Ring setting types
When designing or buying an engagement ring online you may come across many different types of ring settings to hold a precious diamond, gemstone, or pearl.

It is important before making your purchase to understand the different settings and how they will alter the appearance of your ring.

1. Bezel Ring Setting
First, there is bezel ring set, which has a simple, streamlined appearance. This setting style surrounds the diamond in a fine casing of metal so that only the top of the diamond can be seen. This setting can accommodate every gem shape.

2. Channel Ring Setting
Similar to a bezel ring setting, a channel setting features two metal sides and no prongs. The stone is set between the two sides and set flush with the top of the channel. Channel ring setting allows for the appearance of a row of gemstones with nominal space between.

Next, the bar setting incorporates a thin bar of metal to secure the stones on both sides. This setting lends a modern look to your engagement ring.

3. Prong Ring Setting
The prong ring setting is the most traditional setting and has a very classic, elegant look. It allows for the most exposure of the diamond by reducing the amount of metal used around the stone. By setting the diamond in a prong setting, more light is able to pass through the diamond, allowing it to shine brilliantly.

4. V-Prong Ring Setting
A v-prong setting is a variation on the prong setting, specifically used for pear shape, princess or marquise cut stones, which come to a point and need protection. The setting works by grasping the corners of the stone and covering its edges with metal claws. This secure setting will protect your fragile stones from being damaged and is a good choice when working with certain types of stones.

5. Tension Ring Setting
Tension setting is another more modern way to set a diamond into a ring. This setting actually “squeezes” the diamond at the girdle into a small channel cut into the tension mounting. The mountings are made using precious metals that are especially toughened to grip the diamond without using prongs, thereby creating a secure, invisible setting.

6. Pave Ring Setting
Finally, the pave ring setting features many small diamond chips set in tiny prongs along the shoulders of the band in order to give the center diamond a more radiant appearance. This is a beautiful choice if you are looking to give your ring a lot of sparkle.

Now that you have an overview of the many different types of stone settings, you are probably familiar enough to know which setting you prefer. All you have to do now is sit back, relax, click and shop!

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