Settings are what keeps diamonds and rings together. Metal connected to the band grips the edges of jewels. How this happens depends on the type of mount. Settings are both practical and decorative, influencing the look of the ring. Some styles are suitable for many types of designer engagement rings, while others are suited for specific stones.
Prongs are a popular setting. Slender pieces of precious metal rise from the band to hold the diamonds. When viewed from above, they look like dots along the edge of the jewel. Prongs come in many variations, such as common prongs on eternity bands, or double prongs on engagement rings. The classic solitaire round brilliant cut diamond engagement ring is prong set.
Bezel set diamonds use a rim of metal to keep the gem in place. It also provides a decorative border around the edge of the jewel. Bezel settings are a good match for heart engagement rings or other shapes that may be vulnerable to chipping. The edging protects diamonds from bumps and other harm.
At first glance, bezel and flush set diamond rings look similar. Both have a diamond surrounded by precious metal. However, flush settings place the diamond’s top on level with the band. A hole in the depth of the jewel is carved into the ring and the stone is placed inside. The edges of the gap are pushed over the stone. The gems on bezel set rings sit in top of the shank.
Channel settings hold multiple stones at once. The diamonds are often small, and used as parts of a larger design. After a groove is carved into the ring, jewels of the same cut go inside. The top of the furrow is pushed over the stones, completing the mount. Channel settings work best with gemstones of consistent or gradated sizes.