Channel Set Engagement Rings
Another popular engagement ring style is the channel setting. With this method of setting diamonds, the stones are placed side by side and are held in place by a metal channel. Similar to the pave setting, the channel setting uses rows of smaller diamonds to accent a larger center diamond.
Below are two representative channel set engagement ring designs. First is a classic design by Brian Gavin using princess cut channel set diamonds. Second is a design from James Allen which uses channel set round cut diamonds.
Princess Cut Channel Set Engagement Ring
Vintage Engraved Channel Set Engagement Ring
Some may be confused at the similarity between the channel and pave settings, but there is a difference. With the pave setting, the stones are located on top of the ring, with as little metal visible between each diamond as possible, to give the illusion that the ring is “paved” with diamonds. With the channel setting, the diamonds are set in a channel, and are therefore “inside” the ring.
One advantage of the channel setting over the pave setting is that the channel diamonds are more protected and less likely to be dislodged. The channel setting is perfect for the woman “on the go”.
In addition to engagement rings, the channel setting is popular for eternity rings, anniversary rings and wedding bands, where often there is no center diamond, but simply a continuous channel of diamonds around the band.
Perfect for engagement rings, the unending line of channel diamonds represents the lifelong commitment that one person makes to another, and it reminds the recipient of that commitment every time the ring is gazed upon.