Choosing the right engagement ring is one of the most important things many people must consider in their lifetime. Not only will this symbolize your love for each other for the rest of your days, it is also a promise that will be kept forever. Engagement rings come in many different shapes, sizes and styles, and diamonds are no longer the only popular option; those looking for a more affordable ring may decide against a diamond ring and instead choose a cheaper, more colorful gemstone. Once you have your gemstone chosen, it is time to choose a ring setting; which can be daunting task, if you no little to nothing on the subject.
Professional jewelers all around the globe understand that variety is the spice of life; this is way many of them offer their customers several options to choose from, including ring setting styles. There are several popular ring setting choices available from most fine jewelry companies, yet the prong setting and the bar setting appear to be two of the most sent after ring settings. These two setting are similar in a few respects but different in others.
The prong ring setting is one of the most popular settings to choose from. This setting usually consists of three to six "claws" or prongs that hold the gemstone in place. The higher the number of prongs the less of the diamond will be visible, but the more secure the diamond or gem will be. There are several advantages to choosing the prong setting, including: allowing more light to pass through the diamond and so providing more brilliance, less metal is needed and there before it can be less expensive, and it holds gems (even fragile gems) securely in place . The disadvantages of this ring setting type are that it offers less protection from snagging, scratching, and falling loose. This is because the diamond is more exposed when it is mounted above the band and risks of snagging increase the odds that the diamond or gem could be damaged or displaced from the band.
Another popular ring setting is the bar ring setting which is similar to the prong setting, but instead of being elevated above the band the prongs are fused together into long bars; these bars hold each gem or diamond in place. Like the prong setting the diamonds are securely held together by prong. Unlike the prong setting the diamond is not left vulnerable above the band, but is securely bonded to the band. Yet still allowing enough light through the diamond to allow the radiance of the gem to shine through! Settings for engagement rings are plentiful but many choose the prong setting or the newer adaptation, the bar setting over any other.