Engagement Rings Tutorial – Part Two
This is part two of our Engagement Rings Tutorial. Read Part One here.
The Sparkly Pave Style Engagement Ring
Second in popularity only to the diamond solitaire, the Pave setting (pronounced pah-vay) is one of the most beautiful and sparkly engagement ring settings. The pave style captures the eye by making the entire surface seem like it is covered in diamonds. A pave setting employs only small beads or prongs to support each stone, which reduces the presence of the ring metal, while at the same time maximizes the appearance of the pave diamonds.
Although the pave setting is often initially higher in price than the solitaire, the total cost of ring plus center stone is often less as the center diamond of a pave ring can be smaller without sacrificing on the overall brilliance of the ring. Check out our Pave Engagement Rings page for more info.
Thin French-Cut Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring
Vatche Petite Pave Princess Cut Engagement Ring
The channel setting is another style that you will often see with diamond engagement rings. In this setting, two strips of metal help to create a dynamic channel for stones that are set side-by-side. The gems are set flush with the metal, which offers protection against snags.
This setting does slightly diminish the ability for light to shine through the stones, but not enough to where the diamonds don’t still look breath-taking. The gems are held in place, side-by-side, by the two metal strips that come from the main body of the ring. Placed along the length of the channel, the smaller diamonds add extra brilliance to the ring. This setting is often considered to be the most secure, since it grips the stone all around, while simultaneously protecting them against chips and scratches. Visit our Channel Setting page for more information.
Princess Cut Channel Set Engagement Ring
Vintage Engraved Channel Set Engagement Ring
Rings with side stones
The “side stone” setting is another popular choice for engagement rings. This setting incorporates other stones that complement the center diamond. One popular type of side stone setting is the three-stone configuration, where the main diamond is placed in the middle, and has two complementary stones (diamonds or other gemstones) on either side, adding accent while still drawing attention to the main stone.
Some people prefer to have the side stones colored, from blue to red to green, or anything in between, which results in a fascinating mix of hues. Each stone has its own prong setting, and with the combination of three stones together, it gives the ring a larger appearance, which is sure to impress. For further information, read our Side Stones Setting page.
Verragio 3 Stone Princess Cut Engagement Ring
Verragio Twisted Shank 3 Stone Engagement Ring
The Timeless Vintage Styled Engagement Rings
Vintage-styled rings are a timeless favorite. Inspired by the elaborate stylings of the Edwardian, Victorian, Art Deco and Art Nouveau periods, these rings recall the beautiful designs of these romantic times. See our Vintage-styled page for more info.
Antique Bezel & Pave Set Engagement Ring
Antique Style Hand-Engraved Diamond Engagement Ring
Colored Gemtone Engagement Rings
Blue sapphires, pink sapphires and other colored stones are a popular choice for engagement rings. Their popularity is due in large part to the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, and a number of celebrity brides recently opting for beautiful colored gemstones. For more information, check out our articles on Blue Sapphire Engagement Rings and Pink Sapphire Engagement Rings.
Infinity Halo Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Cushion Shape Blue Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring
Cushion Shape Pink Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring
Pink Sapphire Halo Engagement Ring