How to decide for a design?

Here the personal taste is in demand first and foremost: broad.... narrow.... with gem... without gem... gem set in the ring ... gem in a setting... diffrent gems etc.......

There are endless possibilities and even if Hollywood and the big jewellers want to persuade us what an engagement ring has to look like: There are no rules.

Except one: The ring should be wearable. 

As banal as that sounds: the ring should be designed for the finger, not for the photo!

At the moment, super delicate jewellery is very fashionable. It all looks nice on the photo, and may be fine for a fashion accessory, but an engagement ring that you should wear every day shouldn't be too fragile.
Even a ring suitable for everyday use can be filigree, but it should still be worked with common sense, and not just according to the trend.

Always remember what such a ring has to go through in its life! Just try to imagine how many times a day it has to be stuffed into bags, pulled through coat sleeves, collided with tables, doors and handles or digged in handbags!

Let's take a look at the different ways to process one or more stones in a ring:

Mounting/setting types:

- Bezel setting:
Bezel settings are completely closed mounts.
They are absolutely suitable for everyday use and can also have a beautiful "crown-like" effect.
The bezel setting is the most recommended setting type. It protects the stone and provides support, while at the same time offering a wide range of design options.

- inset stone:
The stone is set directly into the ring. This is absolutely suitable for everyday use.
It should be noted, however, that this is usually only possible with smaller stones, since the stone, including the body, has to be set in the ring. The bigger the stone, the thicker the ring must become.

For simple rings with one or more small stones, it is a beautiful, recommendable setting form, because the stone is all around safely surrounded by the metal.

If you are thinking about a so-called memoire-ring, I generally recommend that you allow the ring to be set with stones up to halfway, as it is almost impossible to change the ring size with a ring set with stones all around.

- Tension rings:
with tension rings the stone is "clamped" between the open ring. A "real" tensionring, in which the stone is held in the ring only because of the tension, is not recommended, because the stone is "levered out" of the ring too easily in everyday life. 
If you decide for a ring with a tension ring look, you should make sure that there is a small setting under the gem as a connection between the ring rail, so this is not completely open. So the gem has some additional hold.

It is essential to ensure that the stone is slightly narrower than the ring and does not protrude from the sides.

In order for the ring to hold the stone, it must also be slightly higher than the stone. 
Therefore, it is advisable to use a smaller stone, as the material thickness of the ring will otherwise be very uncomfortable for the wearer.

- Prong settings:
For many they are the epitome of the engagement ring!
Unfortunately, the small "crown settings" have a few pitfalls:
on the one hand they are not very safe, because after all it is only a few small wires that have the difficult task of bringing the gem safely through everyday life.

Unfortunately, you can easily get stuck on the small prongs and thus not only damage your clothes or the like, but in the worst case even lose the stone.

In addition, the stone looks smaller in a prong setting, than in a bezel version.
It is also not true that the stone gets more light in a prong setting. Of course that's true somehow, but it doesn't help him much, because: Gems are cut so that the light that falls in from above is reflected out again.

At this point I would like to clear up another myth:

"Settings have openings (below) so that more light can reach the stone."
Wrong! Because then the stone would look different if you put the ring on your finger!
Gems are cut in such a way that the light that falls in from above is reflected out again.
The small hole at the bottom has a much more practical reason: it serves for cleaning!
During polishing, and later during wearing, dirt accumulates in the holder. Even with a bezel setting, dirt creeps behind the frame over time. 
If it were completely "closed", the dirt would hardly be able to get out again. But this is no problem due to the small opening.

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