From Solitaires to Halos: A Complete Guide to Engagement Ring Settings
An engagement ring is a truly special piece of jewelry—a brilliant representation of your love and commitment. So it's no surprise that you want to find the perfect ring to ask for her hand in marriage.
Before you even begin, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with the terms used in describing the parts of an engagement ring. With this knowledge, you'll be able to differentiate between various settings and even communicate your special requests to your jeweler.
Parts of an Engagement Ring 💍
12 Modern Engagement Ring Settings: A Complete Guide
Now that you've familiarized yourself, let's delve deeper through these beautifully brilliant engagement ring styles to help you find the one.
The Solitaire is the most popular engagement ring setting you'll find. It features one brilliant gem in the middle as the ring's main attraction. But don't get fooled--it may look simple, but this classic silhouette makes room for a myriad of styles to make your ring truly unique.
Meanwhile, a Three-stone Ring adds a welcome touch to the Solitaire. Two side stones are placed on each side of the center stone for maximum sparkle. Get it in a trio of Moissanites for an eco-brilliant shine that makes a lasting impression. 💎
A Halo refers to the accent stones placed around a gemstone to make it look bigger and brighter on the eyes. Perfect for the sophisticated woman who is not afraid to show some style.
A modern version of this setting is the Hidden Halo. Instead of wrapping the accent stones around the center stone, they are delicately placed along the gallery rail for a dazzling shine at every angle. ✨
As you already know, the Prong Setting's name alludes to the metal tips that hold your center stone securely in place. They allow the maximum amount of light to reflect off your ring, making it one of the most widely used engagement ring settings. 💍
Instead of upright prongs, four interwoven precious metals cradle your gemstones in this classic style. The Trellis Setting adds intricacy to your ring's profile for a timeless style without compromising brilliance.
Here, your ring's prongs converge underneath the gem to serve as a basket where it comfortably sits. Additionally, a slim gallery rail delicately cradles your center stone for an extra touch of protection.
In a Bezel Setting, a thin strip of precious metal is delicately wrapped around your center stone. Due to the added security, it's perfect for women with active lifestyles or those who work with their hands. The only drawback is a reduced shine because less light enters your ring.
Four petal-like silhouettes wrap around your center stone in the Tulip Setting, like with the Lucia Ring. 🌷 Designed to exhibit love blooming like a flower, it's the perfect engagement ring style for your most romantic proposal.
This setting draws inspiration from elaborate cathedral arches, with a metal bridge extending from the band's shoulder. These arches frame your brilliant gem, elegantly highlighting its beauty and fire.
Pavé directly translates to "pavement" in French, alluding to the line of accent stones adorning the band. These tiny gemstones let your center stone stand out while also adding shine at every possible angle.
As the name suggests, this setting boasts an interlocking band to symbolize a love that lasts forever. Opt for a semi pavé style for extra sparkle, as seen in the Tusciana Ring.
Finally, this elegant style features a band that separates into two as it flows toward your center stone. The beauty of this setting is the number of design possibilities--after all, you have two sets of bands to work with!
Keep in mind that these settings are not mutually exclusive. After all, combining different styles and technique is what makes a ring truly unique. 💍
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