Engagement tradition is dated back to the time of the caveman, but it was the Egyptian Pharaohs who supposedly first used a ring, a shape without beginning or end, to symbolize eternity--and the eternal bond between a man and woman. During medieval times, rings exchanged by the wealthy were enhanced by gems. Rubies, symbolizing the heart, and sapphires, the heavens, were very popular. A Venetian wedding document from the fifteenth century is one of our first records of a betrothal ring that featured a diamond setting. The Venetians, as their predecessors and successors, realized that a diamond, the hardest substance in nature, could be cut and polished to release an unequalled brilliance. And because a diamond is as enduring as the love it represents, a tradition began that will probably last forever.
At David S. Diamonds, we understand that the giving of an engagement ring comes from great love, and the sincere wish to bestow a beautiful lifetime gift. We'd like to help you in your selection, and assist you in finding, or hand-crafting, the perfectly set ring for the one you love.
We've listed the different types of settings to consider when mounting your diamond. Just to note, a setting is primarily determined by personal taste and the lifestyle of the woman who will wear it.
Please feel free to inquire about any of our featured rings.
Finely designed by our master craftspeople, a David S. Diamond setting will enhance the beauty of your chosen diamond. Well-known for our custom and original designs, our settings are carefully selected for a perfect match to each gem. And, if you have seen a particular design you like, or if you have your own design in mind, let us know. We would be honored to work with you in customizing your ideal ring.
- The Prong Setting.
The most popular of all the settings, and available in great variety. There are four-prong settings, the six-prong Tiffany, the Belcher and the Fishtail to list but a few. Prongs can also be rounded, flat, pointed or V-shaped.
- The Bezel Setting.
In this setting, a rim holds and surrounds the stone, and the stone may appear larger than what it is.
- The Channel Setting.
Used widely today (especially for wedding bands), stones are set into a channel without metal separating them.
- The Invisible Setting.
Stones are laser-grooved and mounted next to each other so you don't see the setting.
- The Bar or Gem Lock Setting.
Instead of prongs, a thin bar is used to hold the stones in place and is shared between every two stones.
- The Cluster Setting.
Defined by one large stone with smaller accent stones.
- The Paver Setting.
Here, small stones are clustered together and set without metal showing through.
- The Flat Top or Bead Setting.
Faceted stones are held in place with metal chips or beads.
- The Gypsy Setting.
Here, metal around the top of the stone is heavier than it is at the bottom.