5 Popular Types of Engagement Ring Settings—Plus the Pros and Cons of Each
It's natural for an engagement ring's center stone to be the center of attention—but the ring setting is a key design element, too, since it affects everything from the price tag to how much light reaches that sparkler. (Figuring out ring size is another step.) Ring setting refers to where the diamond—or other center stone—sits on the ring's band, or shank, and how exactly it's secured in place.
You may know your stuff when it comes to diamonds (hello, 4 Cs), but it's worth brushing up on different types of engagement ring settings, too—these two ring details go hand in hand, after all. With a little help from Brilliant Earth, a leader of ethically sourced bridal and fine jewelry, we're breaking down the pros and cons of the most popular types of engagement ring settings, from prongs to pavés and everything in between.
See our chart, below, for a side-by-side comparison of popular types of engagement ring settings, or read on for a picture, description, and explanation of the pros and cons of the most popular ring settings.