When you find the special person you want to spend the rest of your life with, finding the perfect ring to propose with can feel like a lot of pressure. There’s a lot to consider between diamond cuts, styles, and ring settings. We’ve laid out the most popular engagement ring settings so you can check one thing off your list.
What is the Setting of An Engagement Ring?
An engagement ring setting refers to how the diamonds are mounted or set into the metal band. It is one of the most critical factors, along with the cut of the diamond, that impacts your ring’s aesthetic and style. Your future bride may already have an ideal diamond in mind, but she might be undecided when it comes to the engagement ring setting.
What to Consider Before Picking an Engagement Ring Setting
When you’re looking for the perfect setting, keep in mind that the setting is meant to complement the ring’s stone. This is something to note when picking the diamond and metal of the band. It will also protect the diamond and keep it secure in the band. Even though the stone makes up the majority of the cost, the setting defines the style of the ring and showcases the gem’s best assets.
While shopping for an engagement ring, keep an open mind about the setting. There are lots of options, so be sure to consider them all. Ask lots of questions and look at a variety of styles before you make your decision.
Some other things to keep in mind when picking an engagement ring setting are your:
- design preferences
As previously mentioned, the diamond of an engagement ring makes up most of the cost. However, you should still be considering your budget when it comes time to choose a setting. Also, consider your partner’s lifestyle; does she do a lot of laborious or strenuous activities? Some settings are more prone to snagging or scratching than others.
Make sure you also consider your design preferences before shopping. Identify what your future bride is looking for. If you’re not sure, ask her or one of her close friends; we’re sure they’ll know what’s on her wish list.
Most Popular Engagement Ring Settings
Since there are so many different rings to choose from, check out some of the most popular engagement ring settings to narrow down your search.
The top settings for engagement rings on Fink’s are:
- prong engagement ring
- pavé band setting
- halo engagement band
- three-stone ring setting
Prong Engagement Ring
Prong settings are one of the most common types to find in an engagement band. This type of setting involves three to six “claws” that hold a stone firmly in a metal “basket” or “head.” Prongs provide grip and protection for your diamond. They can be pointed, flat, round, or V-shaped.
When choosing between a four and six-prong setting, keep in mind that four prongs will show off more of the diamond’s features. Six prongs will keep the stone more secure but might overwhelm a smaller stone. If you’re going with a pear-shaped stone, a V-shaped prong would be perfect for protecting it. Flat prongs are ideal for emerald-cut diamonds.
Prongs are excellent for permitting light exposure from all angles and enhancing a diamond’s sparkle. Engagement rings with a prong setting use less metal than other types, which often means less time and money is required for them. This setting allows the owner to clean her ring easily and keep it looking polished. You won’t have to worry about losing a diamond with this setting since it holds even the most fragile and soft gems securely in place.
If you decide to go with a four-prong setting, Fink’s exclusive solitaire ring is an attractive choice. The setting allows the stunning .70ct diamond to shine. It’s available in size 6.5 on our site.
If you’re looking for a band with a little more diamond protection, Fink’s exclusive six-prong engagement ring would be a stunning pick. Note that the Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee backs our engagement rings, so you never have to worry about anything happening to this band. You can get this ring with free shipping in about one to four weeks, so plan your proposal accordingly.
Pavé Band Setting
If your partner loves everything sparkle and shine, a pavé setting would be perfect for her. Named after the French word for “paved,” it involves rows of several small stones fitted into holes that set them level with the surface of the ring. The sparkly shank looks like a road paved with gemstones. The surrounding metal is usually gold or platinum for white stones to be unnoticeable and then raised to form beads that secure the gems.
Pave’ set diamonds are held by tiny prongs that can be very close together, creating a stunning glimmer effect. They’re unique because they give your ring extra sparkle and personality, giving the illusion of bigger and even more diamonds than there really are. If you want to make the ring customized, it allows an uninterrupted design flow of varying width.
While a pavé engagement ring setting is absolutely gorgeous, they might not be suitable for some more fragile gems. The best diamonds for a pavé band are round or oval cut. If you think this setting is the right choice for your new fiancée, check out the Fink’s exclusive diamond pavé shank ring. You can choose between .51ct and .53ct to fit your style and budget.
Halo Engagement Band
Halo engagement rings are another incredible choice for brides looking for some bling. They usually include a larger center stone encircled by a pavé or micropavé of smaller, accent gems. The surrounding gems draw attention to the center stone and make it appear larger. Halo bands can have a subtle single halo or feature two or more.
She will love this engagement ring setting because it will make her ring appear larger and more sparkly. This option could also allow you to save money by purchasing a smaller, less expensive center stone with a diamond pavé, which is less costly to add on. If she wants a vintage look, a halo setting can give that effect.
Does this sound like your partner’s dream engagement ring? If she would love the shimmer and shine of a halo setting, check out Fink’s exclusive double halo ring. You can guarantee the quality of this ring since the center stone and accent diamonds are H in color and SI2 in clarity. Like all of our engagement rings, it’s backed by the Fink’s Jewelers Lifetime Guarantee.
Three-Stone Ring Setting
Rings with a three-stone setting are the ultimate choice for women who love to sparkle. They normally feature a center gemstone that is flanked by smaller stones on both sides. Having multiple diamonds within the band will be great for increasing shine. The smaller stones can also make the main center stone appear more prominent.
Three-stone engagement ring settings are especially sentimental since the stones are made to represent the past, present, and future of your love. Not only will she love looking at her hand for its glimmer and gleam, but also for the way it reminds her of all the adventures you have had together. You know that your future will always be bright when a stunning diamond represents it.
A fantastic three-stone option is the three-stone diamond halo ring from Fink’s. You can choose any metal option for this band to tailor it to her style. Also, choose between .50ct and 2.00ct diamonds to fit the shine level to her liking and your budget.
Now that you’re familiar with what options you can choose from, you’re on the road to picking the perfect engagement ring setting for your loved one. Be patient and thorough on your shopping journey, and we guarantee she’ll love her band. We wish you the best on the beautiful and exciting journey that is engagement and marriage.