Engagement Ring Settings
Introduction to Engagement Ring Settings
The foundational component of an engagement ring is the setting, determining the silhouette and overall appearance of the ring itself. Choosing a setting that fits within your aesthetic will tailor your ring to your personal style, with even further uniqueness offered through many expert artisans’ designs. While the standalone solitaire setting is perfect for many brides, many others seek the additional sparkle of side stones or the romantic symbolism of the three stone setting. Use our guide to find what setting is right for you and the ring that represents your forever love.
Eternally enduring in beauty and fashion, the solitaire setting is ideal for the traditional bride who wants the center stone to speak for itself. In this setting, the classy metal band uplifts the dazzling center stone without any additional stones set alongside it or in the band. While typically unadorned, some designers have innovated on the band design to include fine diamond detailing and elaborate metalwork. This is a popular choice for those who would like to increase the carat, as the band can support hefty weights, and the majority of the budget can be allocated to the stone itself.
Side Stone Rings
Side stone rings draw attention to the center stone with the frame of smaller stones set along the shank in a classic array or in more complex patterns within the metalwork. This possibility of intricate detailing has made side stone rings a highly favored setting with brides due to their versatility. Not only can side stone rings beautifully showcase all diamond cuts, but they can be set in a variety of settings, most commonly channel, prong, or pavé.
Bold and luxe, halo engagement rings are eye-catching beauties that glisten lavishly. Diamonds encircling the center stone make these rings impossible to take one’s eyes off of, enlarging the appearance of the stone and amplifying its shine. The halo can also serve to balance out the cut of the diamond, softening the more rigid edges of a cushion or marquise cut center stone. For those who like the dazzling frame of a halo but who prefer more subtlety, hidden halos have revolutionized the design in recent years as designers expertly interweave an under halo set below the center stone. Other cutting-edge modifications of the halo design include floral and mosaic halos.
Three Stone Rings
An engagement ring is, most importantly, a symbol of your lifelong love, and nothing embodies this more than a three stone ring. Also known as the trilogy, the stones on either side of the center stone symbolize the past, present, and future of you and your partner’s love journey. The size of the side stones can range from smaller sizes, keeping the emphasis on the center stone, to uniform stones to increasing the brilliance of the ring. The shape of the side stones plays a large role in the appearance of the ring, similar to the center stone’s effect, from charming round stones to elongated baguette diamonds.