Diamond Ring Settings
There are quite a few types of diamond settings to choose from when purchasing a diamond. Some of the most popular diamond ring settings are the prong setting, the pavé setting, the channel setting and the tension setting. These diamond settings allow the diamond to stay in place while still allowing the light to be dispersed in the same brilliant manner one would expect from a quality diamond.
A prong setting is typically used for a solitary diamond in a ring. Its popularity is based upon the emphasis it places on the diamond as opposed to what is holding the diamond in place. The prong setting will place thin pieces of metal around the body of the diamond, particularly in places where there are any corners. The corners will have a V-prong setting, to ensure that they do not get chipped or damaged. These diamond settings allow for the diamond to be raised above the band and let the light pass through, essentially uninterrupted.
A channel setting leaves a small space open between the sides of the band to place the diamonds in. These beautiful diamond settings give off an appearance of the diamonds flowing freely in a channel, like a river. The channel setting is typical when there are a lot of smaller diamonds being used and no central, solitary diamond to work a setting around. Channel diamond ring settings allow for the ultimate protection of the diamonds because there are no edges that are exposed for damage. A channel setting is very popular for a ring that will be flanking a solitary diamond ring.
A pavé setting is the essential covering of the entire surface of the ring by tiny diamonds. It looks almost like paved gravel, hence the name pavé. The pave setting takes a lot of effort; as the ring slims at the sides, the diamonds should also slim. The diamonds are placed in rows, as close to touching as possible without actually doing so. These diamond ring settings will protect the diamonds, while keeping them in place with small indents onto the metal for the culets.
A tension setting is one of the diamond settings growing rapidly in popularity. It holds a diamond in place with pressure rather than prongs or any other setting. A tension setting ring has to be sold before it can be manufactured because it is not easily resized. However, a tension setting will be always brilliant because only three types of gemstones can be placed in it: diamonds, rubies and sapphires, due to the pressure on the stone. Generally, buyers choose diamonds. These diamond settings are very safe; the tension setting is calibrated by a computer in order to hold the stone in place without fracturing it in the slightest.