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Top Five Diamond Settings

By  , Monday, August 30, 2010


 When shopping for a unique diamond setting, you can easily get overwhelmed by the hundreds of styles available, and the terminology used to describe the settings. Help is here! These five settings comprise the most common methods of setting t the central diamond into the band. Most engagement rings utilize a variation on these basic settings.

 

Prong Setting

The most popular for solitaires and for the center stone of many rings, this diamond setting uses metal prongs to set the center diamond in the head of the ring and to hold it securely in place. A four-prong setting allows the diamond to reflect the most light, while some people prefer a six-prong setting. Prong-setting

Bezel Setting

 An eye-catching diamond setting, the bezel setting encircles the center diamond in a metal rim, or collar, that extends slightly above the center stone. It is one of the safest, most protected settings for a diamond and is perfect for the bride with an active lifestyle.

Cathedral Setting

 This dramatic and elegant setting takes the classic cathedral as its inspiration, with arches from the band to the center stone accentuating the diamond while simultaneously keeping it secure.

Bar Setting

 This diamond setting, which works best with a rectangular-shaped diamond, uses two or more metal bars to hold the center diamond or the band stones in place while making a dramatic and bold style statement.

Petal Setting

Similar to the prong and cathedral settings, this delicate diamond setting uses small loops, or petals, to accentuate and protect the center diamond. It is especially beautiful when paired with a colored gemstone.

petal setting

 

 

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