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A Guide to Engagement Ring Settings

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What is a jewelry setting? The term "setting" in the jewelry world can mean two things. Primarily it is the metal structure that keeps a diamond or gemstone securely in place. An engagement ring setting can also refer to a ring that is styled with all but the center stone-- this type of setting is also called a semi-mount. Here we will explore the most common ways diamonds and gemstones are set. There are a number of choices to consider when it comes to the setting and design of your diamond or gemstone engagement ring. Below are some basics about each.

Close up image of prong setting engagement ring from KAY


Prongs provide grip for your diamond. Unencumbered by lots of metal, the prong setting allows light to reach your diamond and enhance its sparkle. This is a very popular setting, especially with solitaire engagement rings.

Close up image of an engagement ring páve setting from KAY


The elegant páve setting is most popular for side stones and diamond anniversary bands. Literally “paving” a ring’s surface with tiny diamonds, a pavé ring sparkles but still allows the design to be subtle.

Close up image of engagement ring bezel setting from KAY


In a bezel setting, metal is formed around the shape of the diamond or gemstone, and the top of the stone sits flush to the perimeter. This modern engagement ring setting is very secure, making it a great choice for people with active lifestyles.

Close up image of engagement ring channel setting from KAY


Channel settings feature diamonds that look as if they are suspended in two rows of metal. The diamonds are actually held in place by individual seats cut into each side of the channel. This setting is often used in diamond wedding bands or for side stones in an engagement ring.

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