When you consider the fact that the stone is usually the most expensive portion of an engagement ring, learning what styles of engagement ring settings are most secure for that stone is a smart investment in your time.
Whether you are buying a diamond, a ruby or even a man-made stone, here are some quick tips to consider before you buy.
Romancing The Stone
One of the balancing acts jewelers have to perform when creating secure settings is the ability to hold the stone in place while still letting in the light that gives the stone its sparkle. For this reason the prong setting of solitaires is quite popular
On the flip side of that, stones such as ovals and marquees sometimes require a bezel setting that is more like a small metal bucket the stone sets in. They are very secure, but if not done properly take away from the stone drastically.
This does demonstrate why there are so many types of settings, but quality jewelers know the tricks to hold the stone secure while still allowing the stone enhancing light to penetrate the mount.
What Kind Of Prong Is That Thing?
The prong setting is the most popular due to the popularity of solitaire diamonds in engagement rings settings. They show off the stone the most, allow it to be cleaned easier and have less costly metal to add expense to the ring. Disadvantages are they also leave the stone more exposed, tend to catch on hair, clothing and other people’s skin and are more apt to be damaged.
The types of prongs are pointed, round, flat or v-shaped. While v-shaped are needed for heart, pear and marquee shaped diamonds to protect them, flat prongs are generally recommended for emerald shaped cuts.
The minimum number of prongs is four, and some like to use six, however, too many prongs on a small diamond will greatly reduce the look of the stone.
This Scene Has A Lot Of Tension!
Some engagement rings settings have tension mounts for the stone. These use the shank of the ring to create a spring-pressure to hold the stone in place. These make the stone appear to be floating and allow a tremendous amount of light into the stone due to lack of metal.
The disadvantages are a ring that is built to fit and is difficult to modify, difficult to repair (generally will only be done by manufacturer) and due to more exposure to the stone, are not recommended for very active people.
Leave It To Bezel
The Bezel mount is one of the most secure engagement ring settings and usually is applied to a flat cut stone such as a marquee or emerald shape cut. Bezels encompass the entire stone with a small metal girth. They not only are secure, but also offer protection to the stone from nicks and scratches and tend to make some stones look larger. They can also hide impurities in the stone.
The disadvantage to a bezel mounting is that it doesn’t let as much light in and can make a very clear diamond look a bit dull.
I Spy Or Warranty Wise
Although these three are the most common engagement ring settings there are a multitude of others or variations of them. The key is to find the type or style of ring you like then begin checking the quality of workmanship on each ring. Look at the rings under a magnifying glass and inspect the security of the settings. Also check into warranties of the mountings and what guarantees they have against lost stones. Sometimes a good warranty is the best security you can buy.