Beyond a glamorous diamond or gemstone, a ring’s setting is often what gives it a unique sense of style. With a variety of designs to choose from, finding a ring that complements your beloved’s signature sense of style often boils down to discovering the perfect setting. To help you in your search, here’s a quick guide to common types of engagement ring settings!

Prong Setting

Prong settings are the hallmark of Solitaire Engagement Rings, but they’re common in other ring styles too. Prongs refer to the small metal hooks that surround a diamond or gemstone and secure it in place. Four or six prong settings are the most prevalent, while eight prong settings are increasingly rare and typically only found in antique or vintage designs.

This type of engagement ring setting accommodates a wide variety of cuts. It leaves space for a maximum amount of light to pass through the statement center stone, allowing it to sparkle in the most magnificent and eye-catching way possible! Prong style engagement rings are simple and sophisticated, a popular and timeless classic!

Bezel Setting

Bezel settings have a sleek, contemporary design. In this style, a thin metal ring completely surrounds a diamond or gemstone in place of prongs. Full bezel settings surround the stone in its entirety, while a partial bezel slightly exposes its sides to maximize sparkle. This type of setting is incredibly secure, ensuring your diamonds or gemstones will never come loose due to everyday wear and tear. With its high security, this setting is ideal for those with active lifestyles, and it also creates a unique and uncommon look that is highly desirable!

Halo Setting

With halo settings, the ring’s center stone is completely surrounded by a circle (or square, depending on its cut) of smaller diamonds. This style adds some serious sparkle and is also an easy way to make a center stone appear larger and more substantial.

Halo engagement rings can accommodate stones of various cuts and sizes, and they can often be found with a mix of colored gemstones and diamonds for a unique look. We even have a few double halo rings in our collection, which feature to rings of diamonds around the center stone! Halo rings are simply beautiful, versatile, and right on trend!

Cluster Setting

If halo styles still don’t bring enough sparkle for you, cluster engagement rings are probably what you’re after. These settings go all out. Rather than a ring of diamonds surrounding a center stone, the entire setting is encrusted with smaller diamonds. We’re talking serious sparkle! This style was very popular in the Edwardian Era and is still on trend today!

Channel Setting

With a channel setting, a row of smaller stones is securely surrounded by a smooth outer edging. This sharp and streamlined design adds sparkle to an otherwise metal band or shank and ensures that the stones never get snagged during wear. While this type of setting is most prevalent in wedding bands or stackable rings, it can also be used to maximize the sparkle of any engagement ring and add to its overall glamour!

Three Stone Setting

As the name suggests, three stone engagement ring settings feature a trio of gemstones. The three stones are said to be symbolic of a couple’s past, present, and future. Most commonly, a large princess- or round-cut center stone is flanked by a pair of smaller stones that are identical in color, shape, or design.

This setting style may also feature multiple colored gemstones of equal sizes for a truly statement-making look. With a symmetrical design that is pleasing to the eye and a sentimental meaning, this setting is incredibly romantic in every sense of the word!

Tension Setting

Engagement rings that feature a tension setting are truly captivating. Here, the center stone is suspended between two sides of the shank and is held in part by the pressure from each side. Although the gemstone appears to float between the surrounding metal bands, it is actually quite secure thanks to the presence of hidden prongs or a bezel setting. This setting is incredibly unique, eye-catching, and uncommon, making it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a ring that is truly unmistakable in design.

Find The Perfect Ring In The Victor Barboné Collection

We hope this guide to common types of engagement ring settings has been helpful. With a wide variety of elegant and exceptionally stunning vintage rings, you can easily find the perfect piece in the Victor Barboné collection. Shop today!


January 16, 2019 — Andria Rogers

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