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Different jewellery settings
The ring setting that you choose is all-important as it can help to add to the security of your stone and the type of setting you choose can also help to show off your gem to the maximum effect. Detailed below are some of the most common jewellery settings that you will find for diamond rings.
This is a popular choice for the engagement ring and it will hold the diamond securely in its place; this setting will have up to 6 separate prongs. It is often recommended to have the highest amount of prongs possible as this will help to better secure the ring.
If you’ve opted for this setting, it will have a larger stone as the centrepiece and several smaller stones will surround it. Often, it will be designed in a flower, but circles and hearts are not unusual either.
Bezel or Semi-bezel
With this option, the gemstones will be completely surrounded by metal. You can choose from a variety of different shapes for the bezel including circles, squares and oblongs; this style is often recommended if the stone might be exposed to a lot of wear and tear and you want to protect it. If you select the semi-bezel option, this will better display your stone.
When you choose a pave setting, the numerous stones used will be set in close proximity with each other. The band of the ring will be filled with many small diamonds, and they are often held in place with tiny prongs or beads of metal.
This is renowned as an extremely attractive setting and it’s a good choice if you want to be extra careful that you don’t lose any of the stones sparkle ; with this setting, the stones will be set in a line but, often the stones will move. This is often the setting of choice for an engagement or wedding ring because of the ‘look’.
Other choices include the flush, Tiffany, classical tension, the halo or antique setting. If you are not sure which setting would be the most suitable for your needs, speak to a gemmologist who will be pleased to advise you.