Sizing and settings
Choosing your ring setting
The excitement builds! You’ve chosen a dazzling diamond for your beloved, now it’s time to decide how to best showcase its natural allure.
There are six common ring settings that you will probably choose from. Each has its wonders and each has its fans:
This popular six-clawed setting holds the diamond in a metal ‘basket’. It can hold fragile stones and allows the most light exposure to enhance the stone, but offers somewhat less protection than other settings.
Tension: Perfect for hardy stones such as diamonds, this setting features a compression-spring to set the stone in place. The setting is chic, and in the best examples, the stone seems to ‘float’. Be aware it is made to fit and so resizing can be tricky.
This metal-rimmed setting guards the diamond from bumps and chips and creates a smooth surface. Very secure and classic.
In this setting, stones are sandwiched between two ‘channels’ or rows. They keep smaller stones secure, perfect if you want a combination of cuts or colours. Not ideal for delicate stones.
Two vertical bars of metal hold the diamond in place. The bar protects the stone and provides a smooth surface, though it does leave the top of the diamond exposed. A strong, assertive design option.
Pronounced ‘pah-vay’, this setting has a few rows of small stones embedded in holes, so they’re level with the ring’s surface. It makes the diamonds appear bigger and more luminous.
Men often choose this setting for their own ring, as the stone is set into a hole and so isn’t raised above the ring’s surface, offering protection and a little more subtelty. It’s a stunningly simple effect that can be quite complex to craft.
So many lovely options, which way to go?
The good news is, with a great stone and quality craftsmanship, there’s no wrong or right way, it’s a question of what speaks to your heart. Come in and take a look at some examples of each, our experts will be delighted to help you choose a ring stone, shape and setting that you’ll love.
Choosing your ring size
You’ve had a lovely time selecting your ring style, stones and metal, and the next consideration is the ring size.
Of course the easy way is to drop into a store and let our expert consultants determine your exact sizing (make an appointment here), but for your convenience you can also use our downloadable ring sizer.
Women’s sizes span from 3 to 9, with most wearers needing size 5 to 7. Men’s rings range from size 8 to 14, with sizes 8 to 10.5 being the most common.