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What is the best setting for an engagement ring?

2nd August 2017

by Amey M

Engagement Ring Setting 

When choosing an engagement ring, you’ve perhaps perused and considered numerous shapes and metal bands but have you thought about the setting for that all important diamond and which one is best for your partner?

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to how to choose an engagement ring setting from personal style and tastes to the amount of activity they do while wearing their ring. There are also a variety of settings to choose from, let’s uncover what each of these are first:


What is a pronged setting?

One of the most common engagement ring settings, pronged designs hold a single diamond in place with four thin pieces of metal that clasp around each corner. It is one of the most delicate and elegant setting styles, ideal for those looking for a classic solitaire engagement ring.

Engagement Ring - Prong Setting

What is a bezel setting?

A bezel is most commonly seen on watches, to hold the face in place. When used for engagement rings, the setting features a diamond encased in metal. Bezels can also feature diamonds themselves, creating the halo shape many people enjoy. Semi bezels are also available to allow more of the diamond to show. A bezel setting on a diamond ring is ideal for those who prefer an understated style that is easy to wear every day.

Engagement Ring - Bezel Setting

What is a bar setting?

Similar to the pave style, a bar setting however has raised metal between each diamond – making the engagement rings that use this setting more affordable as smaller stones can be used to create the same effect.

Engagement Rings - Bar Setting

What is a pave setting?  

Pave settings are more commonly seen on eternity rings but make beautiful engagement rings too. This setting features a row of diamonds set tightly next to one another, reminiscent of a garden path, perhaps. This setting is a good choice for those who like glitz and glamour and like to go against tradition.

Engagement Rings - Pave Setting

What is a tension setting?

The metal in a tension setting is used to keep the stone in place, with the pressure gripping it. It’s an uncommon setting type, so one best reserved for those who like more unusual jewellery styles.

Engagement Rings - Tension Setting

What is an illusion setting?

This setting cleverly takes smaller diamonds – usually princess cut diamonds – and sets them next to each other to make it look like there is actually just one large diamond there. It’s great for those on a lower budget who want a ring with wow factor.

Engagement Rings - Illusion Setting

High setting vs low setting engagement rings

The height of an engagement ring makes a real difference to the wearer on a day to day level. A high setting will take a bit of getting used to as it will be more prone to catching on clothing and even scratching you. However, high settings look incredible and showcase diamonds much better than a low one can. 

Low settings protect your diamond, with the stone usually sitting in a basket of metal that holds it securely in place, also because it is not raised it is less likely to be knocked against things causing it to break or fall out.


How to clean your diamond and setting

It’s easy for diamonds and their settings to become clogged with dirt and grease, so it’s important you know how to clean them without damaging the setting or stone. A soft toothbrush and warm water is enough to get most grime off your engagement ring, just be careful when holding it over your sink!


Now you have an idea of what setting may be best for you or your partner, take a look at our engagement ring page to make your choice. Don’t hesitate to get in touch, should you have any queries about your purchase.


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