Engagement Ring Styles and Settings

Style and setting: two terms often used interchangeably and yet, while most definitely related, they are not the same. Here I explain the difference between the two to help you design your own engagement ring.

Style and Setting 

Style is the subjective element and denotes the overall look and feel of the ring. The setting, on the other hand, is more objective as it is the physical component of the ring used to hold the gem or diamond onto the ring band.

4 Major Styles 

If you want to design your own engagement ring, I recommend getting to grips with the most popular styles on offer.

Solitaire Setting

Halo Setting

Pave Setting

Trilogy Setting

Relating Style to Setting

Settings encase the stones and make the ring structurally sound. Each style can be achieved using different settings. 

From a designer’s perspective, when helping you design your own engagement ring, I must consider certain technical rules depending on the setting. 

Once you’ve decided what sort of look you want then I will ask you to choose a setting that works with the style that you have chosen.

Recommended Settings for Solitaire, Halo and Trilogy Engagement Rings

The diamonds for these types of engagement ring styles are generally set using one the following settings (for the Halo style we are talking about the setting of the diamond centrepiece):

  • Claw – each gem held individually by metal claws.
  • Bezel – a metal ring encircles the sides of the stone and extends above it.
  • Cathedral – a 4-6 claw setting for a single diamond. 
  • Tension - your diamond is held in place by two or more points pushing from opposite angles at the diamond’s girdle.

Recommended Settings for Pave and Halo Engagement Rings 

For these engagement ring styles (and here I am talking about the ring of diamonds around the central stone in the Halo ring), a designer would work with the following settings: 

  • MicroPave – 2-3 rows of diamonds set close together with individual claws on the ring shoulders; microscopic work!
  • Channel – The stones on the shoulders are held between 2 rims of metal on either side creating a channel. This is a heavier setting with a 2.3mm minimum rim on each side.
  • French – a variation of micropave with squarer claws and deeper set diamonds giving a softer look to the stones and ring.

For those of you looking to design your own engagement ring for a more active lifestyle, you may want to consider the rubover setting. Here the rim of the stone setting holds it firmly in place and no claws are used. 

It is important that when you design your own engagement ring, you know your options for style and setting. When we have our consultation I will of course talk you through more details about these elements but this article is certainly a good starting point.          


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