Choosing a setting for your future engagement ring can be a beautiful representation of your personal style, and is an important factor in enhancing the look of your diamond. These eco-friendly, socially responsible engagement styles below can help you decide on your perfect setting.
A recycled gold, bezel set Twig ring features a thin "collar" of 18k yellow gold metal surrounding the the diamond. Bezel setting is one of the oldest gemstone mounting techniques yet is still looks very modern and streamlined. This style of setting is labor intensive, the bezel must be formed to fit the exact size and shape of the diamond and folded over smoothly to hold the stone in place.
A gorgeous pave set recycled white gold 'Odessa' ring by Laura Preshong Ethical Wedding Collection is a fine example of a hand done pave setting. Pave attempts to cover the desired surface with small brilliant cut round diamonds to create a "paved" affect. Tiny diamonds are placed in small holes drilled into the setting surface, tiny bits of metal are then pushed over the edge of each diamond, forming tiny beads holding them in place.
Halo set is a border of small stones surrounding a single large center stone. This contemporary take on a classic Edwardian style ring enhances the center stone by surrounding it with the brilliance and fire of multiple pave set diamonds.
Prong set is one of the most common methods for holding a stone since it puts the emphasis on the diamond rather than the ring holding it. Prongs are the 4-6 metal claws rise out of the band that bend over the edge of the stone holding it securely in place.
Cluster set diamonds are when several smaller diamonds flank a large center diamond or other gemstone. There are many unique options for how custer rings can be arranged, but often the designs are stylized floral or simple geometric patterns.
Flush set diamonds are sunk into the band until they are nearly level or flush with the ring surface. Only the table of the diamond and some of the facets on the crown are exposed. Subtle and contemporary this setting style has become very popular even though it does not allow maximum light to enter the diamond.
Shared Prong Set is simply another style of prong setting, and as the name implies several diamonds are set side by side sharing the same prongs. This setting technique uses less metal than pave setting which allows more light to shine through the diamonds for maximum sparkle.