Unique Engagement Ring Settings & Styles
We’ve covered the main settings and mounts now we’ll take a look at some of the styles that have become so popular today.
Pave Engagement Rings
The most common style pave ring has small diamonds running along the band which makes the band look like it’s composed of stones and not metal—literally encrusted or paved with diamonds, as the name pave suggests. With the band covered in stones, even a smaller center stone has more sparkle and looks larger.
There are two basic settings when it comes to pave. A ‘full pave’ which means that the diamonds run around the entire band or a ‘half pave’ where the diamonds stop about halfway down the band. Although a ‘full pave’ is awesome visually, some find it uncomfortable due to the side and bottom diamonds rubbing against other fingers and the palm of their hands. (These pave rings and all the other rings in this article are courtesy of JamesAllen)
There is also ‘micro-pave’. Micro-pave is a term that describes the use of really small diamonds in the pave setting. It is a labor intensive setting and usually more costly. In fact, the diamonds are so small that it is really hard to distinguish one from the other and gives the impression of one solid band of sparkle. The issue is that the diamonds are so tiny and what’s holding them so disguised, that they become less durable because the small stones cannot be set quite as securely.
Finally, pave engagement rings also come with pave-set frames or ‘halos’ that surround the center stone.
Halo Engagement Rings
Halo engagement rings are named for the halo that surrounds a center diamond.
Not only is the halo a beautiful style, it actually creates the illusion that the center diamond is bigger than it actually is. By surrounding a center stone with smaller diamonds the eye is fooled into thinking that more of the surface is taken up by the center stone.
Solitaire Engagement Rings
When it comes to the classic solitaire diamond ring, one isn’t the loneliest number. Simply put, solitaire means alone. For an engagement ring, by definition it’s supposed to mean that the ring has one diamond, with no side stones or accent stones.
However, today it can now loosely refer to any ring with a prominent center diamond.
The classic solitaire diamond ring setting for us is exactly that—a classic. It is simple and elegant and sophisticated. It never goes out of style because it’s always in style.
Split Shank Engagement Rings
Split shank engagement rings have a shank (the top part of the band that holds the setting in place) that is split in two or more pieces.
This allows the finger to be seen through the band/shank giving the ring a kind of a peek-a-boo quality.
Shanks have always been adorned and embellished. Engraving, filigree and pave being the most common form of decoration. None of that changes with a split shank.
Finally a few things to consider with split shank engagement rings:
Shank Width – These can be skinny or wide but just make sure that the end effect is proportionate to the size of the center stone and the ring as a whole.
Split Width – How far apart are the two bands? Does it look like the ring has a natural part or does it look somehow manipulated. Important to consider is the size of the diamond here because some splits can be very narrow while others quite wide and a small diamond floating in a wide split just doesn’t look right. It all needs to work together.
Split Depth – How deep is the split? Will it pinch in between your fingers?
Settings for diamond engagement rings not only dictate style but they also serve to protect the stone. So choose a setting based on your lifestyle, and then look for a design that suits your sense of style.