Ring setting style makes a huge difference in how your chosen center stone will shine, and the overall aesthetics of your engagement ring. Some of the most popular (and timeless) setting styles are the solitaire, halo setting, and the three stone rings.
Yet today, picking a setting style is all about the individual, relationship milestone that the ring marks. Ring setting styles are chosen based on the wearer’s lifestyle, taste, and values. There is also a sparkler out there for every budget. So if you’re planning to propose (or need to give your other half some ideas on what to buy) keep reading our ring setting guide.
Timeless, evergreen and minimalist, the Solitaire setting is one of the most popular styles for engagement rings. It is a classic setting where the center stone is accentuated in a ring
In the cathedral prong setting, there are typically four or six prongs which come up from underneath the diamond hugging the edges in order to protect the diamond and increase durability. This prong setting also allows more light to pass through the diamond, resulting in visible fire and brilliance to the ring.
They are perfect for the person who wants their diamond to stand out. So, when choosing a solitaire with a plain band, you’ll want to make sure you have a diamond with high quality diamond grades. The center stone is all anyone will notice so follow our guide to Choosing the 4Cs.
While most solitaire lab grown diamond rings will use a solid carat weight lab created diamond, sometimes a cluster of smaller accent diamonds can also be used as center to create an illusion of a solitaire. This is done on special request by customers and is often pocket friendly.
This is an interesting piece of craftsmanship where the center stone is encircled with pavé set smaller diamonds or other gem stones of your choice. The huge advantage of a Halo setting style is that it can give you the looks of royalty and the shine and brilliance of a reasonably bigger carat. The halo stones (or the diamond accent) reflect light onto the center stone, making it seem even more brilliant and sparkly.
While the most popular setting comprises a round diamond in the middle, a Halo lab diamond engagement ring could be set beautifully with a princess or rectangular (emerald or radiant shape) diamonds too. The metal preference is usually white gold (or platinum) and rarely colored metals (yellow or rose gold) as white gold reflects light more magnificently. You could also choose from a single shank (band), a split shank, a double floating halo to add more drama to the look of the ring. In a plain shank, the band actually arcs up to the diamond and its halo, creating a sense of attention to the central design.
Once considered as an elite and sophisticated ring setting, the Halo ring setting is a fast catching trend amongst young couples. The latest celebrities to hone one include Lady Gaga and Priyanka Chopra, who chose a cushion cut halo engagement ring for herself.
Vintage designs tend to be more ornate and yet you can add your very own modern twist to the design. The setting style is decorated with detailed filigree and milgrain work, and LovBe concentrates on providing just the right combination of antiquity and modern styling through its option of customizing Vintage engagement rings.
Milgrain which is basically French for “a thousand grains”, can be quite intricate while filigree is when the jeweler creates separate pieces of metal and beads, forming them into intricate designs. Those designs are then soldered onto the ring. The vintage style ring setting is totally for those who would love to carry ‘royal charm’ on their ring finger. The setting uses inspirations that are Victorian, Edwardian, Retro, Georgian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau with emphasis being on intricate metalwork.
Due to some complicated setting of gemstones and work of prongs, this setting can be delicate and therefore will need some upkeep. It is recommended to carefully select graded diamonds to ensure your ring really shines through! Some of the tell-tale signs that really set this setting apart are the delicate details on the bezel, or crafted filigree or even under gallery detailing, all of which are marks of a well-crafted style.
A Vintage lab diamond engagement ring is guaranteed to bring back the magic of yesteryears, with a unique twist of modernity. This ring setting style can be used in both engagement and wedding rings. Lovers of old-school glamour and fashion will adore a vintage engagement ring. Do check LovBe’s vintage collection which combine elements of Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco designs.
The Channel ring setting was most popular between the 1980 through the 90s. But today, it is preferred for the style statement it makes. It is a surprisingly versatile setting that can be personalized to suit the wearer’s personality. Its unique setting accentuates the diamond or gemstone setting. In a Channel ring setting, smaller diamonds or gemstones on the shank of a ring are nestled together between two solid metal walls. The small accent gemstones or lab grown diamonds literally run across like a track in the ring. This is accentuated with a center stone.
Due to its tightly packed setting, the smaller stones create a magnificent sparkle and brilliance, which is further enhanced when set in white gold or platinum. By virtue of the design, stones are protected from abrasions or wear and tear. Princess cut diamonds are the most secure in a channel setting because there are no spaces or gaps between the diamonds in the channel. They are secure on all four edges.
What all channel set engagement rings also have in common is also the fact that this classic setting beautifully outlines the fire and brilliance of the center gem. As the world’s preferred authority on lab grown diamonds, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) explains that this design itself protects the gemstones, making this setting style ideal for daily wear and a good option for an active person.
You could also choose to opt for colored diamonds to enhance the look of the ring — a popular option presented with lab grown diamonds. Jewelry experts also believe that a channel-set ring can present a cost-effective option as it seamlessly hides variations in sizes of diamonds which can lower the setting cost. But keep in mind that due to the nature of this setting, chances of dirt getting in between the channel set gems is a real possibility.
The Pavé setting (pronounced pah-vay), from the French word for “paving,” literally a pavement, is a setting that helps accentuate the main stone, creating a field of sparkle. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) calls it a setting that guarantees an ‘elegant clean look.’ This setting includes a row of small diamonds set close to each other (sometimes in a honeycomb pattern). This creates the appearance that the ring has been ‘pavèd’ with diamonds. Very similar to the Channel setting, the Pavè ring setting makes use of small beads or prongs to hold the smaller lab grown diamonds together.
The design is smart, neat and elegant and can be used for both engagement rings and wedding bands. In an engagement ring that has a center stone, this setting really adds weight & beauty to the center stone.
Since the pavèd stones used in this setting are usually small, their quality and clarity need not be at par with the central stone, yet they add definite fire to the center stone. The setting provides such great light interaction that it automatically awards great brilliance to the ring. Most of the time, the metal is not visible from beneath the diamonds. White metal on a pavèd shank actually works well, as it helps to hide the sight of metal prongs that hold the gemstones together. There are various options to choose from in the setting. You can go ahead with French, Bezel, Bar, Shared Prong, Bright Cut or even a Micro pave. Each of these distinct designs with the Pave ring settings adds a distinct personality to the ring you wish to buy.
It is also advisable not to select a layout where a pave engagement ring setting is using too many small diamonds. Jewelry designers world over explain how in this way, the diamonds tend to fall out. This is especially true if the pave setting goes far down the shank, or if the diamonds are smaller than .005ct.
A three-stone ring setting is an incredibly impressive upgrade to the solitaire ring setting. Also known as the Trilogy or Trinity ring, the three stone engagement ring is said to represent the tale of your life journey together. With each diamond representing a significant point in time. For some, the three stones signify the past, present and the future. The center stone serves as the present and is always the largest of the three. The smaller diamonds that lead to the middle signify past and future.
The style shot to instant fame when Meghan Markle sported a three stone engagement ring handpicked and designed by Prince Harry in 2017. The classic ring setting came right back on the ‘trendsetter map.’
In this setting, the center stone comes off looking absolutely brilliant, thanks to the two side diamonds accentuating it. The side stones are matched pairs and create a stunning visual effect. The three stone setting can be designed using the traditional graduation, or slight graduation, or even equal sized diamonds. The traditional graduating three stone engagement ring incorporates a center diamond whose weight is equal to the approximate total of the smaller two diamonds. The equal size setting has three diamonds of equal quality and weight set in a row (commonly) while a slightly graduated setting has the center stone glowing generously thanks to the side stones which might be of different quality and even color.
Many couples like to improvise a three stone engagement ring setting with the addition of the pave or channel setting too. According to jewelry critics, designers are creating the three-stone setting engagement rings in a modern day version of the classic ring style. Wearers can opt for geometric stones like emerald, hexagon, square, shield, trillion, and Asscher-cut diamonds that appear sleeker and angular. Usually, this setting style comes at a premium although the price will vary depending on the quality and clarity of the center stone. You could choose to have the side diamonds of the same quality but smaller in size; or you could experiment with colored lab grown diamonds too. You could also choose to flank the sides with baguettes that are high on style quotient but will cost less than traditional shapes.
Side Stone Setting
As the name suggests, the side stone ring setting makes use of smaller stones flanking the sides of a larger gemstone. The setting is also called a complementing setting, as it helps to accentuate the brilliance of the center diamond.
The small accent diamonds bring dramatic character to the ring — as they enhance the vibrancy of the ring without distracting from the beauty of the main attraction. The side stone style may have smaller diamonds pavèd, flush-set on the shank, bar or channel set or shared prong set. The variety in styles allows everyone to choose the setting style that resonates with them and their chosen center stone.
Jewelry designers are always presenting the option of contrasting shapes & qualities of lab grown diamonds to bring a distinct look to side stone engagement rings.
With lab grown diamonds, possibilities to innovate with the design become accessible. The side stone ring setting also allows you the flexibility to choose your ring’s carat weight as the budget. Wearers usually opt for white gold or platinum as a choice with this style, as that helps bring forth lab grown diamond’s brilliance, luster and fire.