Size doesn’t matter, It’s a cliché that most will agree definitely doesn’t apply to diamonds. But to say you should only consider the carat weight of a diamond would be wrong as well. For example, the way the diamond is set into a piece of jewellery will have a major impact on its overall appearance as well. That’s why we’d like to discuss two of the most common ways to set a diamond.
Bezel setting | Secure and clean
The oldest kind of stone setting is called the bezel setting. A bezel is a band of metal that is soldered on top of the jewellery.
In the case of diamond setting a groove is cut in the bezel on which the widest part of the diamond, also known as the girdle, is placed. Afterward, the bezel is pushed over the diamond keeping it securely in place thanks to the pressure of the metal surrounding the girdle.
Diamonds set this way are a lot less likely to come loose compared to other kinds of settings and the diamond is protected better as well. That is why the bezel setting is a common choice for “lesser” gemstones like opal who would otherwise be prone to scratches.
The bezel setting does, however, have a few disadvantages as well making it less popular for diamonds.
- A gemstone in a bezel setting is a lot harder to replace than one in a prong setting.
- A bezel is also a bit more expensive due to the extra metal that is required as well as the fact it often has to be custom-made to fit the gemstone perfectly.
- A bezel setting also covers a large part of the gemstone, meaning a transparent gemstone, like most diamonds, has less room to shine!
Prong setting | Radiant beauty
Due to the disadvantages of the bezel setting other methods of stone setting were invented. The prong setting, for example, is the most common way to set diamonds. Most solitaire engagement rings, for example, use this setting. The prong setting consists of three or more metal “prongs” or “claws” set on top of the ring itself. The prongs will surround the diamond to keep it securely in place.
The major advantage this type of diamond setting has compared to the bezel setting is the visibility of the diamond. With a bezel setting the diamond is completely surrounded by the metal leaving only the top visible, with a prong setting the base of the diamond can still be seen as well through the prongs. The difference will be most obvious when you have light pass through the prongs to reveal the majesty of the diamond within, their extraordinary radiance will shine through!
The prongs themselves are often unobtrusive, but can also be used to enhance the overall look of the jewellery. For example, the 6 prongs in the example above give a classic touch to the diamond ring while the example below feels a lot more modern. So prongs are an excellent way to make a diamond ring more personal!
Which type of diamond setting should one choose?
If you’re looking for inspiration for an amazing diamond ring, our online diamond jewellery selection will prove interesting to browse. Would you like more information on the various methods of stone setting or are you looking for a specific type of diamond ring that isn’t currently available online? Then don’t hesitate to contact us with any and all questions!