Diamonds 101

Ring Setting Styles

So we keep getting the question, well what about the setting? What happens is, you come in with a budget, and want to know how much you can blow on the rock.

Well we tried to put together a guide – which was a pain in the @** - because there are many variations. Keeping that in mind, we still decided it will be helpful to share. If you have a picture of a ring that she’ll like, you can try to match it up here.

That said, the prices here are estimates. The things that change prices are are the metal weight, the metal type (14k, 18k, Platinum), the size and quality of the small diamonds adorning your setting if that’s what you choose.

These are listed from most to least common, so you unless you know what you’re doing drop off earlier rather than later before you pick some esoteric ring that makes her say no...

Solitaire Setting

This is the classic. A rock and some metal. The stone held by prongs that can be rounded, straight, flat or V - shape. The band can be thin or thick, and can be engraved.

$800 solitaire diamond engagement ring

$800

Solitaire ring prong count options

$1100 solitaire diamond engagement ring

$1100

Solitaire ring diamond settings

Solitaire diamond ring setting styles

A special solitaire: The “Tiffany” Setting

Unless it comes directly from the “Blue Box” shop you will have a Tiffany ‘Style’ setting which consists of a solitaire with a six prong “knife life” claws. If you have zero idea of what to go with, choose this style, it’s a classic. That’s what our founder, Ajay, ended up picking for his now-wife, and he is still married. Random fact: it’s so popular that Tiffany sued Costco for infringing on the design.

Tiffany ring from the top

Side view of Tiffany engagement ring

The actual Tiffany setting is above – a Tiffany style setting will run you about $900

Cathedral Setting

This one uses arches of metal leading to the center stone, and is sometimes adorned with other stones. The graceful upwards swoop tends to add extra height so one must take care when wearing as it can snag easier than most.

.45 ctw cathedral diamond ring

.45 ctw $1800

.10 ctw cathedral diamond ring

.10 ctw $1150

.60 ctw cathedral diamond engagement ring

.60 ctw $2100

Halo Setting

These have a concentric circle of diamonds around the center stone. It creates the illusion of a larger stone. Halos can be a single or double, and often the shank (the part that wraps around the finger) also has a row of diamonds.

.25 ctw halo set diamond ring

.25 ctw $2100

.40 ctw halo set engagement ring

.40 ctw $2950

.50 ctw halo set engagement ring

.50 ctw $2200

Side Stones

Here the center stone is accented with smaller stones on each side. For these you can go traditional or modern.

.33 ctw side stone diamond ring

.33 ctw $2100

.55 ctw side stone engagement ring setting

.55 ctw $2250

.25 ctw side stone diamond engagement ring

.25 ctw $1700

Three Stone

The center stone is larger than stone to the right and left or top and bottom. Typically, they are all the same shape.

.55 ctw three stone diamond ring

.55 ctw $2250

.50 ctw three stone diamond ring setting

.50 ctw $2650

1.3- ctw three stone diamond engagement ring

1.30 ctw $4500

Split Shank

As mentioned, the shank is the part of the ring that surrounds the finger. Rather than one continuous circle the band splits before it meets the center stone. The look does well with all diamond shapes.

.18 ctw $1700 Split Shank Diamond Ring Setting

.18 ctw $1700

.33 ctw $2100 Split Shank Engagement Ring

.33 ctw $2100

.75 ctw $3590 Split Shank Diamond Ring Setting

.75 ctw $3590

Pavé Setting

The French meaning is “to pave”…but this time with diamonds. Set very close together and held in with tiny prongs. May also be known as “micro-pave” if the stones are extremely small. Note of caution: if diamonds circle the whole ring, you NEED to get the size right from the get go. Unlike a simple metal band, resizing is a real pain/impossible.

.88 ctw $3200 Pave Diamond Ring Setting

.88 ctw $3200

.25 ctw $1600 Pave Engagement Ring

.25 ctw $1600

.33 ctw $1600 Pave Engagement Ring Setting

.33 ctw $1600

Channel Setting

Think side stones. Stones are set flush within the metal. Round, princess, emerald…the stones “kiss” each other all set in a row. No prongs are used to set the stones.

.75 ctw $3750 Channel Diamond Ring Setting

.75 ctw $3750

1.00 ctw $5200 Channel Diamond Ring Setting

1.00 ctw $5200

.40 ctw $1400 Channel Engagement Ring Setting

.40 ctw $1400

Bezel Setting

This is a modern look, with the metal surrounding the stone or stones. A “semi- bezel” partially circles the stone. This type of setting is chosen by people who are active or perhaps wear gloves as part of their profession (snags less easily than prongs and higher settings).

.20 ctw $1650 Bezel Diamond Ring Setting

.20 ctw $1650

$1050 (setting only) Bezel Engagement Ring

$1050 (setting only)

.25 ctw $2350 Bezel Engagement Ring Setting

.25 ctw $2350

Tension Setting

Looks like magic! The center stone is nestled between the metal. Can be one stone or complimented with others.

$880 (setting only) Tension Diamond Ring Setting

$880 (setting only)

.33 ctw $2250 Tension Set Engagement Ring

.33 ctw $2250

$980 (setting only) Tension Engagement Ring Setting

$980 (setting only)

Bar Setting

Rather than prongs (claws) metal bars are used to hold diamonds on both sides leaving the top and bottom exposed. These are used mostly on the sides of a center stone or as a total look on a wedding band.

.25 ctw $2100 Bar Diamond Ring Setting

.25 ctw $2100

.50 ctw $3200 Bar Setting Engagement Ring

.50 ctw $3200

$1800 (setting only) Bar Engagement Ring Setting

$1800 (setting only)

Gypsy Flush Setting

The diamond is set into a drill hole and is even with the surrounding metal. All diamonds can be set this way including the center stone. This is also a popular setting technique in wedding bands.

.20 ctw $1800 Gypsy flush Diamond Ring Setting

.20 ctw $1800

.30 ctw $2050 Gypsy flush Engagement Ring

.30 ctw $2050

.50 ctw $2600 Gypsy flush Engagement Ring Setting

.50 ctw $2600

Engraving and Filigree Settings

Engraving is a raised or recessed design usually on the shank of the ring. Filigree is delicate metal work that twists and turns as seen below.

$1350 (setting only) Filigree Diamond Ring Setting

$1350 (setting only)

$1580 (setting only) Engraved Engagement Ring

$1580 (setting only)

.20 ctw $2450 Filigree Engagement Ring Setting

.20 ctw $2450

Cluster Setting

A bit different but close to the Halo Setting with larger diamonds around the center stone.

.40 ctw $2900 Cluster Diamond Ring Setting

.40 ctw $2900

.70 ctw $3800 Cluster Engagement Ring

.70 ctw $3800

.40 ctw $2300 Cluster Engagement Ring Setting

.40 ctw $2300

Eras...

Antique or Estate Setting

Old is new and new can appear old. These rings are designed to fit different periods in time, like Art Deco, Victorian, or Edwardian to name a few. Each with embellished detail such as intricate metal work or engraving.

.40 ctw $3200 Antique Diamond Ring Setting

.40 ctw $3200

$1300 (setting only) Vintage Style Engagement Ring

$1300 (setting only)

.18 ctw $1900 Antique Style Engagement Ring Setting

.18 ctw $1900

Victorian Era Setting

Refers to era during the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901). This is when engagement rings first became a thing, for better or worse ;) Yellow and rosy yellow gold & halo settings.

.75 ctw $3390 Victorian Era Diamond Ring Setting

.75 ctw $3390

.24 ctw $1550 Victorian Era Engagement Ring

.24 ctw $1550

.60 ctw $3200 Victorian Era Engagement Ring Setting

.60 ctw $3200

Edwardian Era Setting

From the time period during King Edward (1901-1910). Rings made of platinum or platinum overlaid yellow gold. Bows, curves and flowers were the preferred motif.

.33 ctw $2150 Edwardian Era Diamond Ring Setting

.33 ctw $2150

$1100 (setting only) Edwardian Era Engagement Ring

$1100 (setting only)

.80 ctw $3600 Edwardian Era Engagement Ring Setting

.80 ctw $3600

Art Deco Setting

Still very popular today, but this look began in the 1920’s. Think Leo from the Great Gatsby/Empire state Building/you get my drift. Hard lines, symmetrical, geometric shapes but also features soft curves with a dose of elegance. White gold and platinum were widely used.

1.20 ctw $4800 Art Deco Diamond Ring Setting

1.20 ctw $4800

.50 ctw $3000 Art Deco Engagement Ring

.50 ctw $3000

.25 ctw $2100 Art Deco Engagement Ring Setting

.25 ctw $2100

Mid Century Setting

The nifty 1950’s through the 1960’s. Classic and tradition. What we think of when we think “engagement ring”. Solitaires and center stone flanked by baguettes.

.50 ctw $2800 Mid Century  Diamond Ring Setting

.50 ctw $2800

.30 ctw $2100 Mid Century  Engagement Ring

.30 ctw $2100

$900 (setting only) Mid Century  Engagement Ring Setting

$900 (setting only)

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