For this week’s Wednesday Jewelry Lesson, we will be discussing how to choose the best mounting for your diamond. The last two weeks, we covered how to choose the right diamond shape. If you missed either post, you can read them here:
Choosing The Mounting For Your Diamond:
The mounting is the metal composing the ring, without a center diamond. Engagement ring mountings are a significant part of a ring’s design. It is the focal point of the ring, holding the precious diamond. There are so many varieties to choose from when searching for a mounting for your engagement ring. Today, we are going to discuss seven of the most traditional mountings. We hope to help you better understand the differences between each type of mounting.
If you are looking for a classic and simple mounting, then the solitaire mounting is the way to go. It includes one center diamond with no accent diamonds on either side. A prong setting is a common technique for mounting a solitaire diamond.
Three Stone Mounting:
The Three Stone Mounting is a popular choice for an engagement ring, because it has very special meaning. It includes one center diamond with two accent diamonds on each side. Each diamond symbolizes the past, present and future of your relationship.
Channel Set Mounting:
A channel set mounting is when there is one diamond in the middle with smaller diamonds in a channel on both sides of the center diamond. The side diamonds are set next to each other in a groove inside the ring. This is a very secure setting, because it helps prevents the diamonds from getting snagged.
Pave Set Mounting:
A pave set mounting is when there are small diamonds on top of the metal band on each side of the center diamond. They are so tiny and close together, that it is very hard to see the small amount of metal placed between each pave diamond. It makes it appear as if the surface of the ring is blanketed with diamonds.
A halo mounting is when there is a halo of smaller diamonds showcasing the larger center diamond. Diamonds along the side of the center diamond is optional. You can also choose to have a double halo of diamonds around the center stone. Halo mountings can visually enhance the center diamond, creating a much bigger and more radiant appearance.
Bezel Set Mounting:
In a bezel set mounting, a metal rim surrounds the diamond by its girdle to keep it in place. This type of setting can be used for any type of diamond shape. It is great at protecting the girdle and can often create the illusion of a much larger diamond.
A split shank mounting creates the look of two separate bands. It is when the shank splits from the head of the ring. Split shanks display a striking look and can compliment many types of diamond shapes.
If you are looking for an engagement ring with a vintage look, then a filigree mounting is the perfect choice. Filigree is a delicate kind of jewelry metalwork. It can be made with tiny beads or twisted threads, or both used together. There are countless number of filigree designs to choose from for your ring.
Make a Custom Engagement Ring Mounting
If none of these mountings seem to be the right one for your engagement ring, you can always get it made custom for you. We can make a custom mounting that will best suit your style. Call us toll free at 888-944-4575 or visit our website at kranichs.com.
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