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No matter if you have a ring or earring, male jewelry or a necklace for a lady, they can all contain solitaire diamond settings. And people often buy them when it’s time to celebrate a special birthday, an anniversary and of course when people get engaged.

Offering a ring with a diamond is an iconic way to symbolize your love for someone and promise fidelity. In that moment, when someone kneels before their potential other half, it’s bound to be a moment neither of them will ever forget.

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For years ahead, a bride will look at that ring. This alone makes it essential that a man picks the right type of ring that will suit their wife’s style and preferences.

For many, this choice of style ends up being a ring with a solitaire setting.

25% of 7 000 women who took part in a survey reported that this is the type they received on their engagements.

Firstly, it’s classic and timeless. It’s also elegant, so it will look stylish for years to come. In addition, this type of setting showcases a diamond’s exquisite look exceptionally well. But the simple approach doesn’t mean you don’t have different options: in this one category of settings you’ll find multiple options to pick from.

So, how do you go about selecting yours?

For many, the process starts with picking a certain diamond shape. The stone will be the focal point, so you need to build the design around its features. If you want to go with the most popular choice, you’ll need to pick a round brilliant diamond. This type is preferred by 53% of buyers of engagement rings. It’s easy to see why it’s so popular because the cut results in lots of sparkle and you get an idea of the gem’s depth. It allows maximum light return via the top surface of the stone, making it one of the most impressive cuts to pick. But you may also appreciate popular cuts such as a pear, a cushion or a princess type.

After the shape you need to consider the style of the setting.

Yes, in essence you simply need a practical way of keeping the stone secure.

But what about aesthetics? Get creative and consider setting styles such as:
  • Tension: In this setting it seems a stone floats above the ring.There’s no metal directly underneath it and the setting itself uses the effect of a spring to keep the stone in its spot. This is a low maintenance setting because it’s easy to clean and since diamonds easily appear dull after attracting grime, this is a smart option.
  • Bezel: This is a modern approach to setting a diamond.Taking the stone’s shape as guidance, the metal surrounds the diamond entirely. When you’re very active and fear the diamond will experience some bumps along the way, this is the one to pick.
  • Prong: Similar to a claw, the setting will keep the stone in place from below.Each prong is a wire the jeweler welds to the band. It’s a classic, minimalistic approach where the stone is placed sufficiently higher than the band. This allows much sparkle and showcases the stone’s size & features exceptionally well
  • Cathedral: In this setting the diamond is still visible, but each side is protected by a slope.This creates a sweeping nature similar to a vaulted ceiling with arches, often found in cathedrals and from this came the name.

If you’re after an iconic look, consider the 125-year-old Tiffany setting with its six prongs.

It was used more than a century ago to make solitaire settings popular for asking someone to marry you.  And it’s STILL a crowd favorite.

Which setting is your favorite?

Whichever form or setting you decide on, know that a solitaire design is a safe option when you hope to impress your future bride. She’ll smile when you offer it to her and she will keep on smiling each time she looks at it in future.

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