Ring Settings


Few things exist in isolation. Diamonds are usually bought with an eye for setting them in a ring or some other piece of jewellery. Some of the ring options include.


Prong Setting

This is the traditional method, and remains popular. The prong is a little piece of metal that keep the gemstone in place; they can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped. A ring may commonly have four to six prongs. Fewer prongs show more of the stone, while a greater number of prongs are more secure. The idea behind the prone setting is to show as much of the stone as possible, and expose it to the greatest amount of light.


Prong setting are fairly stable and reliable, but not completely fool proof. Prongs can catch on other objects and be bent; very occasionally a stone is lost. They should be periodically inspected.


Tiffany Prong Setting

This is a six prong setting designed in 1886. It is easily one of the most popular ring designs of all time, maximising light through the ring and looking impressive in its own right. The original design is copyrighted to the tiffany group. But many rivals have produced their own variation.


Bezel Setting

This is considered a very secure setting for a stone, and suitable for anybody working with their hands. Instead of prongs the diamond is encircled by a bezel rim. Some bezels expose the sides of the gemstone, others surround it more completely.


Modern Tension Setting

A modern approach that appears to suspend the diamond between two ends of a metal band. The measurements for this style of setting are crucial, but this is not too difficult with modern technology. There were also earlier tension setting for stones.