I’m always surprised when talking to my girlfriend’s how little they know about jewellery, especially seeing as though most of them are big fans of layering up the chains and having rings on several fingers. One of them has recently got engaged and came to me with a description of her dream ring. ‘I want a brilliant cut diamond with a gold setting but a silver coloured band….and I want the diamond to be 2ct, oh and my budget is a couple of thousand.’ My initial thought was, a couple of thousand, is she serious, for a 2ct diamond ring?! I started to quiz her on design aspect……what colour and clarity diamond are you wanting? Is it a a solitaire or something with accent stones? How do you want the diamond to be set? Claw? Bezel? Do you want channel set shoulders or maybe a milgrain edge? I totally baffled her and I was equally amazed she didn’t have a clue what I was talking about! Enter the inspiration for the below. We wanted to introduce you to a few of the different stone setting techniques. Looking through these images and reading the descriptions will help you communicate better with your jeweller when creating your dream ring. 

 

Anatomy of a ring

Anatomy of a ring


Ring Styles

Halo Ring

Halo

Halo

Having the smalls diamonds set round the center diamond give this ring a romantic vintage feel and also gives the illusion of a bigger diamond in the center. I personally love them! It’s also a great way of incorporating different coloured stones.

Examples of Solitaire engagement ring

Examples of Solitaire engagement ring

Solitaire Ring

Solitaire

Solitaire

Solitaire simply means single stone. This can be any shape…square, round, pear, oval etc This is the most classic of ring designs, very clean and simple focusing all the attention on the diamond.

Examples of Solitaire engagement rings

Examples of Solitaire engagement rings

Three Stone Ring

Three Stone

Three Stone

A three stone ring is exactly what is says it is, 3 single diamonds to make up one ring. This gives a really lovely array of sparkle across the finger. 

Examples of Three Stone engagement rings

Examples of Three Stone engagement rings

Eternity Ring

Eternity Ring

Eternity Ring

Eternity bands (also referred to as an ET) can be full set, three quarter set , half set or even a quarter set. This is making reference to the number of diamonds in the band. Most people go for a full set or three quarter so there is room for sizing in the future if needed. A half or a quarter set are less popular due to them swiveling round peoples fingers and the diamonds not sitting central to the finger.

Examples of Eternity bands

Examples of Eternity bands


Stone setting for center stones

Basket, Peg, Decorative Claw

Basket, Peg, Decorative Claw

Bezel/Rubover, Illusion, Bar

Bezel/Rubover, Illusion, Bar

Brideg Accent, Illusion, Trellis

Brideg Accent, Illusion, Trellis


Stone settings for bands

Channel, Bead Set Channel

Channel, Bead Set Channel

Shared Prong, Bar

Shared Prong, Bar

Scallop, Fishtail

Scallop, Fishtail

Bezel/Rubover, Flush

Bezel/Rubover, Flush

Surface Claw, Pave

Surface Claw, Pave

As you can image the possibilities of stone setting are endless but we hope you have found this blog useful in explaining the different ways diamonds can be set and the different effects that can be achieved. If you require any further information please feel free to contact us. Here at Hot Pink we welcome all inquiries whether it be a remodel on a family heirloom or a brand new creation.

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