Diamond rings have often come to have a symbolic meaning of love and commitment in today’s society. Engagement rings date back to Roman times, but the first use of diamond engagement rings was by the Archduke of Austria in 1477. In some cultures, the diamond wedding rings are the same as the engagement rings.
Diamond Rings Models and StylesDiamond rings come in various styles, both in regards to diamond cut and setting. A prong setting is the most popular because it sets the diamond away from the metal holding it, allowing light to penetrate it and displaying its brilliance. The prongs, made of silver or gold wires, secure the stone to the setting but elevating it above.
A bezel setting is a collar that wraps around a diamond to hold it in place. A half bezel only wraps around part of the diamond which allows more light and gives it a modern look.
Channel settings are also popular in diamond rings. A channel setting holds multiple round diamonds in a ring and protects them from touching each other.A pave setting holds multiple diamonds in rows that look like cobblestones on a road. Each stone must be the same size to make the entire surface of the ring appear to be covered with diamonds. The bead setting is similar except there is more space between the diamonds to make the goldwork more noticeable.
Diamond rings can also have cluster settings, which are several stones arranged in a flower-like pattern or an abstract pattern. The ballerina setting has one large stone with smaller stones surrounding it, like a ballerina tutu.
The flush setting is a modern style ring where the diamond is flush with the gold band. It’s more of a subtle display with small bits of glittering light.
Choosing what Diamond Ring to Purchase
When choosing diamond rings, it’s a matter of personal taste. Rings come in a variety of price ranges to fit every budget. Selecting a diamond ring is similar to choosing a diamond necklace or diamond bracelet in finding a quality diamond based on the cut, clarity, color, and carats or weight. Diamond earrings are the same way. But for diamond rings, the setting which displays the stone is an important decision in the choice. It’s the stage that lets the diamond shine.