1. Find out what gemstone you want
2. Decide on shape of the gemstone
3. Choose a ring setting
A ring setting is essentially the ring design and is best decided after you have selected the shape of your gemstone. Here’s how you can understand the different settings.
Essentially, there are 2 parts to a ring setting - the center stone setting and the ring shank (band) setting.
As the name suggests, the center stone setting is how you want the center stone to sit on the ring. Classic settings are Prong and Halo, while Three-Stone and Bezel are increasing in popularity too. Each setting comes with its pros and cons which you can read about here.
Next, the ring shank setting. Decide if you want to keep it plain or add gemstones (such as diamonds) on it. You can have gemstones all around the ring shank (full eternity) or halfway around (half eternity). Then you can choose how you want the gemstones to be set on the ring shank: prong, bezel, pave etc. See the different types of ring shank settings here.
Again, the ring setting should be based on your partner’s taste and lifestyle. Solitaire setting is suitable for those who likes a classic and simple ring, Bezel setting is good for those who are active and Pavé setting is for those who like as much bling as possible.