part of a ring's design, whether you have a diamond solitaire, multiple gemstones or a unique design altogether. Once you learn the differences between popular settings you will be more informed to make your personal choice in choosing your own engagement or wedding ring.
The Prong Setting
A prong setting is a popular choice and the one that is usually chosen to showcase a solitaire diamond. This setting emphasizes the stone and downplays the rest of the ring. Prong settings must be designed carefully so that enough light can enter the diamonds while the stone is held securely. Achieving the right balance is not easy and thus platinum (a very strong metal) is usually recommended. Within the prong setting there also variations like the V-prong and the common prong.
The Bezel Setting
The bezel setting is like a collar of metal that wraps around the diamond. The bezel is attached to the top of the ring and sits above it; this adds height and further dimension to the setting. Bezels can also be split into two sections, which is called a half bezel, and cover only part of the diamond.
The Channel Setting
The channel setting is ideal for setting round diamonds and makes a ring look sleek by organizing stones into a channel of small spaces. Round stones are recommended for the greater brilliance than other square shapes. While channel settings work well with a center stone, you can also place a series of smaller stones around the entire band. Channel settings also protect diamonds against wear by hiding the edges of the stones. A variation of the channel setting is the bar channel which has metal plates on the channel that rise to the top, level with the stone.
A Pave style setting has the surface of the ring covered with tiny stones. It calls to mind the word paved as if the surface is a street paved with diamonds. Each diamond is placed in small holes that have been drilled outside the shank of the ring. Diamonds are placed in rows all around the band and fill as much space as possible without touching. Pave-set diamonds can be pricey because much patience and talent is required to create this special setting.
If a section of the ring is Pavé-set, with certain areas tapering to a point, the diamonds should diminish in size as the Pavé area narrows. This requires the most precise selection of diamonds.
Cluster And Flush Settings
Two other types of settings are cluster and flush. Cluster settings are another option that effectively groups together smaller diamonds, perhaps in the shape of a flower or a more abstract shape. Cluster settings are usually multi-level and wide. The flush setting is a very subtle one in which stones are sunk into the mounting so much that they "flush" with the surface. Only the stone and the upper facets show because of the unique design, and it is certainly an effective way to protect a diamond.
Choosing your favorite setting is primarily a matter of taste-namely, in how you want to show off your particular diamond.