Whether choosing a new setting for a solitaire diamond, or choosing a ring based on the setting, buyers should most definitely consider what the diamond is placed in before making a purchase. The setting affects the look and feel of the diamond and, depending on the individual stone, can be used to disguise flaws in the diamond, if chosen wisely, but otherwise it can hide the beauty of the stone. Therefore, understanding different types of settings is useful while shopping for a ring or a new setting for a diamond ring.
Many people purchase rings with a specific look in mind, which is one major part that the setting plays. Buyers can also choose to take a diamond to jewellery store to have it reset, or can purchase a diamond and a setting separately in order to set their own ring. Whatever the case, there are a few important things to keep in mind when selecting a diamond setting, including the style of the setting, the diamond, the size of each, and preferences of the buyer.
Choosing the Diamond Setting
The diamond should be chosen according to the setting, or vice versa. First, if the setting has been pre-made, buyers should look into choosing a setting and a diamond with the same diameter so that the diamond fits into the setting. Second, many settings can be used to hide or disguise flaws, while other settings only emphasise any flaws. Knowing the diamond that goes into the setting is an important part of choosing a specific setting. On the other hand, buyers who are purchasing a ring because they like the setting can most likely simply examine the diamond ring, or photos of the ring, to choose a diamond that is flattered by that setting.
The prong setting is the most common for diamond rings because it draws the most attention to the stone. Prongs were especially popular during the 50s and 60s of the last century, but are also popular today for wedding, engagement, and fashion rings. The classic image of the diamond ring is that of a diamond set in a prong setting, which makes the look very desirable for many people. Prong settings use thin wire or metal to close around the diamond and hold it in place. Prongs are one of the most versatile types of settings because they can often accommodate stones of different sizes. The advantage of prong settings is that they easily display a quality stone to its best advantage and can make a smaller diamond look bigger, but the settings are not suitable for flawed diamonds.
V-prong settings are a variation of the prong setting. This style uses an angled prong that when viewed from the side appears to be have a V-shape. This type of prong is often be used to clasp a square diamond as the effect is very flattering when the prongs are set onto the corners of the stone. This is because the V of the metal leaves plenty of room for the diamond to shine from nearly every angle.
Common Prong Settings
Another variation of the prong setting is the common prong, which uses double-sided prongs to set two diamonds side by side. This setting is mostly used to add three or more stones to the same ring, often with a larger centre stone. In many cases, the flanking gems do not necessarily have to be diamond, and the same goes for the centre stone. Common prongs are quite popular and can often be used to set the entire surface of the ring with stones.
The bezel setting is slightly less attention grabbing than the prong setting, but can be equally beautiful. One of the major benefits of the bezel setting is that the diamond is set into the ring, so that any flaws or discolouration can be hidden on the diamond. This type of setting is also excellent for setting small, flat stones and making them appear larger, because the setting is raised above the surface of the ring and often features a small accentuating lip over the top of the ring. This style is very stylish and can be used to display a wide variety of shapes and colours of diamonds.
Channel settings are used to display multiple diamonds or stones at one time, often using smaller stones that may or may not have a centre stone. Like the bezel setting, channel settings can be used to disguise small stones, are an excellent method of setting multiple small diamonds, and can be used to create a brilliant look. Channel settings are popular for men's and women's diamond rings, and are beautiful, stylish, and versatile. One variation of the channel setting is the bar setting, which raises the lip of the metal between each stone to separate each one.
Pavé settings are similar to a mosaic in appearance. The setting involves drilling small holes in the ring and setting it with multiple types of diamonds, often using very small stones, until the entire surface of the ring is covered. In some cases different colours of stones are used alongside the diamonds, and in some cases only diamonds are used. Depending on the buyer, the ring can be very slender or very large.
Bead settings are similar to pavé settings in style and method, except that the stones are set very far apart to 'bead' against the metal. Usually this type of setting emphasises the gold, silver, or platinum of the ring rather than the diamonds. In some cases, a larger stone is used near the centre of the ring with smaller stones set around it, which draws more attention to the ring as a whole.
The cluster setting is very popular for modern diamond rings because it is versatile, allows the use of shapes and patterns, and can be used with multiple types of stones. Cluster stones are set into a number of settings, which can be bezel, prong, or drilled hole, and often formed into a pattern such as a flower or even something more whimsical. Cluster settings can also be multi-level with a variety of prongs detaching from the main ring to hold a separate diamond.
Flush settings are created by drilling holes into a ring and setting the diamond flush against the surface of the ring. This is the most understated of styles because it attracts the least amount of attention. Flush settings are perfect for displaying very small diamonds or diamonds that are flawed near the bottom. On the same note, a flat diamond can easily be beautifully set into a flush setting. This setting is perfect for both men's and women's rings, and perfect for everyday wear, such as on occasions where wearing flashy jewellery might not be appropriate.
The ballerina setting is perhaps one of the most glamorous settings available because it uses multiple diamonds to create a very large ring of stones. Ballerina settings are named so because they involve setting a round stone into a ring and surrounding it with smaller stones to create a tutu-like effect. While rings with ballerina diamond settings are very glamorous, they are not for everyone because they do tend to be quite large.
Choosing the Diamond Shape
Many people consider that a certain cut or shape of diamond is most flattered by a certain setting, but this is mostly a matter of preference rather than a proven fact. Because different people find alternate shapes and designs appealing, choosing a stone that goes well with a diamond's cut and pattern can be very much dependant upon the owner of the diamond. One should try browsing through diamond rings for sale on eBay or another online store to get a look and feel for how diamonds are set and how they look before making a purchase.
Buying a Diamond Ring on eBay
Once you have decided on the type of setting you are looking for, you can search on eBay for the diamond ring with the right setting for you. You can search for a specific type of setting or simply browse through diamond rings until you find something that you find appealing or that suits your style. There are multiple options to choose from, with thousands of diamond rings available on eBay, so you should not have a problem finding what you are looking for.
Diamonds are graded according to carat weight, clarity, colour, and cut, so you should pay attention to these factors when choosing your ring. If you cannot see enough of the ring, try asking the seller for more photographs or any other information about the ring, or examining the stone. Most sellers are more than happy to cooperate with anything you need if you are a serious inquirer. Finally, check the shipping rate and time, and check any customs that might apply to an international purchase before making a decision.
The setting on a diamond ring can flatter the diamond or hide its greatest attributes. Choosing the setting wisely can help the buyer to choose a ring that suits the diamond and their personality. For example, prong settings of all styles are the most classic settings for diamonds, but can emphasise any flaws that the stone might have. Bezel settings can make a small diamond look larger and can hide flaws. Channel settings are excellent for anyone who wants to display a large number of stones, and so on.
Generally buyers can pay attention to the shape of setting that appeals to them, or can simply find a setting that flatters the type of stone they would like. In most cases, the shape of the stone does not have any real effect on the appearance of the setting, but some people do prefer a specific setting with a specific stone. Important notes to keep in mind include the different types of settings, the settings that are most flattering to a stone, and the preferred style of the wearer.