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There are so many different diamond settings to choose from, all which will give your diamond ring its unique look.  The final appearance of your ring doesn’t only depend on the quality of your diamond, the look is also affected by the way in which the diamond is held into the ring.  A cathedral setting is a really romantic way to set your diamond, projecting grace and elegance.

It is probably more accurate to refer to a cathedral setting as a cathedral style which uses the prong setting.  You’ll see what we mean when you look at the images below.  Before we explain exactly what a cathedral setting is, yes that is what we are going to call it, after all everyone else does, lets first explain what a prong setting is.

What is a Prong Setting?

A prong setting uses metal prongs to form a base in which the diamond is placed.  The ends of the prongs are bent over slightly in order to hold the stone in place.  The prongs succeed in projecting the diamond outwards ensuring that it’s the absolute focal point of your ring.  The number of prongs can vary from two to six.  The six prong ring will be the safest option for your diamond whereas the two prong option allows the most light to enter.  A cathedral setting will usually use either 4 or 6 prongs.

What is a Cathedral Setting?

In a cathedral setting the band of the ring splits leaving a space between the upper and lower arches.  It is the thinner lower band that gracefully encircles your finger, whilst the thicker upper points towards the central diamond which is nestled between the arches, thrusting the diamond into the limelight.  Take a look at the image shown here of a cathedral setting.  Can you tell where its name comes from?  Yes, it’s designed like a cathedral with beautiful arches.

The style shown here in 18k gold, with and without a center stone: Tapered Pave-Set Solitaire Diamond Ring in 4 Prong Setting.

Benefits of a Cathedral Setting

The prong setting is by far the most popular choice for engagement rings and the cathedral setting is one of the most popular styles of prongs.  The benefits are the same as with a regular prong setting.  Most importantly the prongs succeed in showcasing the diamond in a spectacular way; the diamond takes center stage without the prongs diverting attention away from the main attraction.  Nothing fancy so you can enjoy the main attraction.  The cathedral setting has an added benefit of the arches which point towards the center stone, a fabulous addition.  Prongs achieve excellent light penetration and you know what that means … you got it, fantastic sparkle.  Remember the more light, the more your diamond will dazzle.

Ring Example

For a really glamorous engagement ring, check out this Pave-Set Solitaire Diamond Ring Open Cathedral Setting ring.   This ring has a round brilliant cut center diamond set with a cathedral style mounting.  The side diamonds give your ring that extra sparkle, whereas the cathedral setting ensures that the side diamonds don’t detract at all from the center diamond.  These side diamonds perform their supporting role to absolute perfection!  A really romantic choice.

The round brilliant cut is definitely the most popular shape but with a cathedral setting you can have any shape diamond.  The princess cut, oval shaped diamond, and marquise shaped diamond are all fantastic options.

Keep your Ring Safe

Like with any setting, you should check your ring often to make sure it is not damaged.  If you see any cracks certainly go straight to a jeweler.  It’s also a good idea to have your ring inspected on occasion by a professional.  Two stories you might want to check out: Taking Care of Your Diamonds & Jewelry &  When a Professional Jeweler is Necessary.

Other Diamond Settings

It’s exciting to learn about different styles.  Here are a few other settings you may want to check out.

Bar Setting – Riding the Rails
Bezel Setting – Wrapped in Metal
Burnish Setting – Clean & Contemporary
Channel Setting – Modern & Beautiful
Invisible Setting – Just an Illusion
Pave Setting – Paved with Diamonds

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