The most popular engagement ring style is obviously the one stone solitaire, this attractively classic ring design lets the central stone really sparkle and stand proud on your hand, so no doubt its the favorite ! Nothing says classical elegance like a solitaire engagement ring. This engagement ring style stands for around 70% of the engagement ring market.
Inside a jewelry context, the word Solitaire is used to define a single diamond or gemstone set into piece of jewellery. A diamond solitaire indicates to any piece of jewelry with a single diamond. Diamond solitaires can be a ring, pendant, necklace, earring or even men’s jewellery. They have come to indicate some of the most significant occasions in one’s life, like sweet-sixteen, birthday, anniversaries, and the most notable, an engagement proposal. The word solitaire does not define a particular diamond shape.
Whether it’s one, two or three diamonds, it’s all about glamour, movement, romance, and a couple’s journey. Solitaire diamonds create a brilliant focal point in any diamond fashion. They are also granted as the traditional symbolic promise of marriage. Popular twin diamond designs stand for the feeling when friendship and love join together, the love you share with not only your friend or best friend but your one and only true love. And finally, the sentimental trio of shining diamonds remains a glowing tribute to the past, present and future…beautifully representing the most significant stages in your life.
Solitaire engagement rings can be designed in a variety of styles to give it a modern and unique twist while still carry its exquisite artistic and simple lines.
Most popular types of Diamond settings are as follows:
The most common and typical ring setting is called a prong setting. A prong is a little metal claw that grips the diamond tightly, holding it in place. Prongs can be rounded, pointed, flat, or V-shaped (latter being most common for princess-cut diamonds).
Most prong settings trait either four or six prongs; with the former you can see more of the diamond, but the latter is very secure. A benefit of this setting is that there is a minimum presence of metal, so that there’s more diamond to see and more light that can pass through the diamond, thus adding to its excellence.
In 1886, Tiffany setting was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany with the support of his company gemologists, scientifically developed a specific solitaire six-prong setting to maximize the light return on the diamond. This design was proposed with a elevated claw in the ring band to hold the diamond tightly that makes the diamond more visible gifting more sparkle. This plain-band setting has come to be known as ‘Tiffany setting,’ distinguished mainly by the ‘knife edge’ of its shaft and the beautiful design of its prongs.
Channel setting is a secure way to set smaller diamonds in a row into the metal band of the ring, making the channel of shining stones flush with shank. In this setting small diamonds are set deep into the metel band, creating a ‘channel’.The diamonds and gemstones are set firmly together into the grooves of channel and decorate the sides of the band or the whole band. This setting is also famous for wedding bands or stackable rings that feature just only small stones and no center stone.Since there are no prongs, this setting is also a good option for a snag-free and safe design.
Bar Channel Settings:
Bar Channel Setting is characterized by two metal bars that hold the diamond in place.This settings are similar to channel settings, but the difference is that channel settings enclose the diamond on all sides but the bar setting leaves the diamond open on two sides, held in place by the metal bars that safe the stones on the next two sides.
This setting can compliment a center stone or stand alone for an extraordinary wedding band or stackable ring.
The word ‘pavé’ is comes from the French word “to pave,” as in paved with diamonds. By closely setting small diamonds together with minimum visibility of the tiny beads or prongs holding the diamonds in place, for a floating effect, the effect is one of continuous shine. The craftsman (karigar) typically drills holes into the ring, correctly places the diamonds into the holes, and finally forms tiny beads, or mini-prongs, around each diamond to safe them into the holes.
This setting is also called bead setting and in the case of especially small stones, may be called a micro-pavé setting. Diamonds are called pavé-set when they are as small as .01 – .02 carats.
Bezel setting is another most popular ring setting due to its modern appearence and suitability for an active lifestyle. Instead of holding the diamond with beads or prongs, the bezel setting enclose the diamond, or center stone, with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the stone securely in place.
A bezel setting can be two types: full or partial setting. In full bezel setting completely surrounds the diamond but in a partial bezel setting leaves the sides open. It’s a best choice for bankers, nurses, teachers, and others looking for a ring that won’t snag and will appropriately secure the diamond.
Tension Settings: Tension setting is named for the tension of metal band that protect the diamond in place, the result is that the diamond looks suspended between the two sides of the shank. With the help of lasers used to balance the exact dimensions of the diamond, the craftsman (karigar) accurately cuts tiny grooves into the sides of shank or bannd, so that the gemstone is actually held by the pressure of the custom-designed metal band pressing into the sides of the stone.
The halo setting indicates to the arrangement of diamonds or gemstones in a concentric circle or square around center stone. The halo setting makes the center stone show larger a great option to boost the looks of a small diamond and it raises the total sparkle of the ring. In addition, setting the halo diamonds with a various color metal or adding a halo of colored gemstones can make for a contrast in colors. Halos are generally paired with pavé bands but could exactly stand on their own with a simple unadorned band.
The three-stone setting symbolized the couple’s past, present, and future. This is a versatile setting that can be used for birthday, engagement, sweet-sixteen, anniversary, or any other special occasion. These stones can either be all the equivalent size or as is often the case, the center stone is bigger than the two side stones. The most famous diamond shapes for this settings are the round brilliant cut and the princess cut.
It’s available to personalize this setting with colored sidestones, such as emeralds, sapphires, rubies or any other birthstones.
Antique/Vintage settings are inspire in rings from 1900 – designed to fit specific time periods of jewellery trend, such as Art Deco, Victorian era and Edwardian era styles. Often antique/vintage settings show intricate detail work such as filigree and milgrain.
The filigree is a type of elegant metalwork that solders together tiny beads or twisted threads of metal to the surface of the jewel and the milgrain engraving is a kind of ornamentation added to antique/vintage setting to give them that ‘antique’ look of small balls of metal decorating the sides of a band and a crown of the ring.