Choosing an eternity ring is a simpler task than choosing an engagement ring! Nearly all eternity rings are precious metal bands set with small Diamonds, however Rubies and Sapphires can also be use but the type and style of setting can vary slightly and below I will describe the most popular styles.
There are a lot of different styles but the majority are modifications of the styles I am going to go through below.
Channel settings are the most popular choice for eternity rings, not only do they look great but they also offer a lot of protection to the small diamonds often used it eternity rings. The stones a placed into a channel that has been cut out of the band before metal is pushed over the edges of the stones to hold them in place. The process of channel setting is very similar to the bezel setting mentioned above. As the stone are recessed into the ring, they do not suffer too much abuse on a daily basis. Channel setting mostly use Round Brilliant or Princess cut diamonds.
While this type of setting is often used on eternity rings, it can also be used to set accent stones on the shoulders of other styles of rings.
Pavé setting is a very popular way of setting small diamonds into jewellery and recently engagement rings. Pavé is a french word that means to cover and area, usually with stones and in jewellery this is often done with diamonds. The stones are held in by very small prongs that are made when the seats for the diamonds are cut and many times the results look just like small claw settings.
Micro-pavé setting is very similar to the pavé setting above, except it is done with very small stones, sometimes as small as 0.5mm. Micro-pavé is often done with rows of small diamonds so that it gives a very sparkly effect. Due to the stones being so small, the amount of metal holding them in place in minuscule and I generally would not advise using this setting if you are planning to wear the ring everyday as the chances of losing a stone are quite high with this type of setting.
Flush setting is very popular in mens rings and wedding as it gives a simple yet clean look. It is also a very secure setting as the stone is held in place by metal that has been pushed over the stone. This type of setting became very popular after Cartier used it in their love range.
I hope this has given you a little bit of information on the types of setting that are used in your jewellery and that it will help you make a more informed decision as to what is right for you.
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