Diamond Ring Settings
By now you might have read up quite a bit on diamonds and all the issues surrounding them, from the “four C” grading criteria to the pros and cons of the various different diamond shapes. There is one other major thing to consider, and that’s diamond ring settings. The setting can make a big difference to the way the ring as a whole looks, each type of setting has its own concerns with respect to durability and maintenance.
Popular diamond ring settings include bead settings, bezel settings, and flush settings. Depending on which type of setting your interested in, you may need to limit your diamond search to certain shapes.
The bead setting is similar in some respects to the pavé setting, another common type of setting that is especially popular for use in engagement rings. Whereas the pavé setting features a large number of small, tightly set diamonds, the bead setting features a smaller number of diamonds that themselves are usually larger in size. The spacing between diamonds is larger in the bead setting, which means that the quality and material of the setting itself become more important to the overall appearance of the ring.
Diamond Ring Settings
Although bead settings have a smaller number of diamonds than pavé settings, bead settings can end up being more expensive because they require relatively large diamonds. That being said, the visual effect of a bead setting can be stunning enough to make the added cost worthwhile.
One of the most popular of all diamond ring settings is the bezel setting. Bezel settings feature individual diamonds set within raised collar-like bezels. They’re typically used with diamond solitaires, and are appropriate for naturally drawing attention to a single diamond, though multiple bezel settings are also common. Bezels can also be combined with other types of settings, like bead or pavé settings. One fashionable (and expensive) style is to have large stones set in bezels and surrounded by pavé settings of large numbers of smaller diamonds.
On the other hand, simple diamond solitaire bezels can also be very elegant. The bezel also provides protection for the diamond, which means that bezel settings can be some of the longest lasting.
One of the most recent trends in diamond ring settings is the flush setting. Flush settings involve diamonds being set in a lowered slot within the band of the ring. They differ from channel settings in that, rather than having multiple diamonds set directly next to one another, most flush settings feature a small number of individual diamonds set at different points along the band.
A flush setting can obscure a diamond to a certain extent. This can actually be an advantage, though, as this ends up being a good way to display diamonds with relatively low clarity ratings without exposing their flaws. Round brilliant diamonds are generally considered the most appropriate for use with flush settings, although it is possible to use other diamond shapes with this type of setting as well.