The diamond is the center of attention in any engagement ring. However, the setting makes the difference between a ring that gives your fiancée bling envy and one that leaves her completely underwhelmed.
A beautiful diamond ring setting can add to your diamond's beauty. It is just as crucial as the diamond itself. But how can you tell if it's the perfect one for you? There are various considerations when choosing the perfect diamond ring setting, don't just go with the first one you see.
Fortunately, this handy guide can help you through your decision-making process no matter what kind of setting you're looking for.
Silver, Gold, or Platinum Settings
Your ring's setting is a huge factor in determining its overall beauty. Silver, gold, and platinum each have distinct qualities that make them good or bad choices depending on what you're looking for.
Platinum is generally stronger than silver and gold; however, it doesn't work well with certain gemstones, such as sapphires and rubies, because it's too hard.
Gold settings are usually more malleable, but they can wear down over time if you are rough with your hands. It can also be true of silver settings, although it's more common with mixed-metal settings that use both gold and silver together.
Simple or Large?
Some women prefer more ornate settings, while others like something simple. There's no right answer here, but you should decide based on what type of look you're going for.
Simple rings are a great choice if you prefer a minimalist or modern style or if your hand is small and you want a ring that will have more visual impact—say, if it features multiple rows of stones.
It can also be easier to find loose diamonds in less popular shapes, which means your diamond might be priced lower than one set in an elaborate ring design. If you choose a simpler setting, keep in mind that any additional decoration should complement it rather than compete.
Shallow or Deep Settings?
Should you go with a deep or shallow setting? Before deciding, it's important to consider how your finger is shaped. Shallow settings tend to be more flattering on fingers that are long and thin, while deep settings are great if you have short fingers.
In addition, a deeper setting might be your best bet if you're looking for a dramatic statement ring. However, if you're looking for something more understated, go with a shallow setting instead.
It's also worth mentioning that going too deeply set can make your diamonds look smaller than they are because they get buried by their surrounding prongs; avoid this look at all costs.
Vintage, Retro, Or Trendy?
When choosing a setting, there's no right or wrong. It's completely up to you! However, you want to consider how your setting will complement your style and overall ring design.
For example, if you choose a vintage-style design with a halo of diamonds around your center stone, a bezel setting could work well as it would highlight that detail by surrounding it with more metal.
Alternatively, if you prefer something modern or trendy, an open setting (like a prong) might help draw attention to other details in your ring, such as side stones. If you like both styles equally but can't decide, why not have two settings?
Many couples opt for two different settings on their engagement rings—one vintage and one contemporary—and combine them into one gorgeous ring set.
Simple vs. Dramatic
Both simple and dramatic ring settings can make a big impact. But before you decide, it's important to know your preferences. Are you more interested in a large center stone? Perhaps a simple setting is right for you.
Looking for something smaller and sparklier? A dramatic setting may be perfect. No matter what your style, there are certain things to keep in mind when choosing between these two styles: Simple: Set aside some time so that you don't rush into your purchase.
Knowing what type of look works best with your engagement ring will make a difference in how much you enjoy wearing it. Considerations should include the size, shape, and material of the center stone and band.
A diamond setting serves as an anchor for your diamond, both in terms of its visual appeal and stability. It should complement your overall engagement ring style—whether it's a delicate vintage-inspired piece or something bold and contemporary.
Here at Marci Jewelry, we specialize in custom design. Visit our website today or contact us for assistance. We are committed to providing service to all our clients; to helping you choose a diamond ring setting that complements your finger and budget.