Diamond Education | Settings
The setting is the platform on which the diamond sits. It protects the stone, and the best settings emphasize the beauty of the diamond. The ideal way to create the perfect ring is to choose a loose diamond first, and then decide on the perfect setting.
The prong diamond setting is the most common type of engagement ring setting consists of three to six "anchors" that hold a stone firmly in a metal basket. These prongs can be pointed, rounded, flat, or V-shaped and the prong setting is a good choice for all types of stones — it will hold even the most fragile gems securely. A four-prong setting allows for the most light exposure from all angles, and maximizes a stone’s brilliance. Learn more about prong settings >>
A tension setting consists of a diamond or other gemstone that is held in place by pressure. The metal is “spring loaded” to exert pressure on the stone so that the shank holds it firmly in place. The tension-set diamond ring can give the impression that the stone is "floating". The floating effect allows for maximum light exposure, and displays a good amount of dispersion. Only extremely hard stones such as diamonds, sapphires, and rubies can withstand the required pressure for a tension setting. A tension-set ring is built to fit, and is difficult to resize at a later date. Learn more about tension settings >>
A bezel set diamond ring has a metal rim that surrounds the gemstone completely or partially with a protective lip. This setting is extremely secure, and its low profile makes it great for any type of stone. A bezel setting can also help to obscure a chipped stone. Learn more about bezel settings >>
The channel setting consists of small gemstones that are held in a line, side-by-side, with no metal separating them. The stones sit between two thin bands of metal. Learn more about channel settings >>
The bar setting can be used around some or all of the ring, and it consists of thin vertical bars of metal between the stones which secure them firmly in place. Learn more about bar settings >>
The pavé setting is named for the French word for "paved", and consists of small gems that are set very close together and held in place by “beads” of metal. This creates an effect that looks as though the piece is literally “paved” with small diamonds. Learn more about pave settings >>