Are you in the market for purchasing a diamond engagement ring? The choice in designs is without a doubt ample. Whether you are looking in high street shops or online, you are sure to find an appealing design.
Each design has subtle differences. It is the setting of the diamond which gives each ring its unique style. In technical terms, the purpose of the engagement ring setting is to hold the diamond(s) in place. In design terms, the combination of the setting and the shape of the centre diamond gives the engagement ring its personality.
A simple guide to the different engagement ring settings
The classic claw setting
The 4 claw is the ultimate classic setting. It is extremely popular due to its simplicity. The individual claws are spaced out around the diamond to hold it securely in place. Besides being secure, this setting is very appealing as it keeps the sides of the diamonds visible from all angles. The claws are also commonly referred to as clasps or prongs.
Are you seeking a more modern and romantic look? Find inspiration in a design where the 4 claws come up to the diamond in an elegant swirl. This is frequently known as the twist setting.
Another unusual but appealing option is the compass setting. Here the 4 claws are turned round by 90°. The name compass stems the from the north, south, east, west position of the claws.
The 6 claw is yet another timeless setting. Tiffany & Co. introduced this design. Hence it is known as the Tiffany setting.
This setting is frequently chosen to set large size round diamonds. Large size marquise diamonds are also typically set with this setting.
Pear shape and heart shape diamonds are instead ideally set with 3 claws. Two of the claws hold the wider upper part of the diamond in place. The third claw protects the bottom fine point of the diamond.
The traditional rubover claw setting
The rubover setting frames the circumference of the diamond in precious metal. For this reason the diamond is kept very secure in its mount.
The semi or half rubover is a variation of this setting. In this case the metal setting only partially frames the edge of the diamond. The rub-over setting can also be set in a twist or swirl.
The tension setting
The decision of the diamond setting is a personal one. It comes down to individual taste.
You can find all the diamond setting styles in our engagement ring collection. For any questions, call us on 0845 548 9858. We are happy to assist with finding the perfect engagement ring setting for you.