Engagement Ring Settings

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronnie Mervis from Mervis Diamond Importers discusses various engagement ring settings.

    Ronnie Mervis: Hi again! This is Ronnie Mervis from Mervis Diamond Importers, and I am going to let you know about a couple of the most popular setting styles. The most popular of all is the plain solitaire. It has no diamonds at all, it's a very simple setting. It's designed to hold the diamond in the center and to look good. No fuss, no mess. Simplicity is the name of the game, less is more and it's a simple ring. Solitaire, like it sounds, just one diamond. From there I think we would go to the Three-Stone Ring. Three-Stone Ring as it sounds, it has the center diamond in the middle and one stone on the either side. They can be any shape, they could be round, they could be square, whatever you want. The all purpose Three-Stone Ring also known as yesterday, today, and tomorrow or past, present, and future. Another style which is very popular contains the diamond in the center like the Solitaire but instead of having a plain band, the band itself has little diamonds down. They can either be prong-set or they can be channel-set, they could be bar-set, whatever they are, but it's a diamond shank, shank means band. It's a diamond shank band with the center stone and the middle. The current flavor of the day is the Halo Ring. This is where the diamond, presumably we'll talk about the round diamond firstly is a little halo, circle of diamonds around it. The major diamond, the center seems to float in a halo and that has a band or a shank of tiny little diamonds down the edge. It's all Micro-Pave set, very elegance style. The halo style comes normally in round which is a round halo surrounding a rounded diamond. We also use them for square cut stones, either the princess or the radiant or the asher, and we have a rectangular frame around it. Halo; very delicate, very elegant, very popular. Other styles of rings would include the antique look. It's not genuine antique, it's a vintage antique look. It's a popular style these days, there are a number of major designers who make it. Tacori is probably the best known. Also Ritani, and Coast. It's a retro look which is back very popular. And then going the complete opposite end of the scale we have the contemporary ring styles. We have the Bypass with the two ends of the band, the shank just seem to pass each other and the diamond is held in the middle. We have the Tension set, where the diamond seems to float and it's hold only by the tension of the metal, holding itself together. And we have a whole coterie of contemporary styles. Contemporary is very in but in the big picture contemporary doesn't hold as much weight as do classics and antiques. That seems to be the more popular style. And there you have the basic selection. Of course, I haven't covered every single possibility and within each possibility is a huge range of styles, but if you got the basics, you have got it. So when she tells you, honey, what I am looking for is a halo style, at least you know what we are talking about. Thank you very much. Good luck with your diamond engagement selection choice.