The guide to Diamond Settings in Rings (Part II)
A continuation to the earlier part of setting types, this article covers the rest of the popular settings which are:
The tension setting stands out from all other diamond settings because of its unusual and bold style. For someone who is looking for a unique and modern style statement in their diamond setting, the tension set ring is the ideal choice. This setting is very interesting and creative and worth a second glance.
In a tension setting, the pressure of the metal band is used to hold the diamond in place. The diamond is set in small grooves cut into the sides of the ring shank, so it appears to float in mid-air between the sides of the shank.
Because the band of a tension set-ring is created only for a specific diamond, it is manufactured only after the ring is purchased. The setting is such that it fits the diamond that is selected, and cannot be changed or resized once it is purchased. Even though the tension setting is quite secure, both the diamond and setting can be damaged if the ring suffers from a blunt impact.
The tension setting incorporates the security of both kinds of diamond settings - the secure hold of the prongs as well as the smoothness of a tension setting.
The word melée (pronounced "melly" or "meh-lay") comes from the French word for a mixture, and refers to the many styles of small stones that can embellish an engagement ring. The small stones of the melee have their own setting styles that can greatly alter the look of the ring.
An engagement ring can have anything from three to four melee stones uptil a hundred. These small diamonds decorate the entire ring and completely cover the band to form a carpet of diamonds.
In a Pavé Setting, many small diamonds are set closely together, and are held in place with nearly invisible metal beads, thereby creating a sparkling surface of diamonds. This setting style is also referred to as the Bead Setting, or more popularly as the Micro- Pavé Setting, especially when the diamonds are small in size and are closely set.
The Channel Setting is most popular on the eternity bands, and for the smaller diamonds, on the Bridal Ring Band. In this setting, a row of diamonds are placed into a metal channel that holds them in place into a metal channel that holds them in place, creating the illusion of a continuous line of diamonds. It can be used with round or princess cut diamonds.
Shared Prong Setting:
As understood from its name, this setting holds a row of diamonds in place with shared prongs between two diamonds, and thus giving each stone a prominence. This setting is mostly used in Eternity Bands. Since the diamonds used in this setting are bigger in size, this is one of the more valuable settings.
Similar to the Bezel Setting, the Flush Setting places small diamonds directly into the metal band of the ring, thus fitting them into a groove in the metal. This creates a sleek, low profile look without sacrificing the elegance of a diamond band.
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