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Your Complete Guide to Engagement Preset Rings

Preset engagement rings are for people that don’t want to go through the hassle of designing an engagement ring, but rather choose from a collection of diamond rings with the cut, color, and clarity settings already chosen for you. All they have to do is choose a diamond engagement ring setting of their choice to wear.

 

It makes the whole ring buying process a breeze. Due to a large collection of preset engagement rings available, it’s important that you obtain knowledge about the different cuts, sizes, diamonds, pricing, and precious metals amongst other things. In order to make your job more breezier, we present you with the complete guide to choosing the ideal engagement preset ring.

 

Guide to Engagement Preset Rings

 

What Constitutes A Preset Ring?

 

A preset diamond engagement ring offers convenience and flexibility to select from an array of rings that already have a diamond mounted on the ring setting. By selecting a preset diamond ring, you’ll save time, as the mode to purchase one is simple – all you have to do is choose and pay, and the ring is yours. If someone wanted to purchase a loose stone instead of a mounted diamond, what would be the right choice?

 

Loose Stone or Diamond: Which is the Perfect Choice?

 

People that prefer to purchase a loose stone will get the following advantages:

 

  • Before the diamond is mounted on the ring setting, you will get the opportunity to inspect the diamond for quality.
  • You can find a loose stone that comes within your budget whereas with preset rings, it’s difficult to find one that fits within your budget.
  • You can select the ring setting that will compliment the loose stone or design it yourself.

 

The reason that most people select a preset engagement ring is because they can propose with it immediately and slide it on their beloved’s finger. With a loose stone, they will have to present them with the stone and together, they will choose the ring setting.

 

List of Metal or Setting of the Diamond Ring to Choose From

When choosing a diamond ring by metal of setting, you have the choice to choose from fifteen ring settings. Here is the list with a brief introduction to each metal or setting:

 

1. Solitaire and Prong Setting

The prong setting is a classic ring setting and one of the most common settings worn. A prong is made up of a metal claw that tightly grips the diamond in place. They can be pointed, rounded, V-shaped, or flat. This ring setting gives more exposure to the diamond than the metal.

 

2. Bezel Setting

Bezel setting is the second most chosen design, as it gives off a modern appeal. It encloses the diamond within a custom-made metal rim. People have the choice between a partial and whole bezel setting.

 

3. The Tiffany Setting

Tiffany & Co. in the year 1986 developed a six-prong solitaire ring setting to enhance the light reflected from the diamond.

 

4. Tension Setting

Tension setting holds the diamond in place, which results in the diamond looking as if it’s suspended between the shanks. Tiny grooves are cut into the setting to keep the diamond from moving. People can choose from a classic tension setting as well, which differs slightly from tension setting. In a classic tension setting, the setting partially envelops the diamond from top and bottom.

 

5. Channel Setting

Channel setting is used to keep smaller diamonds in place, which are situated around the band of the setting.

 

6. Pavé Setting

Pavé setting is used to closely set the smaller diamonds in place, which results in a continuous shine and sparkle, as they reduce the visibility of the band.

 

7. Halo Setting

Halo Setting refers to the location of the diamonds or stone placed in a square or circle around the diamond, making it appear larger than it is. Additionally, it increases the sparkle of the diamond ring.

 

8. Cathedral Setting

Cathedral setting gets its name from the arches found in a cathedral. The arches are elegantly designed and are used to hold the diamond. They also enhance the appearance of the diamond, making it look larger.

 

9. Bar Setting

Bar setting leaves the diamond visible on both sides, as it is located between the vertical bars of the band.

 

10. Flush Setting

Flush setting situates the diamond into a hole that’s drilled into the band. This type of ring setting is mostly seen in wedding bands created for men.

 

11. Three-Stone Setting

The three stones are situated closely together and can be of the same size or only the main stone maybe larger than the side stones.

 

12. Vintage/Antique Setting

Vintage/Antique settings date back to the Edwardians, Victorian, and Art Deco time period. The setting is known for its intricate handiwork such as milgrain and filigree. Milgrain is a type of ring setting that embellishes the band with small balls around the band, whereas Filigree is intricate metalwork that solders threads to the outside of the diamond or small metal beads.

 

13. Cluster Setting

Cluster setting, as evident by the name, clusters the small stones together to make it resemble a large diamond. It can contain a large diamond in the center or cluster of smaller diamonds.

 

14. Eternity Band

Eternity bands are not classified as any specific type of setting, but are a type of band. Stones or diamonds adorn the whole band.

15. Split-Shank/Shank

The shanks is a type of band that encloses part of your finger. They are round, but can be square or other shapes as well. A split-shank, on the other hand, refers to a shank that’s split into two.

 

How do the Four C’s Affect Diamond Pricing?

The four C’s, color, cut, clarity, and carats influence the price of the diamond. If it’s your first time buying an engagement ring, you don’t want to visit the store without having accurate knowledge of what you are buying. Regardless of what your budget may be, you still need to get the best quality and value for your diamond ring. Don’t make a blind purchase, but an educated one, and here’s how to start:

 

1. Color

Diamonds come in a rainbow of different colors such as red, yellow, blue, green, etc, but the most common color bought is white or the “colorless” diamond. Colorless diamonds range from D (colorless) through Z (light yellow).

 

Diamonds in range D are expensive, as they are pure. Every letter followed by D decreases in value, as impurities or a yellowish tint during the growth of the diamond have made impure. However, diamonds that turn extremely yellow rise in value, as they are considered fancy colored diamond. The higher the grade is or the more yellow the diamond is, the higher the price will be.

 

Which one Should You Buy?

 

Purchase grade H, G, I, which are closer to the shade of grade D, but are less expensive and still a valuable buy.

 

2. Clarity

Diamonds come with their own sets of imperfections found on the inside of the diamond or on its surface. The two kinds of imperfections found on the diamonds are called blemishes, which are found on the surface and inclusions, which are found inside the diamond. The value of the diamond decreases depending on the number of imperfections found on it or visible to the naked eye. Here is a list of imperfections found on diamonds:

 

Crystal – Another mineral embeds itself in the diamond and look like black specks when viewed under overhead lighting.

Pinpoint – It is a small crystal, barely visible, as its white in color, which you can view under magnification.

Needle – Are crustal impurities that look like a longer, slender needle and is best viewed under magnification (10X).

Cloud – A group of pinpoints clustered together that appear as whitish or gray matter in the diamond.

Feather – They are tiny fractures or cracks in the diamond that appear as transparent, colored, or whitish.

Twinning Wisps – These are found within the diamond and are entwined together during the formation of the diamond.

 

Which one Should You Buy?

 

Purchase the diamond in the VS1-SI1 range, as they are good quality diamonds at a decreased price due to the imperfections, which can’t be seen with the naked eye.

 

3. Carat

The number of carats in a diamond refers to the weight and size of the diamond. Consequently, the price of the diamond increases depending on the number of carats on it. For instance, a diamond that is two carat will be more expensive than a four-carat diamond.

 

Which one Should You Buy?

 

Instead of buying a one-carat diamond, consider buying a 0.9-carat diamond. This will allow you to save money and it will look almost the same size as the one-carat diamond, just cheaper.

 

4. Cut

Cut is one of the most important characteristics of the diamond, which we will discuss in detail later on. It refers to how well the diamond is proportioned. The cut of the diamond is what enhances the appeal of the diamond as well as the cost. The cut is graded from poor to excellent, determined by how much shine it produces when struck by light.

 

Which one Should You Buy?

 

Most online jewelers don’t sell fair or poor cut diamonds so always try to buy the best diamond cut while remaining in your budget, as it gives off shine and sparkle.

 

Other factors that will affect price are the diamond’s symmetry, polish, and fluorescence. From all of the 4 Cs, the cut of the diamond ranks at the top of a woman’s diamond ring list.

 

Types of Diamond Cuts

 

1. Asscher Cut

Asscher cut has a higher crown, smaller table, and larger step facets. The combination of the three produces brilliance. The asscher cut is square, but with its corners cropped, it looks octagonal. After the cut is placed in the four-prong setting, it maintains its unique square shape.

 

2. Cushion Cut Diamond

Cushion cut diamond has a square cut and rounded corners, resulting in its cushion like shape and name. It’s an older cut that lost popularity with the masses, but is slowly regaining it. The cut is made up of a chunkier pattern with an enlarged culet. They have three pavilion facet patterns with the third one consisting of an additional row of facets.

 

3. Emerald Cut Diamond

Emerald cut diamond is cut in a rectangular design and contains fewer facets than a brilliant diamond cut. However, inclusions and inferior coloring will stand out more prominently therefore choose higher grades of clarity and color.

 

4. Heart Cut Diamond

Hearts cut diamonds are set in a three prong setting with one prong placed on each lobe and one prong placed at the point. People should buy heart cut diamonds that are more than .50 carats because the heart shape is difficult to make out in smaller diamonds.

 

5. Marquise Cut Diamond

Marquise cut diamonds have a shape similar to a bow tie, creating a symmetry, which needs to be defined in the cut. The ends of the two points need to line up with each other and the left and right sides need to create a mirror image. The diamond’s corners need to be covered with prongs to hide inclusions.

 

6. Oval Cut Diamond

Oval cut diamonds is a combination of the marquise cut diamonds, as it possesses some level of a bow tie. It has a narrow shape and looks great in a setting where it is bordered by side stones. For ages, people have considered an oval cut diamond as a classic design.

 

7. Pear Cut Diamond

Pear cut diamond is known for its excellent symmetry with its point aligned with the apex of the curved end. The lower and upper curves on the left and right side of the diamond have proportioned curves and no straight edges. The top of the pear cut should appear like a semi-circle and not squat or narrow.

 

8. Princess Cut Diamond

Princess cut diamonds is one of the most sold shapes. The cut of the diamond is rectangular or square with the shape similar to an inverted pyramid with four pointed sides and an array of complex facets that enhance the diamond’s brilliance.

 

9. Radiant Cut Diamond

Radiant cut diamonds depending on its design may appear rectangular similar to a bow tie shape, but chances of that happening are less. In radiant cut diamonds, you will get an array of cuts such as square with the corners cropped, but the rectangular shape remains a crowd favorite, as it gives of more brilliance. Most often, the cut is defined as possessing the geometrical lines of an emerald cut with the brilliance of a round cut.

 

10. Round Cut Diamond

Round cut diamonds have fifty-eight facets and fifty-seven when one culet is missing. This cut has always been popular, as the demand for it continues to be high. The asking price for a round cut diamond is high too, as the stone if lost during cutting.

 

In preset engagement rings, you can’t choose the cut of the diamond so you have to rely on the type of ring setting— compromised of precious metals— she wants. If the cut of the diamond is more important than the setting, you can purchase her favorite diamond cut instead.

 

List of Precious Metals

Use the chart below to help you make the right decision about selecting the right precious metals for your preset diamond ring:

Guide to Precious Metals

 

Characteristics

Price

Metal Setting

Performance

Platinum

Durable, enduring, and long lasting

Rare and pricey precious metal

The diamond is set in the center in platinum prongs

  • Strongest
  • Damage Resistant
  • Creates a satin finish
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Highest level of clarity

 

Gold 18k

Classic metal with the highest level of gold purity

Valuable, but cheaper than platinum

The diamond is set in the center in platinum prongs

  • Malleable and softer metal
  • Easy to repair and polish
  • Rich in color
  • Has a distinct legacy 

Gold 14k

Strong metal used to design fine jewelry

Valuable, but cheaper than 18k gold

The diamond is set in the center in 14k white gold prongs

  • Strongest
  • Long lasting
  • Easy to repair and polish
  • Damage resistant
  • Moderate in color

Palladium

Rare metal and a valuable purchase

Valuable, but cheaper than platinum

The diamond is set in the center in platinum prongs

  • Strongest
  • Lighter than platinum
  • Permanent and natural whiteness
  • Easy to repair and polish
  • Damage and scratch resistant
  • Hypoallergenic

 

We hope this guide will help you make a wise purchase and we hope Daniela Diamonds’s preset engagement rings will help you make memories.