Diamond Settings

The setting for your stone is like a picture frame: it holds and protects the stone and enhances its beauty. Most fine jewelers offer several different setting styles. As you search for the perfect piece of jewelry, it helps to know that different settings will complement your stone and your lifestyle. For example, a high prong setting on an engagement ring raises a diamond and makes it stand out beautifully. If you lead an active lifestyle, a lower prong setting or Bezel setting would be a better choice for you because the Bezel setting holds the stone closer to your finger. Below are a few options of different settings and a brief description of each.

Common types of settings:

Bezel

The stone is placed in a lip of precious metal that is hammered around the edge of the stone. Bezel Cut rings have a unique setting of symmetrical diamonds throughout..

Prong

Prong setting is four or six evenly spaced prongs of a precious metal encircling the stone and holding it securely in place.

Channel

Channel set engagement rings feature side diamonds/a number of diamonds that are embedded into the channel groove of the ring. A thin strip of metal secures the diamonds in place—no prongs are used. The diamonds are flush with the band and as a result, which makes channel set rings sturdier than other designs and less likely to snag on clothing.

Invisible

Stones are grooved in the ring and set close together without visible prongs.

Pavé

From the French word meaning "to pave," many tiny diamonds or other small stones are imbedded close together to "pave" the surface of the jewelry so it shimmers.

Bar

Bars of precious metal hold the stones in a channel-set fashion. This is a low profile setting that is better for more active people.

Chevron

V-shaped prongs hold the points of a marquise or Princess Cut stone.