If you’re shopping for an engagement ring or wedding ring in Cleveland, you might be wondering what types of settings are available. A ring setting is the shank and head of a ring that contains the center stone. Although a ring’s gemstone is usually the center of attention, the setting showcases the stone and defines the style of your ring.
When shopping for an engagement ring setting, also keep your wedding band in mind because you may wear the two rings at the same time. To avoid having an engagement ring and wedding ring that don’t go well together, you may want to invest in a bridal set. A bridal set includes a woman’s wedding band and an engagement ring. The advantage of purchasing a bridal set is that the wedding band and engagement ring go together perfectly. In addition, buying a bridal set is less expensive than buying a wedding band and an engagement ring separately. Ultimately, you may choose to wear your engagement ring on special occasions and only wear your wedding band on a regular basis since it is more symbolic of your union.
There’s no right or wrong way to shop for a ring setting. You can pick a stone out and then choose a setting, or you can choose a setting first and then pick a stone. When it comes to settings, your options are virtually limitless. Below are some of the most common types of engagement ring and wedding band settings.
A prong setting is a classic setting consisting of metal claws that raise a stone and allow light to shine through it. Prong settings typically have four to six prongs. Six prong settings are more secure but they tend to overwhelm smaller stones. Four prong settings showcase the center stone better.
The downside of a prong setting is that most of the stone’s girdle is exposed, so the stone isn’t well protected. The girdle is the widest part, or circumference, of a gemstone. Prong settings can also get caught in hair, clothing, or pantyhose.
A pave setting consists of smaller gemstones that surround a central stone. The small gemstones are set very close together.
A channel setting consists of two horizontal tracks of precious metal that sandwich a row of gemstones. Channel settings are popular for wedding bands. Channel settings hold small stones together better than pave or prong settings, but they are not recommended for fragile gemstones, such as opal and emerald.
The bezel setting is one of the earliest types of ring settings. It involves setting a gemstone into a thin, flat piece of metal. A metal rim may partially or fully surround the stone’s perimeter. A bezel setting secures the stone well and protects the girdle of a stone from being chipped or nicked. The metal of a bezel setting can be molded to perfectly fit a stone.
The bar setting consists of small stones with vertical bars of metal between them that secure them in place. The bar setting has a contemporary look and protects the sides of the stones’ girdles. A disadvantage of the bar setting is that it leaves the top and bottom of the stones exposed.
IMG Jewelers is a family-owned jewelry store in Cleveland, Ohio that offers a variety of engagement ring and wedding band settings. View our collection online or come to our showroom in Lyndhurst to find the wedding or engagement ring of your dreams!