When shopping for rings, it’s important to consider both the ring sizing and setting. Rings should fit snugly, sliding on and off with little-to-no resistance. The ring’s setting is what creates an individual style and should show off the stones. Whether the ring is for every day or a special occasion, be sure it is the right fit for your hand and lifestyle.

The Right Ring Fit

It is recommended to visit your jeweler to get all of your fingers professionally sized. A jeweler will size your knuckle to make sure the ring will slide over it, then size the finger. To size your finger at home, take a piece of paper wider at one end, wrap around your finger and mark where the ends meet. Then wrap the paper around a ring sizer (called a mandrel) to check the correct size.

Ring Settings

There are many different setting techniques offered by today’s designers. Most often people research ring settings when shopping for engagement rings, as settings relate to fashion rings, cocktail rings, daily rings and everything inbetween. If you are uncertain about a term used to describe your ring's setting, ask your professional jeweler to clarify it for you.

Flush Setting
In flush settings, sometimes referred to as “burnish setting,” stones are level or flush with the surface of the ring mounting. The technique of flush setting allows the jeweler to scatter gemstones across a piece of jewelry without the need for prongs, channels or groupings of stones to hold the stones securely in place. Jewelry with flush-set stones is often modern and stylish with a scattering of brilliance from randomly positioned gems.

Bezel Setting
A gemstone is completely surrounded by a precious metal border in this setting technique that resembles a picture frame.

Bead Bright Setting

A bead and bright setting creates an amazing glitter and sparkle that it is often difficult to see where a gemstone ends and brilliant metal begins. The process sets stones even with the surface of the metal by raising metal beads to secure the stones in place. Frequently used for smaller sized diamonds and gemstones, a bead and bright setting can be done in strips or over large areas of metal.

Channel Setting
Popular for mounting rows of small, uniformly sized stones, this setting technique uses two strips of metal to hold the stones in between, resembling a railroad track. Used for round, baguette and square-cut stones, gems set in this style offer a continuous row of brilliance with no metal separations in between. The finished appearance is sleek and sophisticated and the nature of the style leaves no metal prongs to catch on clothing.

Pavé Setting
Pavé is a setting technique for small diamonds in which the stones are set so closely together that no metal shows. A pavé surface appears to be “paved” with diamonds.

Solitaire
A solitaire is a ring mounted with a single gemstone. This is the most popular engagement ring setting.

Tiffany-Style Setting
Named after Tiffany & Co. who brought this ring setting to popularity in the early 1900s, this setting is a four- or six-prong setting using long, slender prongs to hold the stone.

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Your local jeweler can help you find and size the perfect ring. Visit a retailer near you or shop online with a Jewelers of America Member so you can shop for rings with confidence from a reputable jeweler.
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