One of the most important design aspects of an engagement ring is the setting. The setting should be the first decision you make in the process. Once you’ve decided on the setting, you will then decide which diamond is right for you. Choosing a setting can be overwhelming because, on top of all the different settings, there are also countless design options. By breaking it down into the practical considerations of each setting type, the process of choosing a setting will be much easier.

1. The Solitaire Setting

By far the most famous of all the settings, the solitaire setting is sometimes also known as a prong setting. The diamond is attached to the band using little metal claws known as prongs. This setting allows light to enter and leave the diamond at all different angles, meaning that the diamond will appear more brilliant. While this is an obvious advantage, there is also the risk that the diamond may come loose, or the prongs may catch on clothing, so this something to keep in mind.

2. The Bezel Setting

Like the solitaire setting, the bezel setting features a single centre diamond, but instead of metal prongs, the stone is held in place with a thin metal rim encircling the entire stone. This is a great choice as it means the setting is less likely to snag on clothing and the diamond is less likely to come loose. The only disadvantage is some people don’t like to hide any of the stone.

3. Halo Setting

This setting is particularly popular as it really makes the centre diamond look much more prominent. The halo setting typically features a centre stone surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds. These rings have a high sparkle factor and really draw the eye. The downside of this particular engagement ring setting is that the smaller diamonds will need to be checked regularly to ensure the stones aren't loose.

4. Three Stone Setting

This ring isn’t strictly an engagement ring setting, it can also be given for an anniversary or any other romantic occasion. The three stones are meant to represent the couple’s past, present and future. Settings often include a central diamond surrounded by two smaller diamonds or coloured side stones – birthstones are particularly popular. This is a much more traditional setting and tends to have a more vintage than modern feel.