How to Choose the Best Engagement Ring Setting

There are numerous factors to consider when choosing an engagement ring setting beyond style and appearance. With many different settings to choose from, you may be tempted to go with the one that looks the most eye-catching. While you certainly want a beautiful setting that goes perfectly with your ring design, it is important to do a quick check to see whether the setting you want will last through the years without catching on everything, causing discomfort, jeopardising the centre stone or damaging any other part of the ring. In this guide, we share some of the things to look out for when choosing your engagement ring setting.

Choosing Your Engagement Ring Setting

To decide which engagement ring setting is the best choice, here are a few questions to ask your jeweller…

Is it practical?

Can you wear your ring day in and day out? Overly complicated settings and those that have sharp edges will not be practical. Watch out for settings that can easily catch on clothing, bedding, and other materials. It also helps to consider the overall design of the ring as well as the setting. If you have a more complex design, it is best to stick to a simple setting such as a channel setting or a bezel setting. If your ring is very simple, a more ornate setting such as a lower-set prong setting. If you have an active lifestyle, it is especially important to think carefully about the setting that will be the most practical. You should also make sure that your setting can be cleaned easily.

Is it comfortable?

Most settings are comfortable to wear – especially classic prong settings, channel settings, bezel settings, and cathedral settings. Others may not be the most comfortable. Settings such as tension setting may not be as easy to wear, as these have a stone that is positioned in a way that suspends the diamond between each side of the band. Depending on the cut of your stone, the ring may not always sit easily. Make sure that your ring easily sits onto your finger without the stone digging in or touching your finger too much.

Is it durable?

You will also need to think about how well the setting will wear over time. Some settings loosen over the years, which means that stones may need to be reset. This is not too much of a problem in a more simple setting such as a prong setting, but it may be more expensive and difficult to reset a stone in a setting such as tension or channel settings. The best way to keep your ring lasting well is to regularly check the prongs yourself and take your ring in for a professional clean and check every two years. If any prong loosens, take your ring to your jeweller as soon as possible.

Is it secure?

On that note, it is important to consider the security of the ring. As we mentioned above, prongs can loosen over time with classic styles such as prong settings. In styles that use tension settings, there is a small chance that diamonds can fall out if the ring is struck by an excessive force. Although this happens on a rare basis, it is still worth noting as it means being more careful when wearing your ring on a daily basis.

Cape Diamonds offers a wide range of rings in various settings and metals. Contact us today to find out more about choosing the perfect setting for your engagement ring.