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Engagement ring settings – What’s the difference between Fairtrade and recyclable gold?

Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be a daunting process. Whilst you may have already decided on a budget, that really is only the tip of the iceberg, and quite possibly one of the easier decisions you will need to make. The choice of stone, whether to opt for gold, white gold or even rose gold and of course the engagement ring settings are all important aspects of the decision too. Here, we take a look at the types of setting you may wish to consider for this important purchase.


There are several different engagement ring settings, but the most popular one is the prong setting. Prongs are little metal claws that hold the stone in place securely on a ring. The more common prong setting feature 4 claws, which show more of the stone and 6 claws, which could be considered more secure. The solitaire setting is by far the most popular prong setting as it offers the best view of the stone with minimal distraction.

Other popular settings include the Bezel setting and the cathedral setting – one that we feel at Steven Stone is a classic and truly stunning choice. The type of setting you choose can depend on a number of things. Some of it is purely down to personal choice, whether you want a ring with a single diamond or several stones. However, some consideration should be taken as to how a ring will cope with your lifestyle – some types of setting are more suited to a busy active lifestyle than others. In addition to this, you may also want to consider the origin of your gold. Two good options to consider could include Fairtrade and recyclable gold.

Fairtrade gold

Fairtrade gold is the name given to the first independent gold ethical certification system that exists in the world. When you buy Fairtrade gold, you are buying gold that has been mined by artisanal miners on a small-scale. Not only that but they have been paid a fair price for their gold which offers them financial security. This could be considered a good choice to make if you would like to support these smaller-scale mining operations.

Recyclable gold

Recyclable gold refers to gold jewellery that is no longer wanted in its current form. Your setting might be created from broken items or pieces that are very outdated. Good quality gold can be melted down and reused to create a special piece of jewelleryin this way recyclable gold jewellery can be given a new lease of life. Recycled gold rings are becoming increasingly popular with people who are looking for more ethical options. Both recyclable gold and Fairtrade gold offer a fantastic ethical and sustainable solution for those individuals who are becoming increasingly aware of the effect that our actions can have on the planet and want to do their own bit, no matter how small to help with this.

Here at Steven Stone, we’re able to work with you to get the setting you’re looking for with a range of different gold options. Why not get in touch to discuss what setting would be best for this significant purchase.