‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and James Bond needn’t tell you that!
But have you ever wondered about how these dazzling stones are laboriously polished, sized, and then meticulously crafted into some of the most beautiful rings that you’ll ever come across?
Maybe not. Here’s all you need to know about the about the most commonly used diamond ring setting styles, so you can make an informed purchase next time you decide to indulge yourself (or gift a loved one).
Solitaire in Prong Setting: Even those who don’t have much interest in jewelry (a rarity in any case) would know about the Solitaire Diamond Ring! But what is the technique used to hold that one exquisite piece of diamond in place? The Prong Setting.
It requires a delicate balancing act. The more metal used to hold the diamonds, the more secure they are. On the other hand, the less metal used, the greater the chance for the diamond to reflect light.
To hold the solitaire in place, very thin wires of gold or platinum (the prongs) are used. The diamond may be raised high up above the shank, to give it a larger, more important appearance, with only a suggestion of metal showing.
Channel Setting without Center Stone: Channel setting is usually used to set round diamonds. Channel setting offers a sleek, elegant appearance. Setting round diamonds into channels leaves small spaces closest to the metal bars of the channel. By choosing round diamonds, the designer creates a clean line of stones. Channel setting is an elegant style in itself and does not need a center stone as a piece de resistance, although some people might prefer a center stone for a more emphatic style statement.
Pave Setting for the Solitaire Look: When the surface of a ring appears to be covered with tiny diamonds, the technique is called Pavé which means paved. It’s a rather innovative name considering the ring surface looks quite a bit like a very pretty street paved with cobblestones.
Tiny diamonds are placed in small holes that have been drilled out of the ring shank. On a band that does not taper across the top, each diamond should be exactly the same size. The diamonds are placed in rows, but in such a way that they fill as much of the space of the surface as is possible without actual touching. The more precisely cut the diamonds, the better the final appearance of the ring.
The Pavé setting is a good alternative for those who cannot afford the expensive Soliatire Rings. Pave is often used to create the illusion of a large Solitaire particularly in the Halo style. Other popular methods to recreate the Solitaire look is the ‘Illusion’ technique.
Cluster Setting for Fancy Designs: The cluster setting is another variation on the theme of choosing a ring with a number of smaller diamonds. There are cluster rings with the stones arranged in the form of a stylized flower, or those done as an abstract arrangement of stones.
It’s a more fancy version of the Pave setting. Cluster rings are usually multi-level, with considerable height above the hand. The arrangement of stones can be quite open and airy looking, or it may be more tightly arranged. The choice is a matter of taste, but the shape of the finger can also play a role in making that choice.
And we could add more to this listicle but like we said, the most common settings and styles. Next time you make a purchase, you have a ready reckoner by your side.