Where Ring and Diamond Meet
As perfect as a diamond may be for you, it’s difficult to wear until it’s mounted. Settings not only hold the diamond in place, it helps protect the jewel from damage, and can decorate the ring. Certain mounts are well suited to holding individual stones, while others are designed to hold several at once.
Prong mounts are a popular choice for diamond bands. Thin wires are used to hold the jewel in place, allowing more light to travel through the jewel. Typical round brilliant cut diamond engagement rings use four or six prongs to hold the gemstone. Cuts with defined corners, such as princess or hearts, should use V shapes prongs to protect the points from harm. Prongs tightened every so often to prevent stones from rubbing against each other.
Bezel settings use a strip of metal to wrap around the rim of the diamond and hold it in place. Half bezel settings use two metal pieces, with gaps in between to allow more light into the stone. They provide a decorative border for the gemstone, along with safety. The bezel serves as a buffer between fragile parts of the diamond and surfaces which may cause chipping.
Pave settings are made of many small diamonds set close together. The effect is jewelry encrusted, or paved, with gemstones. It adds brilliance to more surface area on rings, bracelets and other pieces. These diamonds are held in place with tiny beads of precious metal that aim to be as discrete as possible. Sometimes pave settings are made with especially tiny jewels and is referred to as micropave.
Channel sets are used to hold several diamonds at once. A furrow is carved into the ring, and jewels of the same or graduated sizes are placed tightly inside. Precious metal on either side of the groove are pushed over the diamonds, holding them in place. While channel set diamonds may be the primary feature on a band, they are also used for side stones.
Several settings may appear on the same ring. The central jewel could be prong mounted, flanked with channel set side stones, and shine with pave gems. Combining mounts can make a ring all the more unique. They’re also a good choice for those who like many jewels on their diamond rings.
Finding Your Ring Size
The Best Ring is One that Fits
When searching for your ideal ring, keep size in mind. The most beautiful diamond rings are hard to enjoy if they don’t fit. If they’re too small, they may not slide down the finger. Too large, they may be in danger of sliding off. Valentin Magro can help you find your size.
Valentinmagro.com offers a chart which allows you to find your ring size from the convenience of your home. The diagram comes with instructions on how to find your size, as well as a ruler on the bottom. The latter is used to ensure that the chart is printed to scale, ensuring accurate results. The page can be accessed here: