What are Ring Settings and Styles?
The setting refers to how gemstones are delicately combined with a ring's metal band. This is usually done by mounting the stones onto the ring, or by setting the stones into the metal. There are many different types of settings; all of which contribute to a ring's overall style, appearance and desirability.
Finding the right setting and style is one of the most important elements to consider when buying an engagement ring. The Style and Setting combines to define how the stones and metals used are presented. It is not always a given to know which styles will suit you best. Therefore, we would encourage anyone to try a variety of our selection before coming to a decision. Another aspect to consider is the Shape of a Diamond's Cut, which you can find out more about Here.
Engagement ring styles vary hugely, so it is important to find a style that complements your own taste and personality. Some are simple and elegant, displaying timeless beauty, whilst others may be more extravagant and decorative. Take, for example, a Solitaire Diamond Ring and a Diamond Cluster Ring. Both are equally stunning rings, yet they differ greatly in style, and therefore, who they may appeal to.
Deacons for Diamonds
Here at Deacons, we offer a vast range of ring styles and settings for you to choose from. This, though, does have the potential to feel slightly overwhelming, which is why we encourage you to book a personal consultation with one of our experts. Let us guide you through the process, and help you to gain an informed insight into the different options available, as well as giving you inspiration from our own exemplary collection of Deacons for Diamonds Rings.
Classic and timeless in appearance, the most common setting is Solitaire. In most styles, it consists of claws that tightly grip a single diamond, holding it in place. Most solitaire settings feature a diamond mounted on 4-6 claws. The higher the number of claws, the more secure the diamond is. This setting elevates the diamond, making it the prominent centre piece of the ring. It also enables a significant amount of light to pass through the diamond, adding to it's shine and brilliance.
Solitaire settings also compliment a variety of diamond shapes and sizes, which is perfect for those looking for a simple, but unique style, whilst still maintaining the desired classic and timeless look. The clean and sophisticated engineering of the solitaire setting ensures that the chosen diamond shines to its fullest capacity. View our selection of Diamond Solitaire Rings Here.
Another popular solitaire setting is a bezel set. The diamond is encircled entirely by a metal band, making it one of the most secure and durable settings, which is ideal for those with active lifestyles.
A multi-stone is simply a ring set with more than one stone. This setting maximises the brilliance and sparkle of the overall aesthetic, as well as adding more complexity to the overall appearance. The most popular multi-stone rings tend to be three-stone and cluster.
A three-stone setting, also known as a trilogy, is perfect for those looking for a deeply meaningful ring. Each stone represents a couple’s past, present and future. Choosing this setting gives you the opportunity to explore your personal style and creativity. For example, the stones can be varied in size, type and shape, just like the rings in our Trilogy Collection.
A cluster setting consists of stones tightly grouped together, creating the illusion of one large diamond. There are many variations surrounding the style of this setting. Some rings contain a large centre diamond with small diamonds surrounding it, whereas others only consist of many similar sized stones. Cluster settings enable the ring to be crafted into distinct shapes that are far less limited than the shapes possible from a single diamond. As well as this, they offer a unique look, allowing dimension and texture to be displayed within the piece.
A halo setting comprises a centre stone encircled by a halo of smaller diamonds. It ensures maximum brilliance and shine because the halo stones are designed to reflect light into the centre stone. The halo style is the perfect way to turn a modest stone into a seemingly larger diamond ring, as the setting adds to the width of the stone, boosting the appearance of an initially small diamond. The ability to significantly enhance a centre stone is one of the key attractions of a Halo Style ring, as it offers brilliant cost effectiveness by removing the need for such a large centre stone.
The stones creating the ethereal halo around the diamond may vary in size, colour and cut. Therefore, increasing the visual impact of the centre stone. An increasingly popular and modern take on a halo setting is to add a halo of coloured gemstones, or using a different metal colour to make for a contrast in colours. All of our Halo Rings beautifully demonstrate each of these qualities, showcasing a variety of stones and cuts.
Wedding Bands and Eternity Rings
Eternity rings are a style of band that are often given as a gift on special occasions such as Anniversaries, Birthday’s, and Valentines Day. They get their stature from the ‘eternal presence’ of diamonds that decorate the band of the ring, representing the endless love between a couple. They securely hold the diamonds in place and tend to be most available in claw, channel, pave and bezel settings. The sparkle that encircles the entire finger adds personality to a simple band. The most common place for an eternity ring is on-top of an engagement ring, or a wedding band. However, it is simply a question of personal choice and comfort.
Wedding bands, of course, are rings exchanged during a wedding ceremony and symbolise matrimony, as well as being the physical representation of a married couple's love and lifelong commitment. The beauty of a plain wedding band lies within its purity and refined elegance. Its timeless class and simplicity means that it shines on its own, even without the presence of diamonds. They are typically available in Deacons White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, Platinum, Palladium and Silver. To learn more about the precious metals and which is the right choice for you, click here.
Bespoke Jewellery Design
We pride ourselves on the depth of our beautiful diamond selection in different Settings and Styles. However, if you are looking for a truly one-of-a-kind piece, our Bespoke Jewellery Design gives you the opportunity to help to design a unique, personal ring alongside our expert jewellers. Reach out to a member of our team and book a design consultation Here.