The way a diamond is set into a piece of jewelry can enhance or detract the final outcome of the jewelry piece. Usually, the setting also needs to be practical for the intended use of jewelry.
Now, there are quite a number of ways that a diamond can be set into jewelry. The most common methods found in the current market are prong setting, channel setting, bezel setting and pave setting.
The prong setting is the most popular setting for solitaire diamonds and best enhances the sparkle of the diamond. The prong setting can comprise of four or six prongs. For security of the diamond, six prongs are better than four.
Whichever you decide to choose is subjective though. Note that four prongs settings may sometimes be better on a smaller diamond as it allows more light to enter into the diamond. On the other hand, six prongs used on a larger diamond are fine as enough light will still enter the diamond.
The color of the prongs will also have an effect on the diamond. Typically, rhodium tip prongs are used because they are light in color and add to the sparkle of the ring.
Channel settings are extremely secure and gives a good face view of the diamond. This type of setting design cuts down the amount of light entering the diamond which results in less sparkle. The channel setting is very popular for wedding bands.
The bezel setting is a design where the entire stone is surrounded by a continuous framework of precious metal. This makes it even more secure than the channel setting.
The downside to this is that less light is able to enter the ring and it is generally more costly because more precious metal is used.
This is a variation of the channel setting. In order for a ring to be considered a pave setting, one prong must come in contact with at least three other stones. With the pave setting, small diamonds or white metal chips are often used to add sparkle to the setting.