For many one of the best things about a diamond ring is the simplicity. There are only two big decisions to make before you get down to the specifics of choosing the actual ring and that is price and style.
In the world of jewellery and the craftsmanship that entails, one can very much determine the other. To understand why is to look closer at style and all that comprises – the size and cut of the diamonds, the precious metals used and the settings they are bound together in.
This article is designed as a guide to the basics of diamond ring settings, to help you make an informed decision and not be blinded by technical terms when surrounded by the twinkling lights of the jewellers shop.
Firstly, there are only four primary settings used for setting diamonds and then a wide variety of variations therein. These are: Prong, Bezel, Tension and Melee.
Perhaps the most common setting for diamonds, the prong allows maximum light in whilst securely holding the stone in place. 4, 5, 6 and even 8 prongs are used. Ideal for a solitaire diamond the prong setting shows off the diamond brilliantly, although often the profile is high, meaning it stands away from the hand and can get caught on or scratch things, which may not be practical for everyone. » Read more: Your Guide To Diamond Ring Settings