Guide in Choosing Your Engagement Ring Setting

As equally important as the band of the engagement ring and the center stone is the setting of the ring. The setting gives the ring its unique look and it also helps a lot into fitting what you prefer your overall engagement ring to look like. If you prefer it simple with a bit of edginess, you can do so. If you want it flashy and eye-catching, there is a setting perfect for it. If you want to give your center rock a good emphasis, there are also different available settings for it.

Now, as you are looking at different rings and their settings, you encounter words such as pave, halo, double halo, cathedral, three stone, split, bypass, claw (prong), solitaire and you do not have a clue as to how they look like, exactly? Check the following below.

The Claw (Prong) Setting

This is the classic, timeless and most preferred setting for a ring. The claw (prong) is a metal that holds the stone tightly in its place. Below are some of the different kinds of claws.

Bar set
Bar set


Halo Setting

This is the type of setting where the smaller stones are etched in or on the metallic circle that wraps the center stone. This kind of setting gives a larger center stone illusion and it also increases the ring’s overall sparkle. This is a setting that is good if you want to have some money as the stones that are used on the halo are small, more common ones so these stones are much more affordable. This is a way to really save money without sacrificing the ring’s overall look. This setting is usually paired with paved or channel bands which adds to the vintage look that the halo creates. Of course, a simple band also works beautifully as well. There is a single halo setting and of course a double halo, which is made of two concentric circles.

Double Halo
Double Halo
Single Halo(with plain band)
Single Halo(with plain band)

Channel Setting

This setting is a safe way to protect the smaller diamonds in a row that is put into the ring’s band, making the shank look flashier. There are no prongs that hold the smaller diamonds which makes it far more secure.

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Pave Setting

Pave Setting may look similar to channel setting at first glance but it is placed on the ring band differently. This is where the small diamonds are placed very closely together and thus creates a more luminous and vibrant sparkle. This is made through drilling holes into the ring and carefully placing the small stones, and then securing them well after. Diamonds are usually pave set when the size of the stones are usually .01 to .02 carats and anything smaller than that are called micro-pave.

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Three-stone Setting

This is not a usual, classic design for the ring but many have opted for this kind of setting already. Some would give meaning to the three stones. They say it symbolizes the couple’s present, past, and future while for some, it means “I love you”.

There are many ways on how you can use this setting. You can have the three stones at the same size but usually, the center stone is bigger. You can also opt on having colored gems as the accessory stones to add a little dash of color to it.

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