The setting of an engagement ring is attached to the band and holds the diamond in place. The number of settings an engagement ring has is optional. The main three engagement ring setting styles are - Solitaire with just one diamond centre stone, trilogy set with three diamonds or shoulder set - with a larger centre stone along with smaller diamonds set on the shoulders of the band. Here are some examples of different engagement ring settings:
Prong setting engagement rings usually involve 3, 4 or claws of a metal, depending on the shape of the diamond holding it in place. Most diamond shapes and cuts are supported with 4-claws. Rub over or bezel settings supports the diamond with a rim of precious metal arching around the shape of the engagement rings diamond. This style of setting offers maximum protection for the diamond. The setting also allows the diamond to sit close to the finger, which can be more practical for everyday wear. If you want the engagement ring to have diamonds set on the shoulders of the band they can either be channel set, cut down set or pavé set.
Choosing a Metal for your Engagement Ring Setting
The next step is to choose precious metal for your engagement ring, which is normally either gold or platinum. If you choose gold you have two options - white and yellow gold. If you choose gold most engagement rings are made with 18 carat gold, which is a classic metal with a high gold purity. 18 carat gold is composed of 75% gold and 25% pure alloys. 18 carat gold is a soft metal making it easier to repair and clean, but it can be resistant to rust and tarnishing. Another option for gold is to choose 14 carat gold which is less expensive as it is composed of 58.3% gold and 41.7% pure alloys. The metal is still strong and long wearing but will be more resistant to rust and tarnish then 18 carat gold. Platinum is a strong, hard wearing metal, composed of 95% platinum and only 5% of other pure alloys. The negatives of platinum are that it can be resistant to damage. Once you have chosen the perfect setting style for your engagement ring the next step is to pick the diamond you want – here is some advice on .