Guide to Ring Settings
When you are engagement ring or ring shopping, you usually have the option to select the center stone and the mounting/setting separately. The center stone and the setting make the main parts of a ring.
Center StoneThe center stone refers to the main diamond in the middle of the setting. When a diamond mounting is a three-stone style, the two side stones are referred to as part of the semi-mounting. The center stone does not have to be a diamond. Sapphires and rubies center stones are quite popular for their hardness and colored sparkle.
Mounting/Semi-mounting/SettingThe Mounting (or semi-mounting) is basically the entire ring, without a center stone. It can be Plain, set with accent diamonds, or other Gemstones. The mounting is often referred to as the Setting. Rings are traditionally usually in metal but can be of almost any material: metal, plastic, stone, wood, bone, glass, gemstone to name a few. The most popular are 18k, 14k, white, yellow or rose gold, platinum & silver.
Stone Setting/SettingThe term "setting" refers to the act of securing the diamond in the ring. Channel set gemstones are placed into a metal channel, and flow side by side in a continuous row. Evidently stone setting is done after selecting a center stone and a mounting. The original or new gem stone will be carefully reset into your jewellery. This is delicate work that requires careful attention to detail, and will completed by experienced jeweler,usually stone setter, using custom made equipment to and industry approved methods.
Ring StylesDiamond jewelry shines even brighter with the right stone setting. Learn about your stone setting choices and select the right diamond jewelry to match your personal style. After several thousand years of ring manufacturing, the total number of styles produced is vast. Even cataloging the rings of a single civilization such as the Romans presents a major challenge. As a result the following list should be considered to be very limited.
|Eternity Band||Floral Solitaire|
|Engagement Vintage||Engagement Modern|
Your Own StyleWith the magnitude of the choices available in terms of quality, budget, comfort, material, & styles; the jewelry that represents your style is the jewelry that is suitable to your personality and lifestyle.
Finished JewelryComplete and ready-to-wear jewelry that is polished and set with all stones.
- Ring (Jewellry), Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring_(jewellery)
- Ring Styles, The Basics of Jewelry by Stuller 2012