Engagement Ring Settings and Designs

Cushion cut engagement ring

 

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to selecting the perfect engagement ring. Familiarising yourself with the 4C’s of diamonds and understanding diamond shapes is only the starting point. Besides the main central diamond , the ring’s setting helps determine its ultimate look.  While some ring settings can elevate your diamond’s brilliance, certain others can make the central stone look bigger or smaller. From the classic solitaire setting to the more contemporary minimalist geometric style, there’s an engagement ring design for everyone. Here’s a look at some of the most popular engagement ring settings and designs.

 

64Facets’ Favourites

From the classic solitaire setting to the more experimental half moon design, here are some of our all time favourite engagement ring settings and designs.

 

Prong/Solitaire Setting :  The most classic style of them all, the solitaire engagement rings show off the centre stone in all its glory.  The prong setting maximises the diamond’s brilliance by using minimal amounts of metal. The stone is held by strategically placed prongs which usually come in two variations i.e. 4  and 6 prongs, the later offering a more secure hold.

64Facets’ Classic Four-Prong Solitaire Engagement Ring

  

Pave Setting: The pave setting is one of our personal favourites for it features seamlessly set smaller diamonds which endow the ring with an intrinsic sparkle. The smaller stones usually surround the central diamond or can run across metal band covering it completely. Depending on the diamond size it is called pave or micro pave. This setting is as versatile as it is elegant and meets the needs of a modern lifestyle.  

pave set engagement ring by 64Facets
Pave Set Engagement Ring by 64Facets

 

Baguettes: In terms of designs, baguette style engagement rings are a true winner. A baguette cut diamond is long and rectangular with a flat top. Slender and sophisticated, the baguette style adds an air of vintage romanticism to an otherwise angular set up. One of the most popular variations of this design feature a centre diamond or gemstone flanked by two smaller baguette cut side stones.

A stunning 64Facets Baguette Cut Engagement Ring

 

Half Moons:

As the name suggests, in this design diamonds and gemstones are cut into a semi-circular half moon shape. This stunning cosmic inspired style usually features a large centre diamond complimented by two half moon shaped side stones on each side. Its ornate design makes it a popular choice for engagement rings.

64Facets’ Loose Diamonds arranged in a Half Moon Design

 

Half Shields:

The half shield design is a more angular version of the half moon style. Smaller diamonds and gemstones are carved into triangular or pentagonal “shield-like” shapes and set as side stones alongside a larger centre stone.

64Facets’ Diamonds arranged in a Half Shield Design

 

The Timeless Classics

When you think of the quintessential engagement ring, these classic settings come to mind. Not only have they stood the test of time but they continue to be some of the most commonly used styles for engagement rings.

 

Bezel Setting: This setting is also extremely popular as it uses a thin metallic rim to encircle the central stone, holding it in place. It offers an modern and elegant look. It is more suited for people who are constantly on the move as it has no exposed prongs which can be prone to snagging.

Round Bezel Center Set Engagement Ring | Image Courtesy: The Plunge

 

Channel Setting: In the channel setting smaller diamonds are set in a row across the entirety of the metal band creating a lustrous and grand finish. Usually, the small diamonds/gemstones are inlaid within and separated by a visible metallic band. In some of its variations, the ring doesn’t feature a central diamond.  However, due to its multiple crevices, it can be difficult to clean.

Channel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Washington Diamond
 

Halo Setting: The halo setting enhances the size and appearance of the central ring. In this design, the smaller diamonds or gemstones wrap around the central diamond in concentric circles or squares. This makes the centre stone look bigger than it is and thus is especially great for rings with smaller carat sizes.

Halo Set Engagement Ring | Image Courtesy: OneWed

 

Split Shank Setting: The split shank is one of the more ornate classic designs. As the name suggests in this setting the shank i.e. the metallic part of the ring which wraps around the finger is split into two parts before meeting the centre stone. This creates a dramatic effect and pulls the viewer's eye towards the main gemstone. It also increases surface area for more intricate metalwork.

Cushion Cut Split Shank Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Ritani. This ring includes a halo around the center diamond, but it is also possible to get the split shank setting without the halo.

 

Flush/Gypsy Setting: The flush/gypsy setting is a highly popular engagement ring option amongst men. The gemstone needs to be strong (such as diamonds) as it is drilled into the metal band. The band is then hammered around the stone to seal it shut. This design is very metal heavy which can make the centre stone appear smaller than it is. It is very suitable for those with an active lifestyle and requires very little maintenance.

Flush Setting Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Forevermark

 

Intricately Beautiful: Ornate and Antique Styles

Some designs more than others involve intricate handiwork which can make your engagement ring appear more grandiose. These styles include the more classic cathedral setting as well as antique settings which involve a lot of elegant metalwork.

 

Cathedral Setting:  This is an incredibly elegant ring setting. Its design draws attention to the centre stone by gracefully elevating it above the rest of the metallic band. This is done by resting the stone on carefully crafted beautiful arches.  However, this intricate design makes it difficult to clean and if set poorly can it can damage the stone.

 Cathedral Solitaire Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Wedding Bee

 

Three stone/trinity setting: Opulently graceful, the trinity or three stone setting is the perfect mix of symbolism and intricate crafting. The stones represent the couple’s past, present and future. This design features three different stones set in varying styles and is a great way to pair different gemstones together. The most common variant of this design features a large centre stone flanked by two smaller stone.

Three Stone Diamond Engagement Ring | Image Courtesy: F. Hinds

 

Cluster setting: The cluster setting makes for glamorous and cost effective engagement rings. It features smaller diamonds arranged in a way that make them appear like one big centre diamond.  The design involves a high degree of craftsmanship. They are very versatile in that they can be arranged in a number of different shapes and sizes.

Split Shoulder Diamond Cluster Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: F.Hinds

 

Antique settings: The antique settings will appeal to anyone who has an affinity for all things vintage and emulate a sense of romanticism. The setting consists of three major branches i.e. i) Victorian styles involving a lot of flower clusters and heavy metal work such as filigree and milgrain, ii) Edwardian style which heavily feature oval and cluster shapes and colorful gems and the iii) art deco style which features radiant and ornate big stones.

Heart Shaped Diamond Butterfly Vintage Ring| Image Courtesy: MDC Diamonds

 

Standing Out Is In: Unique Contemporary Designs

From bold and colourful to minimalist, contemporary engagement rings are consistently pushing the boundaries when it comes to engagement ring designs.

 

Minimalist: In recent years, the minimalist style of jewelry has become popular within the fine jewelry industry. They are perfect for those who love the understated look. Minimalist designs consist of delicately set small stones on a thin metal band. Previously used as stackable pieces, they have now made their way into the engagement ring arena.

Bohemian Minimalist Style  Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy:  The Bohemian Wedding

 

Geometric: Geometric designs have been a popular trend this year. Geometric engagements rings look edgy yet sophisticated. This design consists of triangular and hexagonal settings, geometric sharply cut stones and clean angular metal work.

Angling Geometric Style Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Offbeat Bride

 

Nature Inspired: A range of nature inspired styles ranging from floral to cosmic designs have become a popular engagement ring choice. These consist of diamonds and gemstones arranged in intricate patterns and shapes to mimic flowers or moon shapes. They have a very distinctly delicate and feminine look to them.

The Seven Diamond Flower Ring from our Floral Collection

 

Big Colourful Gemstones: This style features coloured gemstones as the focal point of the ring as opposed to diamonds. Big gemstone centres are usually accented by smaller diamonds or other gemstones. Many of them are set in clusters or in the halo settings. They have become very popular with celebrities such as Lady Gaga sporting a Pink Sapphire centre engagement ring.

Coloured Stone Engagement Ring| Image Courtesy: Ajax Rings



No one ring setting or style is superior to another as they all serve varied purposes and create different looks. It all boils down to personal preference. If  you’re looking for something bespoke, personalised engagement rings are the way to go. Engagement rings are one of the most personal pieces of jewelry one can own.  Which is why 64Facets offers ring customisation services which ensure that each engagement ring reflects its wearer’s personality and sense of style.

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