Engagement Ring Buying Guide Part 2: The Perfect Setting for Your Engagement Ring
You’re now an expert on choosing a diamond for your custom engagement ring. Don’t know what we’re talking about? Be sure to read the previous post so you have the perfect diamond in hand before choosing an equally perfect setting.
There are certain tips and tricks to keep in mind when creating your custom diamond ring. You’ve completed the hard part, choosing the diamond, and you have one last hurdle to jump before making the big leap into a new life with your loved one. This hurdle is finding the right setting to match your future fiancé’s personality and style. Our engagement ring experts put these tips together for you so you can narrow your options to find the perfect fit for your brilliant loose diamond from the Diamond Broker.
Tip: When shopping for a mounting (the setting without a diamond), keep in mind that it is prone to more wear and tear than the diamond itself so be picky with the metal you choose for your band.
Imagine holding a tennis ball in your hand. This is how the prong setting holds your diamond in the ring; they’re like claws that hold a stone firmly in place. You can choose between four and six prongs, and the more prongs the more secure but also the less of the diamond you see. For example, six prongs can overwhelm a smaller diamond because the prongs cover more of the diamond’s surface.
For unique diamond shapes like marquise, heart or pear shapes heart-, veer towards a setting where the diamond is cradled in a V-shaped prong for protection. Flat prongs are recommended for emerald-cut stones.
Best for the on-the-go woman, the bezel is like the crust of the pizza where the center of the pizza is the diamond. The bezel setting is perhaps the most secure of all settings as it’s a metal rim that fully or sometimes, partially, surrounds the perimeter of the stone.
This is perhaps the best setting for a stone that has a few internal flaws since the bezel setting conceals nicks or chips quite well. Also, like the halo setting, a white metal encircling a white stone can make the middle stone appear larger.
Pave setting is like a halo style in that it is made of lots of small gemstones set closely together and surrounding the center diamond or covering the band itself. This gives the illusion of a larger center diamond.
The Look of Large Diamonds for Less
No matter who you ask about your fiancé-to-be’s preferences, the most likely answer is, “the larger the better.” To make the center diamond appear larger than it is, consider the halo engagement ring setting/style, which features a border of smaller diamonds surrounding the center stone. The halo is designed to emphasize both the sparkle and size of the center stone—giving you the look of a larger stone.
A solitaire engagement can also help your smaller sized diamond, contrary to what you may think. This setting is perfect to showcase an impressive stone (the more flawless the better), or to show off a more modest stone without overwhelming it. With a solitaire setting, you can also adjust the band width to be proportionally petite for smaller stones.
Your choice for metals include yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and platinum. The most popular of all is white gold and the most expensive is platinum. Let’s look at a few features of each:
- Also known as pink or red gold
- Created by alloying copper to yellow gold
- A tougher metal than yellow or white gold
- Not as reflective as yellow or white gold
- More common 18K rose gold is created with 25% copper and 75% gold
- Can mask color in certain stones (J colored stone can appear whiter)
- Adds a unique and vintage quality to a ring
- Created by allowing yellow gold with palladium, nickel, zinc and/or silver
- Usually coated with rhodium
- Complements colorless to near-colorless diamonds
- Not the same as platinum
- Usually 70-75% pure
- 14K gold is a little muted in tone compared to 18K
- Lends an elegant and classic look
- Forgiving to diamonds that may be more yellow in color (not fancy yellow diamonds)
- Most hypoallergenic of all gold colors
- Naturally white
- Very dense so extremely durable
- Naturally hypoallergenic
- Doesn’t tarnish
- Complements a variety of settings, diamond shapes and cuts
- Easily accentuates the sparkle and brilliance of any diamond
- 30 times more rare than gold
Whether you have an idea in mind or you’ve just started your diamond engagement ring journey, our experts at the Diamond Broker are here to help you along the way. Check out the rest of our Guides to Buying Diamonds to get you started!
Let us help you find the perfect ring to complement your perfect proposal. Contact us today or come visit us at The Diamond Broker in Dallas!