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The Engagement Ring Settings Guide for the Perfect Fit

You and your loved one are talking engagement. It’s time to get shopping for the ring – the ring that will symbolize your love, and the decision to share your lives together, forever. Allow us to introduce the engagement ring settings guide for the perfect fit.

Engagement ring settings guide for the perfect fit

Engagement ring settings – there are so many to choose from, and you likely feel a lot of pressure to choose the one that’s right for you (or your loved one). You want it to be perfect and you want this engagement ring to tell a story.

Lucky for you, we’re sharing everything you need to know to pick the one that suits you and your loved one best.

Popular Types of Ring Settings

Below are some of the setting designs you can use to set a beautiful stage for the stone you have chosen to represent your love.

Solitaire

This single-diamond setting on a simple band is the most classic engagement ring. The single center stone draws all the focus, quite elegantly, and sends a powerful message of commitment.

Little metal claws (called prongs) hold the diamond in place. Prongs are desirable and popular because they secure the stone while keeping the brilliance of the diamond free to bounce off the light. Some opt for four prongs, and some opt for six prongs. Four prongs allow for a bit more bling, and six prongs hold the diamond to the band a bit more securely.

The thinner the band, the larger the diamond looks. So if you’re hoping for bling, but still want something classic and delicate, try four prongs and a thinner band.

These prong settings maximize the diamond’s brilliance and lighten up richly colored stones. They also make it easy to clean the stone, so you can keep it shining.

Pave

The pave engagement ring setting is a band paved with small diamonds, and that’s precisely where it earns its name.

These small diamonds are placed directly beside one another, and held in place by small prongs, to give the impression that the band is made purely of diamonds.

Whether fully or only halfway paved with small diamonds, this setting is for someone interested in a lot of sparkle. It’s for someone who wants a chorus of diamonds behind the lead stone.

Channel (aka Modern)

The channel setting is similar to the pave setting.

The difference is that in a channel setting the small diamonds are placed into the channel of the band itself so that they sit flush with the band. They’re held in place by a thin metal strip (and not prongs), so nothing protrudes from the band. Except, of course, the main centerpiece diamond.

If you’ve got an active lifestyle, the channel setting is probably better suited to you than the pave setting. Because the small diamonds are flush with the band, the ring is more durable and less likely to snag on something while you’re on the go.

And, at the same time, the channel setting still offers a whole lot of shimmer. You can fill the channel with round-cut or princess-cut diamonds part of the way – or all of the way! The princess-cut diamonds sit flush against one another, and that makes for even more shine.

Side-stone

The side-stone setting is about placing a couple (or even a few) smaller diamonds on either side of the main central diamond.

Unlike the side diamonds in the pave and channel ring settings, these side stones are bigger and more distinctive. The side stones themselves might be the size of the stone another might set all on its own for a classic solitaire engagement ring setting.

So the side-stone setting is for someone who really loves diamonds and doesn’t mind that the central diamond gets swept up a bit in the multiple diamond setting. It’s all about the elegant grouping of diamonds (or other gemstones around a diamond).

Three-stone

The three-stone setting is a particular, and popular version, of the side-stone setting. Like its name says, there are three stones: a central diamond flanked by two other stones. The smaller the side stones are the larger the central diamond will appear.

Sometimes the central diamond is surrounded by another stone, like sapphires. In this case, the change in color for the flanking gemstones helps the central diamond stand out. Look at some of our gemstone accented engagement rings to better appreciate this colorful ring setting choice.

Split-shank

The split-shank setting is a band that splits apart as it reaches the central diamond. There’s visible space between the band and the featured diamond, which can make that diamond appear fuller and more ornate.

Often this setting is paired with a full – or partial – pave setting. The split band provides even more surface area for the paving of small diamonds, and even more sparkle.

Many vintage style rings feature the split-shank setting.

Halo

The halo setting is a single diamond surrounded by more stones in a concentric circle – like a halo.

The smaller halo of diamonds around the central diamond allow the central diamond to appear much bigger than it actually is. The glow quality is high with this one. Pair with a pave setting for even more sparkle.

If you’re looking for something really catchy – something an eye just can’t look past – you’ll want to go for the halo engagement ring setting.

Tension

The tension setting is for the more modern among us. Do you like to stand apart from the crowd? And do you like to appear current? Are you known for making bold statements?

No prongs are used to keep the single central diamond in place. Instead, the tension of the ring metal itself holds the diamond there. The result is a diamond that appears to be floating in air!

You get to see nearly all of the diamond, so the shape and cut of the diamond are more important in this setting than any other.

Bezel

In a bezel setting, a metal rim surrounds the single central diamond. So it’s not held in place by prongs. The stone is secured quite snugly, and the ring surface is smoother, too. Only the crown of the diamond pops above the ring band.

A white metal encircling the stone can make a smaller diamond appear bigger.

So it’s a matter of taste…

You choose the setting that will be the best possible extension of you (or your loved one). Then, pick your diamond’s clarity, color, cut, and shape, and a band metal.

And as you fall in love with an engagement ring setting, don’t forget to consider the wedding band as well. Will you (or your loved one) want to wear them together? Make sure you choose the engagement ring setting and matching wedding band that will keep you feeling bedazzled for a lifetime.

Want to design the ring from scratch, with help from an expert? We can help.

We’ve helped many people, who are now happily married, and we want to help you next. Our diamonds are certified by the best also, so shop for your diamond ring with peace of mind that you’re getting exactly what you’ve paid for.

Then, once you’ve got the ring, it’s on to deciding how to propose – and we’d like to be the first to congratulate you!

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Radiant Diamond Custom Ring

We recently completed this gorgeous custom ring for a stunning 2.20 ct square radiant cut diamond. The ring is a three stone style with tapered baguette side stones. The style is timeless yet modern, with the classic design accenting the geometric modern diamond.

Custom Built Engagement for Radiant Diamond
Custom Built Engagement Ring for Radiant Diamond
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More Trends for Unique Engagement Ring Settings in 2013

A solitaire diamond is no longer the only sought after option when it comes to engagement rings.  With popular celebrity styles for everyone to see, brides everywhere are becoming more creative and outspoken regarding their engagement ring setting preferences. Adiamor offers unique engagement ring settings to fit the style and desires of any bride. Emerging engagement ring trends in 2013 include emerald-cut stones and cushion-cut stones, as well as a variety of handcrafted settings with colored stones and/or mixed metals.

Vintage Looks for Engagement Rings

The emerald-cut stone offers a modern aesthetic with a vintage look.  At Adiamor, brides can choose settings and stones separately for the ideal match. The pave engagement setting for emerald cut stones (seen below) showcases a diamond of up to 2.5 carats, and is available in 14k gold, 18k gold or platinum.

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Other settings that offer vintage charm are cushion-cut and pear-cut stones for a unique look that hearken back to the 1920s and 1930s. For brides on a budget, the tapered shape of the pear-cut stone makes it a good choice for smaller carat weights.

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Colored Stones Add a Dash of Panache

Colored diamonds offer a splash of visual interest for unique engagement ring settings in 2013. Colors on trend for the year include canary, champagne and cognac diamonds. Sapphire settings are also a popular option, as the stone is available in shades of blue and pink.

 

Adiamor’s baguette, pave and sapphire engagement setting in white gold offers a gorgeous contrast between the blue of the sapphire and the sparkle of the diamonds in the setting. The setting includes 24 diamonds, and is available in white gold, yellow gold, or platinum.

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Mixed metals offer modern look

Another trend for unique engagement ring settings is mixed metals, such as combining white and yellow gold in a setting. Rose gold is another popular option, and can look lovely when offset against white gold or platinum. Adiamor’s pave halo engagement setting for round diamond features a rose gold halo contrasting with a ring crafted from white gold, yellow gold or platinum.

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Keep yourself on the up-and-up and view all the latest trends in unique engagement ring settings at Adiamor.com!

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History of Art Deco Jewelry Designs, Part 2

The history of art deco jewelry designs is filled with classic inspiration and contemporary style. But, where did the name ‘Art Deco’ come from?

Several events happened during the 1920s that influenced fashion and jewelry design. In 1925 the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (In English, the International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts) was held in Paris. This event attracted artists of every variety to display their works, and drew immense crowds. The exposition showcased all the newest styles and art forms from across the world. The new style was geometric, linear, and often recalled classical styles in an updated way. The phrase “Art Deco” stemmed from the name of this exposition, and was given to this new style in the 1920s.

Paris Exposition Poster
Paris Exposition Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 had a major impact on all aspects of design. Bold geometric lines and the use of gold and inlay work became very popular in jewelry after seeing the striking designs like inlaid lapis and gold in Tut’s tomb.  Motifs like the stylized human form and abstracted forms from nature were incorporated into many designs.

King Tut, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Stock
King Tut, Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Stock

 

 

 

Palmolive Soap Ad, 1917, Image by Captain Geoffrey Spaulding, via Flickr
Palmolive Soap Ad, 1917, Image by Captain Geoffrey Spaulding, via Flickr

 

The advent of technology was another major influence on all aspects of design in the 1920s. Design such as the iconic Cartier Louis wristwatch were designed for the on-the-go timekeeping needs of aviators. Tennis and golf were popular for all genders, and sportier styles of clothes created the need for jewelry that would go with those clothes. Hefty brooches, delicate filigree, and multi-layered pearl chokers that looked appropriate with ruffled Edwardian blouses were now seemed far too old fashioned for the streamlined designs of the 1920s. Delicate platinum was still du jour, but in much more geometric lines.

Cartier Watch, Image Courtesy of Cartier.com
Cartier Watch, Image Courtesy of Cartier.com

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Engagement rings were popular in the 1920s, but the diamond solitaire did not become the universal standard until a little bit later on in history. Diamond rings were popular, maybe set with three equal sized diamonds, and other gemstones were also a common choice for an engagement ring.

Art Deco 3-Stone Engagement Ring, Image Courtesy of laantiques.com
Art Deco 3-Stone Engagement Ring, Image Courtesy of laantiques.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For an enagement ring with geometric balance and detailing reminiscent of the Art Deco period with a timeless appeal, try this three stone pave setting R2557

3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Accents by Adiamor
3-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring with Pave Accents by Adiamor

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For some intricate pave set diamonds that would have made any artisan in the 1920s proud, take a look at this baguette and pave set ring: R2439

Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguette Accents by Adiamor
Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Baguette Accents by Adiamor

 

How did Art Deco decline in popularity?

(And for you Art Deco fans, why did it ever go away?!)

Check out the last installment, Art Deco #3 for the answers!

 

 

 

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History of Art Deco Jewelry Designs, Pt 1

The 1920s were a time of dramatic changes in many areas, including the styles of fashion and jewelry. The Art Nouveau movement, which was popular before Art Deco, focused on curving lines, delicate details and natural imagery. In jewelry, figures of women with fairy wings and images from nature were popular, as well as subtle, soft-looking stones such as moonstone and pearl. With the advent of Art Deco, these trends transformed into bolder, more geometric styles, while maintaining the attention to detail. Diamonds were often placed in combination with onyx for a sharp, black and white contrast, or colored gems like emeralds and rubies to form abstract designs.

Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewelry Examples, Images Courtesy of Lang Antiques & Alson Jewelers
Art Nouveau and Art Deco Jewelry Examples, Images Courtesy of Lang Antiques & Alson Jewelers

These changes in Art Deco jewelry designs mirrored the changes in fashion. With women’s shorter haircuts and lower necklines, long earrings were the perfect accessories to fill up this newly empty space between hair and shoulders. Dresses were looser, with dropped waists and shorter hemlines.  Emphasis was on vertical lines from head to toe, and long necklaces accenting these long lines.

Pearls were very popular as a necklace choice, as well as a variety of gemstones. Women’s foreheads were no longer in styles, and were often covered by hair, tight-fitting cloche hats, and head pieces. This also gave jewelry designers the opportunity to create elaborate decorations for women’s hair, often with precious materials like platinum and diamonds.

Art Deco Bridal Hair Comb, Image Courtesy of One Wed
Art Deco Bridal Hair Comb, Image Courtesy of One Wed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This transformation of style from Art Nouveau to Art Deco was seen in rings, as well. Graceful elements inspired by natural motifs gave way to a more linear graphic style emphasizing the length of the hand. For some curved lines and pave details reminiscent of the Art Nouveau style, check out this ring:

Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring by Adiamor
Twisted Pave Halo Engagement Ring by Adiamor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a bolder, more linear look, try this Art Deco-inspired ring.

Art Deco Inspired Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Adiamor
Art Deco Inspired Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Adiamor

 

 

Want to know how Art Deco got its name?

Curious how King Tut affected the styles of jewelry in the 1920s?

Stay tuned for the next installment, Art Deco Jewelry Designs Part 2: The Heyday.

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Choosing an Engagement Ring Setting

Buying an engagement ring is not something to be taken lightly. The decision should take careful thought and calculation as it’s not only an expensive purchase, but also one that is supposed to be once-in-a-lifetime. While the diamond is of course important, and the centerpiece of any engagement ring, there are many different facets to the ring that are also significant. You want to choose the shape of the diamond, the cut, color, clarity, and carat weight as well as the perfect metal band, but the ring setting is also an important part of the engagement ring as a whole.

As the search for your perfect engagement ring starts to take shape, you’ll notice a number of different engagement setting styles. They vary from classic and simple styles to more extravagant and modern interpretations. While there is no “number one” solution, the best advice is to pick the setting you and your partner prefer the most. There are many popular settings, but ultimately, choose the one that works best.

The Prong setting is perhaps the most common. This is a great setting for showcasing the center diamond and allowing light to pass through the stone and increase its brilliance and shine.

The Bezel setting is also quite popular. It has a metal border that surrounds or partially surrounds the diamond. It offers good protection, but does not allow as much light to shine through.

The Pave setting is defined by a number of small diamonds set into the ring. This is a fantastic way to make your ring look bigger than it actually is.

Channel settings are very popular with wedding bands. These include horizontal rows of diamonds with no metal in between each diamond. The surface is very smooth which makes the ring less likely to get caught on things, but the ring can be difficult to re-size later.

The Bar setting is quite similar to the channel, but with metal bars in between each of the diamonds. This allows for more protection to the stones in the setting.

With a Tension setting, the diamond appears to be floating because it’s not held in place by any piece of metal. While this is its biggest attribute, it’s also its major flaw allowing for very little security of the stone.