Everything You Need to Know About the Iconic Tiffany Engagement Ring Setting

Tiffany Ring Setting

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

The Tiffany® Setting is widely considered the most famous engagement rings in the world. Its timeless solitaire silhouette feels ubiquitous in the world of not only bridal jewelry but popular culture in general. Its relevance runs the gamut from President Franklin Roosevelt purchasing Eleanor’s ring from Tiffany & Co. all the way to Charlotte’s unforgettable “all righty” proposal in Sex and the City.

What Is the Tiffany® Setting?

The Tiffany® Setting features six prongs and a round brilliant-cut diamond in the center. The setting is available in platinum, yellow gold, and rose gold, with platinum typically being the most popular choice amongst brides-to-be.

This silhouette “lifts the diamond off the band and into the light, allowing it to sparkle and take center stage,” Tiffany & Co. chief gemologist and vice president of merchandising Victoria Wirth Reynolds told Brides.

Meet the Expert

Victoria Wirth Reynolds is the chief gemologist and vice president of global merchandising at Tiffany & Co. She received a Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America in 1991 and has worked at Tiffany since 1987.

Ahead, discover the history of the setting that forever altered and improved the history of engagement rings.

The Tiffany Ring Setting
Bailey Mariner/Brides

The History of the Tiffany® Setting

Founder Charles Lewis Tiffany introduced the Tiffany® Setting in 1886 with the “vision to create a ring that highlighted the beauty of Tiffany’s brilliant-cut diamonds,” Reynolds says. “Over 130 years later, the Tiffany® Setting is still the world’s most popular and desired engagement ring.”

A noteworthy reason why this setting was such a game-changer is the context of ring settings at the time it was created, most of which were bezel instead of prong. “Before the Tiffany® Setting, diamond rings were typically set much lower on the finger, held in place by very short prongs or bezels embedded within the band,” Reynolds explains. “The Tiffany® Setting was the first to lift the diamond into the light.”

How to Care for Your Tiffany Engagement Ring

Purchasing a Tiffany engagement ring ensures superlative care for a lifetime. "This includes a complimentary service which not only ensures that your diamonds or gemstones are cleaned, it also includes routine checks (every six months) that the stones are secure in their settings,” Reynolds notes.

And now, shop Tiffany® Setting rings, plus more six-prong engagement rings.

01 of 10

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring in Platinum

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.  

The iconic ring that started it all. It doesn't get more timeless than the original Tiffany® Setting engagement ring.

SHOP NOW: Tiffany & Co., price upon request

02 of 10

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany® Setting Engagement Ring in 18k Yellow Gold

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co. 

If platinum doesn’t jive with your personal style, consider an 18K yellow gold band instead.

SHOP NOW: Tiffany & Co., price upon request

03 of 10

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting Engagement Ring in 18k Rose Gold

Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting Engagement ring in 18k Rose Gold

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.  

If you’re a sucker for all things rose gold, then why not incorporate it into a ring you’ll wear forever?

SHOP NOW: Tiffany & Co., price upon request

04 of 10

Ashley Zhang Victoria Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring

Ashley Zhang Victoria Brilliant Cut Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Ashley Zhang Jewelry 

The beauty of a solitaire engagement ring is its versatility; it pairs with all types of wedding bands for a variety of bridal aesthetics.

SHOP NOW: Ashley Zhang Jewelry, $8,975

05 of 10

Anna Sheffield Round Hazeline Ring

Anna Sheffield Round Hazeline Ring

Courtesy of No. 3 

Though the Tiffany® Setting implies a solid band, if you want to break the rules a bit, consider a six-front solitaire ring with a pave band.

SHOP NOW: No. 3, $12,100

06 of 10

Natalie Marie Signature Solitaire

Natalie Marie Signature Solitaire

Courtesy of Natalie Marie Jewellery

The six-prong setting on this ring highlights the effervescence of this 1.01ct round brilliant diamond.

SHOP NOW: Natalie Marie Jewellery, $13,871

07 of 10

Marisa Perry Six-Prong DE Solitaire Ring

Marisa Perry Six Prong DE Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Marisa Perry

This ring features a 2.08 carat round brilliant cut diamond set in 18k yellow gold; a timeless pick for a bride-to-be with classic taste.

SHOP NOW: Marisa Perry, price upon request

08 of 10

Laurie Fleming Ilona Ring

Laurie Fleming Ilona Ring

Courtesy of Catbird NYC 

A non-traditional take on the six-prong silhouette, this hand-carved ring is both delicate and striking.

SHOP NOW: Catbird NYC, $5,890

09 of 10

Lauren Addison Knife-Edge Brilliant-Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

Lauren Addison Knife-Edge Brilliant-Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

Courtesy of Lauren Addison 

This engagement ring is modern minimalism at its finest. The brilliant-cut center stone is the true star.

SHOP NOW: Lauren Addison, price upon request

10 of 10

Traditional White Gold Six-Prong Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Traditional White Gold Six-Prong Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Courtesy of 1st Dibs 

A gorgeous six-prong solitaire ring set in white gold and featuring a round center diamond.

SHOP NOW: 1st Dibs, $5,600

Related Stories