Diamond ring setting guide

Diamond engagement ring guide


Together with metal type, and the shape of your diamond, engagement ring settings play a key role in showcasing your diamond to its greatest advantage. The setting is also an important consideration when determining the overall style of your perfect ring. You should also bear this in mind if you decide to design a bespoke ring for your diamond. 

Remember that your engagement ring will only be worn on its own for the duration of your engagement. Thereafter, it will mainly be coupled with your wedding band. You can buy wedding sets, where both rings are purchased together. This option may save you some money, and is also a great idea if you have a large diamond and setting, as the wedding band can be specially shaped to fit the two rings together.

Diamond ring settings

Learn more about the benefits and features of the different ring settings types.

Forevermark Setting™

The Forevermark Setting™ is the signature setting from De Beers Forevermark. Inspired by the shape of the De Beers Forevermark icon, The Forevermark Setting™ is the ultimate in simple, classic elegance. The four-pronged mount delicately cradles the De Beers Forevermark diamond at its center and is a design specially created to allow maximum light to travel through the diamond.

Prong setting

The prong setting is sometimes also referred to as a solitaire, or claw, setting. As the classic ring setting for a diamond engagement ring, this iconic setting puts the diamond at the heart of the ring. The claws, or prongs, that secure the diamond allow light to travel through the diamond, maximising its beauty and sparkle. Four-prong and six-prong settings are the most popular, each with its own particular look: Four-prong will add a geometric appearance to your ring whilst six-prong will add more floral or lace like flourish.

One consideration of prong settings is the prongs can snag on clothing or other materials, especially if they are high-set. A lower-set prong setting might be more practical if your partner has an active lifestyle.


  • Showcases the beauty of a diamond.
  • Light can disperse more easily, maximising sparkle.


  • May catch or snag more easily.

Channel ring setting

A channel setting is where smaller diamonds are set into a groove, or channel, in the band of the ring so that a thin metal strip is visible either side.


  • Diamonds are secure in the setting.
  • Less risk of diamonds getting caught or snagging.


  • Can be tricky to keep clean.
  • Resizing can be more difficult and may risk distorting the channel

Bezel ring setting

The chic bezel setting encircles a central diamond with a thin metal rim custom-made to hold the diamond tightly in place. A bezel setting can be a full or partial setting: a full bezel completely surrounds the diamond whereas a partial bezel leaves the sides open.


  • A unique and modern style.
  • Ideal for those with active lifestyles as a bezel prevents the diamond snagging.


  • Note that a white metal bezel setting can create the illusion that a central diamond appears larger than it actually is.

Tension ring setting

The tension setting gets its name from the innovative way a metal band secures the diamond in place. As a result the diamond appears suspended between the two sides of the shank.


  • Distinctive and contemporary style.
  • Showcases the diamond beautifully.


  • Can be more complicated to resize.

Halo ring setting

The halo setting refers to the placement of diamonds in a concentric circle or square around a central diamond. In some respects the halo setting makes the center diamond appear larger so this can be a great option if you want to maximize your budget and maintain the striking appearance and sparkle of your diamond engagement ring.

The halo setting is a versatile option as the halo of diamonds can be set with a different color metal, or with different colored diamonds, resulting in a ring whose contrasting colors make a distinctive statement. Halos are often paired with pavé bands, which add a further touch of glamour.


  • Halo setting provides the wearer with added peace of mind that the central diamond is secure.
  • Multiple diamonds can enhance a stunning statement piece.


  • Can require more careful maintenance due to the many diamonds.

Flush ring setting

A flush setting sets the diamond into a hole in the band of the ring so that the diamond sits “flush” with the band. This type of setting is a popular choice for wedding bands, especially men’s wedding bands, as the diamond sits securely in the band of the ring and is therefore highly protected.


  • Modern alternative to a traditional engagement ring.
  • A popular choice for both men and women.
  • Secure for those with active lifestyles.


  • Less light enters the diamond. This should not affect a well-cut diamond as the light enters and leaves through the top.

Diamond engagement ring checklist

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Beyond the 4Cs

Throughout history, diamonds have dazzled and amazed. At De Beers Forevermark, we individually select diamonds against additional rigid criteria to ensure that only the most beautiful diamonds can become De Beers Forevermark.

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