A solitaire ring is one featuring a single stone set into a metal band. A single diamond can be set in a variety of ways in a ring to show off its best attributes. A solitaire ring features a single gemstone set with four to six prongs on a band of precious metal. The solitaire stone can be round, oval, emerald, Asscher, cushion, heart, marquise, pear, princess or radiant cut in almost any carat size.
Diamond solitaire rings are the true epitome of understated elegance and charming taste, an excellent gift or token of love and affection which isn’t too garish. Diamond solitaire rings are so called because they make use of a single gemstone strategically located in the dead centre of the ring for maximum eye catching effect.
Because of the rather simple design of diamond solitaire rings, it is the diamond stone itself which does most of the “hard work” in a manner of speaking. The diamond is the centerpiece of diamond solitaire rings and so it is imperative that you choose a decent quality diamond stone which is aesthetically pleasing.
The most appropriate cut and size of your solitaire ring depends on several factors, including the size and shape of your hands, your lifestyle and your personal taste. If you lead a very active lifestyle, a smaller solitaire ring in a cut with rounded edges will be pretty and practical.
The prong setting, sometimes called a claw setting, is the most commonly used gemstone setting and is especially popular for solitaire engagement rings.
The diamond or other gem is inserted into three or more metal prongs that form a basket-like base, then the ends of the prongs are bent over and shaped so that they rest against the crown, just past the stone's girdle, holding it snugly in place.
The visible prong ends are often rounded, but they can be shaped into ovals, points, V-shapes, left flat or even formed into decorative shapes.
A prong setting can be tall, perching the diamond well above the ring's band, or it can be short, with the stone resting closer to your finger.
A bezel is an elevated collar of metal that surrounds a gemstone. This distinctive setting gives a ring a very low profile, making it the perfect choice for active individuals who do not want to remove their rings frequently; the bezel provides greater protection than prong or other elevated engagement ring settings. In contrast to the flush setting, which has no collar surrounding the stone, the bezel is bolder and more noticeable.
One prominent myth about bezel settings is that they obstruct the stone, making it less brilliant. In fact, the majority of light entering a diamond comes through the stone’s table or top, therefore a bezel does not affect its characteristic glitter. In fact, most bezels offer greater protection for the stone, not only because they are a secure setting that protects the delicate edges of the stone, but they also prevent dirt, dust, and oil from building up on the gem – precisely the factors that will cause a stone to become dull and cloudy.
In a flush setting, the jeweler drills a hole in the metal band and drops the diamond into it. The jeweler hammers around the stone, securing it in place. This style is very popular for men's rings. A variation of this style is the gypsy setting where the metal on top of the ring's band is thicker and raised, much like a class ring style.
Although flush settings do not allow any light to come through the diamond, it works quite well for larger diamonds, giving a lot of protection for the stone. Since the stone is set close to the finger, this setting minimizes snagging.
A continuous flow of small gemstones suspended between two bars of metal in a row is called Channel setting. Channel setting is amongst the securest and the most popular methods of setting stones into jewelry as the channels protect the gemstones extremely well from chipping girdles.
Although the channel setting is most common for multi-stone bands such as wedding bands, there is a variation used for diamond solitaires called the bar channel or bar set. Two bars rise from the ring band and hold the diamond on opposite sides. This is an excellent choice for large stones because the setting exposes the stones to light on two sides while protecting them on the other sides.
A tension setting is a unique and memorable alternative to a conventional setting that showcases a diamond or gemstone's color, clarity and brilliance to its best.
Tension set diamonds, sometimes known as "floating diamonds" or "suspended diamonds," have become very popular in engagement rings for their modern, elegant look which displays the diamond to its best effect. Unlike settings in which a gemstone is held by prongs or within a channel, a tension setting relies on spring-like force that holds a diamond or other gemstone suspended between the metal arms of the ring.
In this setting, the stone looks like it is floating without any support. This set allows a great deal of light to pass through the diamond. Round or square-cut diamonds work best for this setting.
Because the ring must be custom fitted, it is hard to get it resized, and repairs are difficult if not impossible. The original manufacturer of a tension-set ring must perform the repairs in most cases. In addition, the setting does not protect the diamond well. Therefore, this setting is appropriate for wearing only on special occasions or for wearing by less active people.
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