Let’s explore some (engagement) ring settings styles – but not just the common ones.
A four or six prong ring setting is popular and classic. The more prongs you have, the safer your gemstone is set. You don’t want too many prongs (the tips hold the stone in place) so that it hides the stone. You also don’t want any prongs to come loose. If one ever does, you must get it fixed or you could lose your diamond/gemstone!
Classic Six Prong Engagement Ring, CLICK
The tapered cathedral setting starts with a prong look then on the left and ride there are extra re-enforcements.
Tapered Cathedral Engagement Ring in Platinum, CLICK
Petite Trellis Solitaire Engagement Ring, CLICK
Filigree Solitaire Engagement Ring, CLICK
This is used for bands of gemstones. There is no main stone, they are uniform in size and the gemstones are placed in a row. They stay very secure, but since they are in the band they don’t show off as much as one that was prong set would. These are not used for engagement rings, but often are used for wedding bands, on engagement ring bands, or eternity rings.
Imagine a raised collar of gold that holds the gemstone in place. It’s modern and can be used for both men’s rings and women’s rings. This may be the most popular men’s rings setting there is. There is a full bezel or a half bezel.
The least safe way to show off a diamond or other gem is to use the tension setting. Nothing is holding your stone in place, except for the tension of metal pressing on sides of it. You cannot resize a tension ring.
This is similar to channel set stone settings. Here, there are tiny prongs inside of a ring band that hold the diamonds in place. These are often seen as part of an engagement ring band. This is a great way to make use of several tiny diamonds.