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Popular Styles of Engagement Ring Settings

Although diamonds remain a girl’s best friend, there’s now more choice than ever for couples looking for the perfect ring that not only symbolizes their relationship, but also incorporates their personal style preferences.

Whether it’s an engagement ring and your first-time diamond purchase, or simply a gift for a loved one, and you’re looking for a little inspiration we present to you our guide to ring settings, complete with definitions and photos for each term.


Diamond Solitaire

  • The most classic ring setting is called a prong setting.
  • A prong is a little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly, holding it in place.
  • Prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped.
  • Most prong settings feature either four or six prongs.
  • A benefit of this setting is that there is a minimum presence of metal, so that there’s more diamond to see and more light that can pass through the diamond.

Channel Setting

  • In a channel set ring, diamond accents are placed in a “channel” formed by two strips of precious metal.
  • The diamonds are set closely together into the grooves of the channel and decorate the sides of the band or the entire band.
  • Is a secure way to set smaller diamonds in a row into the band of the ring.
  • There are no prongs.
  • A good option for a snag-free and secure design.


Halo Rings

  • Halo setting refers to the placement of pave diamonds in a concentric circle, square ,cushion and oval as well as other shapes around a center stone.
  • Halo setting makes the center stone appear larger.
  • It increases the overall sparkle of the ring.
  • Great option to boost the appearance of a small diamond.
  • Halos are often paired with pavé bands.
  • Double halo setting consists of two concentric circles of diamonds that encircle the center stone.
  • Frames the center diamond in a most a striking way.

Bezel Setting

  • Bezel setting is a modern look and suitability for an active lifestyle.
  • Instead of holding the diamond with prongs, the bezel setting encircles the diamond with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone tightly in place.
  • A bezel setting can be a full or partial setting: a full bezel completely surrounds the diamond whereas a partial bezel leaves the sides open.
  • As the most secure type of setting, the bezel places the focus on a centrally located diamond, which is carefully wrapped to the rim with an elegant edging of gold or perhaps platinum.

Three Stone Rings

  • More traditional designs display a large diamond in the center flanked by two smaller stones
  • A versatile setting that can be used for engagement, anniversary, or any occasion.
  • The three stones, set closely together, are said to symbolize the couple’s past, present, and future.
  • These stones can either be all the same size or, as is often the case, the center stone is larger than the two side stones.

Pave Settings

  • Comes from the French word “to pave,” as in paved with diamonds.
  • Setting small diamonds together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place.
  • In the case of especially small stones, may be called a micro-pavé setting.
  • A great option to give extra sparkle to a lower-set or less sparkly center stone.
  • For your pave engagement ring any gemstone can be selected, but of course the most popular rings are made with diamonds set closely together and held in place by tiny beads of gold or platinum.
  • One benefit of the pave settings are that there’s extra sparkle from the gemstones and you don’t see the metal of the setting.

About Beverly Hills Jewelers

For the past 40 years, Beverly Hills Jewelers has been serving people from all over Southern California. One of the things that we pride ourselves in, is the ability to educate our clients about their diamond ring and jewelry purchase and foster an environmental that is friendly and pressure free. Our mission is to listen to our clients needs, determine the budget available and offer a selection of diamonds within that budget that simply can not be paralleled by any other store. As a result of the relationships that we have cultivated over the past 40 years with our diamond contacts, we are able to offer our diamonds for much less. Thus resulting in giving you a larger diamond for less. For this reason, our motto is “Bigger for Less”.

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