With minimal metal obstructing the view of the gemstone, the four prong solitaire setting is by far the most popular choice. It's versatile and can be paired with round, square, and cushion cut stones.
The six prong setting provides more security for your stone than a four-prong. On the downside, it means more metal components covering up more of the gemstone. Needless to say, this option works best with larger stones.
This antler prong engagement ring features a subtle nod to your bride who is also a hunter or outdoor lover. From the front view, the stone appears to be set in a standard, split-prong setting, but when viewed from the side, you can see the dainty antler prongs that secure the round center stone. This antler prong ring has a wood inlay, but you can choose whatever inlay material you desire, including your own supplied antler.
This 6-prong setting works well with a 1 carat round cut stone in any color. The small accent stones adorn the petals of the lotus adding some sparkle from every angle. This yellow gold engagement ring also features a beautiful turquoise inlay.
There are six perfectly spaced petals on this nature-inspired prong setting. From all angles of this ring, it resembles a brilliant blossom when paired with any round-cut center stone, especially colorful gems.
The aptly named claw prong setting securely grasps the stone in a way that resembles the talon of a raptor. This edgy setting is commonly paired with rough diamonds and other rough-faceted stones.
This unique setting can be used for harder stones, including diamonds, black diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Any stone that ranks 8 or higher on the Mohs Scale of Hardness can typically be tension set. This setting showcases more of the stone than any other setting. The stone appears to be floating between the ring and is safely secured using the force of the ring itself without the obstruction of prongs.
If you like the look of the tension set ring, but have a softer stone preference, there’s an alternative. From the front, it looks the same as a true tension setting. However, the underside of the stone is set in additional metal in lieu of relying on the force of the ring to keep the stone secure. Stones that rank under 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness (e.g. Emeralds, Moonstone, Tanzanite) typically require a faux tension setting.
Now that you have a general idea of your options, you should be able to better communicate what you're looking for to any jeweler. Next, comes the fun part! After you've determined your design preferences, you'll need to determine your choice for stone(s) and metal. We have more information on ring metal options and ring gemstone options in our education center. If you have any questions that aren't answered within our jewelry education center, or are interested in talking with one of our design consultants in person, you can email us anytime or call us Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm CST. We are here to help you create the ring of your dreams.
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