A Guide to Engagement Rings
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The Classic Engagement Ring

When the time comes to shop for engagement rings, it is always a good idea to know a few things about the different settings available. Settings are the mountings that attach the stone to the band of the ring. There are many different options; all of which will provide a different look for engagement rings.

Settings for Engagement Rings

The prong setting is the most common type of engagement ring settings. It usually has four or six prongs that cradle the stone; allowing the maximum amount of light to enter the stone from all sides. A solitaire round diamond with a prong setting is the most classic choice for an engagement ring.

Along with the traditional prong setting there are many other types of settings you can choose for engagement rings. One option to consider is the bezel setting. In this type of setting the stone is set within a metal rim that surrounds the perimeter of the stone in order to hold it in place.

The tension setting is growing very popular with engagement rings today. In this setting, the stone is held in place using pressure from the metal in the band. As a result, the diamond appears to be held in mid-air.

Many other engagement rings use the channel setting. For this setting, stone of a similar size as well as shape are all lined in a row between the two horizontal sides of the ring’s band.

If you are shopping on a budget you might consider engagement rings with a pave setting. This design features the entire surface of the ring being paved with stones. Due to the fact that smaller stones are used, you can often purchase a ring that has the look of a larger engagement ring without the heftier price. Pave engagement rings have a vintage antique look and have re-emerged recently to become very popular.

If you happen to be shopping on a budget, remember that shopping on-line is a great place to get started. On-line retailers are often able to offer lower prices for high quality engagement rings because they do not have to carry the overhead associated with traditional jewellery stores. This is a great way to purchase a larger or higher quality engagement ring without going over your budget.

Posted on April 5, 2011 by Admin