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The Top 6 Engagement Rings      
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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.

Cathedral Setting
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.

Contour Setting
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. : Everything Dating from Pick-up to Break-up

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