For engagement rings, different types of settings are possible. You can find the most used settings of BAUNAT below:
1. Prong setting
The solitaire prong setting only has one single diamond that figures as the centrepiece of the ring. The claws enable the centre diamond to be positioned in such a way that it catches the most light. BAUNAT diamond rings either have four or six claws. A setting with 4 claws makes the diamond appear more square-like while one with 6 claws makes it appear more round-like.
The name ‘prong setting’ refers to the so-called ‘claws’. The prong setting is most commonly used for engagement rings worldwide. This setting is also suitable for almost all shapes of diamonds.
The claws can be very thin or wider, and can be finished in a round, square, or pointed shape. This depends on the design of the jewel and the style of each goldsmith.
The advantages of the prong setting
- The diamond catches the most light
- The prongs are small, therefore a larger part of the diamond is visible
- The diamond in the ring is easy to clean
- Claws in white gold or platinum are barely visible on the white diamond
2. Pavé setting
The term 'pavé setting' comes from the French language and translates as ‘paved’. The individual small diamonds in a pavé diamond ring remember of tiny paving stones, hence the name. In a ring with pavé setting, small diamonds are placed next to each other and fixed with small prongs that look like beads. These claws are worked out directly from the gathering point of the metal. This way, hardly any metal can be seen.
The advantages of pavé setting
- The many small prongs make the diamonds sparkle, although only small diamonds are used
- The price of a ring with many smaller stones is considerably lower than a ring set with one big diamond
3. Channel setting
Channel setting is a method where diamonds are suspended between two rails of metal, called channels. The diamond is put in place, and the metal on top is pushed down, tightening the diamond.
This way, a continuous line of diamonds is created.
Channel settings, together with pave settings, are commonly used for diamond alliance rings and wedding bands. At BAUNAT, most of our designs with channel settings have princess diamonds, but also round diamonds or baguette diamonds can be used (tailor-made).
The advantages of the channel setting
- Because the diamonds are placed next to each other, it gives the impression of continuous brilliance
- The surface is very smooth
- These rings can be combined with other ring designs easily
4. Bezel setting
The bezel setting is a traditional, very labour-intensive goldsmith technique. The metal surrounds the diamond and forms a frame around the stone. There is another precious metal strip (frame), which serves as a support for the diamond in the socket. The bezel is particularly well suited for round cut (brilliant) or oval diamonds.
The advantages of the bezel setting
- Because of the border of the precious metal, the diamond is protected against damage
- The bezel is open at the bottom, creating a higher radiance and more fire
- Because of the metal surrounding the diamond, it will appear larger than it actually is
- Because of the fact that there are no prongs, this setting will not get stuck behind any clothing
These are the most common setting methods. Of course, BAUNAT can also offer other types of settings in her tailor-made jewellery. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in case you are interested in a tailor-made jewel with a different diamond setting.