When it comes to choosing an engagement for your loved one there is a lot of lingo to learn. Being familiar with engagement ring settings is a great way to help narrow down your search and learn about the pros and cons of each style.

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No stone setting is more classic than the claw or prong setting. It’s the ring you imagine when someone says engagement ring. A claw setting is characterised by metal claps around the diamond or stone which hold it in place. As there is very little metal holding your diamond in place more light passes through the diamond. What makes this setting so popular is how timeless they look, such as this stunning solitaire claw set diamond engagement ring here. No claw or solitaire ring will date or go out of style.


A halo engagement ring can be any shape but what makes this style unique is the ring of d Stones around the centre stone. It’s a great way to get more bling for your money as the smaller halo diamonds will be a smaller carat and don’t need to have such a high clarity or colour grade. They also instantly make the centre stone appear much bigger. Check out this halo engagement ring.


The bezel setting is ideal if you live an active lifestyle. A metal collet encases the diamond making it really secure and less likely to catch on clothes. The bezel style lends itself to a more vintage look as this setting has been used throughout history as a secure way of setting stones.


The channel setting features a row of diamonds with a metal edge keeping your diamonds securely in place. Like the bezel setting, it’s great for an active lifestyle and you get a perfect view of the diamonds. If you love the look of a channel setting take note that these rings can be quite challenging to get resized.


Pave is the new modern favourite for engagement ring settings. Pavé comes from the French word meaning paved like a pavement. The tiny diamonds are held in place by tiny prongs and with so many diamonds these rings can look very sparkly! This pave set diamond engagement ring is a show stopper!


Tension settings are unique compared to the other styles we’ve previously mentioned. Instead of a prong or claw holding the stone in place, the ring band holds the stone. The diamond will appear as if it’s floating. As the diamond looks quite open, rather than being encased, more light can enter through the diamond giving that wow factor. The setting is more uncommon so you’ll be sure to get plenty of compliments.


A flush setting features a ring where the diamonds are flush with the ring band. Only the hardest stones of the Mohs scale can be used for this setting. This is because tiny holes are drilled into the band and the stones are held firmly here. Good stones for a flush ring setting are diamonds, rubies, and sapphires. Flush rings also look good with different coloured stones such as diamonds and sapphires flush in a band of white gold.

Now you have explored the 7 most popular engagement ring settings, which one will you go for?