Ring settings

Baguette

A design in which rectangular stones flank a larger center stone.

Bar

A design in which prongs are fused into elongated bars on each side of the setting. This design obscures the stone less than a bezel setting yet highlights more metal than a prong setting.

Bezel

A metal band that wraps around the stone, often making it appear larger than it is. This setting creates a smooth surface that's unlikely to snag on clothing and is probably the sturdiest of all the settings.

Channel

Accent jewels of similar size and shape are inserted into the ring's band without prongs. This is a very secure setting because the stones are flush with the metal.

Gypsy

A popular setting for men's wedding rings in which a stones are set flush into holes in the band.

Illusion

A type of prong setting in which the diamond is mounted to a mirrorlike plate to make it appear larger and more brilliant.

Pavé

Diamonds are "paved" into the band, creating a lot of sparkle for less money. The stones are typically secured with inconspicuous prongs.

Prong

Three to six finger "claws" used to hold the diamond in the setting. Often made of platinum even if the rest of the ring is gold, this setting is the most popular option, especially for solitaires, allowing the most light to enter the diamond.

Tension

A modernist design in which the gem is floated by compression pressure. Because of the force required to hold the stone in place, this setting is only recommended for hard gems like diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

Trillion/Trillian

A setting with triangular diamonds, each containing 50 facets, used as side stones.

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