Choosing the Right Setting
While there are an unending variety of patterns, details and metal choices, there are four basic types you are likely to encounter:
A diamond solitaire refers to any piece of jewelry with a single diamond. Many engagement ring buyers choose a solitaire setting for its classic elegance and its ability to showcase the beauty of the stone. The most popular stone shape for a solitaire ring is the round brilliant because it provides the maximum amount of light return through the top of the diamond. Other popular styles for solitaire diamond rings are cushion, princess, emerald, and pear.
Settings with multiple side stones on the shoulders and sides of the engagement ring, such as diamonds or gemstones, add additional sparkle or color. Popular side-stone settings are channel, which protects stones by keeping them flush, shared claw, which allows more light to enter the side-stones, and pave` which add maximum brilliance to the entire ring. Three-Stone rings also fit into this category and have one diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future.
Although halo rings could be categorized under the multiple stone rings we have given them there own category, simply because they are so popular. By definition a halo is a encompassing ring, and that is exactly what a Halo ring is. A ring consisting of tiny round brilliant cut diamonds, surrounding the center diamond that add sparkle and brilliance. The shoulder of the engagement ring generally also has diamonds in it also, but if not then it is called a Solitaire Halo Ring.
As to actual setting design, consider her lifestyle, and how well a certain setting will fit into it. If she’s more active or outdoorsy, look for lower profile, less ornate, more sturdy choices, which are less likely to get knocked or caught on things. If she’s more of a glamour girl, look for statement settings, with a higher stone profile and more intricate ring detailing or unique motif.