There are many different styles available for engagement ring settings. Deciding on which one is best depends largely on taste, personality, lifestyle, and budget. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of engagement ring settings available today so that you are familiar with their name and “look”.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
By far the most common type of setting is the solitaire engagement ring. Solitaire diamond rings are a great choice for many reasons. They offer a simple classic and timeless look that will never go out of style. If you are investing in a high quality large diamond, then solitaire settings are often favored due to the attention they put on the center stone. Solitaire engagement rings are also popular among active women and moms that don’t have time to worry about whether a small pave diamond has fallen out of its intricate setting. For many men that want to surprise their girlfriend with a ring, a solitaire is a great choice as it is the quintessential “engagement ring” that will always be in fashion while also offering a very economical option letting you focus all your budget on your diamond.
Halo Engagement Rings
Another popular choice are halo engagement rings. This particular style has been popular for the last couple of years and doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. A “halo” setting are small diamonds surrounding the center-stone in either a square or round shape. Women like this style because it makes the center stone diamond appear larger which is always a good thing!
3-Stone Engagement Rings
Three-stone engagement rings or ‘past-present-future’ settings are another favorite choice with round brilliant and princess cuts. These rings are a great way to show off major bling and sparkle so outgoing personalities that aren’t shy normally love this look. Three-stone rings are also given as gifts to celebrate anniversaries as they call attention to the past, present, and future of the romantic relationship. Whichever the occasion, this particular engagement ring setting is a great choice.
Channel Set Engagement Rings
Channel engagement ring settings are another great traditional look for women that like the look small diamonds surrounding the center stone. This particular setting is referred to as a “channel” setting because there is a a channel that has been created where small diamonds are placed inside it. This engagement ring setting is also a great choice for active women as the metal on either side of the diamonds help to keep them firmly in place.
Pave Engagement Rings
Another very popular but delicate engagement ring setting includes “pave” set diamonds as accents to the center stone. ‘Pave’ comes from the word pavement (cobblestones) where clusters of tiny diamonds are set very close together, usually with a bead setting. The overall look is very sparkly and delicate. There are many different kinds of looks that can be achieved with pave-set diamonds.
Bezel Set Engagement Rings
Bezel Set diamond engagement rings offer another more contemporary look. These rings have a center stone that is surrounded by metal. Bezel settings can go with any shape diamond but are most often found in round brilliants and princess cut diamonds. Bezel settings are actually one of the oldest settings, having actually been in use for jewelry for thousands of years. These settings are great for a very active lifestyle as the stones are very secure as well as protecting the stone from nicks and dirt. The above settings are all available at Zoara.com.
Precious Gemstones Engagement Rings
And finally, another great alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring are other precious gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, emeralds and tanzanite. Contrary to popular belief, these precious gems are actually more rare than diamonds with some being only found in one part of the world! Other semi-precious gems include morganite, topaz, peridot and amethyst as seen in the above rings, all available from Brian Gavin Diamonds.
These are just a few of the more popular engagement ring settings that are available today. When it comes to choosing which kind of setting is best, be sure to consider a person’s personal taste and general activity level along with lifestyle. It’s important to do your research and get familiar with the different styles so that you you know what you are looking for whether it is online or in a jewelry store.
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