The best way to have a unique diamond engagement or wedding ring is to opt for a custom design. For this, first, you must select loose diamond(s) that fits your budget. This is followed by selecting the appropriate ring setting and the band material. This can be made easy to a certain extent by doing thorough research beforehand. In this article, we look at how to set a diamond; read on to know more about this.
Choosing The Metal
Most people choose the band material for the diamond ring based on the color grade of the center stone. Listed below are the different types of metal types used in a diamond ring:
- 14K Gold: It is made of 58.3% pure gold and 41.7% alloy metals. Because 14K gold has higher alloy content, it is stronger than 18K gold.
- 18K Gold:It contains 75% pure gold and 25% alloy metals. 18K gold is the most widely used material for jewelry because of its rich yellow color, it is less likely to cause allergic reactions and it guarantees rust resistance.
- White Gold: The high concentration of alloy metals is what gives white gold its white color. White gold complements diamond engagement or wedding rings.
- Rose Gold:Rose gold has a pink color, and it complements colored diamonds.
- Platinum:Platinum is the most preferred metal used for diamond engagement rings. Besides, it is popular for its durability, i.e. its density makes it resistant to damages from daily activities. It is an ideal choice for a bezel set diamond ring, which is suitable for those leading an active lifestyle.
- Palladium:This metal has a natural white color that complements colorless diamonds. Besides, it is hypoallergenic and has good resistance against scratching.
Choosing The Ring Setting
Prong Setting: This setting is characterized by the use of metal clasps to hold the diamond in place. There are two variants of it, and they are four-prong and six-prong settings. Furthermore, this type of ring setting can be used for diamonds of any shape.
Bezel Setting: In a bezel set diamond ring the center stone is surrounded by a rim of ring material. This setting is ideal if you want to keep the diamond secure.
Halo Setting: The halo setting is popular because it can create the illusion of a bigger size for the center stone.
On a final note, when setting a loose diamond, you must carefully consider the cut, possible allergies to the metal, and the color of the diamond.