With so many rings out there to choose from how are you to know the difference? Well, assuming
that you have already studied the 4c's of diamonds, you know
how to pick the diamond. Well, what about band and setting? Here are the most popular settings
from Blue Nile.
Classic Diamond Solitare Setting
Isn't it pretty? If you're unsure what setting to choose, the solitaire is the most classic
engagement ring setting. The prong setting ensures your diamond is
visible from all sides, and enables the diamond to
catch the most light. A four-prong setting allows you to see more of
your diamond, while a six-prong setting offers a slight security
advantage for those who are hard on jewelry. In other words, if she's
active, go for the six-prong.
One of the most popular settings, the cathedral offers a more substantial look in
a classic style. In a cathedral setting, a prong-set diamond lies almost
flush with the setting, which protects the diamond from abrasions. The
open sides allow for light to enter, which creates brilliance.
Prong Set Side Stone Setting
Also called a three-stone ring, (probably because it has three stones!), this style is more brilliant with diamond
side stones, or gemstone side stones to add a touch of color and
embellish a smaller diamond or highlight a larger diamond. The
prong-set side stones receive light from all angles to reflect light
brilliantly. One word of caution though, unless you've talked to your fiancee
about gemstones other than diamonds in an engagement ring, we'd stick to just
those pretty white diamonds.
Channel Set Side Stone Setting
Like the prong-set side stone setting, the channel setting embellishes a
center diamond by presenting additional sparkle. Channel settings also
protect gemstones from abrasions by keeping them flush. Multiple
diamonds in a channel setting create a clear band of light and elegantly
accentuate a center diamond. Pretty much what were are saying is lots of
shimmer and shine!
Bar Channel Side Stone Setting
The bar-channel setting allows more light to enter the side diamonds
creating even more sparkle. The small metal bars leave the edges of
each diamond open creating a scalloped edge of brilliance, rather than
the closed metal sides of traditional channel settings. If you're looking
for a unique ring design, try combining the bar-channel setting with a
fancy shaped diamond like a princess-cut, emerald-cut, or marquise-cut.
Again, if you're unsure what setting to choose, the contour setting is a
safe choice as a modern twist on the classic solitaire style. The elegant
lines of the contour setting rise up to protect the diamond on two sides
and keep the diamond flush with the ring. The prong setting lifts the
diamond off the ring, allowing it to catch light.
Remember, it never hurts to start looking, you just might find the perfect one (well, you already found the perfect
one, she's your fiancee! We're talking about the perfect ring here...) Plus,
Blue Nile has the best selection from diamonds to rings and other jewelery. You can even design your own
ring on their site and have it shipped directly to you just in time for the big day.
So go check out what Blue Nile has, choose the one you want and you'll be one step closer
to popping the big question.