The solitaire setting is timeless – perfect if you want a classic look or are hesitant to go with a more elaborate style. A central diamond is raised, making it visible from all sides and permitting a maximum amount of light to pass through it. You may choose a 4 prong setting for a little extra exposure or a 6 prong setting for additional security – well suited for a woman with an active lifestyle.
This variation on a solitaire is extremely popular because it allows the light exposure of a standard Solitaire setting while providing more protection from scratches. Besides sheltering the diamond, placing the stone almost flush with the setting heightens the ring’s elegance by creating a graceful line.
The contour setting is another elegant variation on the timeless solitaire style. Named for its graceful contours, the line of the metal rises flush with the diamond on two sides to protect the stone from abrasions. A prong setting elevates the diamond to permit the passage of light for extra sparkle.
For a more eye-catching style, the prong-set side stone – or Three–Stone Ring – features diamonds or gemstones on either side of a central diamond. Whether you go with smaller side diamonds for added brilliance or other gemstones for contrast and added color, the prong settings let light stream through from all sides for a truly dazzling effect.
The channel-set side stone setting also features diamonds or gemstones accentuating a central diamond. The added radiance is similar to the prong-set style, but by placing the gems flush with each other, they are more protected from abrasions. This style often features multiple diamonds in the side channels to create a luminous ribbon of light emanating from the larger middle diamond.
For added radiance, check out the bar channel setting. By using tiny metal bars instead of raised metal sides like the standard channel setting, the edges of each diamond are open to more light. The exposed diamond edging creates a natural, glittering outline that spotlights the main diamond. To achieve an even more stunning effect, opt for an elaborately shaped central diamond – like a princess or marquise cut.