You might think that once you have sourced the perfect stone, the hard part of buying a diamond ring is done. Well, you’re half way there. Next comes the setting. While the stone is likely to account for most of the ring’s value – and sentiment – it is the setting which can make or break a ring, sometimes literally.
Think of the setting as having three core purposes; to look great, to champion the stone, and to be functional, securely holding the diamond in place. When picking a setting, you will come across many styles and each one will have its own advantages and drawbacks. But don’t be daunted. Let’s focus on the essentials: