Diamond Settings

Written by Jill Morrison
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A diamond ring is a cherished possession which provides joy for many years. Therefore, it is imperative that diamond settings are designed to showcase the stones to their best capability. With the right setting, diamond rings are dramatic and eye-catching. Personal preferences play a large part in determining the perfect setting.

Options for Diamond Settings

The most popular choice for diamond settings is the prong. It consists of four or six claws that cradle the diamond to allow light to enter from all angles. This increases the brilliance of the diamond. In addition, the claws hold the diamond very securely. The channel setting sets stones right next to each other without metal separating them. The bar setting is a circular band of diamonds that holds stones with a long, thin bar shared between two stones.

Another popular choice is the bezel setting where a rim surrounds the gem. The edges may be straight or scalloped. Other options are gypsy, tension, and illusion settings. For engagement rings, a solitaire setting is often chosen. This is one stone in the center of the ring, usually secured with prongs. Another setting includes side stones, which make the center diamond appear larger.

The most common metal used for diamond settings is 18k gold. It is composed of 75 percent gold and 25 percent metal alloys for strength. It is easy to repair and won't tarnish but can be damaged. The strongest, purest metal used is platinum, it resists damage and won't tarnish.

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