Shopping for an engagement ring can be a daunting task considering the large number of designs and settings in which a diamond ring is available. There will be a variety of choices available for you and because of that it might get overwhelming. It will be difficult for you to choose between different ring settings such as bezel engagement ring, prong settings, halo rings, pave rings etc. So we are analyzing some important engagement ring settings to help you understand more about them.
The Tiffany Setting
This is a special setting developed by Tiffany & Co. in 1886 and hence got its name. The company has trademarked the original design but many variants of this setting are available today. This setting has its own specific design for the prongs and is distinguished by the “knife edge” shape of its shaft.
The main advantage of this setting is that, the diamond is placed in a raised position which maximizes the light reflection and brilliance. It supports different diamond shapes and carat sizes and is comparatively easy to keep clean and maintain and has a traditional look.
But the design also has some disadvantages. As the diamond is kept in a raised position it can snag on your clothing or some other materials. There is also a chance for the diamond to become loose as years pass.
This is the most common settings for an engagement ring. In this design, prongs (little metal claws) are used to hold the diamond securely in its position. Prongs can vary in shape from rounded to pointed or V-shaped. Most prong setting will have either six or four prongs. The main advantage of this design is that there is less metal that is covering the stone, hence more light will enter the stone which adds more brilliance. The prong setting has the same disadvantage of a tiffany setting, as it can also snag on clothing or other materials.
It is another popular design among diamond rings. In this setting the metal encircles the diamond with a thin rim. There are two types of bezel settings; full and partial. The metal will completely surround the stone in a full bezel, where as the sides will be open for a partial bezel.
The main advantage of a bezel ring is that it will hold the diamond more securely than a prong setting and will not snag on clothing. It also prevents damaging of the stone. But a bezel setting might hide the stone more which results in less reflection of light and less brilliance.
When you purchase a diamond ring you will come across a large number of designs and settings. Each design has its own pros and cons. So when choosing a design for a diamond ring, choose one that is more convenient for you.