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Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be a daunting process. Whilst you may have already decided on a budget, this can prove to be only the tip of the iceberg and quite possibly one of the easier decisions you will need to make. The choice of stone, whether to opt for gold, white gold or even rose gold and the engagement ring settings are all important aspects of the decision too.

Setting refers to how gemstones are set or mounted into a metal band. There are several different engagement ring settings - the most popular being the prong setting. Here, we take a look at the types of setting you may wish to consider when making your important purchase.

Prong Setting: Prongs are little metal claws, holding the stone in place securely on a ring. The most common prong settings feature either 4 claws, which show more of the stone, or 6claws, which could be considered to be a more secure option.

Solitaire Setting: This is by far the most popular prong setting which offers the best view of the stone with minimal distraction.

Bezel Setting: The bezel setting features a metal rim that protects the edges of a gemstone.

Cathedral Setting: The cathedral setting adds height and elegance to an engagement ring and is the perfect setting for those who prefer a traditional style.

Tension Setting: The tension setting uses compression to hold a centre diamond or gemstone in place, creating the illusion of a diamond floating in mid-air.

Channel Setting: The channel setting features diamonds set within two strips of metal which secure them in place, removing the need for claws.

Pavé Setting: The pavé setting features small diamonds along the band of the ring.

Halo Setting: The halo setting refers to the placement of diamonds, or other gemstones, in a circle or square around a centre stone.

Claw Setting: Claw settings tend to have three or more prongs of fine metal protruding from the base of the setting, bending slightly over the stone to hold it in place.

The type of setting you choose can depend on a number of factors. Part of your choice will down to personal choice and whether you want a ring with a single diamond or several stones. Some consideration should also be taken regarding how a ring will cope with your lifestyle, where some types of setting are more suitable for a busy active lifestyle than others.

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