A ring setting refers to the way the stone is “set” in the ring, defining its appearance or the style of the ring. Finding the right setting is almost as important as finding the right stone, and are imperative to selecting the perfect piece that fits your style and budget. Settings can be simple, like the one-stone Solitaire setting, or more embellished such as the jewel-encrusted Halo setting. Every setting gives a unique look to the stone and ring, and with so many settings available it’s easy to be overwhelmed when trying to pick the perfect one.
For settings made simple, read our guide to help navigate the world of jewelry…
This setting is the most popular and recognizable because of its simple, yet sophisticated beauty. Solitaire rings feature a single stone, set on top and secured by prongs. Prongs are tiny metal claws that keep the stone in place, these vary from four to six prong settings. These prongs expose a majority of the stone, allowing for more light to pass through the stone and reflect back to the viewer.
Used to describe both the shank (or band) setting and ring setting, the stone is placed into the groove of the channel instead of using prongs to hold it in place. The stone is at the same level as the band, instead of being raised or ‘poking’ out. Most popularly used on the shank of the ring, smaller diamonds or stones are set into the channel that allow it to be flush with the band, and gives any ring an extra touch of glitter.
A twist on the Solitaire setting, the side-stone ring setting features a center stone accompanied by two or more smaller sized stones next to the center. These side stones are bigger and more distinct than the stones featured on the Channel shank setting for amped up glamour.
This contemporary classic gives a sleek and modern look to any ring. The bezel setting encircles the center stone in a metal rim that extends slightly above the top surface of the stone. Having a full bezel setting means the metal completely encircles the stone, while a partial bezel setting ‘cuts’ away and reveals part of the stone’s side profile.
Different from the sidestone setting, this ring consists of one center stone that is flanked by two other stones. These stones can look ‘blended’ or distinct from each other. A more blended look creates more sparkle, while distinct stones can make the ring look more unique. Typically, the smaller the side stones, the larger the center stone will appear.
This gorgeous setting features a center stone that is completely enclosed by smaller diamonds in a circle- creating the shape of a halo. The smaller ring of diamonds make the center stone appear larger than it is, creating more sparkle at a lower price than purchasing a larger center stone.
As simple and sweet as it sounds, this setting features prongs that secure the gemstone in a basket shape. Two small rings at the bottom of the setting are used to stabilize the stone and allow four to six prongs to curve over the stone, creating the ‘basket’ look. This setting is popular because it optimizes the amount of light that is able to pass through the stone.