Engagement Ring Settings Explained

There's a lot of questions that need to be asked before you ask the BIG question. One of those questions may be; "Where do I learn about engagement rings?".

Answer: here.

For many, engagement ring settings are something you have no knowledge about. You hope to buy only one in a lifetime. Why waste your time learning about something you only think about once?


An engagement ring is something that will be worn everyday for nearly 2/3 of your lifetime (assuming all things go well). It will be one of the longest lasting purchases a person ever makes.

Okay. Now we have decided engagement rings are important and timeless. Next question: "How do I figure out which one is the right one?"

Answer: By reading this article.

We'll explain all the main engagement ring settings to help you find out which one would be the perfect fit for the love of your life.

Solitaire Ring Settings

The classic ring setting for engagement rings. The solitaire ring setting has maintained its popularity due to the fact that that it draws the viewer's eyes to the center stone. The center stone stands alone, free from any other designs distracting from its beauty. Its simplicity has proven to be timeless.

Forevermark Solitaire Ring Settings

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Solitaire ring settings belong to the "prong-settings" family. Prongs are little metal pieces that hold the diamond in place. You usually find them placed on the corners of the diamond, this way they hold the diamond at its strongest points. Prongs gained popularity because it allows maximum visibility of the diamond. It also allows the most light to pass through the diamond, which maximizes the natural shimmer of the center stone.

You can buy solitaire ring settings in a variety of different prong counts. Four cornered prongs are the standard setting. However, you can also get four diagonally placed prongs, six prongs, eight prongs, two vertical prongs, and two horizontal prongs.

Prong Sets

While the four-prong ring settings allow for more light exposure, the six-prong ring settings hold the diamond more securely. However, it should be noted that losing a diamond is a very rare occurrence regardless.

The final thing to keep in mind if you're looking at solitaire engagement ring settings is the size of the band. Again, it's all about the center stone. The slimmer the band, the more the center stone stands out. Conversely, the wider the band, the less the diamond will pop.

The solitaire ring setting serves as a timeless piece perfect for anyone wanting to send a message of power and simplicity.

Three-Stone Ring Settings

From the focal point being one center stone, to an ensemble of precious stones. The three-stone ring setting is, as its name suggests, made up of three separate stones.

A. Jaffe's Three Stone Engagement Ring SettingsThree Stone Engagement Ring Settings

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While the focal point of engagement rings is always the center stone, in three-stone ring settings the sidestones can look blended together with the center diamond. This creates more of an overall look of brilliance, however, it can diminish the appeal of your center stone.

Engagement Ring Settings Comparison

The picture above compares the solitaire ring setting to the three-stone ring setting. Most people would claim that the diamond in the solitaire setting appears larger than the diamond in the three-stone setting. However, if you look closely you can see that they are very similar in size. If you're looking for a balance between the solitaire setting's focus on one gorgeous center stone and the three-stone setting's all encompassing brilliance, you could get a three-stone setting with two smaller sidestones.

Halo Ring Settings

One of the most popular engagement ring settings right now. The halo ring setting consists of a center stone that is completely surrounded by diamonds in a coordinated circle. The smaller diamonds help the center diamond appear much larger than it already is. They also add to the overall sparkle of the center diamond.

Uneek Round Diamond Engagement Ring with Cushion-Shaped Halo in Rose Gold and Pave Double Shank in White Gold. Princess Cut Ring Settings

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Halo ring settings present both the positives of solitaire ring settings as well as three-stone ring settings. Halo settings allow the center stone to appear larger, while also giving the overall sparkle of the ring a boost. The center diamond will appear larger than they actually are which allows you to save money on carat weight.

Recently, halo ring settings have began implementing a cushion halo. The benefit of cushion halos is that it allows round and cushion cut diamonds to fit with ease. Before the implementation of the cushion halo, people had to get a diamond that matched their halo, which was either square or round.

Three-stone and halo ring settings

Overall, halo ring settings are a great choice for anyone who wants to have the maximum amount of sparkle around a diamond ring and something really catchy.

Diamond Accent Ring Settings

Diamond accent settings consist of a few different styles, such as the channel setting and the pavé setting. They all have some small differences, but we're just going to focus on diamond accented as a whole for simplicity.

Diamond accents are small but visible diamonds added to a rings in addition to the center stone. If you choose to use diamond accents for your engagement ring settings, you should attempt to buy diamonds that have similar cut, clarity, and color to your center stone.

Diamond Accent Ring SettingsCross Shank Setting

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The benefit of diamond accent ring settings is that they help complement the brilliant center diamond. This is especially true when you accent your center ring with small diamonds along a thin band. The picture below is an example of how smaller diamonds with a thin band makes the center stone look much larger.

Diamond Accented Setting


Like many items in jewelry, what ring setting is best for you really comes down to personal style. No ring setting is superior to all the other ring settings. It is all a matter of taste!

Final question: Where can I go to find the perfect ring setting? Answer: Right here. You're bound to get some more inspiration about which ring setting to choose.

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