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Do you know your prong from your twisted claw?  And what is a bezel when it’s at home?  Find out more about the different ways of setting diamonds into rings in our handy guide.


The prong or claw setting is one of the most popular ways to set a diamond, for the simple reason that it allows the most amount of light to get to the stone, creating the largest amount of sparkle.  Prongs (often 6, sometimes 4) hold the stone in place, curled gently over the top of the diamond, but without encasing the whole stone.

Rosalyn is an embellished 4-prong ring, with melée diamonds set in it.

Our Oval kind not mined oval diamond engagement ring

Latin Origin: Flower

Some rings, like the Carya, take the prong approach and get creative with it – the parts of the prongs visible from above, in the Carya ring, are shaped like hearts!

Eco Conscious Diamond Engagement Ring - Carya - Ethica Diamonds UK

Latin Origin: A Goddess


Twisted claw is a variation on the classic claw, with twisted prongs holding the stone in place.  There is still a fabulous amount of light able to get to the diamond, but a twist on the theme (pun intended).

Examples of our twisted claw rings

What do twisted claw rings look like?


Another variation on the claw setting is the basket.

This has additional horizontal gold (or platinum) between the prongs, to create more of a basket effect. The Amandine ring has a basket setting, with unique filigree shoulders as well.

Vintage Inspired Eco Friendly Engagement Ring - Amandine

French Origin: Much Loved

In general, any type of claw setting sits high about the body of the ring.  Pros – it lets in lots of light for maximum sparkle. Cons – it can catch on clothing, or snag hair; if the prongs aren’t well made, then the stone could come loose (compare our prongs with high-street rings to see the difference between a sturdy prong and a fragile one).


Another popular choice of setting is the bezel, also known as the rub-over setting. Rub-over explains better what it does, but bezel sounds nicer, so that’s why we use it!  Bezel-set stones are held in place by a band of metal that circles the entire stone and are the most secure setting on the market.

We have a selection of bezel-set rings, including some with halo settings, and more than one stone.

Ethica Diamond Bezel Setting Ring - Lana

Slavic Origin: Light

Bezel set diamonds generally have a stylish, modern look, with a have a smooth profile.

Pros – no prongs to catch on your clothes, very sturdy.

Cons – less light to the stone, so slightly less sparkle.

Bezel Set Ring With Eco Conscious Diamonds | Celia | Ethica Cornwall

Latin Origin: Heavenly


Tension set diamond rings are among the most dramatic rings available, where the stone appears to be suspended between the two halves of the ring.  The diamond is held in place by the force of the metal around it, clamping it firmly.

We don’t actually sell any tension set rings, as they are the most hazardous setting you can have for a gemstone, and it is not hard to knock the diamond loose.

Our Beatrix ring appears to be a tension set ring, but on closer inspection turns out to be a much safer bezel set.

Lab Created Diamond Ring - Ethica Diamonds Cornwall UK

Latin: Bringer of Joy

The same can also be said for our Odessa ring.

Princess Lab Created Diamond Ring - Odessa - Ethica Diamonds Cornwall UK

Latin Origin: Quest

Pros – very dramatic and modern. Cons – likely to accidentally dislodge the stone!


When we refer to pavé set diamonds, you should know that pavé is the French for paved.  Pavé diamonds are literally paved together, for a very dramatic effect.  These are usually much smaller diamonds, and if they are not set well, you could lose one or more over time – although not from our pavé-set rings, as we take care to ensure that they are well held in place.

Lovina is one of our most dramatic examples of pavé set diamonds, with its extravagant halo. However, for those who want a bit more subtlety, we do have examples such as Posey.

Ethical Halo Diamond Ring | Lovina | Ethica Diamonds Cornwall UK

Greek Origin: Beloved One

Diamond Alternative Engagement Ring | Posey | Ethica Diamonds Cornwall

English Origin: Bunch of Flowers


The Kerry ring is a good example of channel-set diamonds, on the shoulders of the ring.  The smaller gems are held in place by the sides of the channel, in a similar fashion to the bezel setting, but for a whole row of small diamonds.

Eco Conscious Diamond Engagement Ring | Kerry | Ethica Cornwall

The Celeste also has channel set diamonds, but these are princess cut, with the square shape creating a different effect.

Eco Diamond Shoulder Set Engagement Ring | Celeste | Ethica UK


The bar setting is a more vintage style, or ultra-modern, and holds the diamonds in place with bars between multiple stones.  These are cut with small grooves to hold the diamonds firmly and give a look similar to the tension setting, but with a lot less risk. If you have, or your loved one, has a busy hands-on job then this style of ring would be perfect. Although the majority of our rings are engagement rings, the Vere is actually quite popular as a stacking ring.

Lab Grown Diamond Wedding Band | Vere Full Set | Ethica Diamonds UK

A future blog will look at different types of ring – halo, trilogy, solitaire and others, but there is one last term you should be aware of, when we’re talking about settings for diamonds:

If you have any questions regarding ring settings then get in touch via our contact page where we would be happy to help!