What Is a Low Setting Engagement Ring? | The Diamond Reserve

What Is a Low Setting Engagement Ring?

Whether you’re in the process of designing your own engagement ring or just starting your search, the setting of your ring is one of the most important aspects to consider. While there are a variety of ring settings to choose from, the height of those settings may be what makes the biggest difference in your day-to-day life. So let’s talk about low-setting rings, including what they are, how tall they are, and who they’re right for.

What Is the Average Height of an Engagement Ring Setting?

A ring setting refers to the part of the ring that secures the stone to the band. There are a variety of ring settings out there, including bezel, cathedral, and basket settings, but one of the most common ring settings for engagement rings is a prong setting. A prong setting, also called a claw setting, shows minimal metal with typically four to six prongs wrapping up and around the stone.

The average ring setting is about 5.5 millimeters from the finger to the tip of the prongs, but the height of the prongs doesn’t just indicate the setting because it also depends on the size of the stone. An easy way to identify a low-setting ring is to look at the area beneath the stone. If you can see space between the back of the stone, like the tip or culet of a diamond, and the band of the ring, then it’s likely a high setting.

What Are the Benefits of a Low Profile Engagement Ring?

There are a variety of reasons someone might opt for a low-setting engagement ring, whether to accommodate their work, to avoid snagging on clothing, or just because they prefer the style. While low-profile rings are not going to be the best option for everyone, here are a few benefits to consider as you search for the perfect ring for you.

  • Comfort: A low-setting ring can be more comfortable for the wearer, especially if they’re not used to wearing rings or have a smaller stone.
  • Durability: Because a low setting allows the stone to sit flush with the ring’s band, it’s less likely to need repairs or get caught on fabric during everyday wear.
  • Maintenance: A low setting may make your stone more secure, which is great for those who work with their hands or have an active lifestyle.

However, with the advantages of low-setting engagement rings, there are some drawbacks to consider as well. For example, larger stones are often better suited for a high-profile setting, and higher settings can give the ring and its stone a more dramatic look. While a higher setting usually allows an engagement ring to stack with most wedding bands, low-profile rings may need a wedding band that accommodates the ring’s stone, which can just mean a longer search or less versatility in the long run.
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