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Jewelry Basics: Understanding the common settings for an engagement ring

You might be a knight in shining armor looking for a ring to seal an engagement or you might be a bride day-dreaming about a precious gem on your ring finger. Either or, deciding on the how a stone should be set on your engagement ring may be a daunting task for many. Do not fret though, here are some basic things that may help you out:

Classic Solitaire

set01This is a very popular setting for diamond engagement rings. The stone is positioned high to allow maximum exposure and enhance its brilliance. The diamond also appears bigger in this kind of setting.

Cathedral Solitaire

set02This setting puts the stone well inside the confines of the bands which extends from each side. This is basically done to have good protection of your diamond.

Contour Solitaire

set03The Contour Solitaire setting also offers maximum protection of your center diamond as it uses the band to hug the stone but the band tapers upward.

Knife Edge

set04This engagement ring setting makes use of angled shanks that are highly polished which exposes the center diamond to light enhancing its brilliance. This is very similar to the classic solitaire.

Trellis Solitaire

set05This is another popular setting which follows the Art Nouveau style. It makes use of interlaced prongs to hug the diamond in the middle. It is very elegant to look at and very easy to wear.

Bezel Set Solitaire

set06This kind of diamond engagement ring setting provides maximum protection as a whole rim overlaps the perimeter of the stone. The bride to be can wear her engagement ring without the fear of losing the stone while she busy with her everyday stuff.

Multiple stones or with Sidestones

side01Adding additional diamonds will definitely add brilliance to the stones. You can consult your jeweler what cuts of stones would fit the look you want to achieve.

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