Ring Anatomy & Ring Setting Types
Employing four or six prongs to secure the center diamond is a very traditional form of diamond setting.
A smooth bezel requires the skills of a master jeweler and is a modern-looking alternative form of diamond setting.
A decorative open gallery adds a beautiful touch of detail to an engagement ring and can be customized easily.
The graceful arches of a cathedral setting support and frame the center diamond while providing added height.
Hand engraving is a manual process performed by a skilled jeweler and is usually done along the shank of the ring.
This example shows a different hand engraving design from #5. Different designs can be done on the shank of the ring.
Wider rings can accommodate multiple rows of diamonds. Here baguette diamonds and round diamonds set together.
Channel setting is a traditional style that offers a more secure setting compared to pave setting.
Milgrain refers to tiny beads that are created manually along the edges of a ring and offer an antique look.
Without milgraining, the edges of the ring remain smooth — creating a more modern look.
Pave or micro pave setting is very popular right now and features small diamonds set close together.
This is a very classic look for pave setting — the ring's shank looks literally paved with diamonds.
'U' pave refers to the fact that little 'U' shapes can be seen along the edge of the ring.
One way to create a wider ring but maintain a delicate look is by incorporate a split shank into the design.
Usually the halo form follows the shape of the center diamond, but a popular alternative is this look.
Another possible modification to the halo is truncating the corners for a more octagonal look.
Two tone rings can be created with any combination of gold or platinum for a unique setting.
A double halo consists two rows of diamonds perfectly framing the center diamond.
Diamonds on the basket consist of a row of diamonds circling the base of the center diamond.
Diamonds on the basket and prongs consists of a row of diamonds circling the base of the center diamond as well as on the prongs securing the center stone.
Gallery design in window adds a decorative "fill" for the window, adding additional flair to the ring.
Diamonds on the bridge of the ring add additional sparkle at the base of the finger.
Giving the appearance of the 'V' shape of the base of a diamond, French Pave is a unique way to set diamonds.