At first, all the different engagement ring settings might be a little confusing. However, it’s not necessarily as hard as it might seem. I have prepared a guide to show you how to pick the right setting for your engagement ring.
First, I will run through the different types of setting styles and then I will show you how to pick out the right one for your needs. Here’s a quick video (not mine) explaining the most popular engagement ring setting styles. I will recap and review the video after and then expand on the information from the video. Then I will show you how to pick out the best setting for your individual needs. I’ll even include some example rings that fit into each category.
Here are the setting styles that he mentioned:
- Solitaire setting- the simplest setting. A single diamond in a simple shank.
- Three stone setting- 3 diamonds side by side.
- Pave/channel setting- A setting with diamonds embedded in the shank.
- Halo setting- 1 diamond in the center with diamonds it in a circle
- Antique style settings- Designer settings made to look like diamond rings of the past.
- Contemporary settings- New, edgy settings like tension settings where the diamond is held only by the pressure of the two sides of the shank where they come together at the top of the ring.
Here are some examples of each of these settings, along with links to view all the rings of each type in my #1 recommended engagement ring store, James Allen. Then after this I will show you how to choose the right type!
- Solitaire Settings
- Three Stone Settings
- Pave Settings
- Halo Settings
- Antique Settings
- Contemporary Settings
So there you have it! That’s the types of settings that are available for engagement rings. Now, to answer the bigger question:
How do you choose your engagement ring setting?
The first thing that you can do is to look at the types of rings that your soon-to-be fiance already owns. On top of that, which ones does she prefer and wear more? These are a huge clue to the setting that you should choose for your engagement ring. Get a setting that matches the same style of the rings that she prefers. If you notice that she has mainly antique style rings, then get an antique setting. On the other hand, if she has more contemporary style rings, then go with a contemporary style setting.
Another thing that you should do is take note of her hints if she happens to drop any. She might give you ideas about what type of jewelry she likes. Make sure you remember these!
The other thing that you should do is try to figure out what size ring she wears. You can look at her rings that she already has and if they don’t say the size on them you can try to take them to a local jeweler and they can tell you the size of the ring.
Taking all of these things into consideration, you should be able to decide on a style of ring that would be best. From there, browse that category of rings and choose the one you like the best!
My top recommendation for a place to get your engagement ring is James Allen. Click here to look at their engagement ring settings!