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Our Simple Guide to Ring Settings

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Our Simple Guide to Ring Settings

Our expert craftsmen can mold, polish, and set an endless combination of gemstones, settings, and precious metals. But we know picking out a ring to commemorate a significant milestone can be overwhelming.

PRONG | This is the most classic setting, especially popular with diamond solitaires. Prongs are the delicate metal claws that hold gemstones tightly in place. Prong rings settings can range from four to six prongs. Prong settings showcase your dazzling diamond or glittering gemstone because light can enter from both the top and sides. The disadvantage to prong settings is that the ring is more prone to snagging on threads or other small materials.

BEZEL | A gemstone in a bezel setting exudes a sleek, modern attitude. Rather than holding the stone in place with prongs, the bezel setting encases the gem in a circle of thin metal. Though a bezel-set stone might be slightly more covered than one in a prong setting, the risk of snagging on delicate fabrics is alleviated.

TENSION | Tension settings are appropriately named for the way the ring’s band holds the stone in place through pressure (rather than with additional metal prongs or encasement). Diamonds seem to float within the band in a tension setting. The specialized nature of a tension setting often puts it at a higher price point—and can also complicate resizing.

CLUSTER | As the name implies, cluster settings are used when a ring includes a cluster of several small diamonds, gathered together as a constellation-style center stone. The result is a beautiful, dazzling display without the cost of a large center stone.

CHANNEL | Often paired with a prong setting for the setting stone, a channel setting securely encloses diamonds or gemstones within a ring’s band. The channel setting is also popular with delicate stacking rings.

BAR | Similar to the channel setting, a bar setting encases the gemstones along a ring’s band—but on two sides instead of all four. The small stones are more visible, though slightly less secure. Bar settings are also popular in stacking rings or in engagement rings with larger center stones.

PAVÉ | Similar to both channel and bar settings, the pavé setting features a row of small diamonds held closely together, but with tiny prongs or beads. This is a beautiful setting for an engagement or wedding band. The setting offers security without diminishing sparkle.

At Lucy & Mui, much of our work is focused on prong, clustered and bar settings. Through a fusion of modern technology and old world techniques, each of our pieces is individually handcrafted right here in Singapore.

We can't wait to help create a piece that is uniquely yours. 

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