Engagement Ring Settings Explained
The symbol of fidelity and commitment - an Engagement Ring setting is the silhouette of precious metal that frames the main centre Diamond. The setting is the first step to creating a bespoke Diamond Ring as it defines the overall appearance and style. The Gold or Platinum metals fit and contour beautifully around the main stone affecting the size, security and shape of the centre stone.
At Janai, we always see a mix of trends with Engagement Ring Settings. When it comes down to making a decision, consider a setting style to be worn for a lifetime.
Here are what defines each setting below:
Solitaire/Claw Settings (explore here)
A Solitaire setting is an Engagement Ring setting featuring a single centre diamond. The band is plain gold or platinum and has no pave diamonds. Solitaire Settings are simple and minimal, placing all of the emphasis on the centre stone. The claws hold the Diamond securely in place and depending on the diamond shape, the centre stone will be set in a three, four or six claw setting.
The Solitaire Engagement Ring is the perfect classic option for a bride-to-be. It remains popular for its timeless and versatile style, it works well with many diamond shapes, and is easy to clean and resize. It allows for maximum light exposure to the centre stone as it is elevated and minimises the amount of metal around the diamond for superior brilliance. Solitaire ring designs are a very traditional option - the setting can be traced all the way back to Ancient Rome.
Cathedral Settings (explore here)
A Cathedral Setting is a variation on the Solitaire, it is also a traditional Engagement Ring design that will stand the test of time. A Cathedral setting features a single centre stone flanked with metal arches on either side of the band. This setting is a structural beauty with the additional security of protection on two sides of the diamond. The name is distinguished by the profile design of the ring, which resembles the arches of Gothic-Style Cathedrals.
Our Janai Classic/Signature Rose & Tulip rings are Cathedral settings. A timeless design featuring Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds enclosed in a claw setting with a beautiful floral profile. Displaying elements of nature in the profile of the setting, the style ensures the centre diamond is visible at all angles.
A Halo ring features a larger centre stone surrounded with smaller diamonds. A Halo is a modern and exquisite setting that creates visual impact with an eternity of smaller diamonds surrounding the main stone.
A Halo creates the appearance of one large stone without the price-tag. At a distance a halo can give the illusion of one large centre stone, and up close adds delicate detail and dimension to the diamond.
Hidden Halo Settings (explore here)
A Hidden Halo setting is defined through incorporating a pave diamond to a basket bar between the claws along the side profile of the ring. A Hidden Halo is a surprise detail that you won’t see from above from the top view of the ring, but adds a sparkly detail from the side. This setting is a way to add a little extra sparkle to the ring in a subtle way, but keeping the main focus on the centre diamond.
Pave Settings (Diamond Band) (explore here)
A Pave setting design has diamonds along the shoulder of the band.
A Pave setting refers to tiny metal beads holding each of the stones securely in place, they delicately highlight the centre stone by adding extra sparkle. The term Pave comes from the french word “paved” due to the ring design resemblance to cobblestone streets. A Pave Engagement Ring design adds extra radiance to the ring and is a delicate detail that can adorn all types of bands.
Trilogy Settings (explore here)
A centre diamond flanked with two side stones (either diamonds or gemstones). The centre stone is generally larger than the two accompanying stones. The three-strong Engagement Ring can also be known as a trinity or trilogy ring. Stone cuts can be mixed and matched between round, cushion, princess, oval, marquise and pear-cut diamonds to achieve the right proportions. Trilogy Settings allow for multiple larger stones as well as the combination of Diamonds, and other precious stones. The three-stone stones can be referred to as symbolic of the past, present and future of the engaged couple.
Vintage/Grain Settings (explore here)
A Vintage Engagement Ring settings use intricately detailed milgrain to create detailed patterns. The term “Milgrain” comes from the French word “a thousand grains” to explain the technique of representing tiny metal beads arranged into beautiful shapes and patterns on the ring. Vintage Settings take old fashioned elements to create decorative and detailed patterns ranging between feminine/floral or geometric designs. The Vintage Settings creates an antique look with the combination of claw set and channel set.
Bezel Settings (explore here)
A Bezel Setting is timeless, defined by a metal frame fully surrounding the centre stone which securely holds the diamond in place. The minimal design suits those with an active lifestyle as a Bezel Setting protects the stone from damage as the diamond remains concealed. The beauty of a Bezel Setting Engagement Ring is revealed from the top view of the ring. The Bezel setting is used to protect fragile stones. The way in which the simple Bezel borders the diamond also enhances the size of the diamond.