Ever since man discovered that our fingers could be embellished with shiny metal mounted with a sparkly gemstone, the race to invent ways to secure them on the band began. As time progressed, every diamond jewellery manufacturers showed their creativity in ring settings, each better than the previous one. Thus we have an array of settings options available, to choose as per our liking and preference.
As diamonds are precious and valuable, the setting has to be sturdy enough to hold the piece forever, saving it from regular wear and tear. There is a set of rule that governs a ring setting. It includes guiding in more light into the gem to ensure that it doesn’t fall off or gets snagged into any clothing. Stone setting warrants attention to detailing and intricacy in the designing process.
There are innumerable ways to set a stone on a band; however, a few are extremely popular and make for an excellent choice. Here is a list of some of the more common and most beautiful ring settings.
Prong Setting :
As the name explains, the prong setting introduces finger-like metallic prongs that come out of the shank and securely hold the gemstone on top of the ring. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but the prongs also direct more light into the stone, thus enhancing the appeal of the stone.
Tiffany Setting :
Developed, introduced, and used only by the world-renowned jewelers of the same name, the Tiffany Setting is a stone entrapment that uses scientific factors to direct more light inside the stone. Similar to the prong setting, the Tiffany setting includes precisely six prongs in a particular fashion. They are one of the most sought after settings.
Bezel Setting :
In a bezel setting, the stone is fit into the band. The stone is secured by the band which runs along its periphery, holding it in place. A bezel setting is the second most popular ring style and is highly preferred as it holds the diamond tightly. Although the light entering the stone is reduced majorly.
Tension Setting :
This one is truly unique with an aesthetic appeal. The tension setting gives the look of a stone suspended between the bands of a ring. Cut with laser precision; the stone fits into the grooves that are cut on the sides of the band. The stone is literally held by the pressure of the band, giving a mesmerizing final look.
Channel Setting :
When it comes to setting a row of diamonds or stones, the best way to present them is by setting them in a channel. The stones form a row, running along with the band of the ring. The stones sit flush (in level) with the rest of the band and are again, snag-free.
Pavé Setting :
The pavé setting is a French style of ‘paving’ the shanks of the ring with many small stones to accentuate the center stone of the piece. The smaller stones are fit into tiny holes drilled into the band and then secured by small beads or prongs of metal surrounding them.