Engagement Ring Styles and Settings
The most common type of engagement ring setting, the prong setting features slim metal arms that securely cradle the diamond at the girdle. Each prong is carefully tapered and angled against the diamond’s bezel facets. Popularized by the iconic Tiffany® Setting engagement ring, the prong setting lifts the stone high above the band, allowing light to enter and exit the diamond from all angles for maximum brilliance, fire and sparkle.
In a bead setting, small round pieces of metal are raised from the surface and used as prongs to secure each gemstone. This setting often features accent stones on the band. Because the metal beads reflect light, Tiffany engagement rings with bead-set diamond bands emit an extraordinary sparkle when worn.
Derived from the French word for “pavement,” pavé is a type of bead setting in which adjacent gemstones share a bead. In the pavé setting, the surface appears to be paved with diamonds set closely together. Tiffany engagement rings with a pavé diamond band feature three to six beads to secure each gemstone. This popular setting is a perfect choice for the wearer who desires a little extra sparkle.
The channel setting features diamonds set within two parallel walls of metal inside the band. At Tiffany, the spacing between channel-set stones can be no wider than a sheet of paper. Durable and stylish, channel-set engagement rings and wedding bands are prized for their seamless flow of light.
In a tension setting, opposing directions of pressure are used to hold a stone so that it appears suspended in place. This tension creates the illusion of a diamond floating in midair. With open sides and a high seat, light enters and exits the gemstone to display an exceptional sparkle.
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