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Type of Engagement Ring Settings

Engagement rings come in all styles to suit all tastes, from the classic solitaire to rings coated in diamonds and coloured gemstones. For each lady, there is a perfect ring to suit.

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Ripples Engagement Ring

Ripples Engagement Ring

When opting for a custom-made engagement ring there are many decisions to be made, but one of the most important, that will also determine the overall style of your ring, is what style of setting will house your diamond or coloured gemstone/s.

One factor that can play a big part in determining what style to go with is your lifestyle. If you work with your hands on a day to day basis and your ring is likely to be prone to more than the occasional knock & bump then fine settings are generally not the best option for the longevity of your ring!

Your choice of diamond or gemstone may also determine what style of setting is best, for example, if you have a larger diamond or gemstone a 8 claw setting might be the most secure option for your stone.

Once you have decided on your setting, there are much more ways to individualise your design so that it is truly unique to you. But, firstly, here is a rundown of the most popular engagement ring settings: See more engagement rings

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CLAW SETTINGS

CLAW SETTINGS

Claw settings, also referred to as prong settings, are one of the most popular styles of settings for engagement rings. In fact, the most popular style of engagement ring is the six claw, round brilliant solitaire engagement ring, although they can be used for all diamond shapes as well. Claw settings can all vary in style from a modern 4 claw setting to a 6 or 8 claw setting.

There are many ways to customise a claw setting from adding diamonds to your claws or choosing a contrasting metal so that they become a beautiful feature.

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BEZEL SETTINGS

BEZEL SETTINGS

The bezel also referred to as the rub over style, is where the diamond or gemstone is completely surrounded by a wall of metal. The metal is pushed over the very edge of the stone resulting in one of the most secure types of settings. This is a perfect setting for the active type, those that use their hands for work and their ring will likely be prone to everyday knocks.
The bezel setting may also be a better choice for some coloured gemstones that are more fragile in nature.

Lastly, if you are concerned about the sparkle of your diamond in a bezel setting, you can rest assured that as long as your diamond has been well cut then the light does not need to enter from the side for it to dazzle with brilliance.

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SEMI BEZEL

SEMI BEZEL

A semi bezel is exactly as it sounds, a bezel setting that does not completely encircle the stone. Some sections of the bezel are removed to reveal the edges of the stone.

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MICRO CLAW SETTINGS

MICRO CLAW SETTINGS

Micro claw settings are used for the lines of diamonds that accentuate your centre stone. They are joined together by shared claws resulting in a beautiful streamlined effect. This is the perfect.

Choice for those that love delicate settings and that want their diamonds to sparkle with brilliance.

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CHANNEL SETTINGS

CHANNEL SETTINGS

This is a clean and modern look where diamonds are set in a neat row within a channel. The diamonds sit in a continuous row with two walls of metal to hold them in place. Princess cut and baguette diamonds are perfectly suited to this style of setting creating a stunning streamlined and modern looks.

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BEAD SETTING

BEAD SETTING

Bead set, often used for vintage style designs, is where small diamonds are set into place using small beads of metal which is raised from the ring itself. These small beads act as small claws holding the diamonds in place.