How to Choose a Wedding Ring Setting

Find out everything you need to know about choosing the perfect wedding ring setting with our comprehensive guide. Read on for more.

By Jennifer Prince

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In the words of Beyonce, “If you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it,” but since you’ll be wearing that ring for a lifetime, what is put on needs to be well thought out. Whether you have an heirloom stone to set, or you crave a ready-made ring, being well-versed in what you’re searching for is critical. Although not many will receive an 18-carat stunner from their fiancé —go Jay-Z—here are a few things to know about wedding ring settings before you make your purchase.

Things to Consider

Most likely, you’ll be wearing your wedding rings daily, so there are points to ponder about your life and habits before finalizing your decision. When choosing a wedding ring setting, consider your taste, budget, and how much light you wish to reflect.

Determine Your Budget

Finances aren’t a favorite topic, although it’s best to go into the purchase with a verdict about how much you’re willing to spend as a couple. Trust us, sparkly diamonds and intricately designed wedding bands can distract enough to cause an impulsive purchase, so keep a price range in mind before you look.

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Examine Your Style

Whether you adore the delicateness of decorative flourishes, or you crave a bold, geometric design, you really can’t go wrong unless you go against your taste. If you have trouble figuring out your engagement ring style, take a look at how you wear your hair and the clothing in your closet. Doing an inventory of your flair can help determine which diamond ring mountings are suitable for your style.

Factor in Your Vocation

What you do for a living can significantly impact the types of ring settings that you can consider. If you use your hands a lot to make things—say as a chef or woodworker—you should probably stick with low setting engagement rings and less detailed designs. Those who work with machinery could encounter dangerous situations, which should also be taken into account. If you don’t want your job to determine your wedding ring setting, then consider budgeting for a plain gold or silicone band to wear to work.

Keep Your Gemstone in Mind

Whether you’re shopping for ring settings for loose stones or looking for a complete wedding band set, consider the carat weight, depth, and shape of the stone. Some gems work best when placed in a bezel setting, and others show best in a high profile prong setting. If you don’t care to wear a diamond, contemplate other options, such as sapphire, pearl, or emerald.

Mull Over Your Metal

Your metal choice is determined partly by your budget and style, but ponder what hue catches your eye when shopping for a diamond engagement ring. Platinum, rose gold, and tungsten are all different colors, and they vary quite a bit in price point. Durability can factor into your metal choice, as titanium is lightweight, hypo-allergenic, and extremely strong.

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Types of Ring Settings for Solitaires

If the terms bezel setting and prong setting have you baffled, never fear, as we demystify the various ring mountings. Consider these options for either solitaires or statement gems accented by smaller ones.

  • Prong Ring Mounting. As one of the most common diamond setting types, the main stone is set using tiny, metal legs to hold it in place. Four prongs make a gemstone look more square, whereas six-pronged settings give a more rounded appearance. Low setting engagement rings won’t snag clothing, yet a diamond with longer prongs will sparkle more.
  • Bezel Setting. If protecting the edges of your gemstone is a concern, then bezel settings are the perfect option. Bezels tend to have a lower profile, with a line of metal surrounding the stones, instead of individual prongs. This wedding ring setting entirely encases the gem with metal or has an open back, allowing the stone to shine.
  • Tension Setting. Those who tend to be more creative or who enjoy the arts may gravitate towards a uniquely set tension ring. Just like its name indicates, the metal tension setting creates tightness on the stone to keep it in place. Tension mounting is one of the more unique diamond setting types.
  • Halo Engagement Ring. Recently popularized, halo engagement rings are an ideal way to add sparkle to a smaller stone. A ring of smaller diamonds surrounds a central diamond, heightening the radiance of the more substantial gem.
  • Flush Setting. Couples who enjoy a mid-century modern feel often opt for this style. The gemstone is set into the band so that the diamond’s surface is even—aka flush—with the metal of the ring. This setting is also quite popular for wedding bands for men.
  • Vintage Setting. If you’re searching for ring settings for loose stones, estate pieces often defy standard terms. Art deco engagement ring settings tend to use elaborate filigree, and other one-of-a-kind pieces feature unique embellishments that qualify as vintage.

Diamond Setting Types for Bands

These terms characterize both wedding bands and engagement ring styles that include smaller surrounding stones. Using the words below will help you search the web or talk to your jeweler with ease.

  • Pave. Often found alongside larger diamonds to create a statement on wedding bands, pave styles feature quantities of tiny diamonds set with prongs.
  • Channel. Channel set rings are similar to tension settings but in miniature. Rows of stones are set with metal on either side, with no prongs or gold in between the gems.
  • Bar. Instead of prongs, smaller stones stay in place with bars, which create a lined effect. This type of diamond setting works exceptionally well with geometric shapes.
  • Gypsy. Like the flush setting for statement stones, this style features smaller stones set at the same height as the top of the band.

Celebrity or not, everyone deserves to have a ring that fits their style and is comfortable enough for daily wear. Your wedding ring setting determines the overall look and feel of your piece. Even though you’ll no longer be able to raise your hands like all the single ladies—or men—your hands will bear a jewel that you’ll be proud to wear for a lifetime.