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Choosing a Setting for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Jul 8, 2008
Diamond engagement ring purchasers have quite a few options when it comes to choosing the perfect ring. Not only must they select a diamond with regard to size, quality and style but they also must choose a setting in which to place the diamond. Settings come in a wide array of choices and there are a few different options one has when it comes to diamond engagement ring settings.

The following will highlight some of the various options one has when choosing their setting so that those shopping for this special type of ring will be well prepared when it comes time to make their final selection.

Type of Metal

There are a few different choices one has when selecting a metal type for their diamond engagement ring setting. Some of the top choices for settings include white gold, yellow gold and platinum. Another relatively new metal choice for engagement ring settings is titanium, which is a light and sturdy type of metal.

For some individuals, choosing a metal type is an easy decision as one wears a certain type of jewelry and wishes to have their engagement ring coordinate with the jewelry already owned. However, others may start the shopping trip with an open mind and only determine what type of setting metal they would like to have on their ring after trying on a few different selections. Whatever the decision may be, it is important to know that various choices do exist when it comes to metal types for one's diamond engagement ring.

Setting Styles

Another choice which one will have to make when choosing a setting for their diamond engagement ring is what type of setting style they wish to go with. There are a couple different options which face shoppers with regard to the style of the setting. Some settings are prong style settings and one can choose a 4-prong setting or one consisting of other amounts of prongs.

Another setting option is that of the bezel setting which consists of the metal entirely surrounding the diamond. This often results in an extremely elegant looking ring. Whatever style setting one chooses to go with, it is important to ensure that the setting more than adequately secures the diamond in place.

Setting with Baguettes

For those who are looking to purchase a diamond engagement ring with added flair, baguettes may be a good addition to consider. If this is the case, one needs to choose a setting which has the allotted room to fit baguettes within the ring. This is another type of setting choice which one might have to make if they desire some extra diamonds on their engagement ring.

Although baguettes are a popular choice for many brides to be, choosing a setting which must have room for baguettes might narrow down the options just a little bit. However, by shopping around, one is sure to find an adequate selection of baguette style ring settings.
About the Author
James Greene is a Graduate Gemologist and Master Gemologist Appraiser. James has been in the jewelry and appraisal business for over 25 years and specializes in Insurance and estate appraisals. http://www.diamondmarketwatch.com
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